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.
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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.”
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 a very 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 and also chair of the Trustee Affairs Committee. She is a member of the Admin/Finance and Advancement committees. 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 for many years before taking time out to raise her three boys.
Coreen Hester became the seventh head of the American School in London in 2007. Prior to joining ASL, she was head of school at The Hamlin School in San Francisco and assistant head at The Branson School in Ross, California. Coreen served as high school principal at ASL from 1995 to 1997, and has two grown children, Tyler ’02 and Molly ’04, who reside in the US.
As an educator, Coreen has served for more than 30 years in K-12 schools in the UK and the US as a teacher, academic dean and head of school. She has served on four school boards and co-founded the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Learning Institute at ASL. Coreen is also a member of the Board of Trustees and has a strong commitment to governance and strategic planning for the future of ASL.
Coreen has a degree in English literature and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University.
David, his wife Nicole, and Benjamin ’14, Noah ’16 and Olivia ’18 became members of the ASL community in 2005 when they moved to London from New York. Nicole and David have been involved in numerous roles at ASL in academic, athletic and fundraising activities. David was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2014 and is currently a member of the Advancement Committee.
David founded the Apollo European Principal Finance Fund when he joined Apollo Management in 2007 and has been its managing partner since inception. From 1996 through 2007, David was a managing director in the Leveraged Finance Group of Credit Suisse, based in London and New York. From 2004 through 2007, he founded and was the head of the specialty finance investment business, which included investing in NPL portfolios and distressed assets. From 1996 through 2004, David was a founding member and co-head the Global Distressed Sales and Trading Group at Credit Suisse (and its predecessor Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.). David began his career in 1989 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Bear, Stearns & Co. and then as an associate/vice president at the Argosy Group, a boutique corporate restructuring firm.
David and his family are involved in a wide range of charitable organizations including: The Youth Renewal Fund, which provides education for disadvantaged Israeli children to improve their quality of life; The Winchester Project, a Swiss Cottage based community center providing after-school programs for children and services for their families; Right to Play, a global organization which uses sport and play to help improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas in the world; Community Security Trust, which provides security, training and advice against anti-semitism in Britain; and the Kristen Ann Car Fund, which provides funding for the treatment of sarcoma and support to families whose lives are affected by cancer.
David graduated cum laude with a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Prior to moving to London, the Bake family has lived in Argentina, Bahrain and most recently Dubai, where Cynthia was communications leader for the American School of Dubai PTA.
Cynthia and Chris support GroundTruths, 2041, World Land Trust, King’s World Trust for Children in India, Hospices of Hope in Romania, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Afrikids.
Fluent in French and conversant in Spanish, Cynthia worked for the Société Générale in San Francisco 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.
Derek Bandeen and his wife, Bonnie, have been ASL parents since 1993. Three of their four children, Kelsey ’07, Jesse ’11 and Jeffrey ’12, have graduated from ASL, and their youngest son, Luke, is a member of the Class of 2017. Derek and Bonnie have shown deep commitment to ASL with their efforts in governance, fundraising and volunteering.
Derek was appointed Global Head of Equities for Citigroup in 2008, having previously worked at Morgan Stanley for more than 22 years. He started as an equities derivatives trader and was promoted to managing director with dual responsibility as co-head of global convertible sales and trading as well as risk manager for the Equity Division in Europe.
Derek was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 1998 and is one of the longest serving board members. He utilizes his background in strategic planning, proposal reviews and implementation planning in his role as ASL trustee. He is chair of the Investment Committee and was also a member of the Head of School Search Committee and the Mission Statement Working Group.
Derek graduated with honors from Duke University with a degree in economics and received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
Caroline and her husband, James, moved to London in 1992. Their children, Lindsay ’07, Charlie ’09 and David ’12, have now graduated from ASL.
After university, Caroline clerked for a judge and worked as a litigator in NYC before moving to Japan, where she continued to practice law as well as to teach at the University of Yokohama.
Upon arrival in London, Caroline continued to work as a lawyer at Covington and Burling, before leaving to co-found a successful mail order company. At ASL, Caroline contributed many volunteer hours to annual fund campaigns.
Caroline was elected to the Board of Trustees in December 2005 and is a former chair and current member of the Admin/Finance Committee and is a member of the Buildings & Grounds, and Diversity & Admissions committees, as well. Caroline made major contributions to the Admissions & Financial Aid Task Force, was co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and a member of both the Mission Statement Working Group and the Head of School Search Committee.
A native of New York City, Caroline Clark attended the Chapin School and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. She received a BA from Yale University and a JD from Columbia University Law School.
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.
John Edwards and wife Becky, along with children Rita ’19 and Jake ’22, enrolled at the School in 2013. John was appointed to the ASL Board of Trustees for the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year.
John joined The Wall Street Journal in 2000, and currently serves as deputy business editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a post he has held since 2013.
A frequent volunteer at ASL, John has taken part in Grade 8 Career Day and in a panel discussion of journalists at Bruce House, offered in the 2015 Dream Big, ASL! auction. He serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and is an Annual Fund canvasser for 2016-17.
John’s extensive experience in his field sees him frequently in demand as a panelist for discussions on media issues for organizations including the Public Relations Society of America, the New Jersey Communications and Marketing Association, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Silicon Alley Entrepreneurs Club, and the Medill Club of New York. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and was a member of the board of Children’s PressLine, a former New York-based nonprofit dedicated to training young people in journalism.
Born in White Plains, NY, and raised mainly in New York City, John graduated from Hunter College High School and holds a BSc in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Christopher Finn and his wife, Anne Patterson Finn, were ASL parents for one year in 1998-99, when their eldest son, Atticus ’10, was a student at ASL, and then returned as parents in 2011 with their children Conor ’14 and Charlotte ’21. Chris joined the ASL Board of Trustees in February 2013, and is a member of the Admin/Finance Committee.
Chris and his family lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, for four years. Chris served as chair of the board of the International School of Lausanne (ISL) and their children attended ISL during that time.
Since 1996, Chris has served as managing director of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager. He is global COO for Corporate Private Equity, based in London. Previously, Chris was executive vice president at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, DC, the US Government agency that provides financing to US investors in the developing world.
After graduating from Harvard College in 1980 with a BA (honors), Chris held various positions in the US federal government.
Ivan Gazidis and his wife, Maureen Smith, have been at ASL since 2009 and have two sons, Costa ’15 and Aidan ’17.
In January 2009, Ivan was appointed CEO of Arsenal Football Club. He serves on the Board of Arsenal Holdings PLC and is on the board of trustees for the Arsenal Foundation. As well as running the club, Ivan also sits on a number of domestic and international committees, including the European Clubs Association Executive Board, UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and Player Status Committee, the Professional Game Board and the FA Council, and serves as Chairman of the FA’s International Committee and the European Clubs Association Legal Advisory Panel.
Ivan was one of the founders of Major League Soccer and was employed by the League in Los Angeles and New York from 1994 to 2008. He was appointed deputy commissioner of the League in 2001 and also served as president of Soccer United Marketing International from 2002 to 2006.
Ivan was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2014 and currently serves on the Admin/Finance Committee.
Ivan holds an MA (Hons) in law from Oxford University.
Priya spent her early years with Arthur Andersen. She also founded Zenta, a business process-outsourcing firm serving blue chip financial institutions. As founder and CEO, she grew Zenta into one of the top ten BPOs in India. Zenta was later sold to Accenture and is now part of Accenture global BPO business.
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.
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.
LeMaire and her husband, Dominique, joined the School in April 2000, along with daughter Charlotte ’12. Their son Henry graduated in 2014 and Nicolas ’17 is currently an ASL student.
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 currently serves as Chair of the Admin/Finance Committee and also is a member of the Diversity & Admissions and Trustee Affairs Committee. She 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.
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, along with children Gabrielle ’23 and Emmet ’26. 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 currently serves on the Advancement Committee.
Liad is co-founder and managing partner of Gatemore Capital Management, which serves as ‘outsourced CIO’ for institutions and private clients. 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 International Barter Corp. (UBarter.com) as executive VP, and later CEO. In 2000, Liad launched i5, later Felix Partners, a financial advisory business, before founding Gatemore five years later.
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.
Dwight has worked for Bain Capital since 1994, originally in Boston and now in London, where he is managing director, responsible for Bain Capital’s investment activities in Europe and the firm’s offices in London and Munich. Previously, he worked at Bain & Company, in Boston and London, and in the M&A practice at Morgan Stanley, in both New York and Tokyo.
Outside of his corporate roles, Dwight teaches private equity classes at London Business School and has served on the boards of The Private Equity Foundation, the NSPCC, Right to Play UK and Camp Dudley.
Dwight received a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck scholar.
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.
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 thoughtful, aware, well-educated 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. Bill is a representative on the Cultural Competency Council and serves on the Investment and Trustee Affairs committees. He was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and 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 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.
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.
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. She currently serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Trustee Affairs.
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 B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
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.
He 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.
Stacey and husband Ali first joined ASL in 2003 as parents to Michaela ’18. John ’20 enrolled in 2005, before the family relocated to Boston later that year. The Towfighis were back in London and back at ASL in 2012, 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.
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 communications role at Dyal Compass LLC in Boston, MA, from 2008 to 2012.
Stacey holds a BSc in psychology from Allegheny College, and an MBA in administration and marketing from The Sawyer School, Suffolk University, Boston.
Bill Tucker and his wife, Susan, have been part of the ASL community since 2000, along with their children, Will ’10, Dan ’12 and Matt ’14. Bill was elected to the ASL Board of Trustees in May 2005.
He is co-chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee, where his more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry have been invaluable in planning new building and facilities projects at ASL. Bill played an integral part in the renovation of the School Center, and was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Bill and Susan also serve as members of the Parents Council of Elon University in North Carolina.
Bill received both his BA and MA in architecture from the University of Illinois. He is a principal vice president of Bechtel Corporation, a US-based construction and engineering firm overseeing projects in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is currently the delivery director for the central London section of the Crossrail project.
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 has served for three years as a leadership canvasser for the Annual Fund, is 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.
After a six-year stint at Merrill Lynch, Chris joined Deutsche Bank in 1995. In 2001, he became head of debt capital markets in North America. As group treasurer, from 2007, he was a voting member on the Capital and Risk Committee. In 2009, Chris became global co-head of equity capital markets, while serving as a member of the Corporate Finance ExCo. Since 2012, Chris has held the position of head of global risk syndicate. He is also a member of the Corporate Finance Executive Committee.
Graduating from Dartmouth College in 1989, with an A.B. in government, Chris attained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1992.
Advisor to the Board of Trustees
Richard A. Bailey