Board of Trustees

Andrew Davies, President
International School Bangkok

Andy is currently the head of school at the International School Bangkok and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Philosophy (University of Keele), Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (University of Sydney) and a Doctorate in International Education (University of Bath). Andy is currently serving on the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) Heads Council and the EARCOS Board.


Stephen Cathers, Vice-President
International School Suva

Head of School of International School Suva.


David Toze, Treasurer
International School Manila

Head of School of International School Manila.


Margaret Alvarez, Past President
ISS International School, Singapore

Margaret is currently head of ISS International School, Singapore. She has over 25 years experience in international education, ranging from international school teacher, middle leader, principal, head of school, and associate director of accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Dr Alvarez is a member of the IB Asia Pacifc Regional Council.


Saburo Kagei
St. Mary's International School

Saburo “Sab” Kagei is the head at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan, a Catholic all-boys international school founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1954.


Barry Sutherland
American International School Vietnam

Barry is the new director of American International School Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. He has served as the Director of International School Phnom Penh for the past 10 years and serves on the EARCOS Board. Prior to Cambodia he led schools in Tanzania, Thailand and Singapore and has taught in Canada.


Laurie McLellan
Nanjing International School

Laurie McLellan is in his 9th year as director of Nanjing International School. In 2016-17 Laurie was supported through a sabbatical year which he spent at Edinburgh University studying a MSc in Inclusive Education to support the school’s explicit mission commitment to inclusion. Laurie has worked in leadership positions in Colombia,Vietnam, Belgium and Sri Lanka.


Catriona Moran
Saigon South International School

Dr. Catriona Moran is Head of School at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the State Department of Overseas Schools, Catriona was awarded the National Distinguished Principals award in 2013. Born and raised in Ireland, Catriona has vast international experience (Japan, Taipei and Vietnam) and has spent more than 30 years in the field of international education, as a teacher, vice-principal, principal and now Head of School.


Kevin Baker
American International School Guangzhou

Kevin is the Head of School at American International School Guangzhou. He has served almost twenty years in EARCOS in a variety of leadership roles.


Elsa H. Donohue
Vientiane International School (VIS)

Recognized as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the State Department Office of Overseas Schools, Elsa is currently serving the Vientiane International School (VIS) community as a Head of School.



Dr. Lawrence A. Hobdell
U.S. Department of State
Regional Education Officer, East Asia Pacific

Before joining the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools, Dr.Hobdell served most recently as the Head of School at the International School of Florence, in Florence, Italy, for over four years. Prior to his tenure in Italy, he spent  over twenty five years in American public schools in various leadership capacities. Larry was a School Superintendent for fifteen years, in three School Districts in the State of New Jersey, and prior to his role as Chief School Officer, he served as High School Principal, for a U.S. Model High School, in Wilmington, Delaware. He also served in Principalships in two Elementary Schools exposing him to a rich and broad breadth of administrative experiences, K-12.

Larry began his  career as an elementary teacher before moving to the secondary level as a High School English teacher and sports coach. He and his wife, Karen, presently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.  Dr. Hobdell was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He believes passionately in the power of positive relationships and teamwork and looks forward to using these core beliefs in his new role. His personal interests include weight lifting, white water rafting, reading and travel.