Members of the Governing Body
Andrew Brent has a strong commitment to the core values of the Europa School. Central to this are strong international connections, having lived and worked in many parts of the world, including 5 years in Kenya where he met his wife, Bernadette, who is from Germany. Their two children are raised bilingual and attend the Europa School.
Andrew combines a strong interest in science with a passion for education. Having trained in Medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, he completed his PhD at Imperial College London, and is currently Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine in Oxford. He has served on and chaired several committees and holds local and regional clinical leadership roles. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and is actively involved in educational supervision, teaching and appraisal at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is an examiner for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Physicians.
Jackie Holderness taught in the Netherlands and in the UK state system. She was the Deputy Head Teacher of an Oxfordshire primary school before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University, where she ran a Masters for Teachers in International Schools, specialising in teaching, learning and curriculum design. She also spent three years as the English SenCo in the European School at Culham and is a qualified, but ‘dormant’, Ofsted inspector.
In 2011, Jackie was one of the team which founded the Europa School. Jackie helped to design its balanced (50:50) bilingual and European curriculum and has continued to serve as a founder-governor of ESUK, ever since. She is the Chair of the Primary Education Committee.
As Education Officer for Christ Church Cathedral, she continues to work with learners of all ages, to develop their understanding of Religious Education, local history and spirituality. She has written a wide range of education books and ELT materials and, as Chair of the Oxford Children’s Book Group, is involved in several initiatives, which focus on children’s literature, storytelling and the arts.
Lydia Kan was born in China, but came to the UK in the early 1980s. She took her Baccalaureate at the European School, Culham, and then qualified as an architect at Cardiff University and the Bartlett School of Architecture, London (UCL). Lydia completed her training at Hopkins Architects, worked there for some years, and was later a project architect at Nicholas Hare Architects, a practice which specialises in
school design. She now combines work in her private architectural practice with parenthood and her role as one of two parent-elected governors of Europa School UK. Until autumn 2017 she was also chair of an Oxfordshire pre-school.Lydia is a violinist, and, when time allows, likes to play chamber music locally. As well as her particular interest in the built environment of the Culham school site, she is keen to raise the profile of music teaching and performance within Europa School UK, as she is aware that this can have benefits for all areas of the curriculum. Lydia’s strong commitment to the ethos and model of the Europa School is rooted in her experience as a past student of the European School system. She is certain that studying a wide range of rigorously taught arts and science subjects for the European Baccalaureate, combined with the opportunity to learn several European languages within a multi-lingual, multi-cultural environment, provides an ideal grounding for outward-looking, well-rounded, high-calibre studies and work in adulthood.
Having gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, Robin decided to enter the world of Information Technology, where he has worked in various roles for the last 25 years – including Group IT & Operations Director at a FTSE250 technology business (supplying IT hardware, software & professional services), European Programme Director at an Independent Software Vendor (managing multi-lingual software development programmes), and Head of Automotive at a global Services company (running two Platinum Accounts, providing resources, expertise and professional services).
More recently, Robin has been working for Microsoft, where he is responsible for the delivery of all consulting and support services to the UK Police Force.
Robin has 3 children at the Europa School, and has been actively involved since the first day of Primary.
He is a Co-opted Governor, with a focus on Finance, Fundraising and Premises.
Adam Sidbury is a true European with dual British / French nationality, married to a retired French teacher and with two bilingual children who both took their Bacs at ES Culham.
After graduating in languages from The University of Manchester and training with KPMG, Adam joined a UK start-up specialising in motivating business performance. He later joined the Board of Directors and oversaw its expansion into 15 countries across the globe growing to over 1,000 employees. Following its sale to a US competitor, he purchased a stake in its technology company and then started up a couple of new businesses. He is also involved in investment management.
During the Great Lockdown in the spring of 2020, he organised food deliveries for local residents. By grouping people together, he was able to place large weekly orders with local suppliers for delivery to a single point thereby keeping the locals in food without having to go out to the shops. It also supported struggling local businesses which had just lost much of their trade from colleges and restaurants virtually overnight.
Today he is still actively involved in the start-ups and stays regularly in touch with the network of business people he has developed over his career.
Steve Wright is a parent elected governor.
Steve is a former chartered engineer, with an MBA from London Business School. He started his career in automotive manufacturing, before moving into process improvement and systems implementation. Post-MBA, he moved into programme management in complex change programmes, and then into senior strategy / IT / business change roles in distressed businesses. He works as a change director, helping senior teams make decisions, develop plans, and engage people to take their organisations forwards. He brings a breadth of skills and experience to the governing body, including strategy, finance, analysis, and problem solving. He has three daughters in primary at Europa School UK.
Belinda Durkin (elected Staff Governor) is the Mathematics Coordinator of the Primary School.
Our staff elected governor Sandrine is a French, Geography, and History teacher, who has very strong social skills and as such is a very good link between pupils, staff and governors.