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The current Trustees of the ETEE are:

Elsa Cristofori 

Elsa Cristofori - An Italian physicist with a graduate degree in Astrophysics.  Taught Mathematics and Physics at European School of Culham from 1983 to 2009. Designed the curriculum for Astronomy in the European Schools and introduced the course in Culham.  Representative of the locally recruited staff at Culham.

   Cecile Deer

Cecile Deer - Dr Deer has been a Lecturer in French at Balliol College, Oxford, since 1996 specialising in French sociopolitical philosophy and institutions.  Dr Deer is widely published having written among other a book on Higher Education in England and France since the 1980s and countless other articles on the topic of education.

Maurizio Fantato 

Maurizio Fantato (Acting Chairman) Former Chairman of the Parents Association of the European School Culham (CESPA) and currently working for a PR and Marketing services agency, Maurizio is widely travelled having lived in South America and other European countries and he is also a Trustee of a charity fighting child poverty primarily in the Indian subcontinent. He is a Fellow of theRSA and of the RGS and chaired the Europa Free School Steering Group.

  Chris Mills

Chris Mills - Following a degree in English Literature, Chris completed a diploma in Finance and Marketing at London Business School. In 1975 Chris returned to Oxford University to do a post-graduate degree and since then has been teaching English. Chris has published a number of academic works and in 1990, he joined the European Schools as English Coordinator and taught at the European school, Culham for 17 years. He recently retired and teach privately he is a LEA Governor for Culham School and an examiner for the European Schools.

Eva Niessler-Brinkmann

Eva Nießler-Brinkmann - A trained economist specialising in European affairs, previously a member of the Parents Association European School Culham (CESPA).  Eva is a strong supporter of cultural diversity and she currently lives in Munich where she is working with her husband as a consultant on European affairs.  She was ETEE Chair until November 2010.


Karin van Vrede

 Karin van Vrede-Leopold - Currently Coordinator of the Associated European Schools Network established in 2011, Karin was formerly Vice-President of Interparents (the umbrella organisation of all the Parents Associations of the European Schools), a member of the Board of Governors of the European Schools and a Culham European Schools Parents' Association Board Member. Karin comes from a diplomatic background and brings to the ETEE vast knowledge of European Schools affairs, as well as a pan-European strategic dimension.






 The Boad of Patrons


Norman DaviesProfessor Norman Davies

Professor Norman Davies, is an English historian of Welsh descent, known for his excellent publications on the history of Europe and the British Isles. He is the author of the prize-winning history of Poland, God's Playground (1981) and the Number 1 best-seller in Britain Europe: A History (OUP, 1996). Professor Davies has been awarded the CMG in 2001 for 'services to history', and has collected several Polish distinctions including the Order of Merit. From 2000 - 2006 he was a Supernumerary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. In the academic year 2006-2007 Professor has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge and in the academic year of 2008-2009 a Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Today he is affiliated with the St. Antony's College at Oxford University.  

Baroness QuinBaroness Quin

Baroness Quin was an MEP from 1979 to 1989 and subsequently and MP until 2005.  She served as Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry until 1992, then as Deputy Shadow Foreign Secretary with responsibility for Europe.  Her ministerial career included the Home Office, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Agriculture (now DEFRA).  in 2001 she became a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, as well as the joint Committee on House of Lords reform.   Joyce Quin was appointed to the House of Lords in 2005, becoming a member of its Constitutional Committee.  She is the Chair of the Franco-British Council and was a parliamentary Fellow to St Antony's College in 2007.  Baroness Quin is Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland, St Mary's College - Durham, Visiting Professor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and was made Officer of the Legion d'Honneur in 2010. 

John SayerJohn Sayer

A linguist and former school principal, past president of the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL).  Whilst directing London University's Education Management Unit, he set up and later chaired the Trust which instigated the General Teaching Council. From Oxford's Department of Education, he has directed several major EU (TEMPUS) university aid projects for educational development in Eastern Europe.

Southern Europe Ambassador

Dr Agata Lo Tauro 

A distinguished pedagogical researcher and Architect, Erasmus Exchange Programme, Prof. Science and Technology for Cultural Areas, Lic. Galileo Galilei, Catania, Italy


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