College Staff

Ealing Independent College would not be what it is without our team of truly passionate and dedicated teachers and support staff. Teachers at the College genuinely want their students to do well and go above and beyond to support students’ learning journeys. The College has little difficulty in recruiting the highest calibre of teachers, as we provide the perfect environment of small classes, strong student teacher relationships and a purposeful, academic ethos. Contrary to many other colleges, we boast a large number of full time permanent staff members, with a smaller ratio of part time teaching support.

Please click on the profiles below to learn more about our senior management team. To view our full staff list please click here

Dr Moores has been the Principal of Ealing Independent College for 12 years, and the success that both the College and its students have achieved over the years is very much a result of his passion and drive. He has taught chemistry all his life, and still teach all A-Level Chemists at both AS and A2 level. Being in the classroom and actively contributing to his students' learning and future success is very important to Ian. 

He heralds from the North West – home city is Liverpool. 

After a successful and privileged education at Calday Grange Grammar School on Wirral, Ian moved to Manchester in 1975 for his tertiary education. His first degree was in Chemistry which led to an offer of a CASE award jointly between Salford University and the international pharmaceutical company, Ciba-Geigy Ltd. The research project involved working with novel heterocyclic organic compounds based on fluorinated Quinoline and Imidazole ring systems. During the three year post, Ian worked jointly at both the University’s laboratories and Ciba-Geigy’s Tennax Road site (Trafford Park). At the age of 24 he was awarded a Ph.D.

Studying in Manchester enabled Ian to pursue his considerable musical interests, mainly through the Royal Northern School of Music. He is a classically trained vocalist (Tenor) and a pianist.  At the same time he started teaching Chemistry in the evening at Bolton Technical College. It was through this part-time work and through the periodic lectures he had to give at the University as part of his post graduate training that fostered his interest in lecturing and teaching. 

Ian has taught at some of the UK’s most prestigious HMC boarding and day schools. He was Head of Department and Master in Charge of Athletics at Wellington College (Berks) for five years. He then moved to Bedales School (Hants) as Head of Science for another five years. In his last post before moving to Ealing, Ian was appointed to the Senior Management Team at Cheadle Hulme School (Cheshire). All this experience equipped him well for taking on the role of Principal at Ealing Independent College. Ian has truly managed to integrate the best points of an Independent Sixth Form College with the best aspects of a school to give the College its particular ethos.

Allan Cairns is Vice Principal (Academic) at the College, as well as overseeing the Humanities faculty. He studied Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and then completed a PGCE in Secondary History at the University of Gloucestershire. Before coming to the College, Allan enjoyed ten years’ state school teaching experience, serving as both head of department and faculty. Allan has also enjoyed pastoral leadership, having been Head of GCSE and Director of Studies at the College before his promotion to Vice Principal (Academic).

During his time in the profession he has organised international school partnerships in India, helped to lead a month-long excursion trekking through the jungles of Malaysia and Borneo, climbed a 5,200 metre high mountain whilst leading the first College overseas expedition to China and transformed a History corridor into a replica First World War Trench!

Allan teaches History and Geography at the College, and is dedicated to ensuring that academic quality across all subjects consistently meets the high standards which we set for ourselves. He also leads the College's extra-curricular activity programme, providing scope for students to thrive within and beyond their studies whilst coaching the football team, West London Independent College league winners for the last two years.

Dr Elizabeth Coombes has two main roles within the College, namely Vice Principal (Pastoral) and Head of Biology. Her role as Vice Principal gives a focus in the pastoral care of our students and as Head of Biology ensures a high standard of teaching and learning is maintained in the Biology Department. 

Elizabeth’s passion is to guide the academic and social development of all students ensuring that they achieve their potential at GCSE and A-Level, and secure the best possible university place. To this end, Elizabeth has hugely enjoyed running UCAS week. This has involved an external careers advisor giving a lecture to students and parents regarding the application process as well as individual sessions with students to discuss their specific university choices. 

An example of Elizabeth's commitment to EIC students is when she decided to sit Biology exams for moral support to her A Level students in 2016: https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/ealing-independent-college-vice-principal-11376633

Phil Brack is Head of Social Sciences, and a member of the College's Board of Studies. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University, which was followed by an M.Phil in Political Theory at Oxford. He then completed a PGCE in 11-18 History at Sussex University. Before arriving at Ealing, Phil spent three years teaching A-Level Government and Politics, and leading social science courses for International Foundation Programmes at the University of Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon College.

As Head of Social Science, Phil has responsibility for the teaching of Government and Politics, Economics, and Business Studies at the college.

Claire Greenwood joined EIC as Head of English in January 2018 with over twenty years experience teaching in independent day schools, boarding schools, state sixth form colleges, Further Education, at university level and independent sixth form colleges; most recently Director of Studies and Head of UCAS at Mander Portman Woodward (MPW). She has a first class higher degree from Cambridge University, BA (hons) in English and Drama, is a Fulbright scholar and has a MA degree in English and American Literature. 

Adrian Winiecki joined Ealing Independent College as Head of Engineering (Physics and Mathematics) in September 2017. He holds degrees from University of Coventry and St Mary's University London in Mathematics and Automotive Engineering, and has been teaching Mathematics and Physics for the last 9 years. His most recent post being Head of Mathematics at Hendon School for the last four years. Adrian also has a former career as a professional rugby player, and is keen to get the entire college interested in this sport. 

Sunny Bagga joined Ealing Independent College as Head of Chemistry in September 2017. He has a PhD in Chemistry from University of Warwick and a BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from  University of Coventry. Sunny has a long background in higher education, his most recent post being Head of Department (Chemistry) at University of Coventry. He has previously worked at the College, and we are delighted to welcome him back to head up the Chemistry department. 

As the new Head of Physics at Ealing Independent College from September 2018, Mr Sheikh brings 18 years’ experience of teaching A Level and GCSE Physics. In that time he has been Head of Physics in secondary schools and Sixth Form colleges. He has worked in North London at two major secondary schools, Kingsbury High and Christ’s College Finchley, each with successful Physics Departments. After all this time, he still gets the same sense of excitement at the start of each new academic year.

 As the Head of Physics, Mr Sheikh wants to make sure every student at the College studying Physics fulfils her or his academic potential. 

Mr Garside joins Ealing Independent College September 2018 as the Head of GCSE and will also be teaching Geography and Psychology. He brings 20 years of experience acquired from independent and state schools in South Africa and England. Most recently, he has been working in a London inner city school (Hackney New School) as Head of Geography where his remit was to help set up new A-Level departments and syllabuses for Geography and Psychology. Prior to this he was Head of Geography and Head of House at an international independent school in Surrey. It was here that Mr Garside developed many online learning opportunities for the students where the focus was - ‘learn anywhere anytime’. Due to much of the work he did here Mr Garside became a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (FRGS).

Prior to working in the UK he taught in various schools in South Africa. Mr Garside worked at Camps Bay High School (Cape Town) as Head of Guidance & Counselling and Geography and at St Andrew’s College (Grahamstown) as a Geography teacher. He is a Geography and Psychology graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS, Johannesburg), has a Bachelor in Education (Bed) from the University of South Africa and holds a Masters in Environmental and Developmental Studies from London, South Bank.

Along with his teaching and managerial roles Mr Garside has been passionately involved in extra-curricular programmes. He has coached various sports including Cricket, Rugby and Football (boys and girls) and organised many excursions ranging from geographic trips to hiking and camping expeditions (Duke of Edinburgh Award).

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