Born in Dublin and raised in Bristol, Gerard graduated from the London School of Economics and trained as a teacher at London’s Institute of Education. He began his career in 1988 teaching economics at Stokesley in North Yorkshire. Gerard then became the founding head of Sixth Form at Balcarras School in Cheltenham, where he was a member of the leadership team for seven years.
In 2004 he was appointed headteacher of the highly successful Sheldon School in Chippenham, Wiltshire. In 2008, Sheldon School was judged outstanding in all 38 inspection categories by Ofsted. In addition to academic success, the school also excelled in sports and the Arts.
Gerard was made a National Leader of Education in 2010 and Sheldon was identified as one of the top 100 schools in England when becoming a Teaching School in 2011.
Gerard MacMahon Gerard moved to Qatar in 2012 to be headmaster of one of the world’s largest international schools – Al Khor International School. During his tenure, Gerard has enjoyed the experience of leading a school with 4000 students aged 3 to 19 from over 60 different countries.