Richard Henry

Richard has worked in the education sector for nearly 30 years, in 3 continents and across a network of thousands of schools. Born in Scotland, he was raised in Australia and began his teaching career in the state and private education systems of Queensland, Australia.

His education includes a Degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences as well as a Master in Education. In the year 2000, Richard moved to Jakarta, Indonesia at a prominent school and was shortly promoted to Principal of Secondary School. During this time the school implemented the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (DP, MYP and PYP). In 2005, Richard was again promoted to Head of school for K-12 and worked in this capacity until 2011.

Richard led this school through a sustained period of growth and advancement, as well as serving on many Boards and Committees strengthening the school community whilst creating a positive impact on the children’s lives through education.

He served as a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Council for the IB as well as representing Asia Pacific on the IB DP Committee. He was and remains an evaluator of the IB Educator Certificate (offered by universities around the world) as well as a Session Observer of the IB Professional Development workshops with the responsibility of monitoring high quality education delivery.

Richard is also a qualified Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-USA) accreditation team member, and he facilitated the establishment of educational groups such as the Indonesian Network of IB schools.

In 2011, he began work for the International Baccalaureate based in The Hague, The Netherlands. As Head of School Services for Africa, Europe and the Middle East he was responsible for overseeing the authorisation and evaluation of all IB schools in those regions. He then became Head of Development and Recognition working with all schools implementing IB programmes as well as engaging with government ministries and higher education institutions.

In 2015, Richard moved to the USA and took up a new role within the IB as Director of Global School Services. These responsibilities included the oversight of authorisation and evaluation of all IB schools across the world, developing key relations with accreditation bodies such as the Council of International Schools (CIS) and NEASC, as well as the design and implementation of new school enhancement services.

Throughout his career Richard has focussed his energy and knowledge on school transformation to deliver the best education possible for students to enrich their lives. He fundamentally believes that the stronger the triangle of partnership (student, parent, teacher) within a school community, the more effective every child's educational experience will be.

Richard is proud and privileged to accept the role of Head of School GEMS World Academy (Singapore) for GEMS Education, and he looks forward to working with parents, students and staff in the ongoing growth and development of this outstanding school.

Message from the Head of School