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

Ms Melanie Warnes


Mr James Barlow

Senior Director, Global Strategic Planning, Huntsman Polyurethanes

Mr Neil Chisholm

Chair, Staff Association (Music Teacher Secondary School)

Ms Christina Featherstone

Vice Chair, Families of BSB (Financial Controller)

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 Gary Minnitt

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

Mr Maurits Wesseling*

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

Mr Simon Wilson

Editor, Europe Bureaux, BBC News


* appointment formally approved at the Trustees’ AGM October 2018

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

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


* appointment formally approved at the Trustees’ AGM October 2018

What our Governors say

Simon, Governor

“If you have a genuine interest in, and strong commitment to, the education of young people, particularly supporting a school that goes ‘above and beyond’ to help shape confident, caring and courageous young people, then I can think of no better vocation than to support The British School of Brussels (BSB) as a Governor. It remains a true privilege and joy to be involved in helping provide a high-quality education for a school which is blessed with very strong leadership, excellent teaching and operational staff and 1,300 multi-national students who represent everything that is the best of the youth of today. I come away from each Governors’ meeting thinking that the best job in education (bar-none) has to be that of being the Principal of this wonderful, non-selective, robustly international school that really does offer a personal service to each student. It has given my wife and I the peace of mind to know that the school has provided my son with a truly wonderful start to what has every chance of being a happy and productive life.” — Simon, Governor | 28 Aug 2018

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