New global role for Abingdon head

Felicity Lusk, outgoing Head of Abingdon School, to join GEMS Education

Felicity Lusk has revealed that she will not be retiring from education altogether when she leaves Abingdon at the end of this term. Felicity will be taking up a new position with GEMS Education as Vice President Education in the next academic year. GEMS, whose head office is in Dubai, is an award winning education foundation with schools around the world educating 250,000 pupils.

Speaking about her next step, Felicity said: “Although I am retiring from the Headship of Abingdon and I will certainly miss this superb school, I am not ready to leave education altogether and this opportunity is very exciting. I am looking forward to taking on a very different role as part of this global organisation, where I will be supporting the strategic direction and performance of a group of schools.” 

Founded by the entrepreneur, Sunny Varkey, GEMS has expanded rapidly over the last 20 years to become a world leader in education. Felicity follows in the footsteps of Tony Little, former Headmaster of Eton, who joined GEMS in 2015 as Global Chief Academic Officer and Sir Christopher Stone, former CEO of The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, who became Chief Education Officer at GEMS at the end of last year.

Adrian Burn, Chairman of Governors at Abingdon School, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for Felicity and we wish her every success in her new role.”

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