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.
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 ExecutiveManagement 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founder Governor – Standard Chartered Bank
Abdulla Bukhowa is the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain, established in 1920 as the first bank in Bahrain. Prior to his assignment in Bahrain, Abdulla has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Qatar since January 2017.
Abdulla joined Standard Chartered Bank in September 2010 as Bahrain’s Country Head of Global Markets and co-Head of Wholesale Bank. In December 2014 he was given the responsibility for leading both the Financial Markets and Corporate and Institutional Banking segments.
Abdulla has over 20 years of experience which includes being Head of Portfolio Management at the Central Bank of Bahrain, and senior roles at Reuters and Bahrain Telecommunications Company.
Abdulla holds a Bachelors of Business from the University of Texas, USA.
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.
I am a British citizen and have lived and worked in Bahrain since 1999. I work for Bank ABC in its Specialised Finance team where we advise and arrange financing for infrastructure projects, aviation and shipping throughout the MENA region. I have over 25 years’ experience in banking and finance, a role which has taken me around the world and exposed me to many different industry sectors.
My wife Alessandra, who is South African, and I have two children at St Christopher’s both of whom started in Nursery. My daughter is in the Senior School whilst my son is in the Junior school.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2019 and have agreed to join the Finance Sub-Committee. I am passionate about education and am honoured to be able to work with the other Governors to ensure that St. Christopher’s has the resources to be a first class school for years to come.
I am a graduate of Durham University and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Founder Governor- YBA Kanoo
Maarten Geeraerts is the father of two children who were both born in Bahrain. His eldest daughter started Nursery School at St Christopher’s and thoroughly loves it. Maarten is the General Counsel & Company Secretary of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (Holdings) WLL, having been with the Group for the last 12 years. Maarten holds a Master’s degree in Law and a post graduate degree in taxation from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) as well as an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). Maarten is a member of the GCC Board of Directors Institute and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of AXA Gulf BSC. Both Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo and St Christopher’s School are woven into the historic tapestry of Bahrain, a community to which Maarten is eager to give back through his commitment to the Board of Governors.
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.
Founder Governor – BAPCO
Mohammed Hussain is Manager Learning & Development for the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) where he directs the learning and development activities of around 2,300 employees.
He is also responsible for Bapco’s graduate scholars in the Kingdom and at top universities around the world, around 300 children of employees’ scholars, the hundreds of young Bahrainis who come to Bapco for workplace training every year and the Diploma programme which trains fresh high school graduates to be Refinery operators and technicians.
Mohammed previously held the role of Manager HR leading Bapco’s policy development and compensation, organisation and manpower planning, recruitment, administration services and the then learning and training administration functions. He is a member of the School’s HR and New Senior School Development subcommittees.
Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Bahrain and has attended a number of executive leadership programmes.
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.
Founder Governor – HSBC
I am a Bahraini and mother of three; Malak, Abdulla and Mariam, who all attend St Christopher’s. 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.
Founder Governor – Investcorp
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.
Contact the Board
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
via The Principal’s Office, Saar Campus
Last Updated: 11 July 2018