ISS Board of Trustees

ISS Board 2018 – 2019

Board Mission
“To advance the strategy, vision and mission of ISS, we are a board that is clear and aligned on roles, accountabilities and direction, while always keeping a student focus in our decisions.

The ISS Board of Trustees will strive to have different backgrounds and qualifications represented in the team, and will role model a board that promotes diversity, ensures honest confidential discourse and acts as advocates for the school in the external community.”

Board Authority
1. All executive authority of ISS shall be vested in the Board, and the Board may delegate such authority, as it deems necessary
2. The Board shall establish the policies of ISS and supervise their implementation
3. The Board shall appoint the Director and determine the terms and conditions of his or her contract
4. The Board requires a Full Board Vote to set:

a. Board policy
b. Employ or dismiss the Director
c. Amend the by-Laws

5. The Board shall annually set the tuition fees for ISS
6. The Board shall annually approve the salary and benefits guidelines for the employees of ISS
7. The Board shall annually review and approve the ISS budget
8. The Board shall annually approve the ISS calendar
9. The Board shall approve the creation of new positions
10. Individual Board members shall have no authority to act except in meetings of the assembled Board or by specific designation by the Board
11. The Board shall review the policy manual and by-laws annually in line with the key decision calendar, with a full revision every five years linked to the accreditation process

Board Role & Principles
1. Support ISS mission, philosophies and objectives
2. Maintain a child focus in all decision-making
3. Be responsible to the institution as a whole, not a single agenda/constituency
4. Avoid raising individual matters/concerns, unless broad policy implications are involved
5. Act collectively; authority to speak/represent/act for the Board comes from the Board
6. Remain optimistic and honour Board decisions
7. Support school programmes
8. Be advocates for the institution, guardians of due process and maintain confidentiality
9. Continue to place the day-to-day operational responsibility and accountability in the hands of the Director
10. Participate in Board training opportunities

Board Responsibilities
1. Become familiar with and abide by the governing directives
2. Become familiar with ISS by-laws and school policy
3. Be able to explain school policies and procedures when constituents ask questions
4. Set a high priority on attending Board and committee meetings
5. Read the Board agenda and background material prior to Board meetings
6. Observe parliamentary procedure and act courteously during meetings
7. Participate in Board evaluation programmes and training opportunities
8. Maintain the Board references and turn them over to my successor or the Board Chair upon departure
9. The Board shall review the recommended candidates for the post of Principal
10. Serve as a committee chair or vice chair where required

Board Team Ground Rules
1. We show support, respect and trust
2. We respect confidentiality
3. We never forget that students are the reason we are here
4. We never represent an individual agenda
5. We manage conflict by confronting issues and inappropriate behaviours
6. We communicate honestly, ‘actively’ listen, value diversity of opinion and; respect differences

Board Meeting Ground Rules
1. We reserve the operational part of our meetings for reporting by the administration
2. Administration reports centre around deviations and major issues
3. We focus on risk and mitigating actions
4. We keep committee reports short and to the point
5. Our discussions are time-efficient and focused
6. We conclude with action items and deadlines
7. We evaluate our meetings to ensure continuous improvement

When appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International School of Stavanger (ISS), each Board member attests that they have read and understood the above and also understands that their primary duty is to govern ISS in accordance with the by-laws and the policy manual. They also affirm that they are committed to the well-being of ISS and to the effective operation of the Board of Trustees.

Board Member Biographies

Åshild Hanne Larsen
is our Chair of the Board of Trustees and is Statoil’s CIO and Senior Vice President of its Corporate IT function. Her current focus is on digital transformation and creating business value from IT – using IT as a key enabler in improving operational efficiency and transforming the oil and gas industry. Åshild started her career with Statoil in 1993 and has broad experience both from professional and executive roles primarily within HR and IT, including leadership of corporate projects and large-scale organisational change efforts. Prior to taking on the CIO role, she was the Vice President for People & Organisation in Statoil’s Technology, projects and Drilling business area. Åshild holds a specialist MBA from Heriot Watt University in the UK, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Universität Bielefeld in Germany. On a personal level, she is passionate about learning and development, and gets her energy from working with great people who want to make a difference. When she is not at work, she enjoys travelling, reading on her Kindle and spending time with friends, her husband and their two daughters.

Ann Saeland 
is the ISS Board Vice Chair and is the Chief HR Officer for Aibel. Previously, she has worked in the oil and gas industry for Schlumberger as HR Manager for Scandinavia. Her career in the oil and gas industry spans 25 years and she has worked in London and Stavanger. Ann is married with two grown children and has held a previous school board position at the International School of Bergen.


Arne Thorsen Kolle
is the Board Treasurer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Université de Toulouse and a Master of Science degree in International Business from SKEMA Business School. Having worked with Shell for nearly a decade he is currently a Project Finance and Commercial Manager. He takes a big interest in international education having done most of his studies abroad. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, cycling and wine.


Kristine Hernes
 was voted in at the August 2017 meeting. Kristine holds a master’s degree in Business Economics and graduated in Management (BI) and Innovation (NTNU). She was the Director of Economics in the municipality from August 2006 and was appointed councillor for two terms. She now has a new position as Senior Adviser at KS Consultant where she is looking forward to using her experience from management in Stavanger municipality in projects that include management and governance, reform of municipalities, restructuring and efficiency in the municipal sector in general.



Anne Karin Knudsen Borlaug was voted in at the August 2018 meeting as an ISS board member. Anne Karin holds a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Agder and an Executive Master of Management from BI (focus on leadership and international management). She has been working in various roles at ConocoPhillips, mainly in IT, but also in the Capital Project Department before she started working as Director for HR Shared Services in April 2015. In her current role, she is responsible for HR systems, payroll,  organizational changes, stock saving program etc., in addition to the administration of global mobility  for ConocoPhillips expatriates moving to and from Norway. Anne Karin also runs various cross-functional projects within the HR area. On a personal level, Anne Karin enjoys outdoor activities like biking, hiking and hunting in connection with a deep interest in travel.


Torbjoern Kristoffersen

Torbjoern Kristoffersen holds a master’s degree in Law, is a licensed attorney and member of The Norwegian Bar Association. Torbjoern has a varied background from different law firms, working with both civil and criminal law, and has since 2014 worked for Schlumberger. He is currently the Scandinavia Legal Counsel, in charge of legal matters for Norway and Denmark. Torbjoern spends most of his free time with his wife and two young children.


Jocelyn Popinchalk joined the ISS Board of Trustees as staff elect representative in August 2018. She is currently in her fifth year of teaching IGCSE and IB geography at ISS. Born and raised near London, Jocelyn has degrees in human geography and demography from the UK and did her teacher training in the USA. She has worked in international schools for over thirty years, moving with her husband and two children to a variety of countries, including Tanzania, Italy and Bangladesh. Working at middle and high school level, she has taught a range of social science subjects as well as running Model United Nations clubs in each school. Jocelyn is a strong advocate for international education and the global perspectives it develops in young people.


Rajesh Kumar
joined the ISS board in 2018.  He was born and raised in Birmingham, England and has worked in various companies around the country. He has a Bachelors degree from the University of Bradford and a Masters degree from the University of Leeds, both in chemical engineering. Rajesh has worked as a consultant in many companies throughout Europe in a range of roles such as Process Engineer, Validation Engineer and QA Engineer in the pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries. Rajesh moved to Norway nine years ago with his wife and two sons. Both of Rajesh’s sons have attended ISS for seven years now. Rajesh now works as a lead engineer in various projects.

Catherine Fraser
is our parent elect board representative. Studying in London and later Bristol University, England, Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Sociology and further post graduate qualifications in Counseling and Systemic Family Therapy.  She previously enjoyed a rewarding career in social work and counseling, working with Adolescent Support Services in the UK.

Catherine is currently enjoying a career break whilst raising a young family, However she maintains a keen interest in research and best practices in promoting self resilience and healthy self esteem in children and adolescents. These are qualities Catherine recognises in our school’s mission and daily undertakings. With her Anthropological roots, Catherine also enjoys research into the factors that create optimal communication within international environments. At a personal level Catherine enjoys travel, reading literature and social science, hiking and generally enjoying the outdoor experience Norway offers.


Paul Sewell joined the ISS Board in 2018. Academically he has a background in Psychology, Marketing and Training and is currently completing an international qualification in Executive Coaching. Paul was born in the UK but spent most of his life in Australia where he worked in international education. He moved to Norway and has been working in Organisational Development and Culture at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre for the last 5 of his 13 years at the NATO base. He is responsible for the JWC’s organisational culture – which is NATO’s longest sustained organisational culture programme. He is married with two sons, one of which has been with the ISS for three years, now entering fifth grade. However, Paul has been involved with the ISS since 2011 offering presentations and seminars to both staff and students on topics of wellbeing, teamwork, innovation and other areas of professional development.

Kevin Gilmore
Born in Canada, Kevin has been an educator for nearly three decades in addition to having leadership experience in both government and corporate sectors. His own graduate education is from from Canada, the UK and Australia. Kevin was previously a teacher in Canada and the UK, and he has been a school administrator for fifteen years. His experience also includes working for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization and as the Principal of School Operations for a district of 170 schools. Kevin was the High School Principal at ISS from 2016 to 2018, before being appointed Director of ISS in 2018. He recently and successfully led the school through its five-year IB Diploma re-evaluation and the final report concluded with this statement: “…we encourage you to share your school’s good practice with the IB community…” Kevin is a strong believer in the full international education experience and looks forward to leading ISS based on the school’s core values of LearningWell-being and Community.

I love the fact that all members of the staff have knowledge of and input on my children, from other teachers to the Director. This really adds to their sense of belonging. – Parent Feedback from Annual Family Survey
2017-18 Annual Report