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.

Board members adhere to a Code of Ethical Conduct, which places focus on protecting the future wellbeing of the school and serving as a two-way communication “connection” between the school and members of the community, but not as a “representative” or “advocate” for any individual or group within the community.

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 & Occupation Board Title Term Home Country

Arun Bajaj

Senior Vice President,Global Human Resources

Since 2012 Canada

Rob Claar

President, Junicon K.K.

Honorary Secretary Since 2011 USA

Craig Coutts

Head of School, Yokohama International School

Since 2013 New Zealand
Katherine Davies Since 2017 UK

Joy Eckhoff

Teacher

Since 2013 UK

Markus Hamburger

Customer Management, Continental AG

Since 2014 Germany

Kaori Nishizawa

Director, Financial Institutions Fitch Ratings Japan Limited

Since 2014 Japan

Mana Nabeshima Tokoi

Country Head Japan, DBS Bank Tokyo Branch

Since 2018 Japan

Dirk De Ruyver

Embassy of Belgium

Treasurer Since 2010 Belgium

Charles Jack

General Manager, The Westin Tokyo

Since 2018 Australia

Lester Yoshinami-Hitachi

Abbot Sotoshu Fujisan Jurinji and Sogadera

Chairman Since 1998 Japan

Board of Trustees

Name & Occupation Term Home Country
Parents of Students at YIS
Debra Bajaj Since 2018 Canada

Charles Jack

General Manager,

The Westin Tokyo

Since 2018 Australia

Neil Gibson

U.S. Embassy

Tokyo

Since 2015 USA
Michiko Shu Since 2018 Japan

Crissman Loomis

Engineer/Business Development

Preferred Networks, Inc.

Since 2018 USA
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

Lester Yoshinami-Hitachi

Abbot

Sotoshu Fujisan Jurinji and Sogadera

Since 2006 Japan
Persons of Knowledge and Experience
Edward Bernard MBE Since 2014 UK

Joy Eckhoff

Teacher

Since 2012 USA

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

Koichi Makino

President

Yokohama Industrial Development Corporation

Since 2016 Japan

Robert Claar

President, Junicon K.K.

Since 2018 USA

Dirk De Ruyver

Embassy of Belgium

Since 2018 Belgium
Dennis Stanworth Since 2018 UK
Staff Members

Susan Clifford

Director of Learning

Yokohama International School

Since 2017 Australia

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

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