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Board of Trustees

About the Board of Trustees

ISB is governed by a democratically elected Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for establishing school policy and making major decisions such as the approval of the annual budget.

The day-to-day operation of the school is the responsibility of the School Director and Leadership Team parametered within the school’s programme set forth in the Board Policy.

The Board is constituted of 6 voting members:

  • 3 parent-elected members
  • 1 staff-elected member with a staff-elected deputy
  • 1 company-elected member
  • 1 appointed local community member
  • 1 non-voting member (school director)

ISB’s Policy Handbook can be found here.

Agnethe Lødøen

Board Chair and Child Protection representative.
Parent-elected member since 2018.

Children at ISB: Two children between 2015-2021. Both have graduated from ISB. 
Nationality: Norwegian.
Occupation: Sales Manager / Seafood Export.
Academic background: Courses in Tourism, Property and Seafood courses from Spain, UK & Norway.

Sushma-Nagaraja Grellscheid

Vice Chair and Governance Committee member.
Parent-elected member since 2019.

Children at ISB: Grade 9. 
Nationality: British.
Occupation: Associate Professor in Bioinformatics, University of Bergen.
Academic background: PhD in Biochemistry from Cambridge.

Karl Johnny Hersvik

Parent-elected member since 2021.

Children at ISB: Grade 9. 
Nationality: Norwegian.
Occupation: CEO in Aker BP.
Academic background: Cand. Scient. (second cycle) degree in Industrial Mathematics from the University of Bergen.

Silje Hopland Lien

Governance Committee member.
Company representative since 2020.

Children at ISB: No. 
Nationality: Norwegian.
Occupation: Regulatory compliance manager.
Academic background: BSc

Tina Pavlin

CEC representative and Marketing Committee.
Parent-elected member since 2020.

Children at ISB: Grade 10. 
Nationality: Slovenian.
Occupation: Chief Technology Officer.
Academic background: PhD in Physics from Caltech, USA.

Joe Cook

Staff -elected member since 2021.

Children at ISB: No. 
Nationality: British.
Occupation: Upper School Teacher.
Academic background: BA (hons) Music and Electrical Engineering, PGCE in Secondary Mathematics and dipABRSM in Music Performance.

Laura McGuffie

Deputy staff-elected member since 2020. Previously 2012 - 2015.

Children at ISB: No. 
Nationality: Scottish.
Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher.
Academic background: BA (Hons) Business with Tourism, MSc Human Resource Management, PGDE Primary Education. Currently in 2nd year of DL for MEd Education.


The Board endorses the concept that parent, staff and student participation in the affairs of the School is essential if the School is to attain and sustain the high level of educational excellence our students deserve.

For that reason, all parents, staff and students are encouraged to express ideas, concerns and suggestions about the School through advisory bodies known as community participation groups.

Currently the Board has:

  • Governance Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Coordinating and Environment Committee

Advice and feedback received through the community participation groups will be taken into consideration by the Board and the administration in their decision making. However, final decisions will be made based on the Board’s and the administration’s own best judgement.

How do I become a member of ISB's Board of Trustees?

If you wish to join the Board, please contact the head of the Governance Committee, Vice-Chair Sushma-Nagaraja Grellscheid, for your candidacy to be considered. 


Policy Handbook 2022-2023