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 nine members of the Board:

Members of the Board
Mr. Khalid M Al Amiri, Businessman, formerly HSBC Chairman
Mrs. Valerie Thompson Gems Westminster School Sharjah
Mr. Steven Crouch, American University of Sharjah Honorary Treasurer
Mr. Tom Koczwara  
Mr.Robert Miles Higher College of Technology
Mr. Stuart Passey Petrofac
Mrs. Amanda Heintz Parent Governor
Mrs. Salma Abdelati Legal Advisor
Mr. John Nolan Principal
Mrs. Kerry Potgieter Bursar
Mr. Ben MacGregor Teachers Rep 
Mrs. Cathryn Hope Secretary

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. Cathryn Hope ( 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 may be collected as a hard copy at Reception.