Below are the dates of the upcoming board meetings. All meetings will be held in the main board room on the 1st floor of B building 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, email@example.com, 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:
- Board packets and other documents will be distributed electronically whenever possible, including the meeting survey.
- Only documents that need an original signature will be printed and then only if electronic signatures are not possible.
- 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.
- Board members will participate in recycling after meetings, making sure that any paper or plastic goods are properly disposed.
- Refreshments and any required meals (board retreat) will be carefully planned to avoid food waste.
- 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 2018-19
- Board Minutes
Elizabeth Shick, Chair
Liz was elected to the Board in May 2014, reelected in May 2016 and appointed in May 2018. Prior to that, she served as Board Secretary. As Chair, Liz oversees all Board Committees and is an active member of the Governance Committee. Liz is an American national with one child in Grade 10 at ISY and one child who is an ISY alum. Her professional background is in project management and communication. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and has a Master of Fine Arts from Lesley University.
Tracy Swift - Vice Chair, Chair of Facilities Committee
Tracy was elected to the Board in May 2015 and reappointed in May 2017. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Facilities Committee, and is a member of the Governance Committee. Tracy served as Chair of the Finance Committee for the 2015-2016 school year and Chair of the Governance Committee for the 2016-2017 school year. Tracy is an American national with two children at ISY, in KG and grade 3. Tracy’s background is in law and international development with a focus on capacity building and procurement. She currently manages a small consulting company called Field Focus. She was the school librarian at her children's international school in Ethiopia from 2013-2014.
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.
Alison Harley, Governance Committee Chair
Alison was elected to the Board in May 2017, is Chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Marketing Taskforce. Alison is a British national with a child in grade 3 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.
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).
Winnie Hofstetter, Representative of the U.S. Ambassador
Winnie was appointed to the Board by the U.S. Ambassador in May 2017. She is a member of the Audit Committee. Winnie is an American national with a child in grade 4 at ISY. Winnie has worked as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State for ten years and has served in Malta, Curacao and Nigeria before coming to Myanmar. Prior to joining the Dept. of State, Winnie worked for ten years as a secondary school teacher of French and Spanish, including in the IB program, in Colorado. She has also taught primary school students in Nebraska and in Hungary, where she served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer.
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.
Dr. Silke-Susann Otto
Sisu was elected to the Board in May 2015 and reelected in May 2017. She served as Vice Chair for the 2016-2017 school year and Board Secretary for the 2015-2016 school year. She has been a member of the Finance Committee and the Facilities Committee since 2017 and previously served on the Governance Committee and 2015 Director Search Committee. Sisu is a German national with two children at ISY, in grades 6 and 8. Sisu is a consultant with McKinsey & Company focusing on client development and capacity building, and spearheads McKinsey’s efforts in Myanmar. She is a trustee in Hong Kong-based Studer Trust that builds monastic schools in Myanmar. She has completed the Financial Time's Non-Executive Director's Diploma and holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Business.
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.