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The International Leadership Academy

International Leadership Academy Facilitators

Along with the amazing partnerships with leading education organisations, we also have a network of ILA facilitators from across Europe, trained by UCL Institute of Education.  These facilitators are active school leaders and have worked in over 60 countries between them, bringing significant expertise and depth and breadth of experience to our programmes. These facilitators deliver the iNPQ programmes.


iNPQML Lead Facilitator

Christopher Bailey, Co-Head Teacher of Junior School Vlaskamp, The British School in The Netherlands

Christopher Bailey

Chris is currently Co-Head Teacher of Junior School Vlaskamp, The British School in The Netherlands, having joined five years ago as Deputy Head Teacher.  Currently studying for a Master’s in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Headship, Chris is passionate about building professional learning cultures within schools, placing children at the centre of pedagogical developments.  Chris came to The Netherlands from the role of Deputy Head Teacher in an outstanding UK state primary school, giving him insights into strategic senior leadership at both national and international school level.  Chris has facilitated numerous leadership programmes including the COBIS Middle Leadership Programme and the ILA’s own bespoke Embracing Leadership Programme and is thoroughly looking forward to working with another highly motivated cohort of aspiring school leaders.  Chris is also addicted to running, passionate about music in schools and a new father to a beautiful baby girl!

iNPQML Facilitators

Gioia Wagener, Junior School Vlaskamp, The British School in the Netherlands

Gioia Wagener

As a senior leader with over 22 years’ experience in schools, Gioia is passionate in her pursuit of effective methods for developing and improving children’s learning.  With a current responsibility for standards of teaching and learning, she has a particular interest in developing and leading professional learning communities through a collaborative approach to school improvement.  With a focus on student-centred projects, motivating and inspiring teams, identifying and developing strengths in others, Gioia has the ability to drive and lead changes rigorously and creatively. 

Michelle Cooke, IB Coordinator and Head of Vocational, British School in the Netherlands

Michelle Cooke

Michelle works as the IB and Vocational Programme Coordinator for the British School in the Netherlands. She has previously held senior pastoral and academic positions in both the UK and international schools.  She is celebrating 25 years of working in the education sector, which has been punctuated by two short-term career breaks to support a young family, and an adventurous five-year foray into the aid industry, as the Director of an international aid agency based in New Zealand.  Michelle has an MBA from Edinburgh and has recently completed the NPQSL Programme with the Institute of Education. 

Philip Wharton, Headteacher, Independent Bonn International School

Philip Wharton

Philip Wharton is the Headteacher of the Independent Bonn International School in western Germany, since November 2017. Philip has worked in international education since graduating with a PGCE specialising in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Nottingham in 2005. Philip studied French at the same university beforehand and went to school at Wellington College in Berkshire. Philip worked for twelve years in Cologne, first as an EAL teacher then as a form teacher. He worked with Years 1, 2 and 4 before becoming Head of Key Stage Two and latterly Head of Primary.

Sandip Jagdev, Deputy Head and Pupil Monitoring Coordinator, International School Delft

Sandip Jagdev

Sandip Jagdev qualified as a teacher and worked in England for a number of years before she began her international adventure. She has worked in many different schools at various stages of existence in her 22 years of teaching, from helping to set up a small new school in Turkey to working at a large well-established school in the Netherlands. She has had experience in teaching using different curriculum models and has held positions as a Curriculum Coordinator and Pupil Monitoring Coordinator. Currently, Sandip is working as the Deputy Head at the International School Delft after spending the previous year as the Interim Head of School.


iNPQSL Lead Facilitator

Sue Aspinall, Head of Junior School Vlaskamp, The British School in the Netherlands

Sue Aspinall

Over the last twenty years, Sue Aspinall has been leading schools through significant change, intent on raising the quality of learning and teaching available to their students. Having been both a Head of an inner London state school and three British international schools based in different countries, Sue knows how it is to live a global life and transition between cultures and across countries. She has the ability to build diverse teams and motivate staff around common goals. She empowers staff to lead from within and coaches them to reach their highest aspirations. An experienced facilitator, Sue provides an impactful learning experience for leaders who want to make a difference.

iNPQSL Facilitators

Claire Nuttall, Primary Headteacher at St George's International School, Luxembourg

Claire Nuttal

Claire has been in school leadership for almost twenty years and is currently in her fifth year as Primary Headteacher in Luxembourg. She has led the primary through two successful ISI inspections and as a pilot school for the COBIS Patron's Accreditation. Previously a Headteacher in London, Claire's school was nominated as one of the most improved schools in England and was consistently commended for high pupil progress results. She was on the steering group for a large teaching school alliance and participated in supporting school improvement projects across the borough. A trained Ofsted Inspector, Claire was also part of a team that peer-reviewed other schools.

Claire was an international student herself, in attending schools in Jordan and Hong Kong, which she feels enables her to understand the needs of international school pupils. Claire thoroughly enjoys sharing and learning with internationally minded professionals.

Juliette van Eerdewijk, Primary Principal, International School of the Hague

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Juliette van Eerdewijk was born in the Netherlands and specialised in kindergarten education and primary education. Over a period of 27 years, she has held leadership positions in 10 countries across Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. She has developed and led a variety of curricula, e.g. IB, IPC, English curriculum and school-based inquiry curricula. Juliette holds a Masters of Arts degree from the UK in Specific Learning Difficulties. She has participated in numerous leadership-training programmes around the world.

Juliette returned to the Netherlands in 2015 and is currently the Primary Principal at the International School of The Hague.  

Juliette is a keen life-long learner and her hobby is wildlife photography which she enjoyed the most during her many travels across the globe as well as writing (when she has the time!).

Paul Topping, Headteacher, Senior School Voorschoten, The British School in the Netherlands

Paul Topping

After five years as a founding Headteacher at Hadley Learning Community - a £70 million flagship primary and secondary school in Telford in 2005 - Paul was appointed to a second Headship five years later at South Bromsgrove High School. Becoming an outstanding school in 2012, under Paul’s leadership, this school is also the largest school-based centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK, an academy trust. South Bromsgrove became a designated National Teaching School in 2014, and was awarded a license by the DfE to deliver NPQs.

Paul is an appointed National Leader of Education, and is an advocate for professional learning. He has led on NPQH for many years and until recently was a member of West Midlands Strategic Board for Teaching Schools. He has been an Ofsted Inspector since 2012 and was Chair of the Worcestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers from 2015-17. Paul is designated by the DfE as a Pupil Premium Reviewer.

In September 2017 Paul took up a new post as Headteacher at the British School in The Netherlands. The organisation comprises three junior schools and a secondary school with students of 88 nationalities. BSN also runs the International Leadership Academy and is the only school in Europe to offer a full British and International curriculum.