Academic Leadership

Simon Meredith, BISP Headmaster

Simon Meredith B.Ed. Dip Teach

With international education experience in Australia, Europe and Asia, Simon joined BISP in 2005 and was appointed as Headmaster in 2020.

His previous positions include Mathematics Teacher; Head of House; Pastoral Coordinator; Head of Mathematics; IGCSE Coordinator; Head of High School and Deputy Headmaster. Simon has a background in Mathematics and Economics with an added interest in aviation. He has been an integral member of the leadership team at BISP and has helped shape the progress of the school.

Neil Crossland, BISP Secondary Principal

Secondary Principal:
Neil Crossland MA; BEd; NPQH; FRSA

A values-driven leader with significant leadership experience in the UK, Singapore and China, Neil joined BISP in 2020.

Neil was previously employed at Dulwich College Shanghai as Deputy Head Teacher. Prior to joining the Dulwich group, Neil was Vice Principal at St Joseph’s Institution International, Singapore, and has spent 19 years in various leadership roles in the UK state sector. Neil’s Master’s Degree is in Social Policy, and professional qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the UK, and the International Leadership Management Programme.

Ken Page, Primary Principal

Primary Principal:
Ken Page B.Ed. MSc

Experienced in both domestic (UK and USA) and international education, Ken joined BISP in 2017.

A recognised conference presenter and workshop leader, Ken has previously been the Headmaster of Kidurong International School, Malaysia; Damascus Shell School, Syria; and British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey. Ken is a former co-opted Director of the Council Of British International Schools (COBIS) and founder member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) Middle East district.

Suwinai Viponchai, Thai Director

Thai Director:
Suwinai Viponchai B.A. M.Ed.

Suwinai is an experienced international educator in Thailand. He is an Inspector for Internal Quality Assurance for the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC) and a Joint Accreditation Inspector for ONESQA and Overseas Accreditation Agencies.

Suwinai is also a member of the Committee of International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) and an IBO’s Examiner in Language A: Language and Literature.

Emma Jane McCarthy

Deputy Principal – Primary:
Emma McCarthy

As a native of Bury, Emma has worked in education for 15 years, primarily in England, teaching and leading schools from inner-city areas of London to small rural schools in Lancashire, with BISP marking her first international job. Emma joined BISP in 2019 as a Year 1 Teacher. She then became English Leader in 2021, and now serves as Deputy Principal of Primary at BISP.

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Deputy Principal – Secondary School:
Mrs Shelley Swift

Originally from Cheltenham in England, Shelley has worked in education for the past 16 years and has held teaching and senior leadership roles in England, China and most recently Malaysia, where she was the Director of Teaching and Learning at Marlborough College Malaysia. Shelley recently completed her Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

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Deputy Principal – Primary:
David Hyde B. Ed

A life-long learner whose passion is to inspire, develop and innovate the teaching and learning in our youngest students.

David was appointed Deputy Principal, Primary in 2020 after joining BISP in 2014 as an Early Years classroom teacher and then shortly after our Early Years Team Leader. With 18 years of experience beginning in Canada and then internationally throughout the Early Years and Key Stage 1, he focuses on his area of expertise by leading our Little Ducks, Early Years and Key Stage 1 teams.