Meet the Team

We are proud of the schools and organisations we work with around the world. Please click on the headshots below to find out more about some of our talented and dedicated colleagues.

Timothy Donald Fisher

CEO Stirling Education

Timothy Fisher is the CEO and Investment Manager of Stirling Education. He is responsible for ensuring that the schools and universities within the group continue to focus on and obtain the very best education outcomes. If the education results continue to flourish then the financial performance duly follows. Tim’s professional background is in finance & banking and Tim read undergraduate and postgraduate engineering degrees at Imperial College, London where he attained both prize winning first class and distinctions. Tim was also awarded full sports colours whilst at university.

Tim is the current Chairman of an English Football League Club.

Alex McCullough

Headmaster at Perrott Hill Prep School, UK

Alex is the Headmaster of Perrott Hill Prep School in Somerset, Stirling’s flagship school in the UK. Prior to joining Perrott Hill, Alex was the Headmaster of Polwhele House, a small and highly-regarded prep school in Cornwall. He is a graduate of Durham University, where he read music, and after post-graduate teacher training he rose rapidly to become a primary school deputy head at 27.

In 2005 he moved to the independent sector, becoming Academic Director at Foremarke Hall (Repton Prep School). He has been a Team Inspector for ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) since 2011.

Perrott Hill has won several prestigious national awards in recent years, including Pre-Prep of the Year at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2019 and the Supporting Junior Boarders Award at the BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association) Awards 2020. It was also named as one of only seven finalists for Prep School of the Year at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2020. The school features annually in the Good Schools Guide and the Tatler Schools Guide and is a regular in The Week’s Independent Schools Guide ‘best of the best preps’ feature.

Alex Martinez

Head of Primary at Thames British International, Madrid

Alex is the Head of Primary at Thames British International School in Madrid, which is a joint venture with Stirling. After completing a BA (Hons) in Linguistics at Lancaster University and then a PGCE at London Metropolitan University, Alex started work at a British School in Madrid, firstly as a Primary teacher and English and Humanities Co-ordinator, and then as Head of Phase.

After eleven years at the school, she moved to Shanghai where she worked for four years as the Assistant Head of Primary, overseeing a department of nearly a thousand students. She is delighted to have joined Thames British School in Madrid as Head of Primary and is responsible for ensuring the high standards in teaching and learning as well as the well-being of the pupils are maintained and developed further.

Prof Dr Mersid Poturak

Rector at International Burch University in BiH

Mersid is the Rector at one of Stirling’s universities, the highly respected International Burch University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He received his MBA and PhD in marketing and delivers subjects such as Strategic Marketing, Digital Marketing, Marketing Management and Marketing Services. As part of his academic life, he was the editorial assistant in the Journal of Economic and Social Studies (JECOSS) and he currently holds the position of journal editor associate.

He also co-chairs the International Conference on Economic and Social Studies (ICESoS) which focuses on publications related to economic and business-related issues in the region. He has published several books and scientific papers, loves sport and plays guitar and is the father of two lovely daughters. Mersid is proud to foster an environment in which young adults can grow and develop their horizons, at the same time as encouraging and nurturing fresh ideas and new ways of thinking.

Dr Umed Aruzery

CEO Stirling Middle East

Umed is CEO and sits on the Board of Directors of Stirling Middle East. He has served as the Vice-Chancellor, General Secretary, Representative for the Board of Trustees, Dean of Students, and lecturer for Tishk International University in Erbil.

He earned an MSc in Biophysics and PhD in Bioengineering and completed his undergraduate studies in Physics. He has a rich background in schools, formerly working as a teacher, school administrator, and head of department. His considerable experience across various levels and contexts of education enables him to guide and lead the various institutions and departments in Stirling Middle East effectively.