Ian Thurston

Principal, DIA Emirates Hills

Ian is a school Principal with a demonstrated history of outstanding leadership in education. An Economics graduate of the University of Sheffield, UK, he began teaching Secondary Mathematics in 2003, has been living in Dubai since 2007 and working in leadership positions since 2014, including Deputy Head (Pastoral & KS5), Head of Secondary and now Principal (KG-13). He is passionate about wellbeing and enjoys developing those around him. Vastly knowledgeable about IB education and global university placements, Ian has shared this experience at conferences for the IB and UCAS. Ian is a father of two and he believes in positivity, leading a fun-filled life, enjoying camping and triathlons.

Leaders in Education Conference

16 November 2021 | 15:15 - 15:35 | English | Creating a Culture Through Finding Your Purpose

A house needs foundations and an orchestra needs a conductor - a clear purpose is everything to an organisation. School's are no different. Their purpose is their soul and identity, providing a platform to build. It articulates why an organisation exists and how it wants to impact each human it interacts with. The session will discuss the need for purpose in your school, why purpose-driven organisations outperform others and how to develop it.