Governance

The governance structure at YIS consists of the Board of Directors , the Board of Trustees and the Auditors. There are clear distinctions between the roles and responsibilities of each group. In simple terms:
  • The Head of School and other school employees manage the school’s day-to-day operations and implement school policy.
  • The Board of Directors, which is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) , oversees the Head of School, provides strategic direction for the school and sets school policy.
  • The Board of Trustees must approve major actions taken by the school (sale of assets, etc.), and generally acts as an oversight body for the Board of Directors.
  • The Auditors must also approve major actions taken by the school (sale of assets, etc.), and generally play an oversight role for both the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. In addition, they are responsible for submitting an annual report regarding the financial and management status of the school to the prefectural government.

We encourage parents and alumni to play an active role in the school’s governance through membership on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and participation in the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is normally held in early November. Besides electing the Board of Directors, the AGM provides an opportunity for the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the administration to update the community on the status of the school. The AGM may be attended by members of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees, parents or legal guardians of students, former students of the School of age 25 or more who have registered with the school, and faculty members.

For some further insights regarding our governance structure, see this article by former Board of Directors chair Bill Werlin.


Governance Documents

The Act of Contribution is the master document for the school. It defines the fundamental existence of YIS as a legal entity and provides the basic framework needed to allow YIS to carry out its function as an international school. This framework includes the separate responsibilities and scope of authority of the three main groups: the AGM, the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. Please note that the Act of Contribution is only intended to cover the big picture, not to define all of the operational specifics, policies or procedures. Those details are covered in the YIS Constitution, which spells out the nomination and election procedures for both Boards, schedule and procedures for the AGM, and formalities of voting by both Boards. Further details are available in the Board Governance Manual.

School Governance Bodies

Board of Directors

Name & OccupationBoard TitleTermHome Country
Arun Bajaj

Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources

Since 2012Canada
Rob Claar

President
Junicon K.K.

Honorary SecretarySince 2011USA
Craig Coutts

Head of School
Yokohama International School

Since 2013New Zealand

Katherine Davies

Since 2017

UK

Joy Eckhoff

Teacher

Since 2013UK

Markus Hamburger

Customer Management
Continental AG

Since 2014Germany

Kaori Nishizawa

Director, Financial Institutions

Fitch Ratings Japan Limited

Since 2014Japan

John D. Nordlander

U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Since 2015USA

Dirk De Ruyver


Embassy of Belgium

TreasurerSince 2010Belgium

Craig Smith


General Manager
Burton Japan

Since 2012USA

Lester Yoshinami-Hitachi

Abbot Sotoshu Fujisan Jurinji and Sogadera

Chairman

Since 1998

Japan




Board of Trustees

Name & Occupation

Board Title

Term

Home Country

Parents of Students at YIS

Joy Eckhoff
Teacher

Since 2012
UK
Neil Gibson
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Since 2015USA

Dirk De Ruyver
Embassy of Belgium

Since 2012 Belgium
Lester Yoshinami-Hitachi
Abbot
Sotoshu Fujisan Jurinji and Sogadera
Since 2006 Japan

YIS Graduates of at Least 25 Years of Age





Teddy Lee
President & General Manager
Rose Hotel Yokohama
Since 2004 China (Taiwan)
Ryota Satoh
Researcher and Engineer
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Since 2006
Japan

Persons of Knowledge and Experience

Edward Bernard MBE Since 2014 UK
David Gifford
Science Communicator
Bioinformatics and Systems, Engineering Division
RIKEN Institute
Since 2008
USA
John Inge
Foreign Law Advisor
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Chairman
Since 2005
USA
Andrew Staples
The Economist Group
Since 2015UK
Hiroshi Takaku
President
Takaku Associates, Inc.
Since 2006
Japan
Koichi Makino
President
Yokohama Industrial Development Corporation
Since 2016 Japan
Bill Werlin
Consultant
Since 2003
USA

Staff Members

Craig Coutts
Head of School
Yokohama International School
Since 2013 New Zealand
Jacqueline Pender
Elementary School Principal
Yokohama International School
Since 2011 Australia
Robert Pomeroy
Head of School Operations
Yokohama International School
Since 2010 USA
John Snowball
Secondary
Principal
Yokohama International School
Since 2008 Australia
Dennis Stanworth
Head of Academics
Yokohama International School
Since 1983 UK
Akemi Watanabe
Facilities and Legal Affairs Manager
Yokohama International School
Since 2006
Japan

Auditors

Name & Occupation

Term

Home Country

Tim Coomber

Since 2012 UK
Grant Mikasa
Since 2017 USA

Strategic Plan

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