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 is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at SES, the world’s leading satellite operator. Prior to this he was at the Corporate Director Treasury and Investor Relations at AkzoNobel until April 2016. Before 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 the University of Oxford 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 son is now at college in Amersham, studying Media and Visual Effects. His term of office ends in December 2019.

Dr Helen Wright - UK Educational Advisor

Dr Helen Wright is a highly experienced and well-regarded educator who has been Head of high profile schools in the UK and Australia for over 13 years. She was awarded the prestigious Tatler School Awards’ Best Head of an Independent School for 2010-11. Helen has fulfilled a number of national UK roles, including as Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools Council and President of the Girls’ Schools Association; she is also a published author and writes and speaks regularly at significant national and international events. She is a trained inspector with the UK Independent Schools Inspectorate and currently sits on a number of Education Boards, including the University of Oxford Alumni Board, the Dalton Foundation in Hong Kong, and the English Speaking Union (Scotland). She has chaired a research group at the World Leading Schools’ Association. She is extremely well-networked and well-respected in the world of UK and international education and is committed to making a positive impact through education at local, national and global levels. Helen studied Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Oxford, has a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Leicester and a doctorate in Education from the University of Exeter.

Helen joined the Supervisory Board in July 2018 and her first term will end in July 2022.

Hiske van Hövell tot Westerflier-Molenaar - Independent 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 until July 2017 attended 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.

Himanshu Shah - Parent Board Member

Himanshu Shah joined the Supervisory Board in June 2014. He was re-elected for a second term which will end in July 2022. He is currently an Executive Director/Associate Partner with Ernst & Young.

A chartered accountant by professional qualification, he has spent more than 20 years in senior compensation and benefits roles in companies like Vopak NV,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 organisations 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 and are both in the Senior School.

Annette Roodhart - Parent Board Member

Annette Roodhart joined the Supervisory Board in June 2014. Annette was re-elected for a second term which will end in July 2022. 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. 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 centres, being responsible for labour conditions, employers affairs and entrepreneurship.

Since 2011 he is an independent advisor. 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.

Andrew Brothers - Parent Board Member

Andrew Brothers formally joined the Supervisory Board in October 2017.

Andrew has held a number of senior technology roles and he is currently Chief Information Officer within Albert Heijn, the leading food retailer in the Netherlands. As CIO he is responsible for the strategic direction of technology for the operating unit covering Albert Heijn, Etos, Gall & Gall and AH.NL.

Prior to this Andrew has worked for Whitbread Group PLC as the Group IT Director, IBM UK in the business consulting services group. He started his career with Sainsbury's working in both the operations and commercial divisions.

Andrew has an MBA from Kingston University Business School as well as a BA in Retail Marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Andrew brings to the Supervisory Board a great wealth of knowledge in IT and he will also lead the Supervisory Board’s working group on technology. He has one daughter in Reception.

Andrew's first term as a Parent Board Member ends in June 2021.

Ilya Meshcheryakov - Parent Board Member

Ilya Meshcheryakov joined the Supervisory Board in March 2018.

Ilya is the Group Business Controller at Royal DSM NV, a Dutch global science-based multinational active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials. Prior to this position, Ilya has worked for AkzoNobel leading the Finance function in the Region covering Eastern, Central and Southern Europe, North and South Africa and Turkey. Ilya has worked in senior finance positions for more than 20 years and has experience with supervisory and management boards, experience in leading teams and managing change across functions, geographies and cultures.

Ilya has master's degrees in Finance and Control from Maastricht University, Business Administration from TSM Business School and Economics from Voronezh State University. Ilya has been a parent at The British School since 2003 and has one daughter in Year 11 and one daughter who finished her A Levels in 2018 and is now at university.