Senior Leadership Team
Find out more about the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
Carolyn Adams – Director of Strategy Development and Execution
Carolyn Adams, the IB's Director of Strategy Development and Execution, was previously the organization's Chief Assessment Officer.
Before the IB, which she joined in 2009, Carolyn was Examinations Director for AQA, the largest of the UK awarding organizations, where she was responsible for the successful delivery of around 4 million GCE A-level and GCSE results each year.
She has worked in virtually all aspects of assessment and curriculum development in a career spanning 30 years and a number of awarding organizations.
Prior to this she had a brief period as a secondary school teacher in England (teaching in the same school as the former IB Director General, George Walker, though joining it just after he left).
Carolyn has a BA in history from the University of Sheffield and a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and an MA in history from the University of Windsor, Ontario.
Thaimur Changezi – Chief Financial and Business Officer
Thaimur joined the IB in June of 2016 as Director of Finance and Procurement in the IB Global Centre in Singapore. He has over 21 years of experience in finance, and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role at the IB. Thaimur has worked in the private sector in the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Asia Pacific, in areas ranging from business development and manufacturing to oil and gas. He holds a Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree in Finance.
As Chief Financial and Business Officer, Thaimur heads a team of over 80 people spread throughout IB Global Centres all over the world, covering Finance, IT operations, Facilities, Risk and Travel.
Dr Rebecca Hughes – Chief Officer of Learning and Teaching
Dr Rebecca Hughes joined the IB in December 2017 as Chief Officer of Learning and Teaching. Rebecca is a published academic and an expert in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching. She spent the past 25 years researching students’ needs and developing international education programmes at Nottingham and Sheffield Universities, and - most recently - at the British Council. There, she was Global Director of Education, heading a team focused on internationalizing education, creating high level partnerships, and sharing the UK’s expertise and innovation globally. Her team supported Ministerial level bilateral agreements, developed curriculum resources and opened up opportunities for international collaboration and professional development to support improvements in teaching and learning. Rebecca helped set up the national #weareinternational campaign in support of international students in the UK, was the sector lead for the Erasmus Plus National Agency and the UK’s ‘Education is GREAT’ campaign, and has held advisory roles with the OECD, Swedish Foundation for Research in Internationalisation of Higher Education (STINT), Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was Co-Chair of the UK’s Department for Education’s International Education Advisory Working Group. Dr Hughes holds an Honorary Chair as Professor of Applied Linguistics and International Education at the University of Nottingham. She holds a bachelor's and a doctorate degree from Oxford University.
Andrew Macdonald – Chief Schools Officer
Andrew Macdonald joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2014 as the Chief Schools Officer (CSO). He leads a team of 200 employees in the US, The Netherlands, Singapore, and Wales who are dedicated to serving over 4,500 IB World Schools attended by over one million IB students worldwide. As CSO, Macdonald oversees IB professional development, school authorization, ongoing support services to IB World Schools, and marketing and development.
Andrew has a combination of commercial and educational experience spanning over two decades. He has helped lead mission-driven organizations in North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia, covering international education, literacy improvement, computer-based assessment, and online learning. Working for such organizations as Renaissance Learning, Kaplan Virtual Education and Wilson Language Training, he developed significant cross-functional experience in marketing, business development, logistics, HR, IT, academic services, finance, and customer service.
Dr. Macdonald holds a B.A. from Drew University in Madison, NJ, an M.B.A. from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and an Ed.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research topic is entitled; Teacher Leadership and the Integration of Technology: Colliding Areas of Reform.
Paula Wilcock – Chief Assessment Officer
Paula Wilcock is the IB's Chief Assessment Officer, providing overall functional leadership and direction for the Assessment Division.
She brings over 20 years of experience to her new role including positions in school, college and professional and awarding body organizations. She has international experience through assignments in the Middle East, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.
Paula has an MBA in Educational Management and is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.