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Staff Team

Geoffrey Fowler


Geoffrey Fowler is an educator with a passion for bridging the gap between education and business. Having experience in both, Industrial and educational environments, Geoffrey is able to empower staff to research and create inspirational, industrial educational content that suits the needs of all students, despite their abilities. This “hands on” pedagogy approach has lead to outstanding student success results.

In 2011 Geoffrey became one of three founding members of the leadership team that delivered two Da Vinci Studio Schools to Hertfordshire, both of which received good, in every category, from OFSTED.

Geoffrey is delighted to be able to bring his experience of opening high quality new schools to East London and lead the London Design and Engineering UTC as our CEO.

Dave Watherston

Chief Financial Officer

Dave is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA - ICAEW) with a wealth of post qualification experience in both large corporate environments and the education sector.

Having trained at Grant Thornton’s London head office, Dave moved to a FTSE 100 Real Estate company, spending time in their financial planning and investor relations teams. Major projects included undertaking the overall budget and forecasting processes (£600m income; £100m costs pa); producing analysis and presentations for CEO, external advisors and investors relating to a £500m share placement and accounting for Trusts with GAV of over £1bn. This broad spread of both technical and communication roles have helped Dave to quickly develop an extremely varied set of skills key to the finances and operations of a business.

Dave was Finance Manager and Acting Director of Finance & Resources at a large Sixth Form College, responsible for finance, premises and IT. Highlights included a major £10m building project; arranging £3.4m loan finance and delivering savings of over £2m in two years.

During these roles Dave has built a reputation for challenging the status quo with a particular focus on the link between operational and financial activity.

Gloria Gold
Chief Experience Officer

A founding staff member of the London Design and Engineering UTC, Gloria is fully aware of the challenges facing young people in today’s society. An experienced pastoral lead, Gloria has a wealth of experience dealing with educational transition points; at Year 9, 11 and Post 16. She has championed the various routes into Higher Education and Apprenticeships and works closely with partners both locally and nationally, to ensure the best outcomes for all learners.

As a language teacher, Gloria transfers her love of learning into the classroom and is pleased with the uptake of languages within a technical college and the role they play within the curriculum. Gloria prides herself on being able to build excellent working relationships with all those involved with the college and regularly promotes activities that not only showcase the talents, inventiveness and creativity of the learners but also provides them with those all-important transferable skills which will ensure that learners are ready for the next stages in their lives.


Victoria Webb

Chief Information Officer 

Victoria studied Mathematics at King’s College London and has over 20 years teaching experience, teaching Mathematics, Physics, Music and Computer Science. She first became a Deputy Head in 2010 and has completed her NPQH. She is able to draw from her wealth of experience gained whilst working in several different types of educational establishment in a leadership capacity.
Her experience spans across many areas of the school including teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment through to pastoral support including safeguarding, setting up student houses and student voice.
As Vice Principal (Quality of Education) at LDE, Victoria leads on teaching and learning, curriculum development and our learners progress.
She is passionate about raising the aspirations of learners’, motivating them to engender a love of learning whilst enabling them to take chances and develop their resilience, independence and creativity.
What better place to develop creativity than in an Engineering and Design College with state of the art facilities!






Kenan Drugzani 

Assistant Principal for Pastoral Care 

Having joined LDE UTC on January 2018 as an Assistant Principal- Behaviour and Attitudes, Kenan has continually been leading this aspect across the college in addition to teaching KS4 Science and A-level Chemistry.  Kenan has completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA.  

He has moved to the UK in 2009 and has successfully worked in various management and leadership roles across secondary school settings. He has lead whole-school initiatives on school data, behaviour, attitude to learning, careers education, school-industry links and end destinations.

Kenan has great interest in monitoring and evaluation of pastoral standards across the college including the achievement and progress of all learners. His primary focus is closing gaps between all leaner groups and providing strategic oversight of attitude to learning and behaviour. 

Aspiring to further impact student learning and outcomes Kenan has continued to professionally develop himself. He has completed the MA in Education Leadership (2016) and the NPQSL (2018) with the IOE/UCL.

Originally, Kenan is from Kosovo; therefore, he speaks and writes fluently Kosovan/Albanian language.

James Culley

Director of Digital Operations 

James completed his teacher training at Huddersfield University and has delivered ICT, English, Maths and Employability skills for many years.  Most recently he has managed a team of Employer Engagement advisers and has played an active role in Lincolnshire’s Technology Hub project, which promoted ‘Employer transition’ into future technologies such as 3D printing.

As a freelance 3D Artist and Games Designer, specialising in computer modelling and animation, James has completed some exciting projects.  These have including a Virtual Reality DeLorean for (TV presenter) Jason Bradbury, a 3D printed life-size R2D2 which was featured on Channel 5 and has released a number of animated shorts on YouTube, several of which have ‘gone viral’.

James is looking forward to transferring his industry experience and passion for modern computing into the classroom, with a hands on approach to teaching, he intends to merge technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality with the learning experience.

Sarwar Ahmed

Teacher of Computer Science & Digital Media

Having over ten years’ creative industry experience, Sarwar has grown a desire to transfer his skills by supporting learning, progress and development in young learners. Sarwar has worked across multiple creative disciplines from leading advertising campaigns, brand development and designing content for both print and digital media. With a background in creating design, illustration and animation, Sarwar has combined this by blending it with Computer Science.

After completing his teacher training Sarwar holds a firm belief that the learning environment should be a place where engaging and creative knowledge and experiences are constructed. Sarwar aims to composite his own knowledge and experiences towards preparing learners with the tools and skillset for higher education and work. 

Deanna Weber

Teacher of iMedia

Deanna began her studies at Ringling College of Art and Design studying Animation, thereafter she moved into teaching Art, Graphics, and Animation in an American High School. While teaching in the US, she created new curricula in digital art and animation to share her passion for technology in creative practice with her students. After a few years she decided to move to London to pursue a Masters Degree at UCL's IOE in Digital Media, Culture and Education. During this course, she explored topics ranging from digital art and gaming to virtual cultures.

She has most recently completed her PGCE in Art and Design from Goldsmiths and has gained experience teaching in East London schools. Deanna is excited to be teaching the iMedia course 

Alan Soong 

NQT of Computer Science

Alan studied Business computing at City university and has over 18-years experience of IT. He has worked predominantly in the finance sector on the trade floor and server infrastructure. He has trained in Microsoft, Cisco, and Sun Solaris technologies and has supported and managed corporate implementations of Reuters and Bloomberg systems as well as real-time trading systems. Alan completed his QTS teacher training with Harris Federation at an outstanding school. He hopes to bridge the gap between Computer science and the industry by drawing upon his real-world experience and inspiring learners to be creative and apply computational thinking. Alan has a passion for all things tech and can be found engaging in conversation about the latest gadgets.

In his spare time he enjoys building and riding bikes and does cycle training as a National standards Cycle instructor.

Mark Watson

Director of Technical curriculum, Engineering

Mark spent the first 5 years of his working career completing  an apprenticeship at a major machine tool manufacturer. This was followed by a four year spell subcontracting as a machinist working on projects for companies such as Parker Pens, Jaguar Cars and DuPont nylon. However he felt the need to do something different so turned to education and in 1997 graduated from Goldsmiths College.

Since then Mark has worked exclusively in east London as a design technology teacher, second in department and for the last six years as head of department. Mark has a passion for all things connected to design, technology and engineering and is a strong advocate for pupils experiencing this first hand. He enjoys taking pupils on visits wherever possible to allow this.

Furnaz Ahmed

Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning

Furnaz is passionate about create a culture of high quality teaching and learning across the college. She has worked to developed the knowledge and skills around active learning by introducing SSAT TEEP into the college and ensuring there is a sustained approach to reimagining teaching pedagogy to suit the needs of the learners.

Furnaz has developed her personal skills by working with examining bodies, AQA and City and Guilds to enhance her knowledge of the Design and Built Environment curriculum. This has resulted to subjects within Design Faculty, in particular, the learners in Built Environment progressing onto successful careers within Construction, Architecture and Design.

Collaboration is key for success and Furnaz has worked with a number of employers to ensure learners are receiving industry-led workshops within the classroom. RIBA, Multiplex, Bouygues, are a few to mention who have been fundamental in supporting the learners within their progression.

Onyinye Iwu

Teacher of Built Environment & Head of Year 

Onyinye Iwu
Teacher of Built Environment and 3D design
Onyinye has a bachelors degree in Architecture, a PGCE in Secondary Design Technology and is currently completing an MA in Culture, Diaspora,Ethnicity.


Onyinye has worked in many different creative jobs previous to teaching and has been a freelance illustrator for over 7 years. She has worked internationally on a wide range of book illustrations and book covers, her work has been featured on CNN, the Guardian and can be found in bookstores all over the UK and beyond. She is due to publish a book with Walker Books in 2020 in the UK and US.


Onyinye is passionate about creativity and diversity. She wishes to inspire young people of all backgrounds to pursue careers in design as she believes we need a more diverse industry to reflect our multicultural world.

Robert Fulton 

Teacher of Design & Technology/ Built Environment

Robert has 11 years of professional design experience gained with world-class companies, and ten years’ experience of lecturing. Previously he has worked as a freelance 3D Visualist specializing in producing high-end 3D architectural renders for prestige, international luxury brands; Jaguar and Land Rover and their service and sales centers across the globe. 

Robert has also worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, working for a number of IT company’s and SME’s who specialize in IT support and web development, leading the design on their information technology web sites and promotion material.

Robert has a Masters Degree in Computer Arts form the London College of Music and Media and is experienced in digital art, 3D design and visualisation.

Chloe Elshaboury 

Teacher of Art and Design

Chloe has from a young age had a passion for the arts eventually gaining a 1st class honours in set and costume design. After graduating in design set and costumes for the stage with the Birmingham Opera Company assiting in the Welsh Opera and Birmingham Royal Ballet. From here Chloe then decided to go into teaching the arts and over the 8 years since becoming qualigfied has taught art and design, photography,  resistant materials, 3D design, textiles and food.

Currently alongside teaching Chloe collaborates with other creatives for London Fashion Week Kids,  London Fashion Week editorial shoots featured in magazines to observe the world of the arts in industry. I have a great passion for teaching and particularly my subject to enthuse and develop young people.

Chloe is looking forward to starting her new journey at LDE UTC. 

Jade Greaves 

Teacher of Design and Coordinator of Extended and Higher Projects

Jade completed her undergraduate degree in Design and Production for Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In Vancouver and in her home city of Toronto, Canada, Jade gained multidisciplinary experience in 3D design and grew her practice as an illustrator.

Jade firmly believes in the power and potential of young people and holds a longstanding passion of supporting young people to achieve their every success. This passion drove her career into teaching and she began teaching youth leadership, design and art in schools and community centres. During this time, Jade was awarded multiple government grants for her educational programs, regularly exhibited her illustrative work, started her own business teaching design workshops and earned her Education degree from York University in Toronto.

At LDE UTC Jade is responsible for teaching 3D Design and Built Environment. She is also the lead of the Higher and Extended Project Qualifications, courses at GCSE and A-Level that provide opportunities for LDE learners to engage with employers, manage and complete industry project briefs.


Charlie Evans
Facultly Lead of the Design Faculty and Teacher of Engineering

Since graduating from UAL: LCC Charlie has worked in a myriad of creative posts and picked up a range of skills that he brings into the classroom. From printing textile for Vivienne Westwood to working on award winning animation for Channel 4, he maintains a hunger to learn new skills. It was through running printing workshops that Charlie realised that he wanted to teach and after training in schools in Brent, West London, he is excited about the opportunity to work in his home borough of Newham.

Charlie has enjoyed teaching Design & Technology, Art and Engineering during his career and has found the perfect place to be involved in all of these subjects at LDE UTC.

Shafina Vohra

Teacher of A-level Psychology, Head of Faculty [Options], LEGO Innovation Studio Lead. 

My first degree was in Psychology through which my dissertation was accepted for publication in APA (American Psychological Association). Alongside my role as an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, my experience of teaching students at UCL & Birkbeck began my journey into A-level teaching. I trained at UCL (Institute of Education) through the School direct salaried route at NELTA (Beal High School) and was awarded an outstanding QTS in Psychology, post-16.

The wealth of experience gained across various schools and education set ups provided me with ongoing opportunities to develop my pedagogy, try new things and refine my professional skills. This led to my being able to innovate new approaches to teaching & learning that were further encouraged when I joined LDEUTC.

My role in developing the LEGO Education Innovation Studio as a certified LEGO Education Academy Teacher Trainer has received much appreciation & recognition as we are now on an international platform. As well as delivering conferences and workshops locally in the UK, we have taken our methods overseas to Italy & Mexico whilst others (Saudi Royals, Russian delegation) have visited us. We also host LEGO primary school workshops with varying focus that have been a huge hit for us in East London. The LEGO learning that I have developed is embedded into Psychology as it provides learners with a playful way to learn, allowing them to take ownership of their learning. Many departments are now also seeing the benefits of this hands-on approach and this has led to my being a PhD candidate at Imperial College where I hope to provide scientific evidence for my work using LDE as a research base, thus allowing a fruitful collaboration with academia & industry.

As Lead CPL I have also had a wonderful opportunity to work alongside senior leaders and enhance the CPL offering at LDE for staff development. This collaborative role has given me insight into excellent practice seen around our college and how we can use our own strengths for curriculum development both inside and outside the college. The support and monitoring system in place at LDE allows for continuous development and gives staff the opportunity to showcase their strengths.

Finally, the Head of Faculty role at LDE has been one of immense learning for me. My team is wonderful and very supportive which further enables me to carry out my duties successfully. Understanding the needs of learners for subjects that I don’t teach has also been a learning curve for me as it strengthens my own professional standing with learners whilst maintaining a focus on development and progress.


Mohamed Shafi
Teacher of Business Studies

Mohamed Completed a degree in Marketing with Business from the University of Hertfordshire. He has taken the school centred initial teacher training route at an outstanding school which has played a key role in his development as a teacher.

Mohamed is a firm believer in hands on learning which is the reason he introduced the young enterprise society to LDE. Through this society, he has helped learners start up a business and run it for the year. Learners have gained invaluable work experience and have a taste of entrepreneurship. Through this, projects like this, Mohamed hopes his leaners become well rounded individuals that will use all the skills they learn both inside and outside of the classroom in their everyday lives.


Sabrin Aman

Lead Humanities

Sabrin’s love for teaching began in university where she completed a teaching English as foreign language course. After completing her degree, Sabrin taught English in Ethiopia for a year and then returned to complete a PGCE in Secondary History at the Institute of Education. “I've been teaching Humanities for seven years and have had some great experiences. I taught in a large mixed comprehensive for four years in North London, where I went from an NQT to KS3 co-ordinator and developed in behaviour for learning and assessment for learning. I then moved to become Head of History and Sociology at Sarah Bonnell School where I have had the chance to have worked with some fantastic people and have learned how to challenge and expect the best in our young people”. Sabrin is looking forward to the next chapter in her career at the London Design and Engineering UTC. 

Toby Swan

Lead Physics

Toby has been teaching Physics in East London for 16 years.  Working with students of all abilities from KS3-KS4 he also led a KS5 Physics teaching team for 10 years before joining LDE UTC in 2017 as Head of KS5 Science.  He was born in London, studied Physics at The University of Birmingham and trained as a teacher at King’s College London.

Toby highly values the skills that studying Physics develops and their use in being able to break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable components whilst also revealing complexity in the seemingly simple or mundane. Through experiment, discussion and use of mathematics, Toby hopes to inspire and enable students to become the problem-solvers of the future.

Toby enjoys music of all sorts, playing drums for several bands. He likes physical challenges such as marathons or treks, through which he raises money for various charities. He also loves to cook for friends and spend time with his family.

Ethan Fahy

Teacher of Chemistry

Ethan completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at King’s college London, it was here that he gained invaluable experience working in the lab. He used a variety of analytical equipment and techniques to further the research into how the chemistry of the different signalling pathways within the body’s cells could influence asthma.

Following his degree, he began his teaching career as an LSA. Swiftly after starting he was asked if he would be interested in teaching, taking on several classes the following year. At the same time, he completed his teaching qualification gained through the Schools direct programme delivered at the UCL IOE.

Ethan has a passion for science and learning. It is his hope that he is able to pass on his passion to those he teaches, so that they may better themselves and achieve their goals.

Alexia Alexander,
NQT of Physics

Alexia completed her undergraduate degree at Imperial College London. During her time at Imperial she undertook several research placements in high energy physics, and focussed on neutrino physics for her dissertation. Alongside her scientific studies she also undertook courses in philosophy, literature, and education, all of which encouraged her love of interdisciplinary studies. She also spent several years working as a coding instructor, teaching JavaScript and Python, and a STEM Activity mentor. These positions cemented her love of teaching, and upon graduating from Imperial she went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Science at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Alexia’s love of science derives from her awe in the universe, and her wish to uncover the mysteries of the world around her. She works to inspire the same curiosity in her students, and to give them to tools to be able to analyse and understand the physical world. She aims to make her classroom interesting and accessible to students with a wide range of interests and passions, so that all her students can learn to love science.

Maryam Sadraie

Teacher of Biology

Maryam received her Medical Genetics BSc degree from Queen Mary university of London in 2010, she then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Reproductive Biology at Edinburgh university. Following this she had then joined Professor Darren Griffin laboratory at Kent university to get her PhD degree in Reprogenetics. During her studies she focuses her PhD theses on Implementation of Clinical Assisted Reproduction Technologies for the Improvement of in vitro Production of Porcine Embryos: From an IVF Clinic to a Pig Farm.

During her PhD training she built a strong background in Genetics, Reproductive biology, developmental biology, Molecular biology and interaction between gene and nutrients. She has been fortunate to collaborate with several research institutes such as Guy’s and St Thomas hospital in London and JSR genetics centre. Maryam has published several scientific papers in science journals.

Maryam completed her teacher training with Harris federation through a School direct placement. She obtained her QTS in June 2018 at Harris Academy South Norwood.
Maryam has a wide range of experience from teaching degree students requiring a high level of academic support, to KS3 and A level students in additional to those outside of mainstream education who need to support to ensure they are not falling behind on the much-needed fundamental understanding and confidence in the subject.


Rayeeda Sabur 

Teacher of Science

Rayeeda joined us in September 2018 as Teacher of Science having studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Westminster.

Rayeeda is passionate about all things science, in particular the functioning of the human body. Rayeeda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Science department at LDE UTC having carried out many scientific research studies and obtained first hand experience in laboratory work.

Having 7 years of experience teaching students of all abilities from KS3-KS5, Rayeeda hopes to influence learners at LDE UTC to grow a deep understanding of the Science world. 

In her spare time Rayeeda likes to travel around the world, she appreciates nature and has a great passion for food.


Hasan Urus 

Teacher of Biology

Hasan has been teaching Biology since 2014. He studied for his BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics/Microbiology at Queen Mary, University of London and completed his Master’s degree in Medical Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow. He completed his Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Hasan had the opportunity to do hands-on laboratory Genetics research on the Pax2 gene regulatory region to understand its function and evolution in his final year of Bachelor’s degree. For his Master's research, he proposed a new protocol for the diagnosis of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF).

Hasan went on to teach Biology in the United Arab Emirates, UAE at the Military High School for three years and joined John Ruskin Sixth Form College London on his return where he increased learners’ attendance and achievement as a Biology and Chemistry teacher for two years.

Hasan is enthusiastic about Laboratory research and STEM, and he is looking forward to bringing this enthusiasm and high expectations to the London Design and Engineering University Technical College.

Nazmin Chowdhury

Lead English 

With 11 years experience behind me of working In Education with young people in various capacities from student welfare pastoral, I decided to step in to the classroom in 2013 and teach English. Since qualifying as a teacher of English, I have worked in 3 different good to outstanding schools in and around London. I have been privileged to have worked with some outstanding practitioners where I have gained a wealth of pedagogical knowledge and experience.

Reading has always been an essential element of life for me. Teaching literature and writing allows me to share my love of reading with young minds. I hope that my passion for the subject,as well as, my training as an educator will help to open the minds and doors of opportunity for students and, help them link the skills English literature and language across the whole curriculum and the outside world.

It is my hope that students will be positively influenced by what I have to offer, just as I was influenced by my English teacher.


Erin Cummings

Teacher of English

Erin is an American native who has spent her life living, traveling, and working abroad. After completing her degree at McGill University, Erin spent five years teaching English to students at international schools in both Hong Kong and China, before finally relocating to London. These diverse experiences abroad have shaped Erin’s approach to teaching, and allow her to bring a unique cultural perspective to her lessons and subject matter.

As an English teacher, Erin firmly believes that literature should be linked to real-world events, and she encourages students to continuously make connections between the texts that they read and the world around them. By demonstrating her own enthusiasm for language and literature, Erin hopes to instill a love for the subject in her students as well.

Sara Ishaq

NQT of English

Sara studied English Literature at London South Bank University, and then progressed to do her PGCE teacher training at Havering College. Whilst doing this she decided to be an English cover teacher to gain experience. Sara wishes to inspire learners to take a deeper insight into English Literature and Language and find their own love for it. Sara is very excited to be teaching English Literature and Language GCSE.





Kate Kelly

Teacher of English

A highly experienced, enthusiastic and committed English teacher, Kate is passionate about her subject. She has taught in a variety of teaching environments and held posts of responsibilities ranging from head of KS4 English to whole school literacy. She has been a mentor to many new English teachers and trainees. She is an examiner for AQA and an active member of Litdrive, an ever-growing online organisation of specialist English teachers who have joined forces to share good practice, free CPD and research.

Kate graduated from Sussex University and then went on to study her PGCE at Manchester University. She is an avid reader and theatre goer. 

Anne Lewis

Assistant SENCO  

Anne has been helping her students achieve their language and literacy goals for more than 10 years. She began her career teaching English as a foreign language in Spain and Japan. On her return to the UK she completed a Secondary English with Drama PGCE at Warwick University. She has successfully worked as an English teacher in an FE college and in an inner city boys’ secondary school. 

While pursuing an MSc in the Psychology of Education at the Institute of Education, Anne developed a special interest in language and literacy research. This led her into working as a teacher and coordinator in a leading school for children with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. Anne firmly believes that precise assessments, clear targets and creative interventions can improve outcomes for student of all abilities

Hayder Khan

Lead Mathematics 

Hayder Khan
Head of Faculty for Mathematics
With 20 years of experience in a teaching and leadership role in both an FE and Sixth Form environment, Hayder is an experienced leader with a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). A graduate of both UCL and London’s Imperial College, studying advanced mathematics and Engineering, he is able to bring his vast experience to LDE.

Hayder has been the Deputy Director for the Waltham Forest Post 16 STEM project securing £100k’s worth of funding from the London Mayors Office (LSEF) and has led on a number of high profile regional projects such as a London-wide Science and mathematics Expo as well as being project lead for the STEM Foundations STEM Assured accreditation for two schools and two Sixth Form Colleges within London.

Hayder has also been a visiting speaker at a number of national conferences such as the National Association of Managers for Support Services (NAMSS) where he led two workshops on Outstanding Schools Liaison with over 100 delegates.  He is also an active member of the Digital Resilience Quality Assurance Group which is an initiative by the Waltham Forest Council to develop bespoke PSHE/Tutorial resources for Schools and Colleges that enable school children to stay safe online and develop their digital resilience.

Hayder has 20 years’ experience as a mathematics teacher with A level Maths and Statistics as his specialism and has worked as an examiner and an FSMQ/OCN assessor. His wide knowledge of his subject, his industry experience, and his desire to secure the best outcomes for all learners irrespective of their starting points has ensured he builds strong relationships with students and their parents quickly and delivers outstanding student results year after year.


Karl Sherlock 

Teacher of Maths 

Karl Sherlock is a recent recruit to the mathematics department and is very much looking forward to the next step and challenge in his established teaching career. Karl moved to East London from Ireland in 2007 where he achieved a 1st class honours grade in his PGCE in Education in mathematics from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has taught mathematics across key stages 3-5 and he relishes the opportunity his vocation affords him to change the lives of young people for the better.

Karl has been an assistant curriculum leader in mathematics and has a wealth of pastoral experience. Before qualifying as a mathematics teacher, Karl also lived in Germany for over four years and worked as a project manager for a software company in Ireland. He has the enthusiasm, skills and experience which he can bring to bear his new role. He recognises the importance of mathematics in opening the door to a wide variety of career paths.

Marium Fazal

NQT Maths

Marium has recently completed her PGCE in secondary Mathematics from Middlesex University.

Away from studying, Marium begun tutoring Math students at an Academy which developed her in-depth knowledge of the subject, including pedagogy and curriculum.

Marium has completed her Bachelors in Bio-Medical Engineering and tells us that she is really looking forward to exploring different applications of maths with her students.




Rhys Headland

Teacher of Maths 

Rhys Headland spent 3 years studying at the University of Birmingham achieving a degree in Mathematics. Following this Rhys then spent a year with the University of Leicester completing his PGCE in order to become a fully QTS qualified teacher. He has now successfully worked as a Secondary School teacher for three years teaching ages ranging from 11-18.

Rhys hopes to inspire a interest and passion for his subject in students and consequently use this to help develop key problem solving and mathematical skills that will help all students to excel in whatever they choose to do in the future.

Outside of work he finds great enjoyment from both watching and playing a variety of different sports.

Kwaku Brobbey 
NQT Maths
Born and raised in Newham, Kwaku's passion for maths has led him to inspire the next generation of young people and help them fulfil their potential. After achieving a degree in Economics from the University of Southampton, Kwaku worked in a secondary school for one year, when he decided to become a Maths teacher. Kwaku is passtionate about maths and is looking forward to inspire learners at LDE UTC.

Aside from academics, Kwaku is a huge football enthusiast, supporting Chelsea FC.

Parisa Hakimi

NQT Maths 

Parisa is an ambitious individual and has a passion to instil in her students high aspirations. Parisa is determined to create learning opportunities where learners can express their full potential as mathematicians and thinkers.

Having grew up in Newham, Parisa then went on to study Economics at Middlesex University and graduated with a 1st class. She then worked with young people at an outstanding sixth form in Newham, where she realised her passion for teaching.

Parisa recently completed her Mathematics PGCE at Middlesex University and during this time, she had completed her first placement at LDE UTC, she is therefore very excited to come back to LDE UTC, and is looking forward to inspiring our learners to assist them in their professional and academic goals.

Stephen Baker

Lead Pastoral Officer 

With many years’ experience in a wide range of leadership roles Steve is a highly experienced senior leader. Having worked on numbers of new school development projects he has a solid background in developing excellent student support systems and implementing these to ensure these continue to adapt to best support students to achieve outstanding outcomes. Having set up both Engineering and Construction specialist provisions in two different local authorities Steve has real understanding of the life changing opportunities high level technical education can provide.

Tony Green

Learner Support Lead 

Born and bred in the East End of London, Tony's career roots lay in the construction industry. After transferring to the education sector in 2004 he has previously worked across different boroughs developing alternative provision and individualised curriculum programmes in a range of schools.

Tony comes to LDE UTC having worked in two schools that were previously in 'special measures' and enjoyed the role he played in the promotion of these schools from 'special measures' to 'good'.

With a passion for ensuring students reach their full potential, Tony has previously implemented construction programmes and along with the work of Warren Morgan, a VCert in Music Production. He comes to LDE UTC with the aim of implementing similar programmes as well as supporting the individual needs and pathways of our learners. 

Tony has a fundamental understanding of the barriers to learning that students can face and the strategies that can be implemented to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential. He passionately believes that combining individualised curriculum programmes with mentoring ensures that learners are exposed and provided with great opportunities for progress.

Noshin Monica Nuzhat

Personal Coach 

Having graduated from the University of East London, with a degree in Business Management, Monica has been working for the past seven years and has an extensive range of experience in different sectors. These include: Retail, Fashion Analysis, and Accounting. However, Monica is now pursuing her passion for supporting students in the Education sector. Recently Monica was a Learning & Achievement Advisor, for the School of Business and Law at UEL, where she was able to advise students on both pastoral and academic support and guide them through the course of their degree.  Now she has broadened her horizons and will be joining the UTC team, as a Personal Coach where she will be offering her knowledge and experience to our students.  Monica is thrilled to be joining UTC and to get engaged with our students and help them achieve their goals and potential, whilst having a greater impact on the wider UTC team.

Janice Tricks 

Personal Coach with Responsibility for Careers, Information, Advice, Guidance

Janice started working life at age 16 working for Nat West Bank working her way up to a management position at 26 and finally becoming a training manager which was a role she had loved. Leaving London life to raise her children, Janice returned to work and took up a position on a Supported Employment programme which developed the skills of young people with learning difficulties and supported them into sustainable paid work. Employment ranged across a huge variety of roles, from retail, to the railways, solicitors to local council. During this time, Janice had travelled around the country delivering training to other colleges and agencies to advise them on setting up similar programmes. Janice's career then unexpectedly moved into the area of post 16 support at a UTC where she gained experience and demonstrated student support with their progression. Janice is skilled in coaching, outreach, developing employer engagement, UCAS process, personal statements and CV writing/development.
She has an excellent record for students moving into university, apprenticeships and employment, and is a professional individual with a passion for helping young people achieve their potential, developing business relationships within UTC's and promoting schools and colleges via outreach programmes.

Janice has worked within a UTC for over 4 years now and enjoys being a part of an environment that supports not only an academic education but also the practical skills that future employers desire from our young talented people.

Janice has been a part of the Junior Leaders Field Gun competition for the last 3 years and would welcome the opportunity to bring this unique experience to LDE along with the work she has done with the West Ham Foundation.

Janice is looking forward to her new role developing a careers strategy across LDE and working with a great team of people.

Rakhi Biswas- Evans

Cover & Study Support Supervisor 

Rakhi started her career in a boutique post production and virtual reality facility where her job ranged from making tea to managing Digital Cinema Package projects to demo-ing virtual surgery at various future tech events. She also worked as a freelance video editor including a project constructing interactive virtual lectures for a new Medical Science course at UCL. Over the last 3 years, Rakhi has worked on over 30 cohorts of the National Citizen Service programme across North East London, where her roles included delivering filmmaking workshops, coordinating community projects and leading the residential programme. Rakhi will be joining the LDE UTC team as a Cover and Study Support Supervisor while she studies for a degree in Social Science from the Open University.


Carla Doak

Cover & study support supervisor

Carla joined us in September 2019 and is a very enthusiastic individual who believes that every young adult matters and deserves the best education.

Carla has previously volunteered as a play worker in a local community for five years, this was for an open access facility for children and young adults. Carla has also worked as a SEN Teaching assistant in a local primary and secondary school in specialist SEN units. As a part of this role Carla gave support in educational needs in mainstream setting.

Carla has lived in East London for over 24 years and has three children which gives her the knowledge and experience of dealing with children and young adults from inner London.

Carla is also Chair of the LDE UTC Smile Committee, and in addition to her duties as a Cover supervisor she assists it reception, invigilates examinations, and provides one-on-one support to a variety of young learners.                                                                              



Josh Button

Digital Technology Facilitator

Josh originates from rural New Zealand and brings with him a hands on approach. He grew up on a family farm milking 450 dairy cows, creating cinematic short films for competitions, assembling specialised 3D processing and simulation computers, running his own online graphics design business, volunteering for the New Zealand Police Search in rescue in Digital Mapping Logistics and Cyber Investigation, maintaining school computer networks, developing virtual reality rally and provisional driver simulators, and training as a fixed-wing pilot.

Though his aspirations lay in the skies and beyond, Josh is currently a devoted member of the LDE staff being a part of the founding team he supports teachers and students in the use of the range of digital technologies on offer. Recently Josh became the youngest ever qualified LEGO Teacher Trainer, where he now runs many LEGO training workshops and lessons from our Innovation studio and around the country.

James Wayland

Lead Technician

Newham Native, and East Londoner through and through.
James has spent most of his career working exclusively in and around the East London area, He has accumulated over 8 years’ experience as a Technician within Design & Technology with a focus on Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, CAD/CAM with a specialism for Laser cutters and 3D Printing (FDM/FFF).

James is Fully DATA (Design & Technology Association) certified in Health & Safety for Wood working machinery and prides himself on making sure that our workshops are always in peek operating condition for all our staff and learners here at LDE.

He also has a BSc degree in Computer Game Design and programming from the University of Westminster. During his degree he specialised on 3D modelling and gained expert knowledge of various industry software packages which has helped with his transition into a Design & Technology role.

James has hit the ground running and started at LDE as Technical Curriculum Technician in April of 2018, and has quickly became an integral part of the Engineering department and supporting Civil Engineering subjects. His hard work and determination has earned him a promotion to Lead Technician in November 2018. He is excited at the prospect of progressing with his career and the new found responsibilities that the role will open up.


Hitesh Patel 

Lead Science Technician 

Born and raised in India, Hitesh graduated and began working for a manufacturing firm as a Process Engineer.

After realising his passion to study further, Hitesh moved to the UK and studied M.Sc. Polymer Engineering at London Metropolitan University which created his passion for Engineering and Technology. He then begun working for another school and stayed in that position for almost 9 years.

Hitesh joined LDE UTC as Lead Science Technician in August 2016, he says ‘It feels good to be part of school from the year its opened, and to be able to utilise and demonstrate experience and knowledge to the students at LDE UTC. 

Hemanshu Amin 

IT Helpdesk Technician & Part time Teacher of Engineering 

In 2014 Hemanshu graduated in Product Design at De Montfort University and has since been developing his skills by working in a 3D printing e-commerce and a makerspace as a Product Designer. Hemanshu then went on to co-found his company to launch a successful crowd-funding project, supporting projects for clients and running STEM clubs at schools. Hemanshu then joined MakerClub, a design and technology club for 9-14 year olds within Greenwich. A year on, MakerClub came to LDE UTC where Hemanshu delivers the club as an extra- curricular opportunity for our learners. Additionally, Hemanshu works with the IT Team to support IT infrastructure and software packages used by staff and learners at LDE UTC. During the Autumn term 2018, Hemanshu will be putting his teaching skills to good use by teaching Engineering to our learners in year 10.

Derek Jones 

Senior Engineering Technician 

A life long student of cabinetmaking and furniture design Derek Jones specialises in the making and procurement of bespoke furniture. He has managed projects for a number of major institutions including Microsoft, Bank of Canada and the Passport Office and numerous prestigious private installations. As the editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine, the UKs premier monthly journal on the subject, he has written extensively about the craft and regularly teaches classes that promote and encourage the use of hand tools. “The highlight of my career is undoubtedly having the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the next generation of craftsman as they set about remodelling the built environment of the future."

Fahad Tariq

IT Technician

After a successful year as an IT Apprentice, Fahad has been promoted to a permanent role of IT Technician within the LDE UTC. Fahad is always eager to help and very enthusiastic about his work. His passion for technology makes him a great addition to the IT Service Delivery Team.

Sonya D'Arcy

Lead Admissions 

Having travelled the world as an officer with Carnival Cruise Lines, Sonya has identified firsthand the many different transferable skills needed to successfully secure employment. Sonya’s experience in the educational sector has provided amazing opportunities, bridging the communication gap between ultra-modern schools and businesses alike.  Delivering the transferable skills students need through the creation of stimulating projects and work placements opportunities.

Sonya creates entrepreneurial partnerships between businesses and students, encouraging students to develop and utilise their creativity by contributing to brand-led community projects and fun events.

Sonya is now responsible for securing and overseeing business development, marketing and communications for the LDE UTC.

Jane Ware 

Lead Apprenticeships 

Jane Ware – Apprenticeship Manager

As Apprenticeship Manager, Jane works with the Director of Apprenticeships to develop and deliver a portfolio of high quality apprenticeship programmes at Levels 3 and 6 across the following sectors: construction, digital, and engineering & manufacturing.  She manages business operations in relation to funding, compliance and financial planning.  Working with staff in academic and professional services roles across LDE UTC, she keeps the apprenticeship team organised and informed in key areas to ensure efficiency, compliance, and ultimately the ability to fully support our apprentices in achieving success in their studies. Using commercial skills and employer engagement expertise, Jane acts as the point of contact for apprentices and employers, and oversees the whole process from promoting the programmes, to recruiting apprentices, to bid writing, to ongoing contract management.

The national UTC brand identity was designed by Jane in 2009 and following this she served as Director of Communications for the Baker Dearing Educational Trust until 2013.  As a member of the original core team of four at BDT, her role also involved working with DfE and advising individual UTCs at bidding, pre-opening and open stage.  She has worked for several universities who sponsor UTCs and academies, and brings a practical and professional approach to bridge the space between secondary, further and higher education.  With wide experience of setting up UTCs and working with exceptional leaders in education, her focus is turning ideas into something real that can be communicated and executed.

Jane has an LLB from the University of Sheffield and was previously Company Secretary of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and Head of Policy & Research, co-editing the Trust’s groundbreaking annual educational outcomes report from 1997 to 2006.

Rob MCCorkell

Head of MIS

As well as having a Physics degree from the University of Liverpool and a PGCE from Queens University, Belfast, Rob has completed the NPQH qualification and has a Diploma in Educational Management from Leicester University.

Rob has worked for 30 years as a teacher, teaching Physics to A Level students. He has worked in several types of school (Comprehensive, overseas (Bahamas, 3 years), Independent Boarding (10 years) and Grammar schools (16 years). For almost 14 of those years he held the position of Assistant Head Teacher in a Grammar school, responsible for Specialist College status, timetabling, data analysis, target setting and strategic lead on ICT, giving him a broad experience of most aspects of school life and organisation.

Rob had decided to move out of the classroom and into school administration and now works with us at LDE UTC as Head of MIS, responsible for timetabling and data analysis.  Streamlined processes and good organisation are the backbone of every good school, enabling teachers to teach and learners to learn effectively.

Sharon Sahota 

Office Manager

Having worked in education for more than ten years, I have seen the change and the innovative support that some schools are now transporting to Education. I am so pleased to be part of the team here at London Design and Engineering whose vision is to teach students about the industry alongside equipping them with skills for the future in a great educational setting.

An entrepreneur at the age of 21 with my own business, personal assistant in the metropolitan police, head of the typing pool in a stock brokers and manager of a nursery is where my skills have developed from strength to strength.

Realizing my passion for young people who are the next generation. I moved into education. I have experience in both primary and secondary schools. Working in conjunction with all the staff members to help deliver an outstanding working environment for students to exceed in life.

“Every child matters! Be happy, proud and confident adults of the future, whatever career path you choose”.


Monisha Shandal
Finance and Admin Officer

Monisha graduated from The University of Kent a few years ago and since then the majority of her career has been within the finance field with companies located in Kent, with her last position being a Finance Assistant for Kent Police. Monisha has been a volunteer for two years for Kent Police within the Neighbourhood Watch Department helping to reduce crime within the Kent area.

Monisha’s career highlight has been implementing process change initiatives in order to ensure organisations are achieving the most efficient working practices within the finance department.

Most recently, Monisha had moved to the London area and is looking forward to progressing her career and adding value to LDE UTC as it continues to grow and prosper.

Chanel Edwards
Finance Officer

Chanel began her finance career in 2004, working in an array of Accounting and Finance roles.

In 2011, she graduated from the University of East London with an Upper Second BA Hons and has since worked at KPMG, Ernst & Young and most recently at UKguests.com Ltd as a Finance and Accommodation Officer for international language students.

Over the years, her passion and knowledge of financial operations has developed, leading her to want to further her career.

As a Newham resident, mother and newly qualified yoga teacher, coupled with her experience of working with students, Chanel is keen to implement her skills and passions to her work here at London Design and Engineering UTC.

Ziba Agdelen

Data Entry/ Receptionist

Ziba joined LDE UTC in August 2016 as Data Entry/ Receptionist. Prior to this Ziba worked at a school in Hackney for 8 years as a Student Attendance and Welfare Officer, she also supported the Admin team, supporting them with Reception duties. During her time at the school Ziba worked closely with  students and their families to improve attendance and punctuality and as a result, made a huge impact on attendance across the school. 

“Education is key and with continued good attendance, students will achieve their full educational potential”.

Ziba is a dedicated and consistent staff member within her role as Data Entry and Receptionist and ensures attendance and student well-being is her utmost priority.  

Brooke Holdgate

Executive Assistant & HR

Brooke joined the support staff team in August 2016 as the Principal’s Personal Assistant and HR manager.  Prior to starting with us at LDE UTC Brooke worked for the London Borough of Newham within Resources Directorate for 5 years. She has a wealth of experience working with schools and alongside the senior management team. Brooke is dedicated to her role as Executive Assistant and works closely Principal and CEO, Geoffrey Fowler, supporting his workload and managing his diary, Brooke also has a lead role in the management of Human Resources at LDE UTC.

Fiona Denney 

Cover & Trip Coordinator

Fiona has moved to LDE UTC from a Grammar School in Kent where she not only managed the Cover system, but also taught Food Technology. Before this she had many years as a successful and innovative Primary teacher in inner London where alongside her teaching duties she managed the work experience program of the school. In her last position she also assisted with the day to day running of the Learning Resources Centre, Reprographics and several other aspects of the Support Staff team.

Fiona joins LDE UTC to manage the Cover system as well as take on the responsibility of Educational Visits Coordinator. As LDE UTC is committed to expanding the learning opportunities of our Learners outside the classroom and in partnership with Business, this will be a demanding role.

In her spare time Fiona enjoys gardening and baking as well as craft activities including making patchwork quilts.

Ghulum Abbas

LDE UTC Project Manager

Ghulam is Mouchel’s Academies & Free Schools Director and the Project Manager for the LDE UTC. He is a highly talented and experienced Project Manager with an MBA and has experience of opening over 20 Free Schools. Ghulam joined Mouchel in 2013 to help strengthen and develop their service offering to Academies, Free Schools, UTCs and Multi-Academy Trusts. Prior to joining Mouchel, Ghulam was a former Assistant Director at the Department for Education. He has over 13 years’ experience working with Ministers to develop and deliver a range of policies and programmes to improve pupil outcomes. As the lead official on policy for site and buildings for Free Schools and UTCs he was instrumental in driving down capital costs and putting in place strategies to secure viable sites. Ghulam’s experience has been invaluable and will be instrumental in driving the project to a successful conclusion.

Joy Faulkner
Co-ordinating Chaplin

Since completing her BA in Youth & Community work and Applied theology, Joy has worked as a youth and community worker with people of all faiths and none. For the last 3 years she worked as Co-director of a church-based youth and community project in Islington, and spent the 5 years before that leading their work with young women.

Joy is passionate that young people not only fulfill their potential but learn how to use that potential for the good of the communities that they are a part of. She believes that young people are the leaders of today, and hopes that through the chaplaincy, young people will be supported in all areas of school life as they figure out who they are, and who they can help.