The ISH School Board is usually referred to as “The ISH Board of Governors”.
The school operates within conditions set by the Finnish Ministry of Education and is established as a non-profit association, “The Parents’ Association of the International School of Helsinki”.
The Parents’ Association elects members for the school board, “The ISH Board of Governors”. The board consists of 7-9 members, primarily parents. The Board strives for gender balance and diversity of cultural background, skills and experience. All members are volunteers.
Current Board members:
- Elvira Ziyatdinova - Chairperson
- Roeland Baan - Vice Chairperson
- Björn Ordell - Treasurer
- Karolina Walkowiak-Kiselka - Secretary
- Hannu Aronsson
- Antti Erävaara
- Manish Gupta
- Dina Harrison
The Board represents the Parents’ Association and board activities are concentrated on establishing and supporting the school’s vision and strategic direction.
Day-to-day administration of the school is not a board responsibility but is delegated to the Head of School and the leadership team.
Board responsibilities include:
The board is responsible for establishing, evaluating and reviewing the mission and strategic direction of ISH.
The ISH five-year strategic plan is created in a strong partnership with the school community. The latest strategic plan is from 2014 and the implementation is continuing.
The board is responsible for the financial stability of the school. The Finance Committee and the leadership team assist the board in this task.
The board is responsible for the formulation and approval of school polices that set direction and guidance for operations at ISH. The Policy Committee and the leadership team assist the board in this task. For information about school policies please click here.
Personnel (Head of School)
An essential role for the board is to appoint, evaluate and provide support to the Head of School.
All other personnel matters are delegated to the Head of School and the leadership team.
The board meets monthly. In addition the board sets up standing and ad-hoc committees to assist the board on key areas of the strategic plan. Work on committees can include members of staff, parents and students when relevant.
The school community is welcome and encouraged to attend the board meetings that are announced through the newsletter and on the school calendar.
Next board meeting:
Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 18.00For more information about the meeting please contact Executive Assistant Therese Thibault email@example.com
News from the Board
The Board would like to inform the ISH community that after three years of dedicated service, including two years as chairperson, Mr. Rainer Puittinen has resigned his position for personal reasons. The Board thanks Mr. Puittinen for his service to the school and wishes him all the best in the future.
According to §18.1 of the School's bylaws, 7 to 9 members should make up the Board. Bearing this in mind, the Board agreed not to arrange new elections at the October 2017 Annual Autumn General Meeting of Parent Association. It is able to operate with the current 8 members until the Spring General Meeting.