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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.

Stefan Ziegenhagen

Mr Stefan Ziegenhagen, Chair

Mr Ziegenhagen arrived in Luxembourg with his family from Dublin in 2007. He works as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for a Luxembourg insurance group owned by German construction group Hochtief AG 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 attended St George’s until the summer of 2022. Mr Ziegenhagen can be contacted 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 Karima Berthe Anne (Mia) Aouadi

Ms Aouadi was born in France but spent most of her life in Luxembourg. She is currently an attachee de direction at the Ecole d'Hotellerie et de Tourisme du Luxembourg (EHTL), where she was previously the deputy headmaster. Her passion for education and continuous training has been a constant throughout her career and in her current role Ms Aouadi's mission is to conceptualise an institute for continuing vocational training in the hospitality and tourism sector. She is interested in psychology, target shooting and travelling, and is involved in several volunteer and extra-curricular activities.

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. 

Ms Patrizia Luchetta

Ms Luchetta is an entrepreneur and creative strategist with an impressive international career across industries and economic sectors. She developed and implemented Luxembourg’s national strategy in the field of biomedical life sciences, and is currently using her expertise to help associations and individuals refine their strategic goals regarding communication and marketing. Over the past 14 years she has been on several boards as a member or advisor.

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.

 

Ms Luciana Restivo

Ms Restivo is an Italian national who worked in Italy and the UK before moving to Luxembourg in 2001 with her Irish husband. She has more than 25 years' experience in sales and management mainly in the sectors of media, advertising and vocational training. She has two daughters attending Secondary at St George’s.

 

MatthewSavage

Mr Matthew Savage

After almost 25 years' experience as a teacher, school leader and principal, both in the UK and internationally, Matthew is now an assessment, wellbeing and DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion and justice) consultant, helping international schools worldwide ensure that each and every student can be seen, heard, known and belong. After many years living abroad, he has now found his forever home on the Isle of Skye, where he lives with his wonderful wife and atypical dog, ever and always ready for any visit from his two, adult children. Matthew is proud and delighted to be a governor at St George's International School.

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 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 lived in Luxembourg from 2015 to 2022 with his wife and two children. His son and daughter both thrived as students at St George’s in both the Secondary and Primary schools before returning to the United Kingdom. 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 now works for a leading law firm in London.

Dr Gudrun Ziegler

Dr Ziegler’s interest in learning and development brought her to Luxembourg more than 15 years ago. She has an extensive international academic career in the field of language learning and researching interaction. Dr Ziegler teaches German to high-level athletes in Luxembourg and serves as invited professor within MA-programmes at Université de Bordeaux/INSPE (International education and training) and INALCO/Paris (Didactique des langues), publishing and supporting initiatives of researching learning and teaching in culturally diverse settings. She is also a founding member and one of the drivers of the independent Luxembourg multi-LEARN institute asbl.

Additionally, the following individuals are committee members of the Finance & Resources, Learning, Standards & Achievement and Infrastructure Committee:

Mrs Osemhen Akhibi-Okenyi
Mrs Lynn Frank
Mr Oscar Guerrero Luque
Mr Vincent Lekens
Mr Stephen Nye Ms Andrea Rujoiu  
Mr Paul Michael Schonenberg Mr Antonios Tzanetis