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When Ed Goodwin was appointed Chairman in 2005, his vision for BSME was one of high quality British schools belonging to a globally recognised brand that had influence with both regional and UK governments.
This was certainly achieved with the implementation of the BSME accreditation, overseen by a UK approved inspectorate. Ed’s influence was again seen in the introduction of British Schools Overseas. He has also established strong links with other membership organisations, like IAPS, HMC and CIS, to mention but a few.
Significantly, Ed also established BSME in its own right as a limited company with a team of 7 full-time employees, serving the membership through services including CPD, student events and mentoring for Heads new to the region. Under his leadership, the membership of both schools and associate members has grown significantly.
Ed Goodwin has achieved so much as Chairman and has made the BSME a phenomenal force with a great reputation around the globe. In 2014, he was acknowledged in the Queen’s Honours with an OBE investiture for his services to British Education in Bahrain and throughout the Middle East. In recognition of his significant service to the organisation, BSME membership bestowed on Ed Goodwin the title of Honorary Fellow as well as instituting The BSME Ed Goodwin Award for Exceptional Service, for students making a contribution to their local or global community.
Eddie Liptrot has been with the International Schools Group (ISG) in KSA since 2013. He is now in transition from his role as Head of the ISG's Dhahran British Grammar School to become Superintendent and CEO of the whole of ISG. He has previously held substantial Headships in the UK and the Middle East. In addition, Eddie was adviser and development partner to a range of international schools, as part of a commercial international schools group, prior to joining ISG. Within this role he led in the founding of international schools which included opening a new international school in Moscow.
Eddie has worked extensively in building school leadership capacity; as an employee of The University of Manchester, he trained and assessed Headteachers and middle leaders in the UK, through partnership with the then National College for School Leadership.
Eddie is now invested in working with the BSME membership in developing our networks with other accrediting bodies and international schools associations, for the benefit of the students in our member schools.
BSME would also like to thank the following former Executive Committee Members for their years of service: Jan Brettingham, former Vice Chair and Accreditation lead, and Wendy Bataineh, Events Lead. Both Jan and Wendy gave freely of their private time to ensure that BSME functions like the well-oiled machine that it now is. Thank you for your dedication and contribution to BSME.