Fiona Cottam


Hartland International School
Fiona Cottam - BA (Hons), HDip, MA, NPQH 
Fiona joined Hartland International School in 2016 after a successful tenure at GEMS Education. Initially joining Jumeirah College as Principal in 2009, she held a number of senior roles including Director of Schools and SVP New Schools. Prior to this, Fiona was Headteacher at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Kent. A graduate of University College Dublin, Fiona majored in Classical Music and English. 
Fiona sits on several local and international boards including the COBIS Board, The Irish Business Network Dubai and the International Task Force on Child Protection. She delivers on the MSc in Leadership for Woman at The Royal College of Surgeons, Dubai and is part of the schools advisory group at The University of Birmingham Dubai, delivering to the IPGCE students on child protection issues. Fiona also delivers the NPQH for the IOE at UCL. 

Skills Development Training

15 November 2022 | 15:00 - 15:30 | English | Safer Recruitment: Best Practice, Policy and Guidelines

The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a membership association that represents more than 450 schools and organisations globally. High-quality COBIS schools educate over 165,000 students and employ more than 17,000 teachers in more than 80 countries. We believe that children, young people and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind and we have an unfaltering commitment to promote their welfare to keep them safe. We are committed to reducing risk connected to all safeguarding and child protection matters. Effective recruitment is essential in safeguarding children and young people. So what is best practice in an international setting and how can we ensure that even in times where we face challenges in recruitment, that staff, volunteers and governors are appropriately vetted? As a COBIS elected Board Member, I will share our findings, policy and best practice in the hope that it will help you in your recruitment for the future.