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ISJ November 2013: Historical vignette – Dr T Michael Maybury


Niall Nelson


For more than two decades prior to his retirement in 2004, Mike Maybury was one of the most visible and influential figures on the international school stage. Fourteen of those years saw him as Executive Secretary of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), before which he led international schools on three continents and made significant contributions to the development of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Mike’s outstanding service to ECIS, and to the wider field of international education, was recognized by the well-merited award of ECIS Honorary Membership at the April 2013 Berlin leadership conference. I had the pleasure and honour of introducing Mike and speaking about his illustrious career. Afterwards, I was requested by ISJ’s editor to expand my remarks into this historical vignette and in doing so have drawn heavily on the help and recollections of former colleagues.