We have a British style educational management team structure. The management team of each section (Early Years, Primary and Secondary) supervise a team of middle managers, including Family Leaders who are responsible for the wellbeing of the pupils in their family group

Mercedes Hernández Estrada – Head of School

Ms. Mercedes Hernández Estrada joined the school for the 18/19 academic year. Her previous role was CEO of Pioneer Educational Trust in Windsor and Slough and executive principal. She has worked in UK schools since the late 80s after completing her Philology degree and CAP at Oviedo University. She has been a Lead Practitioner for Curriculum Design and Leadership and recently, as National Leader in Education, she has supported schools, the Spanish and UK ministries and the Comunidad de Madrid.

Mr. Simon Lambert - Deputy Head Operations

Simon Lambert comes to Madrid following similar roles in China, Romania, the UK and Qatar. Prior to working in education Simon spent twenty years working in national and international media. He was born and educated in the UK and holds a first degree in English and an MBA from Aston University. He has two grown-up children, one a Doctor and the other a Detective in the Police – his partner is a lawyer. In his spare time he enjoys all sports, particularly football and golf.

Pamela O´Brien – Head of Secondary

Pamela O´Brien – Deputy Head Pastoral

Ms O’Brien joined our school in 2005 and became Head of Secondary in 2010. She has worked for the British Council since 1994, starting as an English teacher at the Madrid Young Learner Centre and holding various positions, including Director of Studies at the Barcelona Young Learner Centre. 

Brian Lynch - Deputy Head Academic

Brian joined the British Council School as Deputy Head with responsibility for Academic aspects in September 2020. He is excited to work as part of a great team of staff at an institution with such a rich history of success. His experience has been in UK schools, being part of several successful Senior Leadership Teams for the past 10 years. He looks forward to learning from the traditions and standards of our school and sharing his own knowledge and skills from his time in UK education.

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Catherine Stewart – Head of Early Years

Ms Stewart joined the our school in 2007 as a Year 1 teacher, became a Family Leader and has subsequently worked on the Primary Senior Management Team. Before joining our school, Catherine worked in the UK, Peru and The Netherlands and also worked on the Spanish Ministry of Education Bilingual Curriculum Project.

Joanne Brindle – Head of Primary

Joanne Brindle Head of Primary since 2016. With over 30 years in Education, Excellent Practitioner accreditation from Roehampton University and a Master’s in Leadership for Learning, Joanne maintains her passion for learning.  She frequently shares her experiences in Education Conferences, and leads Teacher training sessions committed to developing child centred education and professional fulfilment.

Sharon Conlisk - Head of Secondary

Ms Conlisk has worked in the British Council since 2006, first as an English Language teacher at the Somosaguas Teaching Centre before moving to the School in 2009 to teach English and History. After 4 years as Key Stage 3 Leader, she was appointed Head of Secondary in September 2020. Ms Conlisk is passionate about working with and listening to young people, and ensuring that they are given the opportunities to achieve their goals.

Pablo Estrada - Head of Marketing and Communications

Pablo has a BA in Journalism from the University Complutense of Madrid. With over 15 years of experience holding several Marketing and Communications management positions he has spent the last six as Marketing & Communications Manager for an international group of schools. Pablo joined the British Council School in September 2020.