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Representing over 400 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base.
COBIS exists to serve, support and represent its member schools – their leaders, governors, staff and students by:
• Providing Quality Assurance in member schools
• Representing member schools with the British Government, educational bodies and the corporate sector
• Providing effective professional development for senior leaders, governors, teachers and support staff
• Facilitating, coordinating and supporting professional networking opportunities for British International schools
• Processing Disclosure Barring Service checks to promote child protection and safer recruitment and employment practices
•Engaging, challenging and inspiring students of all ages and abilities by delivering excellent interschool student competitions and events
• Providing access to information about trends and developments in UK education
• Facilitating high impact ‘Member to Member’ professional networking
• Promoting career opportunities within the global COBIS network
• Brokering a cost-effective consultancy service between schools and approved educational support service providers
HRH The Duke of York, KG
COBIS Executive 2016–2017
Honorary President
Sir Roger Fry CBE
Honorary Vice Presidents
The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Adonis
Sir Mervyn Brown KCMG OBE
Michael Cooper OBE
Lord Lexden OBE
The Rt Hon The Lord Macgregor OBE
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Jean Scott
Lord Sharman OBE
COBIS Head Office
CEO: Colin Bell
Dawn Akyurek, Headteacher, King’s College School La Moraleja, Spain
John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, The Prague British School, Czech Republic
Jennifer Bray MBE, Former Principal in Hong Kong and Brussels (Inspections and Quality Officer) (co-opted)
Brian Christian, Principal, The British School in Tokyo, Japan
Dr Martin Coles, Former CEO, The British School in The Netherlands and former Vice-Dean of the National College for School Leadership (co-opted)
Professor Deborah Eyre, World Class Educator (co-opted)
Anne Howells, Principal, British International School of Stavanger, Norway
Simon O’Grady, Principal, The British International School, Cairo, Egypt (Treasurer)
Trevor Rowell, Governor, British School of Alicante, Spain (Chairman)
Eamonn Mullally, Executive Head Teacher/CEO, The Edron Academy, Mexico (co-opted)
Kai Vacher, Principal, British School Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal, Doha College, Qatar (Vice Chairman)
Council of British International Schools
55–56 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4HP
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