Governance

The NIS Board is a mixture of parents, staff and members of the Nanjing expatriate community. Serving on the Board is an honorary position and Board members are not paid. Nanjing International School is a not-for-profit school which means we value transparency and use all school fees for the sole purpose of benefitting our students. This is a unique approach within the context of international schools in Nanjing.

The Board is responsible for policy decisions and for decisions at a strategic level. The Board and Director have different, but complementary roles. The Board selects and hires the Director. The Director selects and hires the staff. The full NIS Board meets a minimum of 5 times during the School year (August to June) including an orientation and training program early in the school year. The Board does most of its work through standing committees (Finance and Governance) which meet as required during the school year.

The Association of Nanjing International School

All Parents and Board Members are members of the Association of the Nanjing International School. An Annual General Meeting of the Association is held in September each year at which the Association reviews the previous year and the Board Chair and Director present the plans and budget for the forthcoming year.

The NIS Board is a hybrid Board with the majority of members being elected by members of the Association of the Nanjing International School to govern the school in partnership with the NIS Director.

The Board Members

Laurie McLellan


Nationality: Scottish
Nanjing since: 2009
Employment: Director Nanjing International School
Children at NIS: Graduated - Classes of 2012 & 2014
NIS Board since: 2009

Julia Güsten

Board Chair

Nationality: German
Nanjing since: 1996
Employment: GM - Sharehouse
Children at NIS: Graduated - Classes of 2015 & 2017
NIS Board since: 2000-2008 and 2010

Patrick Heckelmann

Board Vice-Chair

Nationality: German
Nanjing since: 1993
Employment: Owner & GM - Nanjing Skyways Food Ltd
Children at NIS: in Grade 6
NIS Board since: 2001

Louise Liu

Chair of the Finance Committee

Nationality: Canada
Nanjing since: 2004
Employment: Director of Global Tech Support, Trend Micro Inc.
Children at NIS: Graduated - Classes of 2013 & 2017
NIS Board since: 2014

Kylie Pretty


Nationality: Australian
Nanjing since: 2015
Employment: Nanjing International School
Children at NIS: in Grade 7 and Grade 9
NIS Board since: 2016

Patrick Fitzgerald


Nationality: Australia
Nanjing since: 2012
Employment: Ford Motor Company
Children at NIS: in Grade 5 and Grade 12
NIS Board since: 2015

Dylan Barnes-Lotfi


Nationality: American
Nanjing since: 2016
Employment: Nurse Practitioner
Children at NIS: in Grade 3 and Grade 7
NIS Board since: 2017

Sonia Jaeger


Nationality: South African
Nanjing since: 2009-2013, returned 2016
Employment: Kitchen Designer (currently Homemaker)
Children at NIS: in Grade 4 and Grade 8
NIS Board since: 2017

Andrea Raviolo


Nationality: Italian
Nanjing since:
Employment: Brembo
Children at NIS: in Grade K2, Grade 2 and Grade 8
NIS Board since: 2017

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