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Dave Hornblow

Director and Senior Consultant
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Dave Hornblow, Director and Senior Consultant, is a Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts in education and psychology, and has a Diploma in Teaching and Certificates (among others) in Personnel Administration, Safety Management, Writing and Editing, and Employment Skills.

He comments: “My essential focus is on learning how to learn – both for me and the people I work with. And I like to make sure things are contextualised.”


Among his recent projects in Bahrain have been: the facilitation of workshops on the National Qualifications Framework; the compilation and editing of Quality Management Systems for tertiary providers; the design and running of a Preparation for Teaching Programme for unemployed university graduates; the design and running of a Train the Trainer Programme; facilitation of self-reviews of educational institutions and training organisations, including classroom and workshop observations; editing of academic theses and commercial publications; and the development of strategic plans for businesses.


Among his various publications are Recognition of Prior Learning: The Challenges of Accessibility, Economic Viability, and Putting Good Practice Models into Practice and Open Management for the 21st Century. Recent presentations have included ‘Scanning the Strategic Horizon: Blue Ocean and Red Ocean Opportunities’, ‘A Contextualised Framework for Training and Development’, and ‘A Perspective on Learner-Centred Education’.

Dr Henk Huijser

International Consultant
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Dr Henk Huijser, International Consultant, has a PhD in Screen and Media Studies (University of Waikato, NZ), and a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours.  A well-published academic, Henk has an impressive portfolio in higher education that includes academic and educational development and enhancement, postgraduate coordination and supervision, and academic skills development and student support.

He comments: “My essential focus is on innovative approaches to learning and teaching, for example in the form of Problem-based Learning and technology-enhanced learning”

Bahrain related projects

In Bahrain, as the Curriculum Development Specialist, Henk introduced Problem Based Learning to Bahrain Polytechnic. He is highly regarded as an insightful education developer by both Bahraini and international staff.

Publications, International professional experience

Among his various publications are the following book titles: Problem-based Learning into the Future (2017), Myths in Education, Learning and Teaching: Policies, Practices and Principles (2015), and Finding the common ground: Narratives, provocations and reflections from the 40 year celebration of Batchelor Institute (2015). Internationally, as an education developer, Henk’s expertise has contributed to the Academic Enhancement Centre, Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, Suzhou, China, the Learning and Teaching Support Unit (LTSU), University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in Australia.

Pauline Lewis

Senior Consultant

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Pauline Lewis, Senior Consultant, is a Master of Strategic Management, has a Diploma in Information Systems and Technology and a Diploma in Maori Business Studies, and Certificates (among others) in Writing and Editing, and Project Management.
She comments: “My essential focus is in inspiring and enabling people to get the best out of themselves. There’s always more than one way to achieve an outcome, and understanding what works best in a given situation is an important focus for me”.


Among her recent projects in Bahrain have been: the compilation and editing of quality management systems for tertiary providers; the design of contextualised business process maps; the development of strategic plans for businesses; and, as a foundation member of Bahrain Polytechnic, setting up and development of the administration and operational services.


Experience in culturally diverse educational environments has been a feature of Pauline’s experience. She has managed quality operations for a group of international researchers in New Zealand; given financial and marketing advice to small businesses in Australia; assisted in the development and running of a private training institution in Papua New Guinea; and provided strategic management services to organisations in the Middle East.

Dr Ian D Morris

International Consultant

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Dr Ian Morris, an international consultant, is a Doctor of Education (University of Bath, UK), a Bachelor of Education with honours, and also has qualifications in engineering.


As part of a Scottish Qualifications Authority team, he was in Bahrain in 2011 completing the policies and guidelines for the NQF and mapping requirements for the level descriptors. Ian is an excellent communicator, coach and advisor and is recognised as a vocational specialist. He provides guidance and support to both governmental and private institutions in the business and the industry training sectors.

He comments: “My essential focus is on turning ideas and dreams into reality’


Ian has substantial international experience, working in Botswana for eight years as senior advisor to the technical colleges, and for a number of years in Mozambique supporting the development and establishment of a vocational NQF and an outcome-based vocational curriculum.

As well, he has completed work in Kenya, establishing an NQF and a competence-based curriculum, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, providing quality assurance expertise in the development of a Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.

Dr Brian Bennison

Senior Consultant

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Dr. Brian Bennison, international consultant, has an EdD from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Brian has worked successfully at all levels in the education sector including school principal, lecturer in Polytechnics and University and international educational consultant. He has worked extensively in the Pacific islands (Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands) and in the Middle East (Dubai and Bahrain).

He comments: “Rather than being deliverers of a curriculum, performers on a stage or psychiatrists ‘treating’ the young, I argue that educators need to be viewed as leaders and inventors. In order to impact positively on learner outcomes, educators need to be first and foremost pedagogical leaders. And central to this is their role in participating in and promoting effective student and institutional learning. What educators do, and how they are developed and appraised should be understood in terms of theories of leadership, as opposed to most existing theories of teaching and learning. They are also inventors of learning opportunities and assessment strategies appropriate to the educational needs of their students.”

Bahrain related projects…

Bahrain Polytechnic: Academic Adviser in the Academic Development Directorate and Chair of Research Committee. Led the BQA listing application, edited HEC accreditation application, chaired NQF qualification placement panels.

Bahrain Institute of Public Administration. Consulted on the alignment of 4 courses with the NQF.

Vocational Institutes. Developed and facilitated course on ‘Becoming an Outstanding Trainer.’ (Origin Training Centre, Golden Trust Training and Consultancy, Bahrain Society of Engineers Training Centre, AlNada Training Centre).

Amal Alashoor

Digital Marketing and Administration Manager

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Amal Alashoor, Digital Marketing and Administrative Manager, is a young Bahraini with a passion for design. She has work experience with well-known institutions that include the Bahrain Federation of Badminton and Squash, International Coaching Federation Bahrain Chapter, Applied Science University and Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA).

She is the talent behind the integrated media combinations that are an essential component of Ta’seel’s higher education and business management portfolio. Amal is currently furthering her design aspirations through her senior level studies in the Bachelor of Web Media Programme at Bahrain Polytechnic.

She comments: “My artwork is a creative reflection of a client’s desires – I utilise knowledge I have gathered from them and apply that with theory to refine my perception of their needs.”

Amal has won special prizes for her outstanding contributions to Youth City 2030 and Youth Innovation Centre contests and courses over the past four years.

Fuad Abdulla

Business Development Manager

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Fuad Abdulla, Ta’seel Business Developer, has a Bachelor of Science and has much experience in facilitating the provision and delivery of Ta’seel’s quality services to the education and training sectors in the region. Fuad has a wide range of industrial experience in management consultancy, learning and development and policy making. This includes programme design, quality reviews, delivery of training with a particular focus on strategic development and management and operations. Fuad is a Leadership & Organizational Performance Improvement Coach.

He comments: “My essential focus is on building sustainable client relationships and enabling our clients in our services offered ”

Professional Experience

Fuad’s has practiced extensively, assisting and developing businesses to higher levels of competency. He is an experienced project manager, very familiar with both Bahrain’s higher education and business sectors.

Fatima Ali


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Fatima Ali, Consultant, has a degree in Business Management from the University of Bahrain and has significant experience in teaching management subjects to job seekers at Bahrain Training Institute.


In addition to her interests in management and leadership, Fatima is specialising in training and development in the makeup and beauty industry – a move that was driven by her responses shown when she completed an occupational interests test. She has undertaken much professional training in this industry in Dubai, and now supports Vocational Training Institutes to fulfil QQA requirements.  Among her areas of expertise are the provision of moderation services and the design of a wide range of assessments.

Fatima says: “I am enthusiastic about actively applying my knowledge and skills in supporting trainers to facilitate learner-centred training and helping trainers to reach their full potential in my three areas of specialisation – management, makeup and beauty, and training. Ta’seel is a great environment for me to put into practice my talent and help organisations to achieve better results.”

Ruth Roy

International Consultant

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Ruth Roy, International Consultant, has an MBA with distinction (University of Strathclyde, Graduate Business School), a BSc with 1st class honours (University of Glasgow) and an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management and Auditing from the University of the West of Scotland. She is an experienced PRINCE2 Practitioner with strong analytical and research skills and is a Director of the Board of the French Language School, Alliance Française de Glasgow.

Her expertise has been honed in the education arena in Scotland and the UK where she is a subject area expert in enterprise and employability.

She comments: “My essential focus is in the qualifications development cycle – from idea formation through to implementation and evaluation of learning programmes and all stages in between.”

Bahrain related projects

Ruth has an exceptional understanding of the NQF in Bahrain, having being part of the team that helped with implementation of the pilot by providing training on qualifications mapping. She has mapped Bahrain qualifications to the framework and developed policies and procedures in preparation for Institutional Listing.


Throughout her substantial professional experience, she has successfully supported a variety of organisations and businesses in the development and improvement of their qualifications development cycles.