Our leadership

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Our leadership

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.

Gary Minnitt

Vice-Principal & Head of Secondary School

Gary joined BSB as Vice Principal and Head of Secondary School in 2013. Gary earned his Masters Degree in Modern History from St Peter’s College in Oxford and subsequently gained the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) in 2000. He brings a wealth of international and leadership experience at BSB having worked in Japan, in four state schools in England as well as in two international schools in The Netherlands and Slovakia before joining BSB.

Board of Governors

Mr Ian Backhouse

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

Mr Beni Roos

Human Resources Consultant; Former Executive Vice President HR, INBEV, Belgium

Ms Melanie Warnes

Principal (Afgevaardigde-Bestuurder / Administrateur Délégué)

Mr James Barlow

Senior Director, Global Strategic Planning, Huntsman Polyurethanes

Ms Véronique Maes

Chair, Families of BSB

Mr Gary Minnitt

Vice Principal and Head of Secondary School

Ms Erica Lutes

Executive Director of the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg

Ms Chris Featherstone

Vice Chair, Families of BSB

Mr Neil Ringrose

Vice Principal and Head of Primary School

Mr Simon Wilson

Editor, Europe Bureaux, BBC News


Ms Marie-Sophie Verhelst

Vice Chair, Staff Association

Mr Neil Chisholm

Chair, Staff Association

Rear Admiral, Royal Navy Simon Hardern

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Plans, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (Netherlands)

Mrs Delyth Chambers

UK Higher Education consultant

Board of Trustees

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 Ian Backhouse

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

Mr John Baxter

Educational consultant; Former Head Master, Wells Cathedral School

Mr Anthony Beck, OBE

Former Managing Director, ICI Mid-Europe, former Chair BSB Board of Governors

Mrs Catherine Bradley

Independent Board Member with the Financial Conduct Authority UK, Peugeot Citroen France, WS Atkins UK

H.R.H. Princess Claire of Belgium

Royal duties

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

H.E. Mrs Bergdis Ellertsdottir

Ambassador of Iceland to Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and San Marino; Head of the Icelandic Mission to the European Union

Mr Mark Eyskens

Minister of State; Member of the Council of Europe and Assembly of the West European Union

Jan Baron Grauls

Former Belgian diplomat; Senior Advisor at EY

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, MBE

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

H.E. Ms Alison Rose

British Ambassador to Belgium

Mme Marie-Claude Solvay

Member of the Board of Fondation Prince Laurent; President of Espaces Verts et Art des Jardins; Founder Member of the British Charitable Fund

Mrs Catherine Stewart

Senior advisor, Interel European Affairs, Belgium

Updated October 2017