The Headteacher is responsible for the direct control and running of the school. General policy is decided by the School Advisory Board and financial and practical management is carried out by the Board of Directors. Membership of these bodies is laid down in the College’s constitution.

Members of the King’s College Panama Advisory Board are:


Dr Ian Collard

HMA Dr. Ian Collard

British Ambassador to Panama

Dr Collard joined the FCO in 2002. He has carried out a variety of roles both in the FCO and overseas, with a focus on foreign and security policy in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. His most recent role was leading the department responsible for the UK’s relationships with the United States and Canada. During the summer of 2012, Dr Collard oversaw international aspects of the safety and security of the Olympic Games in the FCO’s Counter-Terrorism Department. Before joining the FCO, Dr Collard worked for Lloyd’s List newspaper and briefly with Imperial Oil in Canada.

Sir Roger Fry CBE, D Litt.

Roger Fry was born in Portsmouth and educated in England before entering the teaching profession. In the late 1960’s he moved to Spain and in 1969 founded King’s College, The British School of Madrid. He subsequently founded five other schools in three countries: Spain and Panama.

In 1981 he founded the British Hispanic Foundation in Madrid

From 1996 to 2011 he was chairman of the Council of British International Schools and is now its President.

In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to UK Education Internationally and to UK-Spain Cultural Relations.

Mr. Jorge Nicolau OBE

C.E.O of Cable and Wireless Panama.

Jorge Nicolau has worked for Cable & Wireless Panama since 1999 holding several positions such as Executive Director Mobile and EVP Human Resources. In January 2007, CWI appointed him as the first Panamanian Chief Executive Officer of its operations in Panama.

Jorge was Director for Sears Roebuck & Co (USA) in Puerto Rico. Also, from 1974 to 1991 he held managerial regional positions as COO for Colombia and Peru, COO for Central America & Panama, Regional Administrator of Merchandise, Regional Auditor and Comptroller for the Sears Group in Panama.

He was the former President of the Inter-American Council of Commerce & Production (CICYP). He is an active member in organisations such as the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE) and the Panama South Rotary Club.

Dr. John Edward Meredith CBE

Deputy Chairman and Non-executive Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust.

Dr. Meredith, has been Deputy Chairman and a Non-executive Director of the Trustee-Manager since February 2011. He is a non-independent non-executive director of Westport Holdings Berhad and holds senior management positions in other companies within worldwide operations of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (“HPH”). Dr. Meredith became a non-executive deputy chairman of HPH on 1 January 2014. He graduated from the University of Southampton as a Master Mariner and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree awarded by the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Dr. Meredith has received a number of awards and recognitions for his services to the international maritime industry and as a pioneer in containerisation. In August 2013, he was conferred the National Decoration of Grand Officer of the Order of Vasco Núñez de Balboa from the President of Panama and in June 2011, he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

Ms Olga Sinclair

World renowned Panamanian Artist.

Olga Sinclair, was born in Panama. Her first art lessons began with her father, painter Alfredo Sinclair. At the early age of fourteen she participated in a group exhibition with renowned Panamanian artists. In 1976, she began her studies in the School of Applied Arts and Works in Madrid, and followed a three years training in classic designs (at Arjona Studios). In Amsterdam, she studied the Great Dutch Masters of the XVIII Century. At age eighteen she held her first individual exhibition in Panama.

In 1979, she joined Santa Maria la Antigua University, in Panama, and obtained her grade in Interior Design. In 1982, she follows engraving courses with Maestro Giangrandi. She returns to Europe in 1985; in London, she resumes her studies, she works, presents an exhibition and had her first encounter with Francis Bacon’s works at Tate Gallery

Engineer Herman Bern

Eng. Herman Bern

Owner and Chairman of Bern Empresas. Construction, resorts, hotels.


Ms. Robyn Goldsmith

British Consulate General Director for Latin America

Ms Goldsmith leads teams in 18 countries, from Mexico to Argentina. She joined the Foreign Office from college and for two years filled in for staff on leave from various corners of the globe, including Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. She was then posted to the NATO section working on contingency planning and crisis exercises.

Her job now is to lead consular teams based in embassies, high commissions or consulates across Latin and South America who provide support to UK nationals. She has 40 consular staff and 119 honorary consuls in the region.

Mr. Andrew Mullen M.B.E

President of CSC Securities.

Mr. Brett R. Patton

International Lawyer and founding partner of Patton Moreno and Asvat

Ms. Elena Benito (CEO)

Ms Elena Benito is the CEO of King’s Group, where she joined in 2011. Previous to joining our Group, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam, and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants. She holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, and a degree in Law from the UNED. She won her MBA from ESADE in 2009.