Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of SES meets each month to oversee the strategic functioning of the school, operating under the Sharjah English School Constitution. In partnership with the Principal and Bursar, the Board addresses issues of policy and concern for staff and parents, manages the finances of the school and makes medium and long-term plans for the development of the school.

The Board consists of representatives from some of the companies which were involved in the establishment of the school in its early days, and other key local businesses and institutions. We are lucky to have the involvement of supportive governors who bring to their role a range of expertise and varied backgrounds in finance, business, education and law. There are currently ten members of the Board:

Chairman: Mr. Khalid M Al Amiri, Businessman, formerly HSBC

Vice Chairman: Mrs. Fiona Nicholas, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Honorary Treasurer: Mr. Stephen Crouch, American University of Sharjah

Mrs. Amanda Heintz, Parent Governor

Mrs. Salma Abdelati, Legal Advisor

Mrs. Grace Karim

Mr. Abdul Matin Khan

Mr. Tom Koczwara

Mr. Robert Miles, Higher College of Technology

Mr. Stuart Passey, Petrofac 


Board meetings are also attended by:

Mr. John Nolan, Principal

Mrs. Kerry Potgieter, Bursar

Mr. Julian Lawes, Teachers’ Representative

Mrs. Sue Hennessy, Secretary

Ms. Shiobhain Brady, Head of Primary School

Ms. Tracy Morley, Head of Secondary School 

Responsibility for curriculum, implementing policy and day-to-day management of the school is delegated by the Board to the school’s Senior Management Team (SMT). Concerns or questions about these areas should be directed initially to the school or Principal. Issues that are unresolved can be submitted in writing through the Secretary to the Board, Mrs. Sue Hennessy ( or through the Parent Governor ( Parents may appeal to the Chairman of the Board with concerns or complaints which have not been resolved to their satisfaction (

SES draws the attention of parents to the school's Complaints Procedures, which may be downloaded here. A copy is available in the Resources section of the SES Communicator, or which may be collected as a hard copy at Reception.