Aatif Hassan

Founder and Chairman

Aatif is also the Founder and Chairman of Dukes Education, a leading provider of mainstream independent education with nurseries, schools, colleges. In addition, Dukes has a university admissions consultancy and is an operator of summer schools.

Growing up with dyslexia, Aatif had to work hard to find his own way to succeed and credits the encouragement and support of his family and school as crucial to this success. He founded the Cavendish Education Group in 2013 with the simple aim to ‘give others the chance to succeed against the odds and in the face of obstacles.’


Aatif is Deputy Chairman of Governors at St. James Independent Schools and is part of the CReSTeD Council (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils).

He has a first class degree in Mathematics and Economics and a British Army commission, which he used to work with Army Cadets for over 20 years. In 2019, Aatif was awarded the Freedom of City of London for services to education.