Supervisory Board profiles

The current list of Supervisory Board members is given below.

Key responsibilities of Supervisory Board members

  • contribute to the strategic development of the school
  • supervise decisions and recommendations of the Management Board (Principal and Bursar)
  • join and play an active role in one or more working groups
  • approve spending and investments in accordance with the Articles of Association
  • approve and if necessary challenge or advise on the strategy of the school
  • coach and support the Management Board
  • always act in accordance with the interests of the Foundation and its schools
  • adhere to the Code of Conduct and Articles of Association

Profile

  • relevant degree-level qualification
  • at least 10 years' relevant experience ideally in a senior leadership role
  • strong interest in international education and the aims of the school
  • willing and able to invest time to attend Supervisory Board meetings, working group meetings and ad hoc meetings
  • fluent in English

Furthermore, Supervisory Board members should have the following characteristics

  • team work – supports colleagues to ensure team success
  • vision – sets a long-term direction that anticipates future changes, without losing sight of current strategy and needs
  • ability to inspire others – creates a clear sense of team spirit that inspires enthusiasm
  • influential – builds a coalition to get agreement on moving forward
  • manage ambiguity – is comfortable with ambiguity and can decide between (seemingly) conflicting situations or priorities, using clear principles. This is particularly important for parent members
  • employees of the BSA are excluded from becoming members of the Supervisory Board

Jonathan Atack - Chairman

Jonathan was the Corporate Director Treasury and Investor Relations at AkzoNobel until April 2016. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, he worked for ING Investment Management as Chief Financial Officer, and he was previously the Head of Investor Relations of ING Group. Before moving to The Netherlands in 2004 Jonathan worked at easyJet., Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Bass in a variety of finance and investor relations roles. His professional career started in the telecommunications industry but he quickly progressed to investment banking where he spent nine years working for some of the leading names in the City of London. His first senior finance role was Finance Director of Bass International Brewers, where he had responsibility for breweries in the Czech Republic and China. Jonathan has a Masters degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA from the London Guildhall University. He joined the Board of The British School of Amsterdam in January 2012 and now lives near London having relocated to the UK when he left AkzoNobel, after 12 years in The Netherlands. He has a wife and two children, both alumni of the school. The eldest is now studying Aeronautical Engineering at Southampton University and the youngest is studying for GCSEs in the UK. His term of office ends in December 2019.

Hugh Monro - UK Educational Advisor

Hugh Monro studied Economics and History at Cambridge University before working in industry. Having then qualified as a teacher, he taught history, economics and politics at independent schools in England, the United States and Scotland, before becoming head of four independent schools in Nottinghamshire, Berkshire and Bristol. He became the founding principal of the first choir school in Britain to become an Academy.

He has been a governor of independent and state schools in different parts of the UK. For ten years, he has been involved in the recruiting and appraising of headteachers and inspecting schools. He is married, with two grown up children.

Hugh joined the Supervisory Board in July 2010 and is now in his second term which ends in June 2018.

Hiske van Hövell tot Westerflier-Molenaar - Parent Board Member

Hiske van Hövell tot Westerflier-Molenaar studied at the teacher training college in Rotterdam (HR&O) and at Sotheby's Institute in London. In the past she worked at several schools in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam. She combined her teaching with working at Sotheby's, which she found an interesting challenge. Hiske is a full time mother to her four children who attend The British School of Amsterdam. Before joining the Supervisory Board Hiske was a supply cover teacher of Dutch in the Senior School. She has contributed to the development of successful Dutch programme for both native and non-native speakers.

Hiske joined the Supervisory Board in December 2012 and is now in her second term which ends in November 2020.

Harry Dolman - Independent Board Member

Harry Dolman is married and has one daughter who attended The British School of Amsterdam from 2012 till 2015. She is now attending a British school in France. Harry joined the Supervisory Board in December 2012 and is now in his second term which ends in November 2020.

Harry was born and raised in The Netherlands but lived for 20 years abroad. After 10 years in Paris, 10 years in Los Angeles and 25 years in an international work environment, he has come to value and appreciate the richness of diversity and cultural differences.

Professionally, Harry has worked in general management positions at Disney Consumer Products for 17 years. In 2009 Harry founded with two partners a successful private equity investment fund in Amsterdam, focused on technology companies in Northern Europe that are in an accelerated growth phase. His personal passions are: cooking, the environment and sailing. As a board member of The British School of Amsterdam, Harry is closely involved in the real estate aspects and the development of the new building.

Himanshu Shah - Parent Board Member

Himanshu Shah joined the Supervisory Board in June 2014. His first term ends in June 2018. He is currently Global Head of Compensation & Benefits at Koninklijke Vopak NV, a 400 year old Dutch multinational company.

A chartered accountant by professional qualification, he has spent more than 20 years in senior compensation and benefits roles in companies like NXP Semiconductors, ABN AMRO Bank and Aon Hewitt Consulting in the Netherlands and in Asia. Himanshu brings a wealth of experience in financial management, compensation and benefits, performance management strategy, HR systems and governance to the Board as well as detailed insight into the needs/issues of international organizations dealing with a multicultural workforce.

Himanshu and his wife who has a PhD in Psychology, are of Indian origin and live in Ouderkerk. Their two sons have been at The British School since Nursery.

Annette Roodhart - Parent Board Member

Annette Roodhart joined the Supervisory Board in June 2014. Her first four-year term ends in June 2018. Annette and her husband are both local and have one son in the Senior School of The British School. Annette is associated with Spengler Fox International, where she is responsible for global executive search, organisation and leadership development consulting and executive coaching. She is a former Global HR Director for Santa Fe Reynolds Tobacco. Previously she was responsible for group HR with Selecta, a private equity owned market leader in vending solutions, and has held local and international HR positions with Maersk and Bacardi.
Annette brings experience in HR, internal communications and structuring organisation development to the Board. She graduated from the Erasmus University/Rotterdam School of Management.

Herman Kievits - Independent Board Member

Herman Kievits joined the Board in 2014. His four year term ends in February 2018. He studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, after which he joined Royal Dutch Shell for a lifetime career in The Netherlands and abroad in retail sales, natural gas, marketing, branding & communications and corporate affairs in RDS global Headquarters in The Hague. He retired in 2012 as Vice President Communications after 35 years with the company.

Since mid-2012 he has been quite active in a number of advisory and consultancy roles in several sectors.

In 2013 he returned after 33 years to Amsterdam together with his wife where they enjoy (again) the cultural activities and diversity which Amsterdam has to offer.

Jonathan Gimblett - Secretary and Parent Board Member

Jonathan Gimblett is a British citizen and qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1994. For the past 11 years he has served as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel in Europe for Prologis. Prologis is the world’s largest owner and developer of industrial real estate. In this position he manages a team of 20 lawyers and paralegals and oversees all legal aspects of Prologis’ business across 14 countries in Europe, including real estate matters (acquisition, disposals, development and leasing), fund management, finance, compliance, governance and ethics.

Prior to joining Prologis, Jonathan worked for Linklaters, a UK international law firm, specialising in international corporate real estate transactions working in London, Moscow and Warsaw.

Jonathan holds a degree in Economics & Law from the University of Wales. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of England & Wales and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and Global Leaders in Law.

Jonathan has three children at The British School of Amsterdam and has been resident in the Netherlands for 11 years. Jonathan joined the Supervisory Board in 2015 and his four year term ends in October 2019.

Jos van Bussel - Independent Board Member OR

Jos van Bussel joined the Supervisory Board in 2016 and was nominated by the school's Works Council (OR). His four year term ends in May 2020. Jos has worked as communications officer for the Social and Economic Council (SER), he was secretary to the Board of the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation FNV and general secretary of the FNV trade union for personnel in the Hotel, Catering and Recreation Industry. After that, he was deputy director of Kunstconnectie, the employers organisation for music schools and creativity centers, being responsible for labour conditions, employers affairs and entrepreneurship.

Since 2011 he is an independent advisor on industrial relations and association management. He develops, negotiates and implements collective labour agreements and social plans and he is advisor and trainer to works councils and management on worker participation. Furthermore he helps to establish ‘bread funds’, an alternative for an inability to work assurance for self-employed.

Jos lives in Almere with his wife. They have two grown-up sons. In his spare time Jos is secretary of the Culture Fund of Almere.