The Board is delighted to announce that Mike Wilson, currently Headmaster of Cranleigh Prep School in the UK, will be taking over from Cranleigh Abu Dhabi's founding Headmaster, Brendan Law, who has announced he will be moving on in April next year. Mike knows the Abu Dhabi school extremely well having played a pivotal role in its foundation and development. His move provides a strategic and strong succession plan.
Mike wrote the school’s 3-18 curriculum plan, co-wrote its business plan and has been actively involved as a Board member since 2014. The current Senior Leadership Team all know and respect Mike and are looking forward to working with him.
Mike will officially take on the role next academic year but will be spending time in Abu Dhabi on a regular basis until then. His first trip will be with the Chairman of the Cranleigh Board, Adrian Lajtha, in October when he will meet with parents, pupils and staff. Matt Ford, Second Master at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, will be acting Headmaster for the third term this academic year.
Mike brings with him over 30 years of top class British educational experience. Runner up in the Tatler ‘Best Prep School Head Award’ in 2016, the majority of his career as an educator has been in the UK but his CV also tells a story of passion for international education. Apart from his significant involvement with Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Mike has spent four years teaching in his native Kenya (where he also coached the national tennis team) and played a key role in the establishment of Dulwich International College in Phuket, Thailand when it opened in 1997. His career has taken him into every area of school life, as a practitioner, manager and, for the last 15 years, as a leader.
Mike has held a number of senior roles in leading UK schools, including Headmaster at Edge Grove School and Head of Sixth Form and careers at Bradfield College, but his deepest connection is with Cranleigh where he has worked for a total of 25 years. Mike’s first job was with Cranleigh UK as a Chemistry teacher in 1982 and since then, he returned twice – firstly in 1989 and again in 1998 – before accepting his current role as Headmaster of the Prep School in 2008.