Phuket International Academy announces new Chief Executive

Phuket International Academy announces new Chief Executive

Phuket International Academy announces new Chief ExecutivePhilipp Graf von Hardenberg, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Phuket International Academy and President and CEO of Thanyapura, announced today, “It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the Chair of the PIA Board, Khun Kanittha Suksawaschon, the PIA School Board has approved the appointment of Mr. Julian Whiteley as the Chief Executive of Phuket International Academy. Julian will also be a member of the PIA Board and the Director of Education for Thanyapura.”

In his capacity as Chief Executive of PIA, Julian will have overall responsibility to the Board, especially for the strategic development of the school. He will work closely with Riki Teteina, who as Head will have day-to-day responsibility for the operations of the school, Peter O’Sullivan in his capacity as the Primary Principal and the school Business Manager, Daniel Magie, the Secondary Principal and Krysten Fort-Catanese, the Director of Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness. “The members of the PIA School Board are very happy with the progress the school has made over recent years under their leadership,” added Mr. Graf von Hardenberg.

Julian has worked in a variety of schools in Europe, South America and Asia. Most recently, and significantly, he was the Head and CEO of the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore, which is widely acknowledged as being amongst the top ten international schools in the world. During his nine years at UWCSEA the school doubled in size to become the largest international school in the world with 5,300 students.

He obtained his teaching qualification at Cambridge University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Nottingham University. In addition to his extensive experience of leading schools, he has served on the Board of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, was a member of the International Baccalaureate Heads Council and the United World Colleges Council.

Julian is highly regarded in the world of international education and PIA is delighted that it has been able to attract someone of his quality to join the school’s leadership team. Julian has committed his long-term future to PIA and Thanyapura. He will start work at the school at the beginning of the second half of term on Monday 27th October.

“I am excited at the opportunity to work at Phuket International Academy. I have known of the school for some time and am totally aligned with the school’s mission and philosophy of education. I am very much looking forward to working with such high quality staff, engaged students and supportive parents as we continue PIA’s development into a world-class school,” said Mr. Whiteley.

The leadership team of Thanyapura is very proud to appoint Julian as Director of Education for Thanyapura. Thanyapura, a 23-hectare luxury sports, health and lifestyle resort in Phuket, Thailand, places much importance on high quality training, coaching and education as an integral part of fulfilling its promise to its customers – ‘Optimize your potential’.

“Such has been the school’s success, I am proud to announce that the UWC (United World College) International Board has considered PIA’s application to become the UWC in Thailand. To quote from the letter we received from Keith Clark, the Executive Director of UWC, in September: ‘On the basis of its discussion, the board agreed to grant the proposal to develop a UWC school or college in Phuket the status of Initial Notification…’ It is our aspiration to secure full approval to become a UWC within the next 18 months,” said Mr. Graf von Hardenberg.


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