Our Advisory Board

As a member organisation, Fieldwork Education is governed by an advisory board consisting of Accredited member schools and esteemed colleagues in the field of international education. 

The Strategic Advisory Board provides insights and guidance on Fieldwork Education’s international curriculum design, professional learning pathway and Accreditation services that supports over 1,000 schools in 90 countries worldwide with improving learning. 

Meeting twice yearly and chaired by the Divisional Director of Fieldwork Education, the Fieldwork Education Strategic Advisory Board has a rolling representation of Accredited schools, each with a term lasting two years on the board.

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Professor Jeff Thompson CBE
Emeritus Professor, Department of Education, Bath University, UK

Professor Thompson’s celebrated career features numerous leadership roles including, inter alia, Chairman of Council for the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Chair of the first working group (science) charged in 1987 by the then Secretary of State, Kenneth Baker, with developing a national curriculum, Deputy Chair of the School Examinations and Assessment Council, and most recently Chair of the Examinations Appeals Board for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Among the honours bestowed upon him nationally are that of Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Education, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and Freeman of the City of London.

Internationally, Jeff was influential in the establishment and growth of the well-established International Baccalaureate (IB) and has contributed to the growth and support for international education for over 40 years, featuring heavily in the establishment and growth of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) and International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) from Fieldwork Education.

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Professor Mary Hayden
Professor of International Education and Head of Department, Department of Education, Bath University, UK

Professor Hayden is a widely-regarded expert in the field of international education, leading one of the world’s foremost post-graduate research institutions at Bath University. The Editor of the Journal of Research in International Education, Mary is also a Trustee of the Alliance for International Education.

Mary has been highly influential in the design and creation of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) launched in 2000, the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) launched in 2011 and the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), launched in 2016, sitting on the advisory board for Fieldwork Education through a number of years.

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Mark Orrow-Whiting
Director of Curriculum and Student Performance, Nord Anglia Education

Mark has extensive international experience at both policy and school levels. He has worked on curriculum in countries as diverse as China, the Maldives and in the European Union and he was also the Vice Principal of a school in Cameroon. A science teacher by background, Mark has also led as Head of Science in London schools, teaching A-level Physics and science more generally.

Mark joined Nord Anglia Education in 2011 from the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency where he was Senior National Policy Adviser, playing a leading role in developments in the English National Curriculum. He was responsible for the primary and early years curriculum introduced into England, and worked with a thousand co-development schools for the implementation.

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Henk Van Hout
Global Head of Shell Education Services, Shell

From 2007 Henk has been the Global Head of Shell Education Services. In this capacity he is co-responsible for the Shell affiliated school operations in countries like Oman, Nigeria, Brunei, Russia and sits on the board of some other School organizations in countries like Malaysia and Qatar, while also being involved at governance level in Shell Education projects like NXplorers.

With a bachelor’s in education and a master’s in educational Superintendence, Henk has been a Head teacher and Deputy of national and international Schools in multiple countries including The Netherlands, Nigeria, Egypt and Brunei, prior to which he was teaching in various schools in The Netherlands.

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Liz Peacock
Executive Principal, SS Simon and Jude (SSSJ) CE Primary School and Chief School Improvement Officer, Vantage Academy Trust, UK

IPC Accredited 2014 & 2017

Liz brings to the Fieldwork Education Strategic Advisory Board extensive leadership experience of seeing the IPC in-practice and was the driving force in overhauling the curriculum provision as a leader at SSSJ, implementing the IPC across the school and achieving accreditation in 2014 and again in 2017 in a UK state-funded context, with over 480 pupils on role and over 25 languages spoken.

With over 23 years of teaching experience across the primary setting, Liz is also the Chief School Improvement Officer within the Multi Academy Trust and as part of this role, provides support and challenge to the leadership teams in the trust in driving forward learning and teaching.

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Harriet Martins
Head of Learning, Stockholm International School, Sweden

IPC Accredited 2017

Harriet brings to the Fieldwork Education Strategic Advisory Board her experience of working in primary learning in two countries, with her current role of Head of Learning in the Stockholm International School. With experience as the IPC Coordinator, Grade 2 classroom teacher and EAL teacher, Harriet has overseen the IPC Self-Review process across the school before working towards IPC Accreditation in May 2017.

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