Governing body

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Andrew Parker

Professor Andrew Parker, Professor of Physiology and Principal Bursar at St John’s College, Oxford University, became the Chair of Governors in March 2018. He remains the Chair of Founding Members.

Antonella Shorrock

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After graduating from secondary school in Classical Studies, she obtained a degree in Translation and Interpreting, followed by Modern Languages and Literatures with specialisation in Germanic Philology, and a Diploma in NLP Coaching.

She lived and worked in London for several years before moving with her British husband to Oxford in 2004 to be able to enrol their daughter Virginia, then 4, in the European School of Culham, Italian section. Virginia, now 18, took her European Baccalaureate Diploma in July 2018 at the Europa School UK.

In 2006 she was elected Italian representative in the Culham European School Parents’ Association (CESPA) Committee where she served as vice-Chair for Primary for 4 years before being elected Chair of CESPA for the next 8 years. During this period she was a member of the ESC Primary and Secondary Education Committees, School Advisory Committee and Admin Board. Since 2005 she was also actively involved in ensuring the continuation of European education in Culham after the closure of the European School.

She is a Founding Member and a Governor of the Europa School UK.

She is currently the vice-Chair of the Governing Body, the Chair of the Secondary Education Committee and a member of the Premises Committee.

 

Antoine de Vazelhes

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A French national, up until recently Director of Finance Compliance in a global IT/Telecom organisation, Antoine’s insight in Legal and Finance matters is a most valuable asset for the Board. He joined the Governing Body in September 2015 and is now chairing its Finance and Audit Cttee. He holds a Masters of Law and a Masters of Economics, both from the Paris II Panthéon-Assas University.

Antoine’s eldest daughter (European School EB 2017) is now studying Neuro-Science at Nottingham University whilst his two younger daughters are attending Europa School UK in Secondary (FS7) and (S1F)

Jackie Holderness

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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

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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.

  

Robin Barter

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.


 

Elsa Cristofori

An Italian physicist with a graduate degree in Astrophysics.  Taught Mathematics and Physics at the European School, Culham from 1983 to 2009 both in the Italian and the English sections. Introduced  the curriculum and course for Astronomy in the European Schools. Was the representative for locally recruited staff at ESC. Currently trustee for ETEE (English trust for European Education). 

Andrew Brent

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.

He looks forward to the opportunity to contribute positively to the further development of the school as a member of the Board of Governors.

Sarah Kynoch

Sarah Kynoch (elected Staff Governor) is the Acting Assistant Head of Primary and SENCO of the Primary School.

Sandrine Philippot-Gasc

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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.