Our Leadership Team

Enabling local
and global success

Our experienced teachers and staff leaders are the bedrock of our success at Tenby International School Tropicana Aman. As the link between philosophy and action, the role of our leadership team is crucial in personalising our approach of Amazing Learning for the benefit of each and every child.

Teachers here know that they can make an impact far beyond the classroom. By instilling a school culture that places emphasis on independence and resilience, they play a key role in developing students with the attributes necessary to be successful in both work and life.

Jane Kuok
Campus Principal

Jane began her Tenby Schools journey in 2008 at Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park. Subsequently, she moved to Tenby Schools Ipoh, before taking the reins here at Tenby International School Tropicana Aman.

Jane holds a BA Hons (QTS) & M.A. in Educational Leadership and has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles. She led Tenby Schools on a successful accreditation journey with CIS and WASC and also helped earn a joint accreditation for both our Malaysian National and International schools, which was a first in Malaysia. Jane also Chairs Council of International Schools’ accreditation team visits.

Meet our Leadership Team

Debra Birchall
Head of Primary

Debra Birchall has been in education for over 25 years. She began her career in Manchester, both as a class teacher and a KS2 coordinator. She first moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1997, where she worked for ten years at The Alice Smith School, leading teaching and learning as Director of Studies. Since then, Debra has held senior positions in both international and UK schools. As a primary headteacher, she has a proven track record of successful leadership, with both Chorlton CE Primary in Manchester and the British International School, Kuala Lumpur achieving top gradings.


Debra has an MA (Hons) in History from the world-renowned University of St. Andrews. She completed her teaching qualification (PGCE) at Jordanhill, Glasgow and subsequently secured her qualification for headship (NPQH) at the University of Manchester.


Possessing an in-depth knowledge of the English National Curriculum and Assessment for Learning, Debra has led professional development for other schools, acted as a guest speaker at conferences both in the UK and SE Asia, and published articles on teaching and learning. She is a qualified school inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Penta International, as well as being a Peer Accreditor for the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).


With a love of literacy, she is an avid reader and has recently been pursuing her own personal goal for writing fiction. Outside school, she enjoys travelling and has undertaken independent travel with her husband, Richard and son, Stan. She is an enthusiastic walker and has been successful in ascents of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kinabalu. On a less energetic level, she enjoys theatre-going, live music and sport.

Rani Iqbal
Head of Secondary

Rani was born in Lancashire in the north-west of England.  She graduated from the University of Lancaster with a BA (Hons) Communication Media with English Language and went on to obtain a PGCE in Secondary English in 1999.  She has also recently obtained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).  


She spent many years working in schools near Manchester and also in London prior to relocating to the UAE six years ago.  This is her third headship of a Secondary School, having previously led a Secondary School in Dubai. During her time there, she enabled very successful outcomes and grew the culture of sport and Post-16 provision to very good and outstanding standards.


She trained and worked as an English teacher, before taking on whole school responsibilities and senior leadership roles. Her responsibilities have included leadership of curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning.


In 2015, Rani assumed a senior leadership position in a British Curriculum Secondary School, before becoming the Head of Secondary and Vice Principal. She was able to provide transformational leadership to a very successful level to improve the outcomes for all students.


Her philosophy is that all children deserve the best education that a school can provide, and she is relentless in her pursuit to make this a reality. 


She is highly skilled in rapport building with staff at all levels and has an excellent track record of school improvement and attainment and progress. Her approach is to establish a high standard of education by building cohesive teams that work collaboratively on a creative curriculum, within established systems of care, to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send in a letter of application together with a comprehensive CV including personal details, qualifications, work experience and contact details of three referees to hr.tta@tenby.edu.my

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