The School’s Executive Team

Dr Edward Groughan

Head of School

Summary Dr Edward Groughan commenced as Principal of AIS in July 2017. He is no stranger to the world of international education, having been a Principal at four well-regarded schools across Australia and Asia (Pulteney Grammar School and Pedare Christian College in South Australia; Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland and Dulwich College in Shanghai). […]

2022 Head of School | Principal | Managing Director - Operations

dr edward groughan

Dr Edward Groughan

Head of School

adam patterson

Adam Patterson


PJ Roberts

PJ Roberts

Managing Director - Operations

Early Years Leadership Team

eromie dassanayake

Eromie Dassanayake

Head of Early Years

James Holmes

James Holmes

Deputy Head of the Early Years


Anna Ciezczyk

Assistant Head of Early Years

Elementary School Leadership Team

emma mcaulay

Emma McAulay

Head of Elementary


Niral Patel

Deputy Head of Elementary

david kainey

David Kainey

Assistant Head of Elementary (Welfare)

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill

Assistant Head of Elementary (Curriculum)

ian ward

Ian Ward

Assistant Head of Elementary (Logistics & Admissions)

brady cline

Brady Cline

Assistant Head of Elementary (Curriculum)

Secondary School Leadership Team

brad birb

Brad Bird

Head of Secondary

scott murphy

Scott Murphy

Deputy Head of Secondary (Wellbeing)

john garder

John Gardner

Assistant Head of Secondary (Academics)

Sean Begley

Seán Begley

Assistant Head of Secondary (Teaching & Learning)


Oonagh McGarrity

Assistant Head of Secondary (Operations & Logistics)

Our School Management Team

School Directors / Managers

The Australian International School is owned by Australian International School Pte Ltd, a Singapore based company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cognita Asia Holdings Pte Ltd. The Directors / Managers of the Australian International School Pte Ltd are:


  • Eric Van Den Berg


  • Stuart Millman

The AIS Cognita Advisory Board has appointed the following as members of the Academic and Examination Board as required by the Private Education Act.

The Academic Board

  • Dr Edward Groughan: Head of School
  • Mr Adam Patterson, Principal
  • Mr Brad Bird: Head of Secondary
  • Ms Emma McAulay: Head of Elementary
  • Ms Eromie Dassanayake: Deputy Head of Early Years


Duties Of The Academic Board

The Academic Board looks into the academic quality and rigour of AIS. Its responsibilities include:

  • Developing the policies and procedures to ensure academic quality and rigour such as:
  • Ensuring that the content and duration of the modules or subjects, as well as the school entry and graduation requirements of the course are appropriate; and
  • Approving the deployment of teachers based on the requirements stipulated by the Committee for Private Education
  • Facilitating the implementation and ensuring AIS complies with the policies and procedures developed; and
  • Reviewing, at least once a year, the academic policies and procedures.

The Examination Board

  • Dr Edward Groughan: Head of School
  • Mr Adam Patterson: Principal
  • Mr Brad Bird: Head of Secondary
  • Ms Emma McAulay: Head of Elementary

Duties Of The Examination Board

The Examination Board is in charge of the development of examination and assessment procedures, such as developing and facilitating the implementation of procedures to:

  • Ensure the security of examination scripts and answer scripts;
  • Ensure the proper conduct of examinations and assessments;
  • Define and ensure the proper discharge of duties and responsibilities of invigilators and markers;
  • Conduct moderation of examination and assessment marks; and
  • Handle appeals from students with regard to examination or assessment matters.

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