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Returning to Normal in COVID times – Staff Recruitment, Mobility and Travel Implications at International Schools


Kevin Lloyd
Webinar Series

AdobeStock_247986985.thumb.jpeg.97ba92502f90ed07ebb9f9afd16de874.jpegThis is the second of a 4-part series of webinars addressing the need to return schools to normal during COVID times.

Moving forward and out of the global pandemic it remains uncertain if or when COVID-19 will cease to be an issue. COVID-19 impacts international schools in a variety of ways and one that should not be overlooked is the impact on staff – recruitment, mobility and travel all have significant implications that are exasperated as a result of COVID-19.

Our panel will address a variety of scenarios along with insights on how to manage your staff in these difficult times.  Specifically, we will address:

•    International Recruiting 
•    Mobility
•    Travel


The Classroom Partnership

  • Sapna Gore – Associate Director – International Teaching Partnership 
  • Alison Colville – Director – Permanent Staffing Solutions – The NQT Partnership
  • Georgie McIntyre – Director of Learning and Development 

World Travel Protection

  • Sara Shaw - Partnership Director, Australia
  • Rodger Cook – GM, Global Security Services

International Schools Partnership

  • Jackie Watson - Group Head of Talent
  • Jo Pertwee - Head of People Operations

📅Please Register Here for this Webinar


Rodger Cook – GM, Global Security Services

Rodger joined World Travel Protection (WTP) in 2020 as Security Director in the Brisbane-based Command Centre. He works closely with clients that come from a diverse range of businesses, including universities, security firms, travel management agencies, business continuity advisors and human resources consultants, to identify potential travel risks and provide expert security advice and support. 

“No two days are the same. One minute I can be discussing the needs of a global resources company, and the next I can be talking to a high school about their upcoming excursion to Paris,” says Rodger.

“Working in travel risk management is about being pragmatic. You need to understand that, for the vast majority of travellers, their trip will go as planned; what you need to be prepared for when things don’t go to plan. That is, when things start to slip away, you need to have an assistance company or some structure to help you stay safe and recover.”

Rodger has valuable experience gained in some of the worlds hot spots including places like Rwanda, East Timor and Iraq. He has held senior roles for mining, oil and gas companies, living and working in Indonesia, Madagascar, Zambia and Papua New Guinea.”

That depth of experience, and having worked client-side before joining the travel assistance world, means Rodger understands what clients are looking for when it comes to developing a robust travel risk management program. 

Sara Shaw - Partnership Director, Australia

Alison Colville, Director – Permanent Staffing Solutions

Alison has been in the Recruitment Industry for over 30 years recruiting across all sectors of Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare and Education for large Corporates such as Adecco, Manpower and Blue Arrow and niche brands including her current role with The international Education Partnership part of The Classroom Partnership. 

Sapna Gore – Associate Director – International Teaching Partnership 

Sapna brings over 8 years experience in Education Recruitment where she has worked in staffing and recruiting. Sapna brings to this role a broad base of experience including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Sales Management, Consultative Selling, and Customer Service. Sapna has worked both across the UK and internationally in staffing and recruitment.

Georgie McIntyre – Director of Learning and Development – The Classroom Partnership
Georgie as Director of Learning and Development is developing The Classroom Partnership’s learning and development strategy and product portfolio for both the UK and International school community. With a foundation of teaching, Georgie has worked in the International School Community for over seven years. Her previous roles and experience highlights include Chief Learning Officer for the ECIS and the Head of Training for Cambridge Assessment International Education.

Jackie Watson - Group Head of Talent - International Schools Partnership

Jackie has recently joined International Schools Partnership bringing a wealth of experience as a board level HR Director with global experience of working in blue chip organisations. An HR generalist with specialist knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, leadership, OD, culture change, attraction, retention and succession strategies. Extensive experience of Board level facilitation, team building and coaching. Experience includes non-executive Directorships. 

Jo Pertwee - Head of People Operations - International Schools Partnership

Jo joined the International School Partnership (ISP) as Head of HR UK in May 2019 before moving into her current role at the beginning of 2021. She has over 20 years’ HR experience in generalist, recruitment and consultancy roles and it was her passion for learning and education that led her to join ISP. Originally from North Norfolk, but now based in east London with her family, she is also Chair of Trustees for a local charity.

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