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he judging process

Each entry will be judged on the context of its school. As a consequence, this means that any British international school could win, regardless of its resources or size of project. Judges will reward excellence and innovation.

Conflict of interest policy

Any judge who has a personal connection with a school that has made a submission will acknowledge that connection and will therefore not judge that category.

The judges

Jeff Thompson The judging panel is chaired by Professor Jeff Thompson CBE.

Jeff is Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath, where he was the founding director of the Centre for the study of Education in an International Context (CEIC). He continues to research, teach and supervise postgraduate students at Masters and Doctoral levels, and leads research projects in a number of fields. He was founding editor of the Journal of Research in International Education. He has held numerous national posts relating to curriculum, assessment and evaluation. He was a member of the original group that set up the International Baccalaureate and was responsible for the hexagon conceptualisation of the IB Diploma curriculum. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Global Education Forum in Dubai.

John Bastable
John Bastable is the former principal of the International Community School in Jordan. Prior to that, John led schools in Dubai, India, Papua New Guinea, Germany and Sardinia. He was the founding director of two international schools and has a long association with British and international curricula schools as well as their supporting organisations the IBO, BSME, ECIS and CIS. He is the managing director of Bastable Solutions, a consultancy which provides innovative and sensitive solutions to the challenges of security in the international education sector. He is a co-opted governor of Castle School in Cambridge.

Judith Fabian
Judith Fabian taught English and Drama in secondary schools in London for 10 years, followed by 15 years as department head and principal in international schools in Jordan, Tanzania and Germany. She joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Cardiff in 2004 as head of programme development, and in 2007 was appointed chief academic officer, leading the development of IB curriculum for students aged 3 to 19 years. Latterly based in The Hague, she left the IB in 2014 to return to her home in the UK to work as an educational consultant. She has presented to and worked with schools and educators all over the world.

Dr Mary Hayden
Prof Mary Hayden is the head of the Department of Education, and head of the Internationalisation and Globalisation of Education research group, at the University of Bath, UK. Prior to moving to Bath, Mary worked for nine years with the International Baccalaureate Organization, since when her main research interests have continued to relate to the field of international curriculum, international schools and international education. She has published many books and articles with a focus on international schools and international education. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Research in International Education.

Pippa Leggate Pippa Leggate is the former Principal Consultant with CfBT Education Trust. She worked on a range of international consultancies including serving as project director in Dubai for the establishment of the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau and heading up CfBT’s services to international schools until she retired in 2015. With a strong commitment to raising standards of safeguarding and Child Protection in international schools, Pippa currently serves as an Independent Safeguarding Chair to Cognita schools in Asia. Prior to that she spent over 20 years with international education overseas, including serving as IB Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East before returning to the UK as Head of Malvern Girls’ College. Formerly head of two international schools and one UK independent boarding school, Pippa has a strong interest in leadership, school improvement and quality assurance. She has served as an ISI inspector in the UK and as a member of inspection and accreditation teams both in the UK and overseas.

Trevor Rowell
Trevor Rowell brings immense international experience with 20 years overseas. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, after headships in England he led two major British international 3-18 schools in Bermuda and The Netherlands, and has been a governor of 11 schools across six countries from central America to the Middle East. A specialist consultant in school governance, he is also chairman of COBIS, dealing with schools and governments around the globe and helping to extend its services. Elected FRSA in 1994, he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. After eight years living in Germany, he has just relocated to England.

David Styan
David Styan OBE was associate director of the accreditation service of the Council of International Schools (CIS) for seven years, visiting over 100 international schools, principally in Africa, the Middle East and especially Australia. David also has a place on the Advisory Committee of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal looking at the assessment of pupil performance. He was previously head of St Julian’s School, Lisbon, Portugal and remained there for six years, during which time he served on the Council of British Schools in the European Community as well as CIS.

Helen Wilson
Richard Tangye OBE is principal of St Dominic’s International School in Lisbon. Richard started his working life as a volunteer teacher in Papua New Guinea, followed by thirty years in the business world in North America, Europe and Asia. During this time he was board chair at international schools in Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. This led to his appointment as the first executive director of the Council of International Schools and, subsequently, chief executive of the International School Dhaka. and of its’ parent company, the STS Educational Group. During this time he was a member of the IB Asia Pacific Regional Council for five years.

Helen Wilson
Helen Wilson is a principal lecturer in Science Education at Oxford Brookes University. Helen began her career as a secondary science teacher and then moved on into primary teaching. She went on to lead the primary teacher training programmes at Oxford Brookes University. She now focuses on research into the links between creative, challenging primary science lessons and pupils’ attitudes and attainment. She jointly led the recent successful Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. 

Dr Helen Wright
Dr Helen Wright is a well-known educationalist who has led schools in the UK and Australia for over 13 years. Since 2014 she has been actively involved in advising, coaching and recruiting international school leaders, as well as developing new international schools, principally in Asia. She is regularly asked to write and speak at conferences worldwide on futures-thinking in education, girls’ education and global citizenship, and she is a non-executive director on a number of education-related boards in the UK and overseas. 

Ian Yorston
Ian Yorston chairs the Independent Schools Council's Digital Strategy Group. Ian is director of digital strategy at Radley College in the UK, where he was previously head of science, head of physics and head of careers. He is an ISI schools' inspector and a governor of a Catholic day school. Ian has spoken at conferences around the world including, inter alia, the OECD Future Schools Conference in Vienna, the New Zealand Schools Conference and the Independent Schools ICT Conference in Oxford. Prior to Radley, he spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force, including three years as an electronic warfare officer.