Meet our Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for upholding the aims and objectives of the school, setting the strategic direction and ensuring the school has the required resources and financing to operate effectively. It is a member of The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).

The Governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and its members possess a comprehensive range of skills and experience that help the Board to achieve its aims.
The Board is led by a Chairman and two Vice Chairmen. The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school to the Principal and the Head Teachers.
The full Board of Governors meets at least six times a year. In addition, the Board also has various sub committees including: Finance & Resources, Learning & Standards, HR, and Projects. Feedback on matters discussed in the meetings is given in the newsletter.
St George’s is honoured to have the patronage of the British Ambassador to Luxembourg, Robert John Marshall.

Mr Chris Cheesman, Chair

Mr Cheesman is currently working for NATO at the NATO Support Agency following 33 years in the Royal Navy as an Air Engineer Officer, Information System and Satellite Specialist. Mr Cheesman was a Parent Governor of a Primary school in the UK for 3 years followed by Vice-Chair of Governors for a large Secondary school for a further 3 years. He is married, and has a son who works in the UK and a daughter who completed her education at St George’s.

Mr Phillip Charlton, Vice Chair

Mr Charlton is a Mechanical Engineer and is the Aerospace Manager EMEA region for Morgan Advanced Materials. He has lived in Luxembourg since 2000 and is married with 2 children; one daughter who recently graduated from St George’s.

Mr Roger Feiereisen, Vice Chair

Mr Feiereisen started his career with Goodyear in Luxembourg in 1968 and worked with the same company for his entire professional career until May 2009 when he retired as Finance Director for the Farm and Off-Road Divisions for Europe. During his time working for Goodyear, Mr Feiereisen worked in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and as Finance Director in Indonesia as well as completing assignments in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mr Marco Amorim

Mr Amorim is currently working for a private bank in Luxembourg as Portfolio Manager, developing and overseeing relationships with high and net wealth clients. He is originally from Brazil and has worked in Brazil, UK and USA before moving to Luxembourg. He has three children who have been at St George’s for the last 5 years. Mr Amorim has been a member of the Finance committee for three years.

Mr David McGahey

Over the course of his career, Mr McGahey has been a Teacher, Director of Education for Buckinghamshire (UK), Managing Director of a number of Education businesses, worked in public affairs and was Business Development Director of the TES. He has been a member of many local, regional and national education organisations as well as being a School Governor and the Inaugural Chair of the Trust of one of the first Academies in the UK.

Ms Hayley Montague

Ms Montague is Australian / British. After completing her studies at the University of Sydney, she moved to Luxembourg in 2007 and currently works as a Team Leader at Northern Trust Global Services. She became involved with St George’s through her role as an Assessor for the Mérite Jeunesse (Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award) and has broadened her experience with students by acting as an Explorer Leader with Telstar Scouts. She is a keen outdoor enthusiast and has a passion for running.

Mr Fabio Morvilli

Mr Morvilli has lived in Luxembourg since 1982. He is married with 3 children who attend St George’s. He is involved with the Italian Community, Chairman of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg, Chairman of the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Consul of the Republic of San Marino in Luxembourg. He is also Chairman of Polcevera s.a. and director for a variety of companies.

Mrs Liina Munari

Mrs Munari has been working for the European institutions since 1996 in different services both in Luxembourg and Brussels. She joined the European Commission in 2006 and is currently working on European research, innovation and policy-making in the field of digital technologies for learning. She is married and has two daughters, the best achievement of her life, who attend St George’s.

Mrs Diane Ries

Ms Ries is a Luxembourg national and returned to Luxembourg after her studies in Paris. She has an extensive career in HR both as a Manager and a Consultant and has set up her own company HR Services SA in 2000. She has been a teacher both in Secondary school and at University and works as a professional trainer. She is currently the President of Competence ASBL.

Mr Giancarlo Sardelli

Mr Sardelli is Italian. He works at the EIB, where he is responsible for credit to Public Sector and Financial Institutions. He has lived in Luxembourg since 1996. He has been a member of a scout association for many years, developing an interest for educational and leadership matters. Mr Sardelli is married and has three daughters; his family life is enriched by five big dogs.

Mr Paul Michael Schonenberg

Originally from the United States, Mr Schonenberg has been living and working in Luxembourg for the past 20 years. A Senior Executive with over 40 years of outstanding accomplishments in both the public and private sectors, he is currently Chairman and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg, founding Vice President of the Luxembourg Chapter of the European Coaching and Mentoring Association as well as partner and co-owner of Leadership Solutions, Europe.

Mrs Serene Shtayyeh-Delano

Mrs Shtayyeh moved to Luxembourg in July 2007 with the intention of returning to the US after two years. 9 years later - Serene works at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assurance partner within the asset management industry. Serene is married and has 3 small boys, all attending St George’s.

Mr Mark Turner

Mr Turner is an Automotive Engineer at Goodyear Dunlop tires. He has lived in Luxembourg since 2006. He has always had a keen interest in education; prior to moving to Luxembourg he was a Governor of a UK Primary school for 15 years and was Chair for 13 of those years. Mr. Turner is married with 4 children; a daughter who completed her studies at St George’s as well as 3 older sons. Mr. Turner was Chair of Governors of St George’s between September 2009 and June 2016.

Mr Stefan Ziegenhagen

Mr Ziegenhagen arrived with his family from Dublin in 2007; he works as in-house counsel in the cross-border life insurance sector for a Luxembourg subsidiary of a large German insurance group and is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. The family consists of his wife Caroline, three lively dogs, daughter Laura (25) and her brother Sean (11) who has been attending St George’s and will be progressing to Secondary this September.


Additionally, the following are members of the Finance & Resources, Learning, Standards & Achievement, Buildings & Projects and IT sub-committees:

Mr John Boots

Mr Luis Parra

Mrs Marie-Laure Saura-Carat

Mr Lukasz Przybylski

Mr Leslie Foster

Mr Yuval Somekh

Mrs Ioana-Cristina Gheorghe-Badescu

Mrs Laura Torres

Mr Stephen Nye

Mr Neil Usher




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