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.


Mr Al Waary is currently Executive Vice President and Group Chief Operating Officer of the Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) Group which he joined in 1981. He brings with him more than 33 years of banking, leadership and management experience garnered from the many senior positions he has held in both London and Bahrain. Mr Al Waary is also Deputy Chairman of Arab Banking Corporation-Jordan and Arab Financial Services Company and has previously served on the Boards of Banco ABC Brasil and Arab Banking Corporation – Egypt (S.A.E.).Mr Al Waary holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Computer Science from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Sael Al Waary Chair, Founder Governor – Arab Banking Corporation


Maureen Stephenson is a Senior Analyst in the Human Resources Department of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO). She holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Bristol and is a qualified solicitor.Her four children all attended St Christopher’s School and are now either pursuing their studies or working in the UK. Maureen has served as a member of the Board of Governors for over eight years during which time she has held the offices of Honorary Secretary and Deputy Chair.
Maureen Stephenson Deputy Chair, Founder Governor – BAPCO
Graham_Scopes2-137x150Graham Scopes Honorary Treasurer: Co-opted I have lived in Bahrain since 1997 with my wife Sue. Both our children have attended St Christopher’s, experiencing Nursery, Reception, Infant, Junior and Senior, with our son completing International Baccalaureate in summer 2012. I have over 30 years banking experience, and now work as Head of Corporate & Structured Finance for a major regional Arab bank, which I joined in 2001, following 19 years with a major international bank, with whom I relocated to Bahrain from London.It has been and remains an honour and a privilege to serve as a Board Member for the School since 2001. In 2003 I was elected Honorary Treasurer of the Board of Governors, a position which has been renewed annually since then. I am pleased and proud to have been able to contribute to the School’s development and financial stability during this time, including helping to arrange finance for the Junior and Infant school projects at Saar.
A mother of three girls in the Junior and Senior Schools, my journey with St Christopher’s began in the 1980s when I joined the School as a pupil in its Manama premises. From there to Isa Town in the 1990s, I grew with the School. Today, a communications consultant with a private company, my communications realm has evolved over the years and ranges from the academic to media consultancy and advisory for both government and corporate clients alike. First elected in 2008, I nominated myself to the Board in order to contribute to the School’s governance using my skills and understanding as a former student, parent and Bahraini professional. I am currently the Board’s Honorary Secretary and feel deeply privileged to be able to contribute to the School’s development and enhancement.
Suha Matar Honorary Secretary, 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.
HH Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa Parent Governor

Mockbul Ali OBE

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.


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.
Hala Amer
Ministry of Education

David_AxtellDavid Axtell
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.


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.
Christopher Butt Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral

Dina Kasrawi is Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Communications at PineBridge Investments, a global asset manager headquartered in New York, and is responsible for global brand management, media relations and strategic partnerships. 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.. She holds an MA in Public Communications from American University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Dina is a mother of two girls who are enjoying St Christophers Infant School, and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2015.


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.

Dina Kasrawi     Parent Governor 



BoutrosDr. Boutros Klink Chief Executive Officer Bahrain & GCC

abdul-haqAbdul-Haq Mohammed
Founder Governor – Trowers & Hamlins

I moved to Bahrain in 2005 to join the Bahrain office of Trowers & Hamlins, the international law firm, having previously worked in our London office for seven years. I am the International Managing Partner for the firm and the head of its International Real Estate team. I travel regularly, advising on projects and transactions in Oman, the UAE, the UK and elsewhere, as well as leading our advice on a great many development projects in Bahrain. speak at and attending conferences 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_MuradHawra Murad Founder Governor – HSBC

I am a Bahraini and a mother of three; my daughter is in the Junior School at St Christopher’s and I hope to enroll my younger children in school in the future. I served as a Board Member from 2009-2010, and 2013-2014.

I am delighted to join the board for a third term starting 2015. 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. I have taken up various positions within the bank including managing Resourcing, Learning, and Compensation and Benefits. 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, conducting various marketing researches with Ipsos-Stat and James Watt College.

I have also undergone training with Royal Bank of Scotland’s fund management division and Aluminium Bahrain.

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

  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 played an instrumental role in Alba’s IPO where 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 and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Susquehanna University.  He is a CPA and member of the American Institute of CPAs.  He has also attended various Executive Management Programs at Wharton and University of Chicago Business Schools.
Tim Murray
Founder Governor – Alba 


Fahim Shafiqi is the Chief Risk Officer for Bahrain Islamic Bank. Formally with Standard Chartered Bank for 16 years, Fahim has been in Bahrain since 2012. He has three daughters attending St Christopher’s and in addition to his responsibilities as a Governor he is also the Chair of the Finance sub-committee. Fahim holds an MBA from the University of Warwick.
Fahim Ahmed Shafiqi Founder Governor 

james_tannerJames Tanner Founder Governor – Investcorp

James Tanner joined Investcorp in 2008 from Morley Fund Management, the leading London-based investment house, now Aviva Investors, where he served on the firm’s Executive Committee.  Previously, James was managing director, Global Markets at HSBC in London for three years.  James began his career in finance and investment management at Morgan Stanley where over 19 years in London, New York and Hong Kong his roles included serving as CEO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Europe, and as Head of the International Private Client Group, Asia Pacific.James holds an MBA from Indiana University Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Finance from Indiana University.  He is also a Fellow with the Securities & Investment Institute, UK and a member of the Institute of Directors.

How to contact us:

Communications to the Board of Governors should be in writing and can be addressed as follows: POST Secretary to the Board of Governors St Christopher’s School PO Box 32052 Isa Town HAND DELIVERED via The Principal’s Office, Saar Campus

Last update: 19 June 2016