About International Confederation of Principals
The ICP is the only global association that brings together the representatives of school principals organisations from all over the world to discuss the challenges facing school leaders wherever they work.
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Who we are?
The International Confederation of Principals
ICP was established in 1990 by Principal Associations from 10 countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, USSR, United Kingdom and United States of America – as the peak global organisation for principals. Today ICP reaches out across four regions of the globe.
ICP is non political and non sectoral with members from government and non government sectors and from primary and secondary schools.
The ICP is dedicated to the development, support and promotion of school leadership globally.
Constitution & By Laws
Nomination for Life Membership
Alta van Heerden (South Africa) President (2019 – 2021) additional year due to pandemic.
Awarded posthumous October 2022.
Sheree Vertigan AM (Australia) Executive Secretary (2014 – 2022)
Fiona Forbes ( Australia) President (2017 & 2018)
Rob Nairn (Australia) Past Executive Member
Ari Pokka (Finland) President (2015 & 2016)
Lisa Vincent (Canada) President (2014 & 2013)
Virginia O’Mahony (Ireland) President (2012 & 2011)
Andrew Blair AM (Australia) President (2011 & 2010)
Kathleen Griffin (United Kingdom – in absentia) President (2009 & 2008)
David Wylde ( South Africa) President (2007 & 2006)
Vicki Shannon (Canada) Past Executive Member
Sean Cottrell ( Ireland) Past Executive Member
Belinda Charles ( Singapore) Past Executive Member
Edie Jacobs ( South Africa) Past Executive Member
Nola Hambleton (New Zealand) Past President (2003-2004)
Jack Delaney (United States of America) Past President (1997- 1998)
Rob McConchie (Australia) Past President (1995-1996)
Jean- Jacques Streuli (Switzerland) Past President ((1990 – 1994)
Service to ICP (Special Award)
Tsutomi Shiozaki (Japan) awarded 2017
Dr Indu Khetarpal (India) awarded 2022
Clive Byrne ( Ireland) awarded 2022
- Dr Peter Kent, United Kingdom ( 2022 – 2023)
- Alta van Heerden, South Africa (2019 – 2021) * extended term in office due to pandemic.
- Fiona Forbes, Australia (2017-2018)
- Ari Pokka, Finland (2015-2016)
- Lisa Vincent, Canada (2013 – 2014)
- Virginia O’Mahony, Ireland (2011 – 2012)
- Andrew Blair, Australia (2009 – 2010)
- Kathleen Griffin, United Kingdom (2007 – 2008)
- David Wylde, South Africa (2005 – 2006)
- Nola Hambleton, New Zealand (2003 – 2004)
- Ken Ahn, South Korea (2001 – 2002)
- Antero Penttilä, Finland (1999 – 2000)
- Jack Delaney, USA (1997 – 1998)
- Rob Mc Conchie, Australia (1995 – 1996)
- Jean Jacques Streuli, Switzerland (1990 – 1994)
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