Ian Hunt

Ian Hunt

Chairman of the Board of Governors
Your child’s education is one of the most important responsibilities that you willundertake as a parent.
We appreciate that, which is why I am delighted to welcome you to ourHaileybury schools in Kazakhstan – Haileybury Almaty and Haileybury Astana.
We are passionate about education and our goal is to ensure that each schooloffers the finest quality of academic provision in Central Asia and beyond.
The best way to genuinely understand what we have to offer is to visit one ofour schools.
We recognise that you have a choice of where you educate your children, and we aim to ensure that each one is able to fulfill their own potential and take up their place in an increasingly competitive global society.

Board of Governors

Ian Hunt

Ian Hunt

Chair of the Board of Governors Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty
Ian sits on a number of boards in the UK and the Middle East. He became Chairman in 2017. He is a former investment banker, headmaster of a leading UK independent school, and CEO of the oldest and most respected education consultancy in the world. Ian has led on international educational school projects globally and is a regular contributor to global education debates in the UK National and International press such as The Times, Financial Times, The Telegraph, and Huffington Post.
Martin Collier

Martin Collier

Master Elect of Haileybury UK Governator at Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty
Martin is currently Headmaster at Haileybury UK. He is Vice-Chair of the HMC Academic Policy Sub-Committee, and author and editor of numerous history textbooks.
Alan Piligrim

Alan Piligrim

Governor at Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty
he last twenty years of Alan’s executive career were spent in managing director and chief executive roles in various healthcare service environments including Alliance Medical, Europe’s largest medical imaging group. Alan has a portfolio of business interests in education and healthcare. He has a strong interest in education and is a Governor of four private schools in the UK and overseas. He is Chairman of Council (Governing Body) at Haileybury UK.
Peter Foster OBE

Peter Foster OBE

Governor at Haileybury Almaty and Haileybury Astaba
Peter serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Air Astana, the flag carrier and national airline of Kazakhstan. Peter entered the airline industry immediately after graduating from Cambridge University in 1982. In the 2015 UK New Year’s Honours List Peter was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to British aviation in Kazakhstan. He sits on the marketing committee of the Board.
Matthew Bond

Matthew Bond

Governor at Haileybury Almaty and Haileybury Astana, Chair of Marketing Committee
Matthew is a serial developer and operations start-up manager in a wide range of industries and sectors. Whilst in Turkey and Kazakhstan in his former role as Chief Investment Officer with Capital Partners (developers of Haileybury Almaty), he identifiedand operated a multitude of projects from power plants to ski resorts. Matthew has been part of the team at the heart of the Haileybury schools in Kazakhstan since their inception.
Erlan Ospanov

Erlan Ospanov

Governor at Haileybury Astana
Erlan is responsible for overall management of the Verny Capital Group. Prior to the foundation of Verny Capital, he served as Deputy Director General of the ATF Group Holding Company in Kazakhstan. He graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University’s Department of Robotics. He also received a degree in Finance and Credit from KIMEP University, and an MBA from the University of International Business (Almaty).
Fedor Popandopolou

Fedor Popandopolou

Governor at Haileybury Astana
Feodor is a specialist in corporate finance with over 20 years of experience working with local and international businesses. He joined the Verny Capital team in March 2007 and currently supervises all financial and investment matters for the Group and its companies. He previously worked as Regional CFO for Eureka (Gold) Mining PLC, and regional Finance Director of Celtic Resources Holdings PLC.
Philip Cottam

Philip Cottam

Governor at Haileybury Almaty and Haileybury Astana, Chair of Education Committee
Educated at Wellington, the Sorbonne and Oxford Philip then joined the army. He saw service with the Parachute Brigade, the French Army Mountain School and on combat operations in Northern Ireland and Oman. He then joined Sedbergh School as a housemaster before moving to Stowe as head of history and humanities and later as one of the deputy heads. Appointed Headmaster at Halliford, he became chairman of a society of independent school heads, a board member of the British Independent Schools Council, a school governor, a member of two national committees and a committee member of the Oxford University Education Society.
Paul Watkinson  BSc MBA

Paul Watkinson BSc MBA

Governor at Haileybury Almaty and Haileybury Astana, Chair of Buildings Committee
Since having graduated from the City University Business School in London in 1991 with an MBA, Paul has been employed in managerial position in different leading companies. In 2008 Paul took up the post of Bursar and Clerk for the Governors for Haileybury, having moved from Felsted, a boarding school in England, where he was also Bursar for a number of years.