Senior Leadership Team

The GESS Senior Leadership Team consists of the Principal, the Academic Director and the General Manager. The Academic Director and the General
Manager report to the Principal. The Senior Leadership Team functions as the decision making body for the whole school to ensure the school’s mission, vision and strategic educational and organisational goals are achieved.

Stefan Pauli

Principle of GESS

Education:
1st and 2nd state examination for teaching at Secondary School level in the subjects of Social Sciences and PE at the University of Cologne, 2nd state examination for vocational education in the subject of Economics at RWTH Aachen University.

Work experience and professional focus:

Stefan Pauli was Principal of the Walter-Eucken-Schule in Karlsruhe for seven years and managing Principal of the vocational school of the city of Karlsruhe for 5 years before joining GESS in 2021. Prior to that, he lived in Hong Kong for eight years and was not only Head of the vocational branch at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong, but played a significant role in building up the vocational department.

Earlier stations took him first to Cologne and Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia for his studies, to Wittenberge in Brandenburg for his first teaching job and later to Cottbus, where he relatively quickly became Head of Department at the Kaufmännisches Oberstufenzentrum.


To Mr Pauli it is very important that the school nurtures the community thinking. All school community members - students, teachers, administration staff and other staff members should support, appreciate and trust each other. This also applies to parents. There is a zero tolerance for bullying at his school and conflicts should be solved where they occur. Mistakes are part of the learning process. However, one should learn from their mistakes so that they will not be repeated.

Mr Pauli trusts his staff, who are as experts in their field responsible for their department, and is happy to assist where support is needed to further develop GESS, which is one of the top schools for European languages in Singapore. The focus lies on the aspect of Academic Excellence; each student should achieve their best individual academic result at GESS according to his/her own abilities.

Joram Hutchins

Academic Director

Education:

  • Master of Education (MEd), University of Tasmania
  • Global education and leadership


Work experience and professional focus:

With almost twenty years of experience working as an educator in Singapore, Joram has been a member of the GESS faculty since 2009 and has held various positions before becoming the Academic Director in February 2022. He has overseen the school's successful reaccreditation with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Joram works closely with highly skilled colleagues to ensure effective staff recruitment, timetable, educational technology, professional development, child safeguarding, library, sports, and arts are developed across the school. His focus lies in improving teaching and learning at GESS to achieve the school’s strategic plan and become one of the leading educational institutions in Singapore.


Maclean Braganza

General Manager of GESS

Education:
Master of Business Administration, James Cook University, Australia

Work experience and professional focus:

Maclean has 16 years of experience in the international education sector. He joined GESS in 2016 and held various senior management functions at the School. Maclean has overseen the school’s transformation from a small to a large school and looks after all the business operations of the school. His focus lies on improving the student and parent experience through the implementation of the school’s strategic plan. He is passionate to drive change for GESS to emerge amongst the premier holistic international schools in Singapore

Maclean works collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Governors at GESS and values the school’s not-for-profit orientation built with German and European foundations.

Education:
1st and 2nd state examination for teaching at Secondary School level in the subjects of Social Sciences and PE at the University of Cologne, 2nd state examination for vocational education in the subject of Economics at RWTH Aachen University.

Work experience and professional focus:

Stefan Pauli was Principal of the Walter-Eucken-Schule in Karlsruhe for seven years and managing Principal of the vocational school of the city of Karlsruhe for 5 years before joining GESS in 2021. Prior to that, he lived in Hong Kong for eight years and was not only Head of the vocational branch at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong, but played a significant role in building up the vocational department.

Earlier stations took him first to Cologne and Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia for his studies, to Wittenberge in Brandenburg for his first teaching job and later to Cottbus, where he relatively quickly became Head of Department at the Kaufmännisches Oberstufenzentrum.


To Mr Pauli it is very important that the school nurtures the community thinking. All school community members - students, teachers, administration staff and other staff members should support, appreciate and trust each other. This also applies to parents. There is a zero tolerance for bullying at his school and conflicts should be solved where they occur. Mistakes are part of the learning process. However, one should learn from their mistakes so that they will not be repeated.

Mr Pauli trusts his staff, who are as experts in their field responsible for their department, and is happy to assist where support is needed to further develop GESS, which is one of the top schools for European languages in Singapore. The focus lies on the aspect of Academic Excellence; each student should achieve their best individual academic result at GESS according to his/her own abilities.

Education:

  • Master of Education (MEd), University of Tasmania
  • Global education and leadership


Work experience and professional focus:

With almost twenty years of experience working as an educator in Singapore, Joram has been a member of the GESS faculty since 2009 and has held various positions before becoming the Academic Director in February 2022. He has overseen the school's successful reaccreditation with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Joram works closely with highly skilled colleagues to ensure effective staff recruitment, timetable, educational technology, professional development, child safeguarding, library, sports, and arts are developed across the school. His focus lies in improving teaching and learning at GESS to achieve the school’s strategic plan and become one of the leading educational institutions in Singapore.


Education:
Master of Business Administration, James Cook University, Australia

Work experience and professional focus:

Maclean has 16 years of experience in the international education sector. He joined GESS in 2016 and held various senior management functions at the School. Maclean has overseen the school’s transformation from a small to a large school and looks after all the business operations of the school. His focus lies on improving the student and parent experience through the implementation of the school’s strategic plan. He is passionate to drive change for GESS to emerge amongst the premier holistic international schools in Singapore

Maclean works collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Governors at GESS and values the school’s not-for-profit orientation built with German and European foundations.