Board of Trustees
The American School in London is governed by the Board of Trustees, which oversees the school’s institutional affairs, governance and finances, including fundraising, but delegates to the Head of School responsibility for the day-to-day administration, programing and policies. The Board oversees the school’s adherence to its mission; appoints, supports and works closely with the Head of School; and participates in periodic strategic planning for the growth and evolution of the School.
The Board is organized into six working committees: Admin/Finance, Advancement, Buildings & Grounds, Investment, Trustee Affairs, and Executive. The approximately 25 board members serve three-year renewable terms. Up to five new board members are appointed each year for their diverse range of talents, skill sets, perspectives, experience, demographics across all school divisions, tenure at the School and active school engagement; all of which support the School to fulfill its promise and achieve its mission.
- David Novak P ’18 ’20, Chair
- Erin Roth P ’15 ’16 ’21, Vice Chair
- Robin Appleby, P ’24 (ASL 2017-present), Head of School
- Cynthia Bake P ’15 ’17 ’20 ’25
- Luca Bassi P ’24 ’27
- Erin Crawford P ’20 ’23
- Daniel Hajjar P ’20 ’23 ’27
- Priya Hiranandani-Vandrevala P ’21 ’23
- Virginia Keener
- Alison LeMaire P ’12 ’14 ’17
- Sherine Magar-Sawiris P ’16 ’23 ’25
- Rebecca Manuel P ’17 ’21
- Liad Meidar P ’23 ’26 ’30
- Elaine Proctor-Bonbright P ’14 ’18
- William H. Roedy P ’14 ’16 ’20 ’22
- Stephanie Schueppert ’89 P ’24 ’26
- Julie G. Skattum P ’12 ’15 ’17
- Ramez Sousou P ’17 ’18 ’22
- Nikos Stathopoulos P ’21 ’23
- Stacey Towfighi P ’18 ’20 ’23
- Chris Whitman P ’19 ’20 ’22
David Novak and his wife, Jane, moved to London in 2000. They are parents to Ethan ’18 and Jonathan ’20, and joined ASL in fall 2004.
Since 1997, David has worked at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, and currently runs their European business. Prior to this, David worked for Morgan Stanley in the private equity and investment banking areas.
David holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University.
On being appointed to the ASL Board of Trustees, David says, “ASL is the center of our life in London. As a community, its impact on our family extends well beyond the education of our children. I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to ASL’s continued growth and excellence in the future.”
Erin moved to London from McLean, VA, with her husband, Alex, in 1999 and they became ASL parents in 2001, bringing children Jack ’15, Max ’16 and Helen ’21 to the School. Erin joined the Board in July 2015. She is co-chair of the Trustee Affairs Committee and serves on the Buildings & Grounds Committee.
Erin served as PCA president for two years and has volunteered in various guises at ASL since 2003, including two years as PCA VP Communications, two years on the PCA SCOOP committee, two years as grade rep coordinator, and six years as a library volunteer and room parent in the Lower School. Erin also served on the Planning Committee for MSA Accreditation.
As a family, the Roths support the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Camp, Yale University and Yale University Library. Erin sits on the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and serves as a college interviewer.
Erin holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Cynthia Bake and her husband, Christopher, joined ASL in 2012 along with their children, Andrew ’15, Grace ’17, Alice ’20 and Willem ’25. Cynthia served as a New Frontiers capital campaign communications advisor and was an active participant in the school’s Middle States Association accreditation process. Cynthia and Chris were 2014-15 Annual Fund leadership chairs for the Middle School, and Cynthia has served on the Communications Council. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2015, and is co-chair of the Advancement Committee.
Prior to moving to London, the Bake family lived in Argentina, Bahrain and most recently Dubai, where Cynthia was communications leader for the American School of Dubai PTA.
Fluent in French and conversant in Spanish, Cynthia worked for the Société Générale first in San Francisco and then in the Communications Department in New York. She holds a BS from Santa Clara University, where she studied French, political science and international business.
Luca Bassi and his wife, Leila, joined the School in 2015, along with daughters Sophia ’24 and Amelia ’27. Luca and Leila have been enthusiastic Annual Fund canvassers since 2016. Luca was appointed to the ASL Board of Trustees in February 2018, and serves on the Admin/Finance Committee.
After starting his career with Bain & Company in Milan, in 2000, Luca moved to London to join Goldman Sachs. Since 2003, Luca has worked for Bain Capital, where he serves as managing director in the private equity business.
Luca holds a BA in business administration from Università Bocconi in Milan, and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School in New York.
As part of the Private Equity Fellow Program at Columbia, Luca has served as a mentor since 2014.
Erin Crawford and husband Nick, along with their children Ava ’20 and Gavin ’23, moved to London in 2009 and joined ASL in 2010. Erin was appointed to the ASL Board of Trustees in spring 2017, and is a member of the Admin/Finance and Advancement committees.
Erin co-chaired the successful Dream Big, ASL! auction in 2015, which not only served to support the school’s Parent Community Association, but also contributed to the establishment of Waverley Park at ASL. Erin has been active in other roles at the School, with volunteer positions including stints in the Lower School Library, classroom parent roles, and as an Annual Fund class captain.
After college, Erin began her career at Merrill Lynch before moving on to Lehman Brothers Inc. as VP & sales associate with the Institutional Client Group. A Huntington, NY, native, Erin graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and holds a BA in economics and political science.
Daniel and his wife, Kima Kouly Hajjar, have been part of the ASL community since 2015, along with their children, Gabe ’20, Danielle ’23 and Marcus ’27. Daniel was elected to the ASL Board of Trustees in summer 2017, having served on the Buildings & Grounds Committee since January 2017.
An architect with extensive experience in North America and the EMEA region, Daniel is managing principal of HOK London, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. He has served on HOK’s board of directors since 2010.
His volunteer experience involves serving as a board member and a coach to the Dubai Little League, and sitting on the external advisory board of the British University of Dubai and the Canadian Business Council Executive Board. Daniel is also a founding member of the Emirates Green Building Council, where he served in the capacity of vice-chairman.
Daniel was awarded a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and holds a master’s in architecture from the same institution.
Priya Hiranandani-Vandrevala and husband Cyrus Vandrevala moved to London and became ASL parents in September 2007, when their son, Jeh, joined K1. Their second son, Anand, joined the School in fall 2009. Since January 2011, Priya has served on the Board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Priya is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist with business interests in real estate and technology. She is a partner of Intrepid Capital Partners, a global investor focused on private growth equity investments. Priya spent her early years with Arthur Andersen.
Priya served as chairman of the steering board for the real estate community of the World Economic Forum. The Forum has nominated her into its Young Global Leaders program. Priya heads the Vandrevala Foundation, a social enterprise active especially in support of mental health.
Priya is a Chartered Accountant and a post-graduate from Mumbai University.
Since her move to the US Embassy in London in July 2016, Virginia “Ginger” Keener has served as the Minister Counselor for Management Affairs, a role in which she is heavily involved in the embassy’s impending move and the decommissioning of the current building.
Ginger was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Buildings & Grounds Committee.
Prior to her current posting, Ginger served in Cairo, Frankfurt, Brussels, Kuwait and Islamabad, bringing her skills as a strategic thinker with a wide range of management experience to her numerous posts at US consulates, embassies and NATO.
Ginger holds a BA from Washington College in international relations, French and German; and did graduate studies in international relations from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Alison LeMaire and her husband, Dominique, joined the School in April 2000, along with daughter Charlotte ’12, and sons Henry ’14 and Nicolas ’17.
Alison serves as chair of the Admin/Finance Committee and is also a member of the Trustee Affairs Committee. She was a member of the Diversity & Admissions Committee.
A pediatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience, Alison served as a medical care provider for at-risk, inner-city children in Boston and New York for 10 years.
Alison has volunteered with the PCA for many years and is an active member of the Communications Council. In addition to serving as chair of the Mini Grants Program, she founded Friends of the Lower School Library. She has served as a grade rep many times, been a member of the Booster Club Board, served as PCA treasurer for two years and acted as PCA President for the 2011-2013 academic years.
Her philanthropic interests include Sadlers Wells, where she is a patron, and the Aspire Campaign for Princeton University. She has also co-chaired the Young New Yorkers of the Philharmonic.
Alison holds a BA in art history from Princeton University, a BS in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, and an MS from Yale School of Nursing.
Sherine and husband Nassef Sawiris have been parents at ASL since 2012, when they joined the School with three of their four children: Nadia ’16, Samih ’23 and Nassef ’25. Sherine has served on the Advancement Committee since 2016, the Campaign Leadership Committee (2015-16), and has co-chaired the Arab Culture Group, part of the ASL PCA International Community Committee, since 2015. She was elected to the ASL Board of Trustees in summer 2017.
Fluent in three languages, Sherine has served for a number of years on the acquisition committee for Middle Eastern art at Tate Modern, London. Sherine is an ambassador for Chain of Hope, a London-based charity that works towards giving children across the globe access to quality cardiac care. In addition, she is co-chair of the charity’s annual gala ball committee. Sherine is a trustee of the Sawiris Foundation.
Having set up home in three continents, Sherine is acutely aware of the importance of multiculturalism and the impact that effective governance of a school can have on its students and the contribution they make in society in years to come.
Sherine graduated ‘cum laude’ from the American University in Cairo with a BA in business administration and a minor in economics.
Rebecca Manuel and husband Eric Bueno have been parents at ASL since 2009, when they joined the School with sons Max ’17 and Zack ’21. Rebecca and Eric served as 2014-15 Annual Fund class captains, while Rebecca took part in the school’s Middle States Association accreditation process. She was elected to the ASL Board of Trustees in January 2015, and is a member of the Admin/Finance Committee, having previously served on the Advancement Committee.
Rebecca joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in October 2014, as managing director, Sovereign Wealth Fund Coverage. She was previously with Royal Bank of Scotland for 10 years, holding a number of senior roles in investment banking.
Rebecca was selected as one of Financial News’ ‘100 Most Influential Women in Finance’ in 2008 and 2010. She also served on the board of the European Loan Market Association from 2009 to 2011. She is a frequent contributor to recruiting, diversity and women in leadership external and internal initiatives, including previous sponsorship of WorkX.
Rebecca earned her BA at the University of Michigan and her MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Liad and his wife, Eileen, joined ASL in 2010, and are parents to Gabrielle ’23, Emmet ’26 and Asher ’30. Eileen and Liad served as Annual Fund chairs in 2013-14.
In addition, Liad worked on the School Improvement Committee for accreditation with the MSA. He served on the New Frontiers Campaign Cabinet Committee, and has been a leadership canvasser since 2011. Liad is co-chair of the Advancement Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.
Liad is managing partner of Gatemore Capital Management, a multi-asset manager focused on under-researched funds and activism. The company was co-founded by Liad in 2005 and has offices in New York and London.
Liad began his career at Bankers Trust, before moving on to Seattle-based UBarter.com as executive VP, and later CEO. In 2000, Liad launched i5, a technology company incubator, and a few years later Felix Partners, a financial advisory firm, which was a predecessor to Gatemore.
A national level rower at school and university, Liad holds an A.B. in economics from Princeton. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Perelman Institute at Princeton University and on the board of the Henry Jackson Society.
Elaine and David Proctor-Bonbright joined the School in 2006 with children Lucia ’14 and Jacob ’18. Elaine was elected to the Board of Trustees in December 2011, and serves on the Buildings & Grounds, and Trustee Affairs committees. In addition, she is a Cultural Competency Council liaison, and a member of the Financial Aid working group.
Previously, Elaine was co-chair of the Diversity and Admissions Committee, and participated in the PCA’s International Community Committee (ICC), and served on the Communications Council 2010-11.
Born in Johannesburg, film director, screenwriter and novelist Elaine’s life has spanned the major events in the history of present-day South Africa. She made documentary films for a decade and then wrote and directed feature films. Elaine’s film, Friends, was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, winning Caméra d'Or Special Distinction.
In May 2012, her debut novel, Rhumba—set amid north London’s Congolese community—was published to critical acclaim. Since that time, Elaine has written The Savage Hour, which was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Prize for fiction, and another novel, The Love Factory, set for publication in March 2018.
In 2012, Elaine made a film for ASL, Other People’s Shoes, to celebrate the spirit of service learning at ASL.
A graduate of the London Film School, Elaine also holds a master’s degree in film writing and directing from the UK’s National Film and Television School. She sits on the Screenwriting Chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and is a member of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain.
Elaine has a deep and abiding enthusiasm for the efforts of the School to encourage the emergence of curious, critical, well-educated and engaged young people.
Bill Roedy’s dedication to ASL as a trustee spans more than 20 years, making him the school’s longest serving board member. He is a representative on the Cultural Competency Council and serves on the Investment and Trustee Affairs committees. Bill was the first co-chair of the Diversity Council (or ICCE), and served on the Strategic Planning Committee. He has twice delivered the commencement address at graduation, in 1994 and 2010. Bill and his wife, Alex, are parents to Noa ’14, Liam ’16, Rocky ’20 and Tiger ’22.
Bill is former Chairman/CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, and launching the most channels in the history of TV.
Prior to joining MTVNI, Bill was a VP for HBO for 10 years, and was inducted as
one of the ‘Pioneers’ of the US cable industry into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Earlier, he was an officer in the US Army, where he qualified as Airborne and Army Ranger, with decorated combat service in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He also commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal.
In 1998, Bill was named Ambassador for UNAIDS, addressing the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, 1998–2002, and later chair of the advisory board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Bill founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. In 2010, he was appointed as first ever Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, joining the board in 2015.
Bill is founding chair of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV’s award-winning HIV/AIDS programming. He is active in a wide range of other global health, educational, business, and geopolitical initiatives. He is a Churchill Fellow, appointed by the Churchill National Museum.
Bill’s awards include Individual Business Leadership Award, presented by US President Bill Clinton; the International Emmy Founder’s Award; amfAR’s Award of Courage; Doctors of the World Leadership Award; and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award, presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon.
Bill holds a BSc from West Point and an MBA from Harvard. He is an executive producer of the film documentary, Battle of amfAR, which premiered on HBO on World AIDS Day in December 2013. He is the author of What Makes Business Rock, a CNBC Best Business Book of 2011. Bill is working on a second book, on the art of intelligent perseverance.
Alumna Stephanie Schueppert attended ASL’s Lower School in Grades 1-4. In 2015, she returned to our school with husband Brian Saunders, along with their children, Sage ’24 and Dylan ’26. Since returning to ASL, Stephanie has volunteered in a host of capacities, including as a Grade Rep in the Middle School, in classroom parent roles, and as a member of the Communications Council. Stephanie was elected to the Board of Trustees in February 2018, and serves on the Admin/Finance and Trustee Affairs committees.
Stephanie began her professional career practicing corporate law at McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago. In 2001, she joined Goldman Sachs & Co., based in New York and later Tokyo. During her 14-year career with Goldman Sachs, she worked in the investment banking division and the firmwide business selection and conflicts group.
Stephanie holds an AB in anthropology from Princeton, a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Julie Skattum, husband Dag, and their three children, Lars ’12, Erik ’15 and Nils ’17, have been part of the ASL community since 2001. Julie has been an active volunteer, serving as secretary to the PCA Executive Board and also chairing the Communications Committee; she was elected to the Board of Trustees in March 2007.
Julie serves as vice chair of the Board. She is a member of the Admin/Finance, Advancement, and Trustee Affairs committees. She co-chaired the most recent Head of School Search Committee, and was formerly chair of the Trustee Affairs Committee. Previously, she served on the Diversity & Admissions and Strategic Planning committees, and the Mission Statement Working Group.
An alumna of Allegheny College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and Ohio State University School of Law, Julie worked as an attorney for the firm of Kelley, Drye and Warren in New York City before taking time out to raise her three boys.
Ramez Sousou was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and serves on the Investment Committee. He is also a representative on the Cultural Competency Council.
Ramez is founder and co-CEO of TowerBrook Capital Partners, an international investment firm operating in Europe and the United States.
He was previously co-head of Soros Private Equity and was a member of the Management Committee of Soros Fund Management. Prior to that, he was a senior member of the Principal Investments group of Goldman Sachs.
Ramez is a board member of Habitat for Humanity International, the US Middle East Project, Brookings Foreign Policy Leadership Council, and the Lambeth Trust. He is a former trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Alpha International, and was founding chair of the Private Equity Foundation.
He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was a Harvard College Scholar; and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He is married to Tiziana Sousou and they have three children.
Nikos and his wife, Marita, have been at ASL since 2013 and have two children, Elena ’21 and Pete ’23. Marita and Nikos served as 2016-17 Annual Fund co-chairs.
Nikos is managing partner and a member of the executive committee and investment committee of BC Partners, an international private equity firm. He has more than 20 years experience in private equity and has been an active investor in the media, telecoms, consumer and retail industries. Prior to joining BC Partners, Nikos was a partner at Apax Partners and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London.
Nikos is a member of the Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board, the Impetus Private Equity Foundation, the Hellenic Initiative and the Council of Serpentine Galleries. He is chairman of the BC Partners Foundation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Nikos holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in business administration from Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB).
Stacey and husband Ali first joined ASL in 2003 as parents to Michaela ’18. John ’20 then enrolled in 2005, before the family relocated back to Boston later that year. The Towfighis returned to London in 2012 and were back at ASL with Spencer ’23 joining his older siblings at the School. Stacey was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year. She is co-chair of the Trustee Affairs Committee and a member of the Advancement Committee.
Stacey brings a wealth of experience to the Board, having volunteered frequently at ASL since the family’s arrival in London. Stacey and Ali served as Annual Fund co-chairs for 2015-16; Stacey played a significant role on the Auction Committee for Dream Big, ASL! in 2015, and took on the role of secretary on the PCA board, 2013-15. In addition, she has served as a grade rep, on the Communications Council, and on the Finance Standards team for MSA Accreditation.
Before arriving in London, Stacey held a finance and communication role at Dyal Compass LLC in Boston, MA, from 2008 to 2012, and worked in various investment and business roles at Wellington Management Company from 1993 to 2001.
Stacey holds a BSc in psychology from Allegheny College, and an MBA in administration and marketing from The Sawyer School, Suffolk University, Boston, MA.
Chris and his wife, Faith, moved to London in 2007 with their children, Quinn ’19, Lily ’20 and Maddy ’22. Chris was appointed to the ASL Board of Trustees in July 2015.
Chris served for three years as a leadership canvasser for the Annual Fund, was a member of the New Frontiers Campaign Cabinet Committee, and served on the Mission and Governance Committee for accreditation with the MSA. Chris currently serves on the Admin/Finance committee. In addition, Faith and Chris were leadership co-chairs for the 2013-14 Annual Fund.
Chris is global head of Financial Resources Management at Deutsche Bank, which manages the Corporate and investment Bank’s capital allocation, banking book risk, liquidity and funding.
A 22-year DB veteran, Chris has held several senior capital markets roles, as well as serving as group treasurer during the 2007-09 global financial crisis. Chris’s capital markets roles include head of the global debt syndicate business, co-head of equity capital markets and head of the North American debt capital markets business.
Most recently, Chris has served as head of the Credit Portfolio Strategies Group, CIB’s relationship lending function, which continues as a key part of the FRM construct.
Chris graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989, with an A.B. in government. He attained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1992.
Advisor to the Board of Trustees
Richard A. Bailey