Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team
John Coles
John Coles
Headmaster at Haileybury Astana
BA in Geography,University of Wales, Master of Education in Educational Leadership,University of Buckingham, PGCE, QTS, University of East Anglia
Mr Coles has been working in education sector for twenty four years, having previously worked at three leading independent schools within the UK, before he moved with his family to Kazakhstan. He has a strong connect with the Haileybury Group, having worked at Haileybury U.K., located near London, for 9 years. During his career he has gained considerable Senior Leader experience, most recently leading the Haileybury School in Almaty. Due to his work in developing Digital Learners he has regularly presented at Education conferences such as BETTS, has also lectured, and coached future Middle and Senior Leaders in conjunction with UCL and the Institution of Education. Mr Coles moved to Kazakhstan almost three years ago, having previously lived in France and England with his wife Sylvie and son Louis. He strongly believes that learning an additional language has helped him understand the challenges for EAL learners. John enjoys spending time with his family, playing football and building Lego with his son. He is passionate about digital technology and preparing children for the future in a modern world. He is keen on growth mind-set, encouraging development through active learning, sports, play and holistic education.
Starting Year
2020
Inna Hakobyan
Inna Hakobyan
Deputy Head (Whole School)
BA in Romance Germanic Languages and History of Languages, Spanish with French, State University of Yerevan, Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management, University of Leicester, PGCE, QTS, University of Nottingham.
Inna has been working in education for twenty years. Prior to moving to Kazakhstan, she has worked in various UK and international schools. She has held senior leadership positions for over 10 years in various schools in the UK and abroad and she thrives on undertaking new challenges. Prior to becoming a teacher, Inna gained a vast amount of experience working as a project manager and interpreter for various international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. These roles have given her the opportunity to travel the world and develop a passion for travelling, learning about new cultures and languages. She is an avid linguist and speaks 7 languages. Speaking several foreign languages has helped her understand the difficulties for the EAL learners. Inna is a strong believer that languages give us the opportunity to become a better human being by allowing us to explore the world around us, communicating with other people from different countries and understanding other cultures. Inna is passionate about music, enjoys playing the piano and the violin in the spare time. Her other passions are travelling and cooking international dishes.
Starting Year
2020
Kate Stevens
Kate Stevens
Head of Junior School
BS with First Class Honours Psychology, 1998 (Staffordshire University) QTS, 1999 Induction, 2000 PGCE in Early Childhood Education (Oxford Brooks University)
Mrs Stevens has been teaching for 22 years having previously been the Headteacher of an outstanding Primary School in the UK. Mrs Stevens grew up in Portugal and has also taught internationally in both Bahrain and Germany. She moved to Kazakhstan this year with her husband and daughter, who also attends Haileybury. During her career, Mrs Stevens has gained extensive Senior Leadership experience, having previously been the Deputy Headteacher of 3 large Primary schools and also a school advisor for a local education authority in the UK where she delivered bespoke training packages across Worcestershire Schools. Mrs Stevens is passionate about providing high quality teaching and learning and has considerable experience in supporting and coaching teams to deliver an exceptional curriculum which ensures progression for all children. Kate is a qualified Thrive practitioner and is passionate about supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. Kate enjoys spending time with her family and is a keen runner who also enjoys travelling and sightseeing.
Starting Year
2021
Cerri Sinclair
Cerri Sinclair
Deputy Head of Junior School
BA (Ed) Hons QTS, 2003 (Trinity College, University of Wales) PGC Classics (Ancient Religions) with merits, 2015 (Trinity College, University of Wales), NPQH
With 18 years teaching experience, 15 of which in leadership, Mrs Sinclair joins us from a well established school in the United Arab Emirates, where she has been Deputy Head for the past nine years. During her career, Mrs Sinclair has worked in international schools across South America, Europe, Asia and in the Middle East. She is an accredited BSO Inspector and has been part of evaluating teams internationally. Mrs Sinclair is passionate about high quality education and aspiration for all students. She believes the possibilities are endless with the right mindset and learner resilience. She is a certified OLEVI coach and uses coaching strategies to inspire learners to reach their full potential. Mrs Sinclair’s hobbies include outdoor pursuits and writing; and currently has pieces of her written work published in anthologies. She joins Haileybury with her two children and husband, who also teaches Music at Haileybury.
Starting Year
2021
Andrea  Angus
Andrea Angus
Deputy Head Academic Senior School
BSc Mathematics, PGCE Secondary Mathematics. University of Edinburgh
Extensive experience teaching throughout the UK. She has held a number of senior leadership positions in outstanding schools including Head of St Columba’s School, an all through 3 – 18 school, Head of Senior School at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and Director of Studies at The Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh. Brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Deputy Head Academic at Haileybury Astana. Her interests include music (playing clarinet), theatre and the arts as well as yoga, walking and hiking. She enjoys learning new things and pushing herself beyond her comfort zone. She is passionate about the value of an outstanding education that encourages intellectual curiosity, creativity and courage as well as compassion and care for others. She is deeply committed to the philosophy that each and every young person should have the opportunity to grow, to flourish and to challenge themselves: simply to be the best they can be.
Starting Year
2021
Faye Fraser
Faye Fraser
Director of Music & Head of Sixth Form
BA in Music (Hons), University of Kingston, 2009; PGCE in Music (Secondary), University of London, 2010
Having grown up as a ‘third-culture kid’ and attended schools in Malaysia and Dubai, Faye truly understands the meaning and value of international education. As a teacher, Faye has worked in Bahrain and Singapore at 2 of the leading international schools in the world. Working predominantly with the Sixth Form, Faye views student leadership, educational innovation, and personalised pathways as 3 of her professional goals and these are areas that she has worked hard to establish and develop throughout her 12 years of teaching. As a Music teacher, Faye enjoys motivating and inspiring students to challenge themselves, step outside of their comfort zones and take risks. She is inspired by the famous Paulo Friere quote - “Education does not transform the world. Education changes people. People change the world” and she is passionate about ensuring that students leave Haileybury Astana as global graduates who are ready to face life’s challenges and make a difference.
Starting Year
2020
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