The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors includes up to four members elected by parents and eight members elected from amongst Founder Companies.  The Board also includes a Ministry of Education representative and the Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral as well as up to two members who may be co-opted for their specialist knowledge and / or experience. Board Members receive absolutely no payment or tangible benefits for their work; membership is an act of voluntary service from which the School benefits greatly.

Tim Murray

Founder Governor – Alba


Tim Murray has been Chief Executive Officer of Alba since October 2012.  He has been with Alba since 2007 when he joined as General Manager of Finance. During his time at Alba he has held the roles of Chief Finance & Supply Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer.Tim has played an instrumental role in the transformation of Alba’s Safety Culture through the implementation of the “ZERO Accident Principals. He has been instrumental in the training and development of people including Alba’s MBA sponsorship program. In addition, he launched the “Project Titan” cost improvement program.

In 2017 Tim was recognised as a “CEO Who Gets It” by the US National Safety Council for his contributions on Safety, Health and Environment. Tim led Alba’s IPO when the company listed on both the London and Bahrain Stock exchanges in November 2010.

Before joining Alba, Mr Murray spent 10 years at ARC Automotive where in his last role he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.Tim holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Susquehanna University. He is a CPA and member of the American Institute of CPAs. He has attended various Executive Management Programs at Wharton and University of Chicago.

Outside of work Tim enjoys spending time with his Family, Coaching, Reading and summertime in Cape Cod Massachusetts.

David_AxtellDavid Axtell
Deputy Chair
Parent Governor

I have made Bahrain my home since 1995 and am the Chief Operating Officer for the Bio City Development Company.  My wife, Sara, and I have two children who attend St Christopher’s, George and Charlotte.Throughout my time in Bahrain I have taken an active role in the community.  I have served on the Council for St Christopher’s Cathedral for over ten years and currently serve as Chairman.  I also founded and run the Wheelathon which, in turn, supports a number of local charities, focusing particularly on children.I have attended a number of conferences of the British Schools in the Middle East and continue to work professionally with a number of international schools consultants, providing me with an invaluable insight to the latest trends within the global education market.

Graham Scopes Honorary Treasurer

I have lived in Bahrain since 1997 with my wife Sue. Both our children attended St Christopher’s, experiencing Infant, Junior and Senior schools, and are now away at university, although they return “home” to Bahrain whenever they can.  I have over 35 years banking experience, and until late 2016 I worked as Group Head of Corporate & Structured Finance for a major regional Arab bank, which I joined in 2001, following 19 years with a major international bank, who brought me to Bahrain from London. It has been and remains an honour and a privilege to serve as a Board Member for the School. In 2003, I was elected Honorary Treasurer of the Board of Governors, a position which has since been renewed annually. I am pleased and proud to have been able to contribute to the School’s development and financial stability over this extended, and sometimes challenging period, including helping to arrange finance for the vital Junior and Infant School projects at Saar.



Mother of two girls in the Junior school, Dina has served as parent governor since 2015.  Dina is an active parent who volunteers in the classroom, and the school in general, with a keen interest in education, and a solid understanding of the data used to measure achievements.   She was Global Head of Marketing and Communications of a global asset manager headquartered in New York.  She held senior jobs in Bahrain as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company and the Bahrain Economic Development Board. Dina worked as a Senior Communications Advisor at the World Bank, in Washington, D.C and advised regional governments on development economics. She holds an MA in Public Communications from American University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Dina brings an honest and hard-working approach and will work with parents, the Board, school management, and teachers to ensure that the children are well-prepared for the future.

Dina Kasrawi
Honorary Secretary
Parent Governor 


HH Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Parent Governor
An active member of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bahrain, HH Shaikha Hessa gained her Bachelor’s degree in Management (1998), and her Master degree in Social Policy and Planning (2002) both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gained a MSc Development Finance 2010 from University of London. Since 2004 she has been a Board Member of the Supreme Council for Woman. In 2005, she founded “INJAZ Bahrain” a member of an international organization called Junior Achievement Worldwide whose purpose is to inspire and prepare young Bahrainis to succeed in a global economy. She has been the Executive Director of INJAZ Bahrain since inception. With her experience and active role in enterprise education and skill development of young women and youth, she has been invited as speaker and panelist at various occasions including the UN, and the World Economic Forum.

Mockbul Ali OBE
Co-opted, Deputy British Ambassador

Mockbul Ali has been the Deputy British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain since May 2015. He has spent much of his career focussed on the Middle East, the wider Muslim world and international security. His most recent role was as the Chief of Staff to the British Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Libya. Prior to that he served in the British Embassy in Cairo leading on political affairs. He has also previously served as a policy adviser on Islamic issues and the Muslim world for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The Queen awarded Mockbul an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 for services to the British government. He was also a recipient of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Award for Strategic Leadership, and is the only civilian to have been awarded it. He is fluent in several languages including Arabic.


Hala_Amer2Hala Amer
Ministry of Education

Currently, I am the head of Coordination and Follow–up in the Undersecretary for Education and Curricula Affairs office. I began my career as a teacher and then I was promoted to the position of a senior teacher. I have also worked as a specialist in the Directorate of Curricula for two years. Throughout my work in the field of education, I have taken an active role in multiple areas; one of which is “the School Improvement Program” as I have been assigned to lead a team working on “Leadership for Outcomes” project. Furthermore, I have been designated to take the responsibility of an acting director of the Primary and the Intermediate Directorates.

I have attended a number of conferences and seminars on different topics. I hold a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, BA in English literature and a High Diploma in Education.


Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral 

The Very Reverend Chris Butt has been Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral since 2009, where St Christopher’s School was born and had its early years. He is married to Tricia, herself a Governor of Al Rajah School, and they have three adult daughters in their twenties all working in the UK.

He has been a Governor of two Junior Schools: in Windermere in The Lake District and Bredhurst, Kent since 1989.  His academic background is Geography and Theology, and he is a keen sportsman.


Stephen Harrison-Mirfield
Parent Governor

Having moved to Bahrain in 2006, I am currently Chief Operating Officer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) – Medical University of Bahrain, having started my career in the Human Resources arena and I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  However, over the last nine years though my remit has grown and I have been COO at RCSI since 2013, I have previously worked in a number of varied sectors; from Computer Games development and publishing with Codemasters in the UK, to spending six years with KPMG in a Management Consultancy role.

My wife, Lucy, and I have three children studying at St Chris, in both the senior and junior schools and I am a passionate advocate for high quality education, which is partly driven by my role as a parent and naturally in my professional role with RCSI. I strongly believe in empowering children to succeed through education and believe to do this it is important to embrace diversity and different learning styles and approaches. At RCSI there is a significant emphasis on vocational learning and professional development, which truly differentiates students when preparing them to take on the challenges of a career. I aim to bring my extensive experience in people management and deep understanding of the Higher Education Market to the Board of Governors in order to build on the fantastic work that has already been done, that makes St Chris a shining light in primary and secondary education, not just in Bahrain but in the region and beyond.

In my spare time I am a big, both metaphorically and literally, Rugby League fan and when I am not following my team, the Castleford Tigers, I can be found down the Rugby Club coaching the youth teams on a Friday morning.


Brendon Hopkins
Founder Governor – Bank ABC 
Brendon Hopkins is Group Chief Financial Officer, for Bank ABC (Arab Banking Corporation), where he has responsibility for finance, strategy, M&A, balance sheet management, taxation and investor relations. He moved to Bahrain in 2014 to join ABC, and has more than 25 years previous experience in the financial services sector, including periods with Standard Chartered Bank, Deloitte and Guardian Royal Exchange. His previous senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank included Group Head, Strategy, Western Hemisphere, and Chief Executive Officer, Europe. Brendon is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), Chartered Tax Advisor (CIOT), and holds an MBA, Henley Management College and BSc (hons) Industrial Mathematics, University of Birmingham. His responsibilities on the Board of Governors include chairing the Finance Sub-Committee, utilising his financial background and experience to benefit the school’s financial affairs. Brendon is married to Sarah and they have three children thoroughly enjoying their time at St Chris – Madeleine, Emily and Frederick. His other interests outside of work are film, literature, tennis and rugby.

Boutros Klink
Founder Governor – Standard Chartered

Dr. Boutros Klink is the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain & GCC.  Dr. Klink serves on the Board of Standard Chartered Capital Saudi Arabia and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Klink has held the positions of CEO of Standard Chartered Saudi Arabia, as well as various senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS, and the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec.

Dr. Klink earned a Doctor of Science degree in Earthquake Engineering from MIT, a Master of Art in Financial Mathematics from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the American University of Beirut.  Dr. Klink has several publications including a textbook and is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.


Abdul-Haq Mohammed
Founder Governor – Trowers & Hamlins

I am the International Managing Partner at Trowers & Hamlins, the international law firm, and am also the head of its International Real Estate team. I have lived in Bahrain since 2005. I travel regularly across the Middle East  and to the UK and the Far East, both to advise clients and for management purposes. I am a regular speaker at industry events on behalf of my firm. I live with my wife Raabia and our three daughters in Janabiyah. All three of my daughters attend St Christopher’s School. My responsibilities on the Board of Governors include chairing the Board’s policy and constitutional sub-committee, along with bringing my property and development experience to discussions related to the School’s property and building arrangements.

Hawra Murad
Founder Governor – HSBC

I am a Bahraini and a mother of three; Malak attends Year 5, Abdulla attends Reception, and Mariam will hopefully join Nursery in September. I served as a Board Member from 2009-2010, and 2013 to date.

I nominated myself to the Board to contribute to the School’s governance and to extend support to a highly reputed school which is committed towards promoting education in Bahrain.  I am privileged to be part of such a progressive school which has played a key role in the development of local economy and society.

I am currently working at HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd Bahrain as Country Head of Human Resource. Prior to joining HSBC, I worked as a Counsellor at Bahrain Bayan School, providing personal, academic, and career counselling to high school students. My part time experiences include freelance writing with Gulf Daily News, marketing research, in addition to working at RBS fund management and Alba’s accounting department.

I hold an MBA from the University of Bahrain (distinction) and BA in Business & Information Management (distinction) from Glasgow Caledonian University.


Maureen Stephenson
Founder Governor – BAPCO

Maureen Stephenson is Head of Professional Development in the Learning & Development Department of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO). She holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Bristol and is a qualified solicitor.

Maureen is proud to have been part of the St Christopher’s community since her eldest son started nursery in Budaiya in 1991. Her four children all attended St Christopher’s School and are now either pursuing their studies or working in UK/Vietnam. 

Maureen has served as a member of the Board of Governors for over 13 years. 


 Babak Sultani
Founder Governor – Invescorp

Babak Sultani is the Real Estate Specialist at Investcorp, a world-leading manager of alternative investments for select individuals and institutions. Before joining Investcorp in 2008, Babak was in charge of real estate and corporate finance activities at Addax Bank. Prior to this, he was the Head of Marketing at Bahrain Financial Harbour and was part of the real estate investment team at Taib Bank.  Babak has been a part of the real estate industry for over 18 years.

Babak holds a BBA and an MSc, both in accounting and both from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Babak is the father of two girls who are currently attending St Christopher’s School.


How to contact us:

Communications to the Board of Governors should be in writing and can be addressed as follows:


Secretary to the Board of Governors

St Christopher’s School

PO Box 32052

Isa Town

Kingdom of Bahrain

Hand Delivered via The Principal’s Office, Saar Campus

Last update: 16 November 2017