Members

CHAIRPERSON

Mrs-Araceli-Dominguez Ms. Araceli Beatriz Domínguez was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and completed her higher education on the island. She then moved to England, where she lived and studied for three years, before returning to Gran Canaria to work in the overseas department of a food supplies company. In 1986, she set up her own import company, of which she was managing director until 2005. She has been a member of the Association of the British School of Gran Canaria since 1994, and the Chair from 1995 to 2008. She has been a member of the Board of Governors since 1995, and its Chair since 2012. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TREASURER

Mr-Robert-Hopkins Mr. Robert Hopkins, Jr. was elected as a parent governor in 2013 and has since become a Trustee. He is the Treasurer to the Board of Governors and his work as a member of the Building Project sub-committee has been instrumental in securing the quality and design of the British School in its current form. He and his wife, Patricia Guerra, have three children in the school. After an international career in professional sailing as a coach and navigator, he now works for an American satellite communications company in product management.

SECRETARY

Mrs-Susan-Cranfield Ms. Susan Cranfield, secretary to the Board of Governors, is a trustee governor who has been a member of the British School Association for since 1997. She works at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where she is a lecturer in English Language and Translation. She is has held the post of faculty Vice-dean for Quality Assurance and has taken part in national quality assurance and inspection processes. Her main research interests are in the teaching-learning processes for effective language acquisition, and testing, assessment and evaluation. She is the governor representative of the ‘Achieving Potential’ pathway of the BSGC Development Plan. Susan has two sons, one of whom is a former British School pupil now living and working in the UK, and the other currently a pupil at the school.

TRUSTEES

Mrs-Debbie-Davis Ms. Debbie Davies was born in the UK and moved to Spain as a teenager. She holds a qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and has experience of working with Nursery aged children in Spain. She has been a trustee member of the Board of Governors since 2000 and is the designated governor for child protection, as well as being responsible for the Uniform sub-committee. Both her children are former British School pupils. She is currently the official distributor in the Canary Islands for a number of products in the health and fitness sector.
Mr-Richard-Martin Mr. Richard Martin was born and educated in Argentina and then lived and worked in the United Kingdom until he moved to the Spanish mainland in 1975. He has been a member of the Board since 1988 during which time he has served as Parent Governor and Honorary Treasurer and in 2000 was elected Honorary Chairman, serving until he stepped down in the summer of 2012. He remains a life-member of the British School Association and is currently also a member of the Building Project subcommittee. He has lived on the island since 1977 and has run his own business in desalination and water treatment for the past twenty-two years. Richard has a son and a daughter, both of whom attended the school. They each went on to university in England where they now live and work.

PARENTS

Mr-Alfredo-Almeida Mr. Alfredo Almeida has been a member of the Board of Governors since February 2013. He is an air traffic controller at the Canary Island Control Centre en-route division. He has also been responsible for the training and professional development of new controllers arriving at the Gran Canaria Tower. He has a degree in English Linguistics and Literature and has worked as a language teacher at different academies in Madrid. He was awarded colours for excellence in sports by Durham University. He is the governor representative for the fund-raising committee whose current aim is to equip the school’s new science laboratories with the highest quality materials. His daughter and son are in the Primary Department on the Tafira campus.

Mr-Jorge-Gordillo Mr. Jorge Gordillo Luján runs his own business in Gran Canaria. He has a degree in Sociology and Political Science from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and is the founder and chairperson of the Gran Canaria Business Forum. He was elected to the Board of Governors in 2012 and his three children are currently pupils at the school.
Mrs-Julia-Jeppesen Ms. Julia Jeppesen Gutiérrez was elected as a Parent Governor in for the first time in 2012 and is the governor representative for the Social Responsibility pathway of the School Development Plan. She is also a member of the Uniform sub-committee and has two children in the school. She works as a midwife and nurse at the Hospital Universitario Materno-Infantil de Canarias, and is also a lecturer there, teaching first year midwifery at the ‘Labour and Birth Unit’. As part of her teaching role, she mentors two students each year during their work placement at the hospital and tutors their dissertation for examination at the end of their two-year training.

TEACHERS

Ms-Rachael-Harrison Ms Rachael Harrison has been a Primary teacher at the British School since September, 2012 and has taught in both Year 3 and more recently in Year 6. She graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in French and Spanish and, more recently, retrained to be a teacher and completed her PGCE in Primary Education from UWE in Bristol. She taught in schools in the Bristol area before moving to Gran Canaria. She has one son in the Infant department of the school.
Ms-Kelly-Price Ms Kelly Price was born and educated in London. Two years after graduating from St Mary´s College she returned there to train as a teacher and worked in two outstanding Catholic Schools as an ICT and Computer Science teacher. She joined the British School of Gran Canaria as an ICT teacher in 2015 where she has been working on 360 degree classroom support such as creating a YouTube channel and creating online resources using Dropbox. In the future, she hopes to develop an app to support theory revision.

CO-OPT

Ms-Clotilde-Ortiz Ms. Clotilde Ortiz Villas was born in Cartagena, Murcia. She undertook part of her university training in Psychology in England, where she lived and worked for 5 years as a manager of spa facilities in international hotel chains. She then lived in Uruguay for three years before coming to Gran Canaria where she has been living for the last fourteen years. Her son is a pupil at BSGC South. She is currently the managing director of her own spa consultancy and supplies company, founded thirteen years ago, which operates throughout the Canary Islands, employing thirty-five families.
Ms. Monica Vriethoff, like her three brothers, is a former pupil of the British School of Gran Canaria. Monica took her IGCSEs here and went to study an International Baccelaureate in Oxford (at that time, the BSGC did not provide A level studies). She has a degree in European Business Administration from the Universities of Madrid (ICADE) and Middlesex, London. She has worked mostly for multinational companies, leading Sales and Human Resources departments in different countries including Germany and Portugal. She currently works as a consultant and coach for companies and social organisations. She has one son studying in the school and is the governor representative on the school’s Health and Safety Committee.
Ms. Raquel Cabrera, former student of the BGSC, has a daughter currently studying at school. She joined the Board of Governors (where her mother also served during the years she and her brother attended the school) in 2017. She completed her education with the International Baccalaureate at BGSC in 1997 and went on to study medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She specialised in Radiation Oncology in the Hospital Universitario de la Candelaria (Tenerife) in 2009. She now works in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Hospital Dr. Negrin in Gran Canaira where she dedicates her time to the treatment of brain tumours and head and neck cancer.

HEADMASTER

Mr-Julian-Clark Mr. Julian Clark having graduated from University of London and completing his post graduate teaching certification at Exeter University, has been an educator for 30 years, teaching in a range of schools in the UK and other countries. Prior to joining the British School, Julian held the position of Head of Secondary School at St Andrew’s Scots School, a large private bilingual school in Buenos Aires, for 11 years. In January 2012 he moved with his family to Gran Canaria to assume the Headship of BSGC. His son is a pupil the school whilst his two elder daughters are working and studying in Britain.

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