New Staff and Board Members

Over the past few months, we have been pleased to welcome several new staff to our teaching and residential teams. In addition, three new members have joined the Townshend board, bringing valuable expertise to help spearhead the school's growth.

Teaching Staff


Mr. Vinod Williams, from Brisbane, Australia


Mr. Williams will be teaching maths and ICT and brings over 25 years of experience, having previously taught in North Queensland, Zambia, Toowoomba, Warwick and Brisbane.


He enjoys football, cricket and basketball, which there should be plenty of opportunity for in the coming months.



Residential Staff



Mrs. Maaret Elfving, from Helsinki, Finland


In January we were delighted to welcome back Mrs. Maaret Elfving to the role of boy’s dormitory mother. As a former dorm parent with a background in community education, she brings valuable insight and experience to the role. Maaret is remembered fondly by many Townshend alumni, and has already made a wonderful impression on our current students in the short time she has been here.

From left to right: Daniel, Maaret, and Nuradin

Mr. Daniel Williams, from Australia & the Czech Republic


Daniel graduated from Townshend in 2016, and is currently in the 4th year of his civil engineering degree at the University of Glasgow. His studies have moved online, and we are therefore very happy to have him here with us.


Daniel's interests include football and gym; we are very thankful to him for keeping our boarders energised and motivated.



Mr. Nuradin Gutzwiller-Malakut, from Switzerland


Nuradin is another Townshend alumnus from 2016, and has been living in Switzerland since graduating. We are very happy to have him on the team, and are thankful for his calm and thoughtful demeanour.


Board Members



Mrs. Fiona Young


Fiona has more than 18 years of service in interpersonal and commercial mediation, coaching and consultancy on workplace ethics and conflict resolution, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the esteemed existing Board.

Since December 2020, Fiona has been working closely with the Board, reviewing our protocols and providing trainings on safeguarding to TIS staff, students and parents. Fiona’s addition to the Board is in line with our commitment to effective governance of the school and strengthening the position of TIS as a global leader in primary education.

Fiona is a UK qualified solicitor, has a Post Graduate Diploma on ADR from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelor of Law from University of Liverpool.



Mr. Stefan Spiegel


Stefan has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in digital transformation and online marketing, and brings profound expertise to the Board of Governors.


Stefan's addition to the Board is in line with our engagement to solidify the school's digital backbone and strengthen its position as a global leader in education.

Stefan is a successful entrepreneur in the field of digital marketing, service design and online sales & CRM strategy. Stefan holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations from University of Tübingen.



Mr. Pejman Vargahi


Pejman has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, automotive, and primary education.


Setting up his business at the age of 17, Pejman is a serial entrepreneur with a successful footprint in the UK and across Bulgaria. Pejman holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering.