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Meet the 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 possess a comprehensive range of skills and experience that help the Board to achieve its aims. The Board is led by a Chair and two Vice-Chairs. 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, Fleur Thomas.

Mr Stefan Ziegenhagen, Chair

Mr Ziegenhagen arrived in Luxembourg with his family from Dublin in 2007. He works as in-house legal counsel in the insurance sector for a Luxembourg subsidiary of a large US insurance group and is a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. The family consists of his wife Caroline, four lively dogs, adult daughter Laura and her brother Sean, who has been attending St George’s from the start and is currently experiencing school life in Secondary. Mr Ziegenhagen can be contacted directly on chair@st-georges.lu

Mr Christophe Jacamon, Vice-Chair

Mr Jacamon, a French national, moved to Luxembourg in 2007. He has 25 years' experience in finance, starting his career with Deloitte in France and Asia before joining ArcelorMittal. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development of ArcelorMittal Downstream Solutions. Mr Jacamon has two daughters who attended St George’s Primary.

Ms Diane Ries, Vice-Chair

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 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.

Ms Natalie Barrett

Ms Barrett is a London-based educationalist and has been involved in primary education since the early '90s. She has had many responsibilities, all requiring a wholeschool outlook and the skills to manage change. Ms Barrett's leadership experience includes being chair of governors and culminates in being a key member of the leadership team taking a school to an outstanding Ofsted grade. During a career break to care for her mother, Ms Barrett both worked as a freelance educational consultant and as a director within a social enterprise looking to bring moments of happiness to those living with mid-to-late dementia. 

Mrs Susan Eriksson

Mrs Eriksson has worked as a teacher in a variety of senior and head teacher roles in international schools worldwide and is a lecturer in International Initial Teacher Training for Sunderland University. Mrs Eriksson also consults as an international schools inspector. She is a trained facilitator who specialises in safeguarding and leadership development at all levels within schools. Mrs Eriksson is from Wales, and breeds and trains Labradoodles.

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Ms Aatika Hayat

Ms Hayat is a New Zealand-qualified barrister and solicitor specialising in international taxation. She moved to Luxembourg in 2016 with her husband and two young sons. Prior to that, Ms Hayat was based in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Geneva, as well as her native Auckland, in global roles for various multinationals including TetraPak and ArcelorMittal. Ms Hayat is the co-founder of Ryse asbl which mentors youth refugees and assists them with integrating and finding jobs in Luxembourg. 

Mrs Hayley Montague

Mrs Montague is Australian-British. After completing her studies at the University of Sydney, she moved to Luxembourg in 2007 and works 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 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 Patrick Schon

A Luxembourg national, Mr Schon completed his A levels at the European School in Luxembourg, going on to study business economics in Germany and France. After his studies abroad, he returned to Luxembourg and has been working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he is an assurance partner for operational companies, for more than 20 years. He is married and has two children who attend the local Luxembourgish primary school. He was an active ice hockey player and has competed in more than 10 world championships for the Luxembourgish national team. He remains very connected to ice hockey as a member of the Luxembourgish Federation and is a volunteer coach for youth teams.

Mr Paul Michael Schonenberg

Originally from the United States, Mr Schonenberg has been living and working in Luxembourg for more than 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.

Mr Yuval Somekh

Mr Somekh moved to Luxembourg from Israel in 2015 and is married with two children. His wife works at St George’s and their son attends St George’s. Their daughter is still too young. Mr Somekh specialises in business management and finance, and served in different management and board positions in private and public traded hi-tech companies. Mr Somekh is passionate about technology, innovation and sustainable development.
Kevin Wilson

Mr Kevin Wilson

Mr Wilson moved to Luxembourg from London in 2015 with his wife and two children. His son and daughter have thrived as students at St George’s since then and are now in the Secondary and Primary schools respectively. Mr Wilson is an English-qualified solicitor and has practised as a lawyer for over 20 years. He initially worked as a corporate lawyer in a global law firm before moving in-house to a number of private and public companies as the General Counsel. He has worked as a lawyer in Australia, Dubai and Brussels, as well as London and Luxembourg

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

Ms Nicola Jancso-Sanderson
Mr Stephen Nye