School Board

The school operates within conditions set by the Finnish Ministry of Education and is established as a non-profit association, “The Parents’ Association of the International School of Helsinki”.

The Parents’ Association elects members for the school board, “The ISH Board of Governors”. The board consists of 7-9 members, primarily ISH parents. The Board strives for gender balance and diversity of cultural background, skills and experience. All members are volunteers.

  • Tomi Erkkilä (Chair) Term: 1.8.21-31.7.24
  • Ana Patricia Justino (Vice Chair) Term: 1.8.21-31.7.24
  • Jukka Häkli (Treasurer) Term: 1.8.22-31.7.25
  • Sofia Franklin (Secretary) Term: 1.8.22-31.7.25
  • Aino Palonen-Halla-aho Term: 28.10.22-31.7.25
  • Jyrki Lee-Korhonen Term: 1.8.22-31.7.25
  • Helena Wallentin-Lindström Term: 28.10.22-31.7.25
  • Trond Moe Term: 1.8.22-31.7.25
  • Todd Bate-Poxon Term: 28.10.22-31.7.25

The Board represents the Parents’ Association and board activities are concentrated on establishing and supporting the school’s vision and strategic direction.

Day-to-day administration of the school is not a board responsibility but is delegated to the Head of School and the leadership team.

School Policies

The board is responsible for the formulation and approval of school polices that set direction and guidance for operations at ISH. The Policy Committee and the leadership team assist the board in this task. For information about school policies please click here.

Personnel (head of school)

An essential role for the board is to appoint, evaluate and provide support to the Head of School.
All other personnel matters are delegated to the Head of School and the leadership team.

Board meetings

The board meets monthly. In addition the board sets up standing and ad-hoc committees to assist the board on key areas of the strategic plan. Work on committees can include members of staff, parents and students when relevant.

The school community is welcome and encouraged to attend the board meetings that are announced on the school calendar. Board meetings 2022-2023 will either be held online or on campus.


The following 2022-2023 open board meeting dates have been set:  12 September, 10 October, 21 November, 23 January, 6 March, 17 April, 15 May. The board meetings this school year will either be held online on on campus.

If you want to view minutes of the open board meetings, please contact Thérèse Thibault at


The online AAGM 2022 was held online on 27 October 2022. For more information, please contact Thérèse Thibault


The online ASGM 2023 is scheduled for 22 May 2023. For more information, please contact Thérèse Thibault

To exercise voting rights at annual general meetings, ISH families must have one adult per family registered as a voting member of the ISH Parents’ Association.
Membership Form

If a voting member cannot attend the AGM, they can give a proxy form to a person attending the meeting.
Proxy Form

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