WAB Governance

The Western Academy of Beijing is an independent non-profit international school that is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees.

WAB is governed by a board of trustees, guided by the best interests of students, teachers and staff.

The Board of Trustees is made up of a mix of board-appointed and community-elected members. No one nationality may represent more than 50% of voting Board membership.

Trustees are tasked with ensuring the school's smooth administration within the guidelines of its constitution, which are based on principles set down by our founders in 1994. The Board maintains and nurtures the collaborative and supportive culture of WAB, a core attribute of the school.

This includes hiring and overseeing the work of the Head of School, planning for future development and ensuring the school's financial stability.

WAB Board of Trustees 2023-24 members:

  • Nathalie Azzopardi (Chair)
  • Michael Wester (Vice Chair)
  • Sabina Brady (Chair of HR, Finance and Audit)
  • Michael Crook (School Founder and Legal Representative)
  • Laura Bernhart-Wong
  • Peng Liu
  • Guohao Sun
  • Marta Medved Krajnovic (Ex-Officio WAB Board Member, WAB Director)
  • James Lindop (Ex-Officio: Staff Representative)
  • Kun Jiao (Ex-Officio: Staff Representative)

The Board of Trustees is tasked with governing WAB for the long-term, sustained realization of the vision of our school. At WAB, we do this in a spirit of partnership, with full participation by the Head of School and representatives of the teaching and support staff. We support the Head of School in her leadership of school operations, and work to ensure that the WAB we love continues to thrive as a vibrant and excellent place for children to learn and grow.

Nathalie Azzopardi, Board Chair


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