Governance

The ISP Schools Association Board of Governors would like to offer a very warm welcome to all families and staff members new to our community. We hope your time here in Penang and with us at The International School of Penang (Uplands), is both happy and rewarding. To all in our community returning after the holiday break, Welcome Back! We do hope your holiday was an enjoyable one and that you have returned to Penang feeling rested, refreshed and ready for yet another busy and exciting year.

BOARDtalk June 2017

Message from the Chairman of the Board

The last few months have been somewhat difficult for Uplands following the sudden departure in April of the School’s Principal, Mr Matthew Bristow. This has been dwelt upon elsewhere but one message that has come out clearly from this episode is the need for better communication and interaction between the Board and the various constituents of the school community. As a start, I would like to share with you some of the initiatives we are currently taking.

In the first place, it may be useful to recap the role of the Board. This is defined in the section ‘Powers and Duties of Governors’ in the ISP Articles of Association as well as Part III of the Malaysian Companies Act 2016, both of which impose on the Board the responsibility for ‘managing’ the Association, either directly or by delegation.

In practice, as is common with most sizable organisations, the day-to- day management of Uplands is vested in a professional ‘CEO’ (if the Principal will allow this construal!) and his team, but the final responsibility remains with the Board. Again, as is normal governance practice, the Board delegates certain strategic matters to specialist Committees who will be composed of individuals with particular qualifications or relevant experience. However, here again the Board takes full accountability for its Committees who are required to submit for approval regular reports on their activities. Either way, the buck stops with the Board!

To put it in the proverbial nutshell, while the Board is responsible for determining the strategy and for supervising the conduct of the School’s business and affairs, it is the Principal’s job to manage its day-to- day operations within the framework of the policies and strategic guidelines approved by the Board. In addition to his organisational tasks he is the ‘public face’ of the School. It goes without saying that the relationship between the Board and the Principal is fundamental and must be built on trust, respect and mutual support.

During the last six weeks or so, the Governors have held several meetings with the Acting Principal, Mr Giles Mongare, and his Senior Leadership Team, representatives of UPTA and the CIS Accreditation Committee, coordinated by Mrs Lynsey Collis. In particular, the timing of the CIS Accreditation and Self-Study program has been most propitious in that it is currently addressing the very points at issue here. Indeed, the research and analysis which they have undertaken has provided the Board with a tremendous fund of intelligence on which to base the changes which are necessary as well as offering a critical, and sometimes uncomfortable, independent ‘third-party’ view.

One theme which came up time and again was the general perception that the Board was too remote and needs to be more accessible to staff, parents and other members of the school community. While it can be argued (and is!) that the Governors should be detached and avoid any inference of meddling in the prerogatives of management, they also have a clear responsibility to know what is going on and to monitor the effects of their own policies so that they can take remedial action where necessary. Constructive engagement with the stakeholders is a necessary part of this process.

Over the next few months the Board plans to conduct a policy review to update the strategy and address the issues that have lately arisen. It is most important for us all that we have your thoughts and suggestions – critical or otherwise – so that we can take a holistic approach, and I invite you all to write to me ‘care of’ the School so your opinions can be heard.

………. or better still, why not attend the Ordinary (Annual) General Meeting? This event will be held at the School on Tuesday, 20 th June at 10.30 followed by coffee. Full details, together with the agenda and relevant documents, will be forwarded to all members of The ISP Schools Association within the next few days.

Board of Governors

The School’s governance framework is headed by a Board comprising patron governors and parent governors. This Board of Governors provides the strategic guidance and corporate oversight of Uplands School, and meets at regular intervals throughout the year.

Supporting the Board are several committees that ensure the necessary stewardship of the School’s finances and activities. The chief committee is the Management Committee and it meets on no less than a monthly basis. This committee works closely with the Principal by taking the Board’s strategic guidance and applying it to the School’s operations. The School Principal is supported by a Senior Management Team comprising Deputy Principals, a Head of Administration, Accountant and senior teaching staff.

Other committees of the Board are the Finance Committee, the Trustee Committee, the Education Committee and the Development Committee. Committees are comprised of Board members; however, independent specialists are also invited to serve on the Finance Committee and the Education Committee. The School’s finances are monitored by the Finance Committee and are audited by an independent external auditor.

Mr. John Patrick Baskett, MBE

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Board member since September 2009
Chair of Governors since June 2010
Patron Member
Former Managing Director of 4 large Plantation Companies in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia
Former British Hon. Consul, and Belgium Consul, Medan, Sumatra
Former Chairman, Medan International School
Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP) representative on the Board of Governors

Mr. M R Chandran, K.M.N.

chandran
Board member since 1982.
Member of Trustee Committee
Member of the Finance & Audit Committee

Patron member.

The Company Director of IJM Plantations Berhad,
Eco Processors S/B, EcoChances S/B.
Director of the Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP) and ISP Management Sdn. Bhd.
Corporate Consultant Adviser to Agro-Commodity & Biofuel Industries.
Board of Commissioners of PT. Agro Indomas.
Former Director and Head of Plantations of Socfin Co. Bhd.
Formerly Chief Executive of Malaysian Palm Oil Association

Mrs. Uta Malik

uta
Board member since 1987.
Chair of Executive Committee since 1995.

Patron member.

Housewife

Dato. B.J. Yeang

yeang
Board member since 2007.
Former Board member (1993 – 2005)
Chair of Trustee Committee

Patron member.

Chairperson of Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Penang Branch
Former Chief Operating Officer of Invest-In Penang Bhd.
Former Deputy General Manager of PDC

Mrs. Leigh Pratt

leigh
Board member since Oct 2008
Member of Executive Committee
Member of the Finance & Audit Committee

Patron member

PTA Chairperson for 4 years.
Housewife

Mr Padmanathan N Ramalingam

padman
Board member since July 2013

Member of Education Committee
Patron Member

Former Registrar and Secretary to Council, Wawasan Open University, Penang

Mr Tan Kee Chin

chin
Board member since July 2013
Chair of Finance & Audit Committee
Member of Executive Committee

Patron member

Managing Director

Mrs Cheryl Wee
Board member since October 2011

Member of Executive Committee
Member of Education Committee
Board Representative in the Parent Teacher Association Committee

Parent Member

Housewife

Mr. John Brinsden, OBE
JB v2

Board member since April 2016
Member of Finance and Audit Committee
Parent Member

British/New Zealand. Former banker. Resident Director, Mekong Sub-region, Standard Chartered Bank (retired 1999); Chairman of ACLEDA Bank Plc, Cambodia (2015).

WGCDR Paul Webb

webb
Board member since May 2015
Patron member
Member of Executive Committee
Member of Trustee Committee

Currently the Commanding Officer of No 19 Squadron

Mr Frank Poulsen

fpoulsen

Board member since May 2015
Parent member
Member of Executive Committee
Member of Finance & Audit Committee
Board Representative in the Parent Teacher Association Committee

General Manager

Dato’ Henry Sackville Barlow, OBE

Board member since February 2016
Patron member
Member of board of HSBC (Malaysia) Bhd for over 20 years to March 2014.
Independent and later Senior Independent Director Sime Darby Bhd for 8 years till November 2015.
Member of Finance & Audit Committee
Member of Trustee Committee

Professor Dr R R Santhiram
Board member since February 2016
Patron member
Dean of School of Education, Languages & Communications,
Wawasan Open University
Chair of Education Committee
Member of Trustee Committee
Mr. Khoo Choon Keat
(MIA 6839/CA)

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Updated on 15 June 2017