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Our Team

You are in good company


Each member of our team is a specialist in their field and your success is their only concern.  We will support you in every aspect of your journey from enrolment through to graduation! At Phoenix we always and without compromise put you the student first.

David Thomasson

Managing Director

David has over 25 years’ of teaching experience in the UK, Africa, Gulf and India. He is a fellow of CIMA and worked in industry for many years before moving into training in the 1990s where he held senior positions with a leading UK provider. David is the founder and Managing director of Phoenix and specializes in performance management, business analysis and corporate finance.

Victoria Hartley

Operations Director

Victoria has 15 years’ of teaching experience in the Gulf and India. She is ACCA qualified and previously worked in Audit before moving into industry eventually holding the position of Financial Controller at FedEx UK. She founded Phoenix along with David in 2006 and specializes in law, taxation and corporate reporting.

Nikhil Vachani

Senior Lecturer

Nikhil is a senior tutor and Tutor Team Manager for PhoenixFT with 11 years’ experience as a specialist trainer in the areas of Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting and Taxation across all levels of ACCA. Nikhil is a fellow member of the ACCA and UAECA. Prior to joining PhoenixFT, Nikhil was an auditor at KPMG UAE and was involved in the audit teams of companies in the Infrastructure, Government and Health care sectors.

Vignesh Sivakumar

International Operations Manager

Vignesh has over 12 years’ experience in teaching, specializing in the areas of Corporate Finance, Business Strategy & Performance Management. Vignesh is ICAI, ACCA, CIMA, CMA and ACT qualified besides having completed the three levels of CFA. He is an experienced marker for professional exams and has trained many prize-winners including those securing global highest scores in the past. Vignesh also manages the International Operations of PhoenixFT.

Preethy Joseph

Senior Lecturer

Preethy Joseph is a Senior Lecturer with PhoenixFT and an ACCA member. Having worked with KPMG for a couple of years as part of their Audit and Assurance team, Preethy is well-versed in Audit both practically and theoretically. She has worked with PhoenixFT for the last 10 years and specialises in Audit, Financial Management and Management Accounting.

Rona Ninan

Associate Lecturer

Rona is ACCA qualified and teaches ACCA, CIMA and CFA. Rona has been teaching since 2014 and has experience in the Gulf and India. She teaches areas such as Business strategy, ethics and law. She has previously taught in the Phoenix India center and has been very successful in working closely and supporting students in getting through their exams.

Ryan Henderson

Associate Lecturer

Ryan specializes in Taxation and Financial Reporting. His experience stems from working in practice over a five-year period. Ryan’s exposure to all aspects of accounting has given him the ability to pass on his knowledge and expertise and teach many different qualifications over the last 10 years.

Taha Zia

Associate Lecturer

Taha is a lecturer with PhoenixFT in the areas of economics, management accounting and business strategy at the Fundamental and Professional levels of ACCA, CIMA and CFA. His prior work experience includes working as a business analyst for a data company and as an investment analyst for a capital firm in UAE.

Sanjay Sagar

Asscociate Lecturer

Sanjay specialises in Management Accounting, Financial Management, Corporate Finance and Treasury & Portfolio Management. Sanjay has been teaching at PhoenixFT since 2013. Sanjay has been a prize- winner in Financial Management and is also involved in professional exam grading for one of the largest global accountancy qualifications.

Sarah Kelani


Sarah is ACCA qualified with over 4-years of professional experience in a ‘big four’ auditing firm before joining PhoenixFT as a lecturer in 2015. Sarah specialises in Financial Reporting and Audit bringing her professional experience into the classroom to demonstrate the practicality of the ACCA syllabus while focusing on the best ways to pass the exams.

James Winder

Operations Manager

Originally from the UK with a background in customer service and e-commerce, James joined PhoenixFT in 2012 as a course manager and became Operations Manager in 2015. James manages many projects across a range of qualifications for both public courses and corporate training programs. James is also responsible for driving forward the development and implementation of PhoenixFT online learning.

Lizzie Moss

Office Manager

Lizzie has 6 years of experience working in the financial training sector. She started her career with one of the leading training providers in the UK as the Manager of their Customer Service Team. She then moved to the UAE two years ago to continue her experience with PhoenixFT. Lizzie is now responsible for the operations of our ACCA offering and is the Account Manager for our key clients.

Abhi Ravindran

Customer Service Administrator

Abhi first joined PhoenixFT as an ACCA student in 2018. Through PSR, she is now also working with PhoenixFT as a Customer Service Administrator. Being a student herself, Abhi works as a link between ACCA students and the PhoenixFT team. Driven by her passion and enthusiasm, Abhi takes pride in providing the best customer support to all our students.

Angeline Bernardo

Customer Service Administrator

Angeline started her journey with PhoenixFT in 2014 as a student. She now works as part of PhoenixFT's customer service team and is committed to serving students and delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Angeline also manages PhoenixFT's online presence and is responsible for external communications to students and other stakeholders.