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 19 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 that consists of 10 experienced academic and business consultants (pictured below) and 8 support staff. Our team members are based in our offices in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. We have access to a number of part-time education consultants and business professionals that we leverage (if required) 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
Karen Jones Academic Director

Karen Jones

Academic Director

Karen has 27 years’ experience within education in the U.K. Germany and Middle East, working across all phases of education from primary to further education. She has led and managed at all Senior Leadership levels, including Executive Principal, and as a Head teacher and has experience leading transformational change. She is a trained Ofsted inspector and 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 14 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
Alison Gunby

Alison Gunby

Senior Academic Consultant

Alison is a school improvement consultant, with experience in policy and curriculum development, inspection readiness, coaching and staff development. A highly-motivated teacher and senior management professional from the U.K. with over 17 years’ experience in international schools within the Middle East region. Alison is passionate about the overall learning experience of children.
Asma Safadi

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.
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.
Vik Paw

Vik Paw

Education Systems Specialist

Vik is an experienced and well respected educational systems manager, particularly focused on MIS/SIS and databases including Capita SIMS.Net, Double First Engage, FROG, server management, software installation and training to end users. Vik has worked in the region for 10 years.

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

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.
Maryam Al Huremi

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 KSA over the past 5 years.
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