Head of School Search
Mulgrave School’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Davis to succeed John Wray as Head of School, effective July 2023.
Craig was Mulgrave’s Senior School Principal (2014-17) and knows the school’s community and culture well. Before and since, Craig has proven himself in international school leadership at renowned schools and organisations such as West Island School in Hong Kong (Vice Principal and IB DP Coordinator), Tanglin Trust in Singapore (Vice Principal), Dulwich College International (Director of Education), and most recently, Pearson College, United World College (President and Head of College). Craig is deeply committed to the International Baccalaureate programme and viewed globally as a highly-respected education leader. A more detailed bio is available here.
The appointment follows an extensive, world-wide search which was founded on a consultative process with Mulgrave’s community (including with families, faculty and staff, students, and alumni). The Board focused on traits and characteristics identified through these meetings and surveys: a strong personal alignment with Mulgrave’s values, a commitment to student wellbeing and advancing DEIJ, a global perspective on education, the capacity to continue to grow Mulgrave as a world-class international school, and a leadership style in alignment with Mulgrave’s culture. Throughout the many steps, the Board found Craig to be an exceptional strategic visionary, engaging people-leader, student and community-centric educator, with a commitment to lead Mulgrave in the long-term.
John Wray will continue to lead Mulgrave for the coming school year with his trademark commitment, energy, and student-centric, values-driven approach.
Letters to the Community
John Wray’s Letter/Video to the Community, October 20, 2021
Gopi Chande’s Letter to the Community on behalf of the Board, October 21, 2021
Consultation Survey & Open Door Sessions, November 4, 2021
Consultation Summary, December 15, 2021
Launch of Recruitment Efforts, January 13, 2022
Community Update, February 24, 2022
Community Update, April 21, 2022
Announcement, May 30, 2022
Community members can reach out to the Board at email@example.com
Mulgrave’s Board of Directors has the responsibility to steer the Head of School search and decide who will carry us forward after John’s departure. A committee (Gopi Chande, Harry Wierenga, Beier Cai, and Kate Hoogendoorn, chaired by Malik Talib) will provide oversight of the process.
After a systematic review, the Board engaged leading international search firm Perrett Laver. Lucy Hayes, Partner and Head of their Global Schools Practice, has led the process. She has been involved in recent Head searches for Saint George’s, Crofton House, Pearson College UWC in Victoria, and the IB Organisation with successful results, and her international experience includes appointments at YK Pao School in Shanghai, the United World College of South East Asia, and the International School of Geneva.
Following an extensive consultation process, our Selection Committee of parent board members (Gopi Chande, Beier Cai, Roz Seyednejad), two faculty, and a student performed various aspects of the process ultimately making a recommendation to the Board. This team has been chaired by Malik Talib.
Our Candidate Brief was released in early January and shares information about Mulgrave, the role, and the expected attributes and experiences of potential candidates.
Mulgrave’s community of students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff, and alumni all have an important role to play in this process. In November 2021, the Board invited input via a community survey and a series of small group consultations with Lucy Hayes from Perrett Laver. Through these mechanisms, they gathered thoughts about the opportunities and challenges facing the school in the next decade, as well as views on the leadership attributes and characteristics needed to fulfill Mulgrave’s mission and vision and accomplish the strategic plan. The results informed the Candidate Brief which guided the search process.
The search process has spanned eight months, which is typical for Head of School searches. The following are related key milestones and events:
- Are there opportunities for community members to participate in the search process?
- How will COVID impact the search? Isn’t it hard to hire a new Head when our top candidates might not be able to travel easily to the school?
- Why are we undertaking a global search? Mulgrave has a Deputy Head of School and two Assistant Heads...doesn’t that give us an internal succession plan?
- Is the Board qualified to make this decision for Mulgrave?
- If John isn’t leaving Mulgrave until the summer of 2023, why are we starting this process now?
- What opportunities will there be to wish John well and celebrate his accomplishments?
- How will the recent rollout of the Strategic Plan (2021-2024) impact the new Head of School?
- If we have questions or want to provide feedback, who should we speak with?