Our leadership

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

Our leadership

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 professional expertise to the role having previously been CEO and Executive Headteacher of the Castle Trust School Education Trust in Bristol, UK. In addition, she secured a secondment to PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Consultant within the Education, Enterprise and Strategy team.

Pauline Markey

Vice-Principal & Head of Primary School

For Pauline, the importance of developing the whole child is at the centre of all we do at BSB. Nurturing strengths, developing and stretching individuals and ensuring all children are challenged in a safe and encouraging environment where they can take risk, make mistakes and apply their learning to real-life situations is what the Primary School is all about. 

Gary Minnitt

Vice-Principal & Head of Secondary School

As the Vice Principal and Head of Secondary School, Gary understands the importance of achievement and success in external examinations. However, he also understands that success is achieved through nurturing, support, and encouragement as well as academic excellence.

Board of Governors

Mr Ian Backhouse

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

Mrs Melanie Warnes

Principal (Afgevaardigde-Bestuurder / Administrateur Délégué)

Mr Beni Roos

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

Mr James Barlow

Senior Director, Global Strategic Planning, Huntsman Polyurethanes

Ms Paula Baptista

Vice Chair, Friends of BSB

Mrs Delyth Chambers

UK Higher Education Consultant

Ms Chris Featherstone

Vice Chair, Friends of BSB

Ms Véronique Maes

Chair, Friends of BSB

Mrs Pauline Markey

Vice Principal and Head of Primary School

Dr Peter Mason

Education Advisor; Former Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools; Experienced school governor; Chair of Ripon Grammar School

Mr Gary Minnitt

Vice Principal and Head of Secondary School

Mr Peter Noble

Elected Parent – Group Senior Leasing & Commercialisation Director, Value Retail

Mrs Debbie Scarlett

Chair, Staff Association

Ms Eleanor Tobin

Principal of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form FE College; Director of The College for International Citizenship, UK

Ms Marie-Sophie Verhelst

Vice Chair, Staff Association