Issue 2 2023

CEO MONTHLY / ISSUE 2 2023 20 Dec22506 Charter Schools are a new concept in Abu Dhabi, with the first school, Al Rayana having opened in 2018. The schools are run as a strategic partnership between the government and the private sector. The government supplies public funding, and the schools are privately operated. When the first school opened, it welcomed 2,700 students. By mid-2022, such was the popularity of the Charter School model that the number of schools had Abu Dhabi company, New Century Education does education differently. The company, known as NCE, runs Charter Schools to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the tools they need to succeed. NCE’s CEO, Maggie Bailey is passionate about the power of education and the importance of compassion, and as she is recognised as our Education Administration CEO of the Year 2022 - Abu Dhabi, we learn more. climbed to 31, and the number of student places to 46,500. NCE is the education division of Abu Dhabi Capital Group (ADCG), a multi-billion dollar wealth fund. ADCG holds investments in various industries both in UAE and abroad, and manages a portfolio including globally listed equities and fixedincome investments. To date, NCE educates more than 6,000 students across its six campuses based in the districts of Al Ain and Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi. NCE bills itself as a progressive school operator that is privileged to educate the leaders of the future. Students have access to excellent facilities, and teaching staff are passionate about providing top-quality, engaging, and inclusive education across the whole school community. The progress and attainment of every student are of the utmost importance. The school lists its values as courage, collaboration, people focus, optimism, action, and transformation. Through the use of innovative AI-driven education technologies, it empowers all students to make rapid and sustained progress. With such a mission, it’s little wonder that the company chose Maggie Bailey as Chief Executive Officer in June 2022. In this role, Maggie’s key focuses are on educational management; curriculum development; soft skills including communication, problem solving and teamwork; accountability; and systems leadership. This isn’t Maggie’s first role at NCE, either, having worked as General Manager for 10 months prior to stepping up as CEO. Her experience within the education sector is vast, having also served as Vice President School Improvement KSA at GEMS Education, and as CEO at The Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust. Speaking about being a leader, Maggie states, “We are all different and leaders must differentiate in the same way as a teacher needs to with their student. Taking time to get to know our staff is the biggest challenge as CEO with competing demands and deadlines. People, systems, people, processes, people – keen to learn from our new recruits.” Ultimately, there’s little doubt that with Maggie at the helm, NCE will be able to achieve or surpass its educational ambitions. Contact: Maggie Bailey Company: New Century Education Web Address: (launching soon) Education the NonTraditional Way