Below are the dates of the upcoming board meetings. All meetings will be held in the board meeting room in the teaching and learning center (language house) starting at 6:30pm.

23rd September, 2019
18th November, 2019
24th February, 2020
4th May, 2020

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 18th May, 2020 - ISY Cafeteria, 6pm.

The International School Yangon (ISY) is a non-profit Association that is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees of up to eleven members. All parents and guardians of current ISY students are members of this Association. Positions on the ISY Board of Trustees are either appointed or elected, with elections taking place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in May of each year. The Board then selects from among its members a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. As a non-profit Association, all tuition and other income generated by ISY is channeled back into the operation and development of the school and its facilities.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance of the school. This includes articulating long-term vision, setting broad policy, safeguarding the financial integrity of the school, and protecting the school from risk. The Board also adopts the annual budget, sets tuition and fee scales, and identifies and approves major facilities improvement projects. Finally, the Board selects, hires, supports and evaluates the ISY Director, who is responsible for the day-today operation of the school, the realization of the school’s mission and execution of improvement plans as directed by the Board. The Director also serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.

Standing Committees in Audit, Finance, Governance and Facilities advise and guide the Board on specific areas of focus. Each Committee is chaired by a Board member and includes among its core members the Director of the School and at least two other Board members. Depending on the nature of the topics under review, Committees may also invite parents, teachers, school administrators, and/or outside experts to participate. Committees report their findings and recommendations to the full Board of Trustees for consideration and decision. For more information, please see Standing Committee Terms of Reference below.

The ISY Board of Trustees employs a number of different channels to communicate with the wider parent community. First, all parents are encouraged to attend and observe quarterly Board meetings, and to make contributions under the standing agenda item, “Communication from Association members.” Detailed minutes of these meetings are also posted on the ISY website. In addition, the Board publishes ad-hoc announcements throughout the year, either by direct email to all Association members or via the ISY Quarterly Newsletter. Open presentations on topics of general interest are also held on an occasional basis, and an Annual Report is presented to the Association at the Annual General Meeting in May. Finally, the Board welcomes questions and comments from Association members and the larger community through its designated email address,, which is directed to all Board members, including the Director.

At the 19th November 2018 Board Meeting the following Environmental Policy was adopted.

Strategic Goal: ISY will support the global sustainable development goals (SDGs) by developing Environmental Consciousness through programs, policies and procedures, including a “greener” campus.

The Board will model environmental consciousness by implementing the following practices:

  1. Board packets and other documents will be distributed electronically whenever possible, including the meeting survey.
  2. Only documents that need an original signature will be printed and then only if electronic signatures are not possible.
  3. Board members will use reusable water bottles, cups, glasses and plates during meetings. A water cooler will be placed in the boardroom to provide access to hot and cold water. Single use utensils will also be avoided.
  4. Board members will participate in recycling after meetings, making sure that any paper or plastic goods are properly disposed.
  5. Refreshments and any required meals (board retreat) will be carefully planned to avoid food waste.
  6. AC usage will be set to an energy efficient level to enable both comfort and energy saving.

Current Governance Documents

Registration Documents

Board Member Profile and Code of Conduct

Meet the ISY Board Members 2019 - 20

Alison Harley, Chair

Alison was elected to the Board in May 2017. She has been the Chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Marketing Taskforce. Alison was appointed as chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Alison is a British national with a child in grade 4 at ISY. Alison is a communications and advocacy specialist and has worked for NGO, government and media organizations in UK, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her current role is Communicators Director for WWF-Myanmar. Alison is a qualified barrister and former trustee of the Alder Hey Family Trust.

Andrew Kirkwood, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Andrew was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Andrew has served as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee since August 2016, and is also a member of the Facilities Committee. Andrew is a Canadian national with two children at ISY, in grades 9 and 11. Andrew has university degrees in engineering and planning and 25 years of experience in project and program management. He has lived in Yangon since 2004. He is currently the Director and Representative of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Andrea Austin, Secretary

Andrea was elected to the Board in May 2018. She was elected as Board Secretary in September 2018 and named to the Governance and Finance Committees. Andrea is an American national with two children at ISY, in grades 7 and 9. She holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies and a master’s degree in Humanities, both from Brigham Young University. She lived and worked in Guatemala, Peru, Rwanda and Mozambique before coming to Myanmar in 2017.

Kyaw Moe Naing

Kyaw was elected to the Board in May 2015 and reelected in May 2017. He served as Board Treasurer for the 2015-2016 school year. He currently serves on both the Finance and Facilities Committee and previously served on the Finance Committee and the 2015 Director Search Committee. Kyaw is a Myanmar national with three children at ISY, in pre-K, grade 6 and grade 7. Kyaw has a BS in Chemistry and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He is one of Myanmar’s leading entrepreneurs and serves as Managing Director of Lighting Specialist Co. Ltd. and Myanmar Ease Net Co., Ltd. He is an active member in a number of industry associations and social activities.

Harold Nordgaard, Audit Committee Chair

Harold was elected to the Board in June 2018 - and elected Audit Committee Chair in September 2018. Harold has four children of which three attend ISY - grades 2, 7 and 9. Harold works at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon. His previous diplomatic postings were Moscow, Singapore and Beijing. He has an Army background with international peacekeeping service from the Balkans. Harold holds two Master degrees - MSc in Strategic Studies (Singapore) and MEcon in Economics (Beijing).

Serin Werner

Serin was appointed to the Board in February 2019. She is an Australian national, with a child in second grade child at ISY. Serin holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from the Australian National University, and works at the Australian Embassy Yangon as an aid program specialist. Before arriving in Yangon in 2017, she and her family were posted to Indonesia and the Solomon Island, where her work focused on community development, particularly women's and youth empowerment programs.

Sao Thanda Noi

Sao was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2019. She is a Myanmar National with 1 daughter in Grade 5. Before being appointed to the Board of Trustees Sao worked with the Parent Association Board most recently as the Class Parents Coordinator. Sao has worked in the Travel Industry for many years and is currently the Deputy Managing Director of Air Bagan Public Company Limited.

Paul Pleva, US Ambassador's Representative

Paul was appointed to the Board in June 2019. Paul is a U.S. national with a daughter at ISY in Grade 1. Paul has university degrees in Economics and International Studies. He has lived in Yangon since 2017. He is currently Director of the Economic Growth Office, USAID/Burma.

Michael Little

Michael was elected to the Board in May 2019. He is a British national with children in Pre K, grade 2 and 5 at ISY, but has lived overseas with his wife and family for 22 years. Michael has worked in cultural relations and education in Myanmar (2001-5 and Aug ’18 to present) , Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain , Morocco, and Italy. He specializes in English in education, teacher education & development, and English language learning and assessment. He is currently Director English for the British Council, Myanmar.

Brett Joyal

Brett was elected to the Board in May 2019. An American national with a son in Kindergarten at ISY, he has lived in Myanmar for 3 years and in Asia since 2013. Brett is the Founder and Managing Director of mom&pop, a Myanmar based marketing and sales agency. Prior to that he held strategy and operations positions in the US, EU, and multiple countries in Asia. Brett holds two Master degrees, M.S. in Economics (United States) and M.B.A. (United Kingdom).

Board Minutes

Standing Committees


Governance Committee - The purpose of this Committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its fiduciary, legal and strategic oversight responsibilities through adequate Board governance policy development, recruitment strategies, training, monitoring and evaluation of Board activities and performance. For more information, please see the Governance Committee’s Terms of Reference here.


Facilities Committee - The purpose of the Facilities Committee is to assist and advise the Board in its fiduciary, legal and strategic oversight responsibilities by ensuring that ISY: has a long-term campus development plan to deliver effective teaching and learning; has adequate financial systems and resources in place when planning and implementing campus development plans; and promotes appropriate usage of ISY’s campus and facilities. For more information, please see the Facilities Committee’s Terms of Reference here.


Finance Committee - The purpose of this Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary, legal and strategic oversight responsibilities by ensuring that ISY has adequate financial systems and resources in places to deliver effective learning and teaching. For more information, please see the Finance Committee’s Terms of Reference here.


Audit Committee - The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary and oversight responsibilities by ensuring that the school has an annual financial audit to ensure resources are in place to deliver effective learning and teaching. For more information, please see the Finance Committee’s Terms of Reference here.

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