The COBIS Executive Team are located at the association's Head Office in Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London. In addition, COBIS is supported by the Board of Directors and more than 50 approved COBIS Consultants who deliver high-quality projects worldwide.
COLIN BELL, CEO
Originally joining COBIS in 2010, Colin works with and supports talented students, support staff, teachers, leaders and governors from British International schools of global quality spanning over 75 countries worldwide. Prior to COBIS, Colin taught in the UK, Far East and Europe and has led educational projects, in the UK and internationally working with the DFE, Government Office for London, Eteach.com and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames where for 6 years, he was a member of the school improvement Inspectorate, with responsibility for school workforce recruitment, development, extended schools and leadership succession planning. Colin is a founding member of the International Task Force on Child Protection and a Governor of a British international school in Switzerland.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7190
MARGARET GARRARD, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & DEPUTY CEO
Margaret oversees the day-to-day business operations at COBIS and acts as our Deputy CEO. Before joining COBIS, she worked in a leadership capacity at Optimus Education, a publishing and events organisation providing CPD and school improvement services for over 5000 schools in the U.K and internationally. Prior to this, she held a number of event R&D, marketing and communication roles and has trained as a professional facilitator and trainer.
At the heart of her experience is a dedication to, and passion for, disseminating best practice and enabling valuable connections between experts and communities.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7197
ANDREA BERTA, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO AND OFFICE MANAGER
Andrea joined COBIS in March 2017. She is an experienced Personal Assistant with a history of working in the real estate development industry. Her responsibility is to look after Colin’s diary and assist the team in the office while also getting involved in various exciting projects. She has previously worked within the hospitality industry, this giving her the opportunity to deal with people from all over the world and use her language skills. Andrea has an Executive PA degree in Business Administration and Management.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7190
PETER SIMPSON, DIRECTOR OF ACCREDITATION
Peter brings immense experience of British international education and of quality assurance. He is a graduate of Oxford University and was a visiting Schoolmaster Fellow of Cambridge University for six years. Peter has 24 years of experience of teaching in schools both in the UK and internationally and was a school Head for 13 years in the UK and the Netherlands, looking after students from the ages of three to eighteen. Peter has had a long-term interest in leadership development and he has extensive experience of a number of inspection and accreditation regimes, both UK and international.
t: 0044 (0) 75 9084 7346
DR FIONA ROGERS, DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH
Fiona is responsible for the planning and management of all COBIS conferences and professional development events. After completing her doctoral studies in Oxford, Fiona worked with COBIS for three years from 2007. She returned to COBIS as Senior Professional Development Officer in September 2013 before being appointed as Director of Professional Development & Research in 2016.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7193
GURPREET BANSAL, FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Gurpreet has responsibility for finance within COBIS and is your main point of contact for queries related to subscription fees, invoices and charges. She previously worked in finance for a TV production holding company. Prior to this she worked for a company which provides cultural exchange and education opportunities to students. She has an upper second class honours degree in Business Studies with Professional Accounting from Westminster University and is a CIMA qualified accountant.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7192
SHARON GALLAGHER, ACCREDITATION OFFICER
Sharon is your point of contact for all enquiries relating to the COBIS Patron's Accreditation and Compliance. Her previous school experience includes Marketing Officer positions at the Berlin British School (COBIS member) and Sutton High School for Girls (GDST). Prior to this she worked for a Lloyd’s Syndicate for nearly twenty years after graduating as a Modern Linguist from the University of Cambridge.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7199
CATRIONA LAWLESS, STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND EVENTS OFFICER
Catriona joined COBIS in September 2014, having previously worked at a youth education and marketing company. Catriona is the Student Engagement and Events Officer, coordinating student activities and awards and supports the Director of Professional Development and Research with CPD events. If you would like to know more about how your students can get involved in a range of COBIS-led activities, please do contact Catriona. Catriona is from South-West London and attended the University of Birmingham, where she gained her BSc.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7195
NATALIE WILLIAMS, MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Natalie is your key contact for all membership queries, whether you are a school or supporting member, and whether you are a prospective, new or existing member. Natalie joined COBIS in September 2013 after having spent 10 years working for COBIS supporting member organisations including Oxford University Press and Galore Park Publishing. Natalie has a BA (Hons) in English and French from Southampton University and lives in Kent.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7198
JAMIE RALPH, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Jamie leads on all of our communications and marketing including e-mail campaigns, website, social media, brand and storytelling. Additionally, Jamie is the person to contact regarding any of our digital marketing services or if you have a media request. With extensive experience leading on communications for membership organisations, he previously worked in UK higher education before joining COBIS. Jamie has a special interest in international schools as some of his close family have taught and studied at schools in the Middle East, Africa and South America. Educated in Ireland, Jamie holds a BA from the National University of Ireland (Galway) and an MA from University College Cork.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7194
MANISH PATEL, FINANCE EXECUTIVE
Manish joined COBIS in 2017. As our Finance Executive, Manish will be assisting Gurpreet with all the finance related queries. Prior to joining COBIS, Manish had a strong background in the sports industry, working for various organisations and charities in their Accounts departments and as a cricket coach. Manish was also voted 2017 England and Wales Cricket Board National Young Coach of The Year. He has an upper second class honours degree in Accounting and Finance, from the University of West London and is a part qualified ACCA accountant.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7232
HANNAH PORRITT, COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS EXECUTIVE
Hannah joined COBIS as our Intern in August 2016 and in April 2017 moved to become our Communications and Events Executive, working with Jamie on COBIS communications as well as supporting the team with conferences and student events. Prior to joining COBIS, Hannah was studying for a Masters degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is a COBIS school alumna, having graduated from The British School in The Netherlands in 2012. Hannah is responsible for putting together COBIS Connect, our monthly newsletter, so contact her if you have any news or information you would like to submit.
t: 0044 (0) 203 826 7191