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 parents. The Board strives for gender balance and diversity of cultural background, skills and experience. All members are volunteers.

  • Tomi Erkkilä
  • Hannu Aronsson 
  • Omar McDoom (vice chairperson)
  • Manish Gupta
  • Dina Harrison
  • Kari Kallonen
  • Björn Ordell (treasurer)
  • Hailley Felter

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. All meetings 2020-2021 will be held online.


The following 2020-2021 board meeting dates have been set:  31 August, 28 September, 26 October, 23 November 2020, and 25 January 2021. The spring board meeting dates will be published when known. All board meetings this school year will be held online.

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


The ASGM was delayed due to the corona virus in the Spring. The meeting took place on 31 August 2020 at 17.30 online. For more information, contact Thérèse Thibault


The AAGM 2020 will take place on 28 October 2020 at 17.30. 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, he/she can give a proxy form to a person attending the meeting.
Proxy Form