Meet the team


Dr Katharine Vincent


Katharine started her career as an English teacher in east London and went on to hold a number of senior roles in several London secondary schools. She was previously a member of the senior leadership team at Mulberry School for Girls and is delighted to have returned to the Mulberry Schools Trust as Principal of Mulberry UTC. Katharine has a masters and a doctorate in education and has extensive knowledge of teaching and learning, education policy, school leadership and teacher education.

Katharine is passionate about providing all young people with access to the best possible educational opportunities. As Principal of Mulberry UTC, she will work closely with the staff, governors, students and parents to ensure the UTC provides outstanding academic and technical learning and that it makes a positive contribution to the local community.




Ben Rew

Senior Vice Principal

Ben started his teaching career as a teacher of mathematics and fifteen years on is still passionate about his role in the classroom. With over 10 years’ experience as a Head of Mathematics and Assistant Headteacher, Ben has an established track record of improving outcomes in maths, STEM and careers education on a whole school level.

As Senior Vice Principal at Mulberry UTC, Ben will play a key role in ensuring that students achieve their ambitions and that they are provided with a purposeful and creative learning environment in which to do so. Alongside the rest of the senior team, Ben will help to create a vibrant learning community for our students, making use of the UTC’s cutting edge facilities and work-related opportunities.





Sally Brian

Vice Principal

Before taking up the role of Vice Principal at Mulberry UTC, Sally was Head of Humanities at Mulberry School for Girls, having previously led the citizenship and social science departments. Sally is passionate about creating a culture of global citizenship, both within the classroom and across the school, and has led several extra-curricular programmes including Model United Nations.

As Vice Principal at Mulberry UTC, Sally will ensure that students’ well-being is a priority for all, through providing a safe, secure and supportive learning environment. In addition, she will support our staff to develop as experts and innovators, so that the UTC can providing a cutting-edge learning experience for all its students.





David Dobbs

Director of Progress

Before starting his teaching career David worked at Jaguar Cars for five years in marketing and advertising and has also worked for Ford Motor Company in human resources. David has over 7 years’ experience working in inner city London schools teaching a variety of subjects and specialising in post 16 education. David has leadership experience in both pastoral (Head of House) and curriculum (Head of Faculty) roles.

David has also lived and worked overseas for three years teaching English as a foreign language and progressed to become a teacher trainer. He taught in India, Japan, Australia and Brazil. As Director of Progress, David will support students towards reaching their educational goals and having a great overall experience whilst studying at Mulberry UTC.






Marisa Bruce

Director of Progress

Marisa has taught in Tower Hamlets for the last five years and has a track record of establishing outstanding pastoral support systems. She has led year groups from years 10-13 and is experienced in supporting students to be successful with university applications and progression to apprenticeships and employment.

Marisa is committed to social mobility and to ensuring that all students are able to achieve their career ambitions. She is looking forward to taking up her role as Director of Progress at Mulberry UTC and working with rest of the team to ensure that students from the UTC are highly sought after by universities and future employers.





Ruthana Christofides

Director of Learning for Science

Ruthana started her teaching career on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme specialising in Biology. Since 2014 she has worked as a Lead Practitioner focusing on the development of teaching and learning both within science and across the curriculum. Ruthana has a Masters in Leadership; her thesis focused on leadership of continuing professional development.

As Director of Learning for Science, Ruthana will play a key role in developing the UTC's science curriculum as well as teaching science, a subject she is very passionate about. Alongside the rest of the senior team, Ruthana will be responsible for ensuring that the UTC's resources, facilities and external partnerships are used to maximum effect to support the students’ achievement and progression.