St. Michael's International School


SMIS Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board: Mr. Satoru Hamada. English instructor

Satoru has the longest connection to SMIS, having entered in 1949, soon after the School was founded, and graduated in 1958. He was appointed by Miss Lea to serve on the Council when it was established in 1970 and joined the Board on its establishment in 2008. He is a founding member of The Breeze alumni publication (1969).  As Chair of the Board, Satoru attends all committee meetings. Satoru previously worked as an international trader, college instructor, and STEP One interviewer.


Ms. Gill Tyrer. Head of School

As Head of School, Gill is a member of the Board, Council and all sub-committees of the Council. Her role is to make the Board aware of the needs of the School Community and any developments in international education.
As the most visible face of governance at the School, Gill also presents Board policies and decisions to staff,
pupils and parents.

Rt. Rev. Andrew Y. Nakamura. Bishop of Kobe, NSKK, Anglican Church in Japan

St. Michael’s International School was established in 1946 by the diocese of Kobe. Since that date, the Bishop of Kobe has been involved in the governance of the School. Bishop Andrew has been on the Board since 2004 when he was consecrated and installed as Bishop of Kobe. He serves on the Finance and Marketing Committee.


Rev. Paul Tolhurst. Centre Manager / Assistant Chaplain at The Mission to Seafarers, Kobe

Paul is currently the School Chaplain but has been on the Council at SMIS since 2007, and on the Board of Trustees since 2010. Before coming to Kobe, he worked with The Mission to Seafarers in Southampton and Yokohama, and was a Territorial Army officer.


Chair of the Council: Mr. Peter Mallett. Associate Professor, Kobe Shoin Women’s University. Freelance writer

Peter came to Japan in 1984 and was elected to the Board of Trustees as Chair of the Council of SMIS in 2008.
He is also Chair of the Education and Governance Committee, the Fundraising Committee and the 70th Gala Committee. Formerly the arts editor of Kansai Time Out, Peter has written for many publications in Japan and abroad. He is the founder of the Kobe Shoin Japan-Cambodia Project, assisting impoverished girls in rural Cambodia to get an education.


Mrs.Tazu Makino. Alumna

Tazu has a long and distinguished association with St. Michael's International School as both an alumna and retired member of both the IS and ELS staff.  Tazu provides both continuity and historical perspective for the Council and is Chair of the St. Michael's Association (formerly the Alumni of St Michael’s).


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