Supporting Member of The Year Award

The COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award is brand new for 2018 and celebrates the fantastic work that Supporting Members do with COBIS schools every year.
The winner of the Supporting Member of the Year Award will be announced at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2018. On behalf of COBIS, we would like to congratulate all those Supporting Members who were nominated for the fantastic work they do with schools.

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Shortlist

Eight projects have been shortlisted for the Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018. Congratulations to the following companies:

A Tale Unfolds - Luxembourg LitFilmFest     
Nominated by St George's International School, Luxembourg

EyeFilm - BST Outdoors Film   
Nominated by The British School in Tokyo  

Interactive Schools - New School Website:
Nominated by British School Muscat  
Interactive Schools - New School Website:
Nominated by JESS, Dubai 

Interactive Schools - New School Website:
Nominated by The British School Al Khubairat           

Learning Ladders - Implementation of Learning Ladders    
Nominated by GEMS Royal Dubai School  
The Teaching Assistant College - Delivery of the Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA)    
Nominated by Prague British International School  
the-learning-crowd - The Chatmore School Development Plan
Nominated by The Chatmore British International School

Judging Criteria and Panel

COBIS would like to thank our judging panel for giving their time generously to the Supporting Member of the Year Award.

Caroline Wright
Director General - British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
Caroline Wright is Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association, the UK's national industry association for educational products and services. Caroline joined BESA in 2012, taking on the Director General role in July 2016.

In her time at BESA the association has grown in impact and size and represents more than 80% of the UK educational resources market and more than 350 education suppliers.
Prior to joining BESA Caroline's career spanned the public and private sector in a range of leadership and communications roles. From an early career working in national and local newspapers Caroline moved into Government working as Director of Communications across a range of Departments including the Department for Education, Ofsted, Partnerships for Schools, The Cabinet Office, and the Department of Trade and Industry.
Caroline was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK's largest acute NHS hospital trust from 2012 to 2014.

David Woodgate
Chief Executive - Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA)
David is chief executive of the Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA). He was formerly both chief executive of the Institute of Financial Accountants (2008-2014) as well as the Institute of Administrative Management (2001-2007). Directly prior to joining the association, David was the group strategy consultant to the Institute of Public Accountants (Australia).

He is a qualified barrister and was called to the Bar in 1982, and he holds an MBA as well as a BSc in Linguistic and International Studies, majoring in French, Russian and Law. In addition, he also spent nearly 20 years working in the banking sector ending up as director, e-commerce, for the Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Bank. He is Chairman of Governors of an independent school.

Margaret Garrard
Director of Operations & Deputy CEO - Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Margaret oversees the day-to-day business operations at COBIS and acts as the 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 to over 5000 schools in the UK 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.

Supporting Member of the Year Award Presentation

The COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award will be presented to the winner at the COBIS Annual Conference 2018. 

For any queries regarding the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award, please contact Natalie Williams, COBIS Membership Officer - or call 0044 (0) 203 826 7198.