School Board

The AAS School Board is responsible for governance and oversight of the Anglo-American School of Moscow. The Board is composed of:

- Two voting members appointed by the British Chief of Mission.
- Two voting members appointed by the American Chief of Mission.
- One voting member appointed by the Canadian Chief of Mission.
- As many as three voting members elected by the Board. At least one of these must be a national of a country not represented by an appointed member of the Board.
- One voting member, elected by the Board, from nominations forwarded by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Please click here for the Board's policy manual.


Please click the links below to read board publications from the 2016-2018 school year.

September 2018 Board Briefs
June 2018 Board Briefs
May 2018 Board Briefs
March 2018 Board Briefs

November 2017 Board Briefs
September 2017 Board Briefs
May 2017 Board Briefs
March 2017 Board Briefs 
January 2017 Board Briefs
November 2016 Board Briefs
October 2016 Board Briefs


2018-2019 AAS Board Members

British Embassy Representatives

Colin Wells

Colin is a career diplomat, joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at 19 and has now served a little beyond 30 years overseas and in London. He arrived in Moscow in January 2018, and has served before in many different places ranging from Barbados in the Caribbean, to Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Nigeria and India to name a few. Between 2011-14, Colin was Administrator and Head of Government of the tiny UK Overseas Territory of Ascension Island in the South Atlantic where he had the most unique challenge of his career – being the  “owner” of a school for 100 pupils aged between 5-16.

Colin has three children, who were educated predominantly in International Schools. This has given him a solid understanding of the value and importance of quality education provision overseas  from the particular perspective of a parent who was passionate about his children's’ development. One of his daughters has severe learning difficulties, which has given Colin an additional understanding of those issues too. Colin’s  children are now grown up but the passion still remains and he is honoured to serve on the AAS Board.

Andrew Bell

First Secretary Political, British Embassy

Andrew is relatively new to the Diplomatic Service, having joined the FCO only in 2016.  Previously he was a British Army Officer and served in various countries, with the focus of his experience being infantry service in Afghanistan.  He also worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Ukraine.  He has a long-held interest in educational matters and is a qualified teacher.  He has a personal interest in the AAS as his wife attended the school from 1991 – 1993 and he plans for his young children to attend in the future.

Janet Eveleigh

First Secretary (Corporate Services), British Embassy
Jan is a Diplomatic Service officer with more than 30 years experience in the UK and overseas. She has three sons and 4 grandchildren (two boys and 2 girls). Jan arrived in Moscow in 2015, following postings in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She is Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualified and is a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee of the Board. Outside of work, Jan enjoys travelling, reading and spending as much time as possible with her family, who all live in the UK.


American Embassy Representatives

John Kuschner , Board Chair 

Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs, U.S. Embassy Moscow   
John Kuschner is the Minister Counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  He has been a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department for over 30 years. He started his career in Beijing in 1985 and, in addition to a few years in the U.S., has also served in Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Iraq.  John was previously assigned to Moscow from 2013 to 2016.  He is married to Jay Carol Wilson who was the School Psychologist at AAS Moscow from 2013 to 2018. Both originally from New York State, they now call New Hampshire home. They have three grown children – all of whom spent many years at international schools during their travels.  John received a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from New York University – a long time ago.

Deanna Ayala 

Deanna Ayala is the Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, having arrived in August 2017.  She previously served in Moscow from 2010-13. During both occasions, her children have attended AAS. Deanna’s husband, Mateo Ayala, is a fellow Foreign Service Officer at the US Embassy. Previous overseas postings include Indonesia, London, and Tokyo. Deanna is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelor degree (International Relations) and a Master’s degree (Applied Economics).

Heather Byrnes
U.S. Embassy Alternate Board member


Commercial Counselor, U.S. Embassy Moscow

Heather moved to Russia in July 2014 with her husband, Michael, and their three children. Their daughter Mary attended high school at AAS St. Petersburg. Prior to coming to Russia, the family lived in the United States, Ghana, South Africa, Ireland and Finland. Both Heather and Michael are from Anchorage, Alaska.

Heather received her B.A. from Georgetown University in 1991, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Tampere, Finland in 1992-1993. Heather speaks Finnish and Russian.

Canadian Embassy Representatives

Stephane Jobin 

Minister-Counselor / Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy
Board Treasurer 

Mr. Jobin is Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy, where he arrived in the summer of 2016. He is a lawyer by training. He has served twice at the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, and has lived with his family in Beijing where his wife Annick Goulet, who is Head of the Canadian Embassy Trade Programme, was posted. In Ottawa, he has managed two large international security programs, and had the chance at that time to visit remote locations across Russia. He was previously Director of Relations with the United States and with Mexico. Stéphane and Annick have three teenagers, with two of them attending AAS.

Nira Shearer

Canadian Embassy Alternate Board member

Counsellor (Management) and Consul General, Canadian Embassy

Nira (BA/BED [History], Concurrent Education Program, Queen’s University, 1991) began her career as a high school teacher of geography and history. She taught in international schools in Guatemala, Malaysia and the UAE. In 1994 she returned to Canada and taught in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She joined the public service in 2002 as a Foreign Service Officer, working in the Central Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

She has served abroad at the Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan as Third Secretary and Consul and was also accredited to the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. Her next overseas assignment took her to the embassy in Libya where she was First Secretary and Consul and responsible for multiple programs in the mission.  Ms. Shearer has had a variety of assignments in Canada at Global Affairs Canada, the most recent being Director of Corporate Services Learning at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute. She is currently Counsellor (Management) and Consul General at the Embassy of Canada to Russia with accreditation to Armenia and Uzbekistan.

She is married and has one son.

PTO Representative

Rupa Bhattasali 

PTO President

At-Large Representatives

Jean-Pascal (JP) Duvieusart


Jean-Pascal (JP) Duvieusart, Chantal and their children arrived in Moscow in 2007 coming from Prague where they lived for 7 years. JP, a former Director at McKinsey, is with PPF since 2010 where he is responsible for the Real Estate activities of the group. JP is a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee of the Board. Three children of Chantal and JP's  graduated from AAS in the past few years. Outside of work, JP is a member of the board of the Russian Food Bank and enjoys practicing sports.

Vincent Leclercq

Finance Director at Procter & Gamble Eastern Europe & Central Asia Republics

Vincent is Finance Director at Procter & Gamble, multinational manufacturer of products including Ariel, Tide, Fairy, Pampers, Always, Pantene, Gillette. He has 23 years of experience with P&G including assignment in Brussels, Cincinnati, Almaty, Kobe and Geneva. He arrived in Moscow in August 2014 with Carole and their 3 children. Vincent has still 2 daughters at AAS (Grade 12 and Grade 9) following the graduation of his son in 2017. Vincent is a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee of the Board.


Julian Traill

Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) LLP

Community at Large Member

Julian is a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, an international law firm. He advises international and Russian corporate and financial investors on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures in various sectors including energy, mining, financial services, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and consumer products. Julian has lived in Moscow since 2008. He was previously based in London. Julian joined the AAS Board in January 2017. He chairs the Board's Policy & Governance Committee. Julian is an Australian citizen.  He has two daughters at AAS, Alexandra in Grade 2 and Anastasia in K. Julian's interests include swimming, golf, tennis and travelling.

Last Updated on Sept 25, 2018

Judith Lindfield
U.K. Embassy – Position 2
Judith arrived in Moscow with her husband in February 2015.  John works at the British Embassy.  They met in Cairo and have lived in the UK, Pakistan, South Africa, the USA (twice) and the Netherlands, with temporary stints in the Middle East.  
After a career in commercial banking, Judith became a teacher and has worked in the state, American and British international sectors in a number of diverse roles in school administration, guidance and special educational needs. She holds a MEd (Leadership and Management), the National Professional Qualification for Headship (UK) and has a Diploma from UCLA in college counselling.  Travel, reading, current affairs and sport take up much of her spare time. She is also a qualified swim coach.
John and Judith have two sons. Educated in the South African and Californian school systems, as well as at an American international school in the UK, they completed their IB and American High School Diplomas. Both are now successful professionals.
Judith is a passionate advocate of evidence-based, personalized and holistic education programmes that encourage, engage and empower students to realize their full potential.

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