Trustees

The Board is currently seeking trustee candidates for two openings on the Board, one for a Japanese national and one for an experienced Businessperson – for more information see Interested candidates page

Role of the Trustees

The role of the trustees is primarily a strategic one. The trustees decide the purpose and the overall goals of the school and set a framework for their implementation and achievement. Their key responsibilities are to:

 

Critical Friend

The trustees also act, both individually and as a group, as a critical friend to the senior leadership of the school, providing support and challenge by:

 

The trustees, together with the senior leadership team, are committed to open communication with parents, staff, and the wider community, to the extent that it is possible without damaging the school’s future. At least once a year, the Board and the senior leadership team will hold an open meeting for parents and staff to discuss the manner in which the school has been, and is to be, conducted.

The Board and the senior leadership team will carry out a survey of parents at least once a year, and of staff at least once every two years, to obtain views on the way in which the school is perceived to be operating.

Composition of the Board

The Board consists of a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 members. The Board seeks an appropriate balance of parents and other members of the international community with specific skills and experience that will benefit the school. Trustees may serve in office for a normal term of 4 years, with a further extension of 2 years on re-election by the Board.

The Board elects from its members a Chair and either one or two Vice Chairs, who may serve in office for a normal term of 4 years, with a further extension of 2 years on re-election by the Board.

Decisions regarding the appointment, extension of term of office and removal of a trustee, the Chair or the Vice Chairs are made by a majority of all other trustees. All other decisions are made by a majority vote of trustees, with the Chair having a casting vote in the event of a tie. No trustee has a right of veto. Most decisions are reached by consensus and are unanimous.

The Trustees

Marianne Black (Chair) P)
Brendan Delahunty
James Dodds (Vice Chair)
James Hollow (Vice Chair) (P)
Yoshihiko Komatsubara (P)
Julia Longbottom
Timothy Minton
Muriel Moorrees (P)
Carolyn Siauw (P)
Surya Soni (P)
Brian Christian (Principal)

(P) Parent

Membership of sub-committees and brief biographical information about the current trustees is set out on the Sub-Committees page.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Marianne Black. She can be contacted at the following address: mblack@bst.ac.jp

The Chair, Vice Chairs and other individual trustees can also be contacted through the Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Simon Lloyd (Business Director and Bursar)    Email: slloyd@bst.ac.jp

Meetings

There are 6 regular meetings of the full Board during the year, two meetings in each term, and normally 2 to 3 additional ad hoc meetings during the year.  Sub-committee meetings are held before each regular full Board meeting. Minutes of board meetings are available here.