Campbell Douglas


Campbell was appointed as the Principal/CEO of GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail in August 2020. A graduate of the University of Auckland, Campbell holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Educational Administration.

Prior to joining GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail, Campbell spent nine years in China where he led enjoyed two schools for Dulwich College International, one in Zhuhai and one in Suzhou. At both of these schools the focus was very much on achieving outstanding academic results and ensuring placements at the world’s top universities for all students.

Prior to his roles in China, he was Deputy Principal for a large urban secondary school in New Zealand with portfolio responsibility for curriculum, assessment and reporting, and ensuring the best possible outcomes for indigenous and minority cultures.

Campbell is a firm believer in evidence-informed approaches to education and is looking forward to further enhancing the outstanding teaching and learning that already occurs in the Academy, ensuring there is a relentless focus on achievement, and that every student is able to reach their full academic and social potential.

Outside of school, Campbell enjoys music, having previously conducted New Zealand productions of Phantom of the Opera, CATS, and The Secret Garden, as well as having a research interest in Pacific Island culture, in particular, Samoa.

Campbell resides in Dubai with his wife, Marama, who is an Early Childhood teacher, daughter Holly, and son Charlie.

From the Principal

Mr. Campbell Douglas
It is both a privilege and a pleasure to welcome you to GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail. At the Academy, our goal is a simple one – to be the best international British curriculum school in the UAE, where students Aspire, Create, and Excel.