Leading Education Consultants

Intuitive Education Consultants (IEC) are a leading, consultancy specialising in establishing and managing successful international schools within the Middle East over the last 20 years. Our team of experienced academic and business consultants provide strategic advice across all phases of education and are experts in establishing new schools, school improvement and market positioning. We also advise on policy and procedures, leadership development, preparation for inspection and the use of ICT solutions to enhance education.

IEC’s approach is collaborative, expert and rigorous. Together we can help your school set standards of excellence and fulfill the highest expectations for your students and staff within a happy, caring and supportive environment.

Specialised solutions for K-12 schools

Program and project management to open new schools

Recruitment of experienced and skilled school staff

Development and implementation of new school marketing strategies

Implementation of ICT solutions

Governance and ownership, business and financial management

Property and facilities planning, development, operations
 and due diligence

Selection and implementation of accredited curricula

Development & implementation of school improvement plans


To facilitate education opportunities to provide learners with a brighter future


Provide clients in the education sector with professional and dedicated consulting and school management solutions

Our Team

A full-time team of experienced academic and business consultants (pictured below) and supporting staff. Our team are based in our offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. We also work closely with several associates on a project by project basis.

Julia Jefferson


Julia has over 30 years’ experience in education, 18 of which has been as an executive principal in KSA. She has been a board member of various councils including one reporting to a New Zealand Government select committee on Early Childhood Education and is currently a board member of several international schools in the Middle East. She is extremely passionate about education and that no child should be left behind, every child should be enabled to reach their full potential and she has always remained committed to this philosophy.

Grant Jefferson

Chief Executive Officer

Grant has experience in the strategic leadership and management of a range or organizations in the Middle East over the last 15 years. He is an experienced school governor, for a number of international schools in the Middle East and has led the opening to successful operation, and development, of a several of successful schools. This has included all aspects of school opening and development. He has also completed a number of successful management consulting assignments for large clients in the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand over the last 30 years.

Grant Jefferson CEO
Susan Barratt Academic Director

Susan Barratt

Academic Director

Susan has been a senior leader within schools for over 20 years and has experience in leading transformational change in schools. She has participated in school improvement projects in schools in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. She leads improvement services across all IEC schools, supporting Principals and Senior Leadership teams.

Tim Murray

Business Development Manager

Tim is a highly motivated business development and relationship manager from New Zealand with 15 years’ experience in Australasia and the MIddle East. He has trained experience in identifying the needs of private and public sector organisations and international schools. He has contributed to the opening and market positioning of a several successful international schools in the MIddle East. He is responsible for managing client and partner relationships, identifying new opportunities and providing strategic direction for IEC.

Tim Murray Business Development
Jennifer McGuigan Academic Consultant

Jennifer McGuigan

Primary Academic Consultant

Jennifer has 17 years’ experience within education in Ireland, the U.K. and the Middle East, working at Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Head Teacher Levels. In her most recent school in the U.K. she led a phenomenal change, taking it from “Serious Weaknesses” to “Good” within 24 months. She has also worked as a Specialist Leader of Education for a registered National Teaching Alliance, helping troubled schools in numerous areas, from supporting NQTs in the early years to dealing with capability procedures.

Asma Safadi

Senior Academic Consultant

Asma is a school improvement consultant with experience in teaching and assessment, teacher training, integrating ICT in teaching and learning, inspection readiness, monitoring and evaluation, and the development of policies, procedures and curricula. Asma is from Lebanon and has worked in international schools in KSA since 1995.
Asma Safadi
Laura Murray

Laura Murray

Marketing Director

Laura has over 10 years’ experience in marketing for large organisations and schools in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. She couples her marketing expertise with her background and qualifications in education to develop and implement innovative marketing strategies and plans for schools. She has managed many successful campaigns that have helped schools to significantly increase their brand presence, leading to increased enrolments

Scott Jefferson

Business Development Manager

Scott has strong knowledge of ICT, project management and financial functions relating to school operations. Scott has managed large ICT implementation projects for top international schools in the region. He has also been instrumental in performing financial reviews and forecasting for new school projects. He has a robust understanding of the Middle East education market and a keen eye for business development opportunities.
Scott Jefferson
Mohamed Mohamed

Mohammed Mohammed

Senior Program Manager

Mohamed is a project management professional civil engineer with 24 years of experience, 14 of which has been in KSA. He has a wide range of diversified expertise which he has gained during his career including project management, engineering consultancy services, risk management, project management office, portfolio management, projects finance, investment and development. Mohamed is adopting Agile mindset and focusing on defining the right path to achieve the strategic organizational objectives.

Maryam Al Huremi

Marketing Consultant

Maryam is a highly creative and skilled graphic designer and photographer who has led and coordinated school marketing projects for international schools in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia over the past 6 years.

Maryam Al Huremi

Marvin Yousry

Digital Marketing Specialist

Marvin is a highly creative and skilled graphic designer with over 10 years’ experience in Graphic, Motion & Web Design. He has extensive knowledge with digital media and its latest trends. He has worked with agencies in the United States to improve their client’s presence on the web by building unique websites that comply with the latest standards and improve clients search rankings by implementing search engine optimization techniques. He is also the founder of Compare Bahrain – a price comparison service for top electronic products across leading retailers in Bahrain and Point Bahrain, an online location-based directory service.

Dr. Hussain Seroor

Senior Associate Consultant

Hussain has worked with Tribal, EDT and Quality House consultancy in school improvement and inspections (part-time) within private and public schools in Bahrain, KSA and UAE.  He holds a PhD, Master and Bachelor in Education and Management, plus CNNA in teaching & education. In addition he holds a level 1 & 2 Coaching and mentoring practitioner, SQA certificate in Planning and delivering Training sessions to groups for level 6 & 7, certificate from Tribal middle east in schools inspections, and Social Media for Trainers certificate. Hussain has completed over 1000 inspections both as a team and lead inspector in public and private schools in Bahrain, KSA and the UAE. He has worked as a teacher in Secondary Technical and Vocational Schools in Bahrain, a senior teacher, deputy head and school principal for more than 20 years and worked at Bahrain Polytechnic as career advisor, student counselor, and head of mentoring, students’ affairs manager, and math teacher.

Hussain Seroor Associate Consultant