Conference Day Workshop


  • Ian Forster, Senior Consultant

    Sage Consultancy Pte Limited
    Ian Forster, BA Hons, MBE - Ian is a seasoned educator and leader. Having initially held director positions in the building services industry, Ian has since spent nearly 30 years in school leadership. Returning to the UK after over 20 years overseas in 3 schools, Ian now serves as a governor in a UK state school as well as his involvement in international school consultancy. Ian's last overseas position was an 11 year period at The Anglo American School of Moscow and St Petersburg, where he served as both Deputy Director and Director of the school. Prior to that he was the Director of The International School of The Hague, where he had moved to from The British School of Oman. Included in Ian's extensive experience of school leadership positions are those of Business Manager and Director of Finance and Operations. He has also served as a Human Resources Director. As head of school Ian has supported School Boards, including such activities as Board retreats and Board development as well as mentoring school leadership members, experience he has carried into his new role as a school governor. Ian was awarded the MBE for services to international education in 2019.
  • Russell Cooke, Managing Consultant

    Sage Consultancy Pte Limited
    Russell Cooke, BA Hons, ACA, BFP - Russell is a seasoned and senior finance & operations professional with over 30 years of experience in education and corporate sectors in Asia and Europe. After an initial career with Price Waterhouse Coopers and finance roles in London, Russell moved to Austria where he led the commercial and marketing aspects of one of Westrock's European packaging divisions. He has broad leadership experience in Finance, Operations and Human Resources. He was previously the Director of Finance and Operations at the American School in Guangzhou and the Business Manager of the American International School in Vienna as well the Executive Director of Human Resources at the Singapore American School. Russell brings a wealth of experience in systems implementation and documentation, as well as leading the organisation of structures and reporting formats needed for successful finance and operations teams.

School Disasters: Where are your friends when you need them?

This disaster management session will be divided into two parts:

Part 1: Presentation and discussion “Water is the driving force of all nature – Leonardo da Vinci”

Ian Forster shares one of his (many!) career disasters, the day when he arrived at his 1,350 student KG-18 international school with 250 staff at 6 am to find the water cut off due to a major leak, with no likelihood of a swift resolution. Ian, who was deputy director at the time but acting director on the day, will take participants stage by stage through the thinking and planning that had to start immediately. The clock was ticking!

Part 2 – Shared experiences

Participants will be invited to share their own experience of a school disaster with the group and discuss their learning and outcomes.

Learning Objective

  • The importance of peer to peer networks
  • How to engage others to help solve your issues

Target Audience

Business Managers and School Leaders

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