Our leadership

Educationally independent and free to follow the best educational practices internationally.

The Board works very closely with the Leadership Team. BSB is administered by a Board of Trustees that meets once a year, and is overseen by a Board of Governors meeting four times a year. The Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors are comprised of distinguished citizens of the UK, Belgium and other countries, all with a background in the professional and business world. The Board also includes parent and staff representatives.


Melanie Warnes


Melanie joined BSB as Principal in 2016. She brings a high level of leadership expertise and experience to the role including as a UK National Leader of Education, a secondment to PricewaterhouseCoopers, and more recently as CEO of a group of seven schools. In addition she has extensive international experience in teacher training and development.

Neil Ringrose

Vice-Principal & Head of Primary School

Neil joined BSB as Vice-Principal and Head of Primary in August 2017. He has considerable classroom and leadership expertise developed over 24 years in the UK and in international contexts. Before joining BSB, Neil held the role of Vice-Principal in a large international school in Hong Kong and then as a Headteacher of a primary school in the UK.

John Knight

Vice Principal & Head of Secondary School

John has been at BSB since 2006 and prior to taking on the position of Head of Secondary has been the International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator and Deputy Head in the school. John earned his first Degree in Mathematics and Education from Exeter University and subsequently gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and a Masters in Educational Leadership (MEd). He is currently working towards his Doctorate in Education with the University of Reading. He has been in educational leadership for more than 20 years across four schools having joined BSB as a Deputy Head in the UK. John is also learning Dutch and trains with the school's Karate Club.

Board of Governors

Mr Ian Backhouse

Chair, Board of the Association
Former General Manager, Air Products Belgium

Ms Melanie Warnes


Mr Neil Chisholm

Chair, Staff Association (Music Teacher Secondary School)

Ms Donna Fidler

Former School Director
Step by Step School for Children with Autism

Mr Maurits Wesseling

Chair, Families of BSB (Associate Director HR Global Business Services P&G)

Ms Saskia Agotha

Vice Chair, Families of BSB

Mr Simon Hardern

VP Operations/CEO Kenyon International Emergency Services

Ms Erica Lutes

Executive Director of the Commission for Educational Exchange US, BE & LU

Mrs Heidi MacNaughton

Vice Chair, Staff Association (German Teacher Secondary School)

Mrs Véronique Maes

eLearning Consultant specialising in Education and Training

Mr John Milne

Director of External Relations & former Head of Prep School, Clifton College

Mr John Knight

Vice Principal and Head of Secondary School

Mr Neil Ringrose

Vice Principal and Head of Primary School

Mr Andrew Stockman

Managing Director/President EVAPCO Europe

Board of Trustees


Mr Ian BACKHOUSE: Chair, Board of Governors; Retired General Manager, Air Products Belgium

Mr Peter AKERS: Former Business Change Director, Monsanto Europe; former Chair BSB Board of Governors

Dr Rachel ARON: Former British Ambassador to Belgium; former Chair BSB Board of Governors

Mr John BAXTER: Educational Consultant; Former Head Master, Wells Cathedral School

Mr Anthony BECK: Former Managing Director, ICI Mid-Europe, former Chair BSB Board of Governors

H.R.H. Princess Claire of BELGIUM: Royal duties

Mrs Catherine BRADLEY: Independent Board Member with the Financial Conduct Authority UK, Peugeot Citroen FR, WS Atkins UK

Mr Benoit DUMONT: Chairman of the Board JPMorgan Suisse SA, Director and member of Audit Committee of Edmond de Rothschild Holding SA and EquatexAG. Executive positions in Brussels, New York and Geneva.

Mr Mark EYSKENS: Minister of State; Member of the Council of Europe and Assembly of the West European Union

Dr Guido GRYSEELS: Director, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

Count Georges JACOBS: Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of UCB SA

Mr Michael JEANS: Independent Management Consultant; nominated (AGBIS) member of ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate)

Baron André OOSTERLINCK: Honorary Rector of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven & President; Chairman of the Association K.U. Leuven, Belgium

Mr Peter PANTLIN: Former Managing Director, Jenner Renewables

Mr Beni ROOS: Human Resources Consultant; Former Executive VP, HR INBEV

H.E. Ms Alison ROSE: British Ambassador to Belgium

Mrs Catherine STEWART: Senior Advisor, Interel European Affairs, Belgium


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