Academic Leadership Team

Academic Leadership Team

The Academic Leadership Team is responsible for a range of whole-school roles, including teaching and learning, curriculum development and student support. It meets on a weekly basis.

Mrs Dinah Hawtree – Principal

Mrs Dinah Hawtree - Principal at GIS Rayong

Mrs Hawtree studied Business and Finance at university in France, and always envisaged a career in this field. However, following a spell teaching English in Brussels, she decided to pursue a career in education, and returned to the UK where she gained her PGCE. Over the next 12 years she taught a number of subjects including Business, Law and French in 3 schools across the UK, and also studied for the NPQH (Headship qualification). In 2007 she moved overseas again and has spent the last 10 years leading international schools across three continents. Mrs Hawtree is a keen rugby and badminton player, and in her spare time she enjoys scuba diving, reading biographies and autobiographies, and exploring new places with her husband, Robert.

Mr Chris Share – Head of Secondary

Mr Chris Share - Head of Secondary GIS Rayong

Mr Share joined us in January 2017 following Headships in Qatari and Shanghai secondary schools. He has also taught internationally in Warsaw, his adopted hometown in Poland and was previously based in London, where he taught and was a head of department in a government-rated “outstanding” school. His interests are sport and football. While time is catching up with him and his favourite team Arsenal, Mr Share still enjoys being active playing football, running and tennis, and he hopes to play golf again soon. He is very happy to be here further discovering all that Asia has to offer with his wife and two children.

Ms Jennifer Blais – Assistant Principal (Staff Development)

 Ms Jennifer Blais - Assistant Principal (Staff Development) GIS Rayong

Ms Jenn joined GIS with her family in 2009, having previously taught in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, New Zealand and Ukraine. She has a background in teaching English as a Second Language and enjoys the challenges that come with teaching children with a variety of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Ms Jenn has a love for everything theatrical; she has directed the yearly Primary Production for the past 5 years and assists where and when possible with the Secondary Productions. When not at school, Ms Jenn enjoys reading and cooking.

Mr Phillip Whittaker – Assistant Principal (Student Development)

Mr Phillip Whittaker - Assistant Principal (Student Development) GIS Rayong

Mr Whittaker, from New Zealand, joined us from Sri Lanka in 2014 after five years of teaching at Colombo International School. Before that, he taught in New Zealand for eight years. Mr Whittaker holds an Applied Economics degree and a teaching diploma. Mr Whittaker enjoys keeping fit, playing social touch rugby and attending the gym. During his time off he enjoys traveling and each year tries to visit a country he has never been to.

Mr Thomas Pennant – Deputy Head of Secondary

Mr Thomas Pennant - Deputy Head of Secondary (data, assessment and IT)  GIS Rayong

Mr Pennant spent six years teaching in Thailand prior to joining GIS in 2014. He gained his PGCE in 2008, and has taught Business Studies as well as ICT. Mr Pennant believes that the digital age will bring many prospects for the current generation of students at GIS, and that it is important to prepare them so that they are able to take advantage of those opportunities. Mr Pennant has been a CIE Examiner for IGCSE ICT since 2012. As well as having a passion for teaching, Mr Pennant enjoys travelling and exploring the wonders of Thailand.

Mr Matt Walsh – Head of Primary

Mr Matt Walsh - Head of Primary GIS Rayong

Mr Walsh obtained his teaching and leadership qualifications in the UK. He has over 15 years’ teaching experience with several years in school leadership and management. Most of this was in the UK, but he has also taught in Egypt, Switzerland and, more recently, in the ASEAN country, Brunei Darussalam. He believes that good education is about teaching the 'whole child', and that the students should be at the heart of a varied, exciting curriculum.
Mr Walsh lives in Ban Chang with his wife and four children. His interests include playing the guitar and drums, surfing and football.

Ms Laurence Cabanne – Assistant Principal (Curriculum and Community)

Ms Laurence Cabanne - Assistant Principal (Curriculum and Community) GIS Rayong

Ms Laurence joined GIS in 2011. She holds a Master’s degree in International Finance and Business Management and a PGCE from Sunderland University, UK. Ms Laurence has actively participated in the development of the Primary school curriculum by taking on the role of Mathematics’ Coordinator for the past four years. Outside of school, she practices yoga and spends as much time she can with her family.

Mr Mark Beales – Deputy Head of Secondary and IB Diploma Co-ordinator

Mr Mark Beales - Deputy Head of Secondary and IB Co-ordinator GIS Rayong

Having worked as a journalist and newspaper editor in England for 13 years, Mr Beales moved to Thailand in 2004. Since joining GIS in 2011, Mr Beales has been Head of English, Acting Head of Secondary and is the school’s IB Coordinator. He is also an examiner for IGCSE and IB English examinations. Currently, Mr Beales is studying towards a Master’s in Education with the University of Nottingham. Mr Beales is also a published author who writes for Lonely Planet and other publications. When not teaching, he enjoys writing and spending time with his family.

Khun Ann – PA to Principal

Khun Ann Achara - PA to Principal  GIS Rayong

K.Ann has worked at GIS since 2011 as PA to the Principal. Originally from Trang in southern Thailand, K.Ann lived and worked in the US for two years before returning to Thailand, where she worked in Bangkok for four years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and trying Japanese food.