Advisory bodies

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Alongside the Board of Governors, Director General, and Executive Team, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) has councils and boards that support the organization in its functions.

Heads Council

Consisting of 12 members, this council serves as an advisory group to the Director General. It assists with issues that affect IB World Schools.

Members are elected by IB World School heads, with four members from each IB region.

2023 members of the Heads Council

Africa, Europe, Middle East



Helene Bendorff Kristensen
Grenaa Gymnasium, Denmark

Danny Laviolette 
École d'éducation Internationale de Laval, Canada

Vanita Uppal Obe
The British School New Delhi, India
Jane Thompson
American School of Paris, France
Isela Consuegra
Escuela Lomas Altas, Mexico
Susan Just
Lauriston Girls' School, Australia
Chris Ramsey
Whitgift School, UK
Kevin Glass
Atlanta International School, USA
Simon Head 
United World College (UWC) Changshu, China
Monique Flickinger
American Community School of Abu Dabi, United Arab Emirates

Lorna Prado Scott
Santiago College, Chile

Gavin Kinch
ACS (International), Singapore


Examining Board

The IB Examining Board comprises all chief examiners of the IB's Diploma Programme (DP).

It supports the Chief Assessment Officer, a member of the IB's Executive Team, by offering expertise and informed discussion on practices and policy. This helps to maintain the quality and standards of assessments and curricula at the IB.

Its main other activities are to:

  • ensure that all IB examiners can exercise their academic judgment in assessment matters 
  • hold to account their representatives of the Final Award Committee, the body that formally awards the IB diploma and certificates to students, to ensure that academic standards are maintained in DP assessments
  • ensure that the Chief Assessment Officer is aware of any potential academic challenges to the mission of the IB, which is in turn reported to the Board of Governors.

The chief examiners elect a Chair and Vice Chair of the Examing Board, as well as one representative from each of the DP's six subject groups. Those representatives are part of a number of IB committees.

Read about assessment in the DP.