Academic Leadership

Head of School

Richard Parker, Principal

Richard Parker

Richard Parker joined ISL in 2017 as Principal. Prior to his appointment, he was Principal at ISL Surrey and has previously held various leadership roles in Hong Kong, Portugal, Brunei and Spain. He is an IB Workshop Leader for administrators new to the Middle Years Programme and MYP Humanities, and is active in the Alliance of International Education. He holds an MA and BA in history from Cambridge University.

Primary Principal

Kathryn Firebrace, Primary Principal

Kathryn Firebrace

Kathryn Firebrace has extensive experience in international teaching and was the Assistant Principal at ACS Cobham. Amongst her many achievements, she has participated and presented at conferences around the world, such as Harvard's Project Zero. Kathryn holds a Certificate of International School Leadership through the International Principals' Training Centre. She has also received a Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching in her career. She joins ISL with the role of Primary Principal.

Secondary Principal

Paul Rose, Secondary Principal

Paul Rose

Paul Rose has over 20 years of experience in international education with a focus on the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. He has held a number of leadership roles in Australia and Thailand, and most recently as the Deputy Head – Academic at the International School of Penang Uplands in Malaysia. Paul is also an experienced IB workshop leader and examiner, as well as a TOK and Chemistry teacher. He enjoys ornithology, football and tennis, and is thrilled to be joining the team at ISL London.

PYP Coordinator

Elizabeth Foster, PYP Coordinator

Iliana Gutierrez

Prior to joining ISL London, Iliana Gutierrez served as an instructional coach for Harvard University's educational research centre, Project Zero. She taught both kindergarten and fifth grade at an International Baccalaureate school in Texas, where she also helped students through the fifth grade exhibition process. She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

MYP Coordinator

Hyun Jung Owe, MYP Coordinator

Hyun Jung Owen

Hyun Jung Owen has extensive experience in teaching in international education and has written educational texts for the IB DP English B course. She completed the ECIS International Teacher Certificate course with distinction and was awarded the IB certificate in teaching and learning. She has a strong belief in concept-based learning. Hyun Jung Owen was the Head of Language Acquisition at ISL before she became the MYP Coordinator. 

Diploma College Deputy Principal & DP Coordinator

Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal & IBDP CoordinatorPaul Morris
Paul Morris has broad experience of the IB Middle Years and Diploma programmes and has also taught in France, Mexico and Spain. He teaches Theory of Knowledge and Physics and is also responsible for higher education guidance for Grades 11 and 12 students. Mr Morris is has written curriculum materials for the IBMYP, has led IB teacher workshops internationally, and is an author of educational texts. Mr Morris has been with ISL since 2006.

Head of Early Years

Sarah Partridge, Head of Early YearsSarah Partridge 

Having worked in various roles at ISL Surrey for eight years Sarah is thrilled to continue her work with ISL and join the team in London. Sarah is an international educator with over 20 years experience in the UK, Lesotho, Peru, Argentina and Italy. She loves to be outdoors and to nurture children's curiosity though rich learning experiences.

Head of Pastoral


Max Hull, Head of Pastoral

Max Hull

Max Hull joins ISL London from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where he was an IB History teacher, Director of Boarding and member of the leadership team. Prior to working in Singapore, he was a Head of History, Houseparent and pastoral leader in the United Kingdom. An experienced educator, Max is a great believer in learning through the IB curriculum and the transformational power of international education.

Head of Student Welfare

Daniel Spinks, Head of Student Welfare

Daniel Spinks

Daniel has 12 years teaching experience and has taught IB Diploma history, psychology, TOK and MYP Individuals and Societies in schools in South East Asia, West Africa, Portugal and the UK. On returning to the UK Daniel completed an MA in Social Work in 2014; his subsequent employment as a Children and Families Social Worker has proved extremely beneficial on his return to education and will prove useful in his new role as Head of Student Welfare at the IB college.

Head of Mother Tongue

Antonia Cooper, Head of Mother Tongue

Antonia Cooper

Antonia joined ISL in 1996 to teach Dutch literature in the Diploma programme and G9-10 Dutch and EAL; she is Head of Mother Tongue. Previously Antonia worked as a Research Fellow for the Hong Kong Institute of Language in Education, researching English in the HK workplace. Returning to the UK, she engaged with Ph.D. work at the ‘Cambridge centre for Intercultural & Organisational Research’. Previous teaching experience included teaching conference interpretation to postgraduates, translation to practising translators and applied linguistics to practising teachers at Westminster University. She has served on various national language committees and was an examiner and setter for a variety of examining boards. She holds an MA Applied Linguistics, Reading; BA Hons Dutch and Social Anthropology, UCL; and CTEFLA, Cambridge.

Senior Teacher

Tim Pascoe, Senior Teacher

Tim Pascoe

Tim Pascoe is Senior Teacher and also teaches mathematics. He has been at ISL London since 2004 and is a very experienced teacher who has taught in both the UK and the Bahamas. Mr Pascoe deals with school timetabling, calendar and use of space matters.

Head of Advancement, Transitions and Student Support

 Claudine Hakim, UK Head of Learning Support & Transitions

Claudine Hakim

Claudine joined ISL Surrey in 2009 as one of the founding Heads and led the school through the MYP and DP authorisations. She has now joined ISL London as Dean of Students and the ISL UK Schools Learning Support and Transitions Coordinator. Claudine has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Counselling. Claudine is originally from Lebanon but spent most of her childhood in Ghana. Claudine is very passionate about international education and has over 20 years’ experience in the field of special educational needs, both as a Head of School and as a special needs consultant. Claudine is one of the founding members of the ECIS Admissions committee and is a School Governor.

Head of Operations

Susan Stewart, Head of Operations

Susan Stewart

Susan has lived and worked in Thailand, the UAE, South Africa, Belgium, Oman and Sweden, teaching in international schools whilst raising two bilingual children. She has taught French, German, Arabic and English, as well as undertaking leadership roles in languages and cross-school systems.  Susan is the Chair of the ECIS Multilingual Learning in International Education committee.  Susan is also involved with charities and organisations working with the visually impaired.  In Susan’s current role at ISL, she is interested in the creative and flexible use of space by the whole community.

Head of Admin

Johanna Ambaye, Head of AdminJohanna Ambaye

Johanna joined ISL London in 2015 with past experience including admin, HR and teaching. She has a degree in Italian and French from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her Erasmus year spent in Tuscany led to a 7 year stay there, working first as an English language teacher and PA to the Principal of a private language school in Florence. She then went onto work for a family-run company in the olive oil and wine industry before coming back to the UK. Johanna started at ISL London as Middle School Secretary and then became PA to the Principal before moving to Head of Admin in early 2018.