Frazer Cairns

Frazer Cairns is the Director of the International School of Lausanne.  He started his career as a management consultant and journalist after graduating from the University of York in the UK. He retrained as a science teacher and subsequently taught in the UK, Indonesia, Singapore and Switzerland.

Having worked in international schools for most of his career Frazer is particularly interested in the way language is used in multilingual educational settings. He continues to study and contribute to research in this area, holding both Masters and Doctorate degrees in education.

Barry Dequanne

Barry Dequanne is currently serving as the Director of the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL). Barry has more than twenty-five years of international administrative and teaching experience, including work at schools in the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Lincoln School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the American School of Sao Paulo (Graded), Brazil, and Brasilia. His academic background includes studies in mathematical physics, computer science, education, and leadership. Barry has also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) and the President of the Association of American Schools in Brazil (AASB). He is currently serving as a member of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Board of Trustees and the TIE Online Advisory Board, in addition to working as a consultant and facilitator at international schools in the areas of strategic planning and governance.

His areas of interest include school improvement, leadership, governance, teacher professional development, assessment, and program and policy development.

Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer grew up in Canada where she obtained her MA from the University of Toronto. She taught French immersion programmes before joining the staff of The Sterling Hall School as Director of Academics and The Bishop Strachan School as Principal, Junior School. Involved in Reggio-inspired education since 2002, Jennifer was the Project Coordinator for the Toronto segment of the exhibition 'The Hundred Languages of Children', Founding President of the Ontario Reggio Association and member of the Board of Directors for NAREA (North American Reggio Educators Alliance).  Jennifer has delivered lectures at universities across Canada and the US, and delivered workshops, seminars and plenary addresses at a variety of conferences. Now Principal of Primary at  The International School of Geneva's La Châtaigneraie, she has overseen the architectural and pedagogical project of the new primary school which features a Bilingual IB Primary Years Programme founded on the school's core value of inclusiveness.

Patricia Bremner Gadotti

Patricia grew up in Scotland. She has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and a post graduate diploma in HR from the University of the West of England, Bristol.  Patricia worked for Marks & Spencer in HR and then in finance before moving into education as a School Business Manager in a UK state school. She was then Bursar and Company Secretary of two HMC boarding schools in the UK before moving to Switzerland.

Since arriving in Switzerland in 2008, Patricia has served as Bursar and Secretary to the Board of Aiglon College.

Denise Coates

Denise is the School Director at the International School of Berne. British by birth, Denise has been in Switzerland since 1995 and is proud to have Swiss nationality. Denise was initially trained as a secondary school English literature teacher and taught in the UK for seven years before moving into international education. Denise worked for 14 years at Haut Lac International Bilingual School where she gained her IB MYP experience, becoming the MYP Coordinator and then Head of Secondary. She joined Knightsbridge Schools International as School Director and subsequently led teaching, learning and curriculum for the school group.

Denise is also an IB Lead Educator involved in training IB workshop leaders, site visitors and consultants, as well as IB chairs for synchronised visits. She attends IB regional events as a 'field representative' focusing on quality assurance and workshop leader development. Denise is CIS trained and has recently been NEASC trained for the new ACE protocol.

Liz Free

Liz Free is CEO and director of the International School Rheintal. Liz was also the founding director of the International Leadership Academy, the British School in the Netherlands in The Hague. Liz has held headship positions in the UK and USA, and also led the UK’s largest education professional development arm at Oxford University Press, a department of Oxford University. She is writer for TES, global board member for TES Institute and a global strategic lead for @WomenED with responsibility for Europe and Asia. 

Liz is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and Fellow of the RSA. She is a passionate advocate for international education, the #GlobalProfession and in promoting education equality for all.

Kim Kovacevic

Kim Kovacevic has worked at Le Rosey since his arrival in Switzerland in 2008 and he started his current role as Academic Head in 2019. He has coordinated five TEDx conferences and the first International Festival of Education which was held in June 2019.

He believes in collaboration between schools to share best practice in order to raise attainment and provide excellent education in the broadest sense of the word. Kim is particularly interested in ‘future proofing’ young people by looking at ways in which we can best prepare young people for uncertain and unpredictable futures. His two daughters are a constant reminder of how important this preparation is.

Bradley Roberts

Bradley Roberts is currently employed as the Director of International School Basel (with effective from 1 July 2019). With just over 30 years of experience in education, Bradley joined IS Basel from Singapore where he was the Principal at St. Joseph’s Institution International School (SJI) from 2012 to 2019. Prior to this, Bradley spent a five-year period in Qatar where he was Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School at Al Khor International School. Bradley has extensive international school experience spending (24 years in total). Bradley spent 13 years of his earlier career as a housemaster and teacher at boarding schools in Switzerland, Japan and South Africa. His wife, Janette, joined Bradley in Basel. They have two sons who are now at university (in Amsterdam and Vancouver).

Growing up in South Africa, Bradley completed his Bachelor of Science and Higher Diploma in Education at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He obtained his Bachelor in Education at the University of South Africa. A lifelong learner, Bradley obtained a Diploma in Personnel Management and completed an International Leadership in Management Programme. He was the Chair of Singapore IB Heads Network as well as a member of several other educational associations.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan is currently in his second year as Principal of International School Zurich North. Prior to arriving in Switzerland he served Headships at North Bridge House in London and Dulwich College in Zhuhai, China. In the latter role he was also a member of the International Steering Committee, with a specific responsibility for University and College placement.

Particularly interested in curriculum innovation and teacher wellbeing, Jonathan has written and featured in articles for national and international media regarding his radical approaches to schooling, including a 10am school start for teenagers and a four day week for teachers.

Besides his undergraduate degree and teaching qualification, Jonathan also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.

Jackie Chan-Kam

Non-voting Member

Jackie grew up in South Wales and trained as a nurse in Wales and London, where she met her husband.  The family moved to Mauritius in 1976 where they spent the next fifteen years before relocating to Geneva.  While in Mauritius Jackie engaged in voluntary social work and, in the immediate few years before coming to Switzerland, in public relations activities with the local media and with national and international agencies in support of her husband’s work in AIDS prevention.   These activities prompted her to pursue further studies after arriving in Geneva and she successfully completed the degree course in Social Sciences from the Open University (U.K).  She subsequently worked first as a freelance editor and, for two years, as an editor in the publications unit of the World Health Organization.   Thereafter she was fortunate to be able to combine for several years a lifelong love of books and an interest in education in general with a gratifying job as international sales representative for Scholastic International and Follett publications.  

She has been the Executive Secretary of SGIS since 2003.