speaker photo

Colin Bell

CEO - Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Colin has been COBIS CEO since 2010. Alongside a talented Executive Team and Board, he works with and supports students, teachers, leaders, support staff and governors from high quality British international schools in more than 80 countries worldwide.


Prior to COBIS, Colin taught in the UK, Far East and Europe and has led educational projects in the UK and internationally, working with the DfE, Government Office for London, British Council and other global partners. Much of this has focused on school improvement, safeguarding, student and teacher well-being and professional development across the school workforce.

Safeguarding is of paramount importance to COBIS. Connected to this, Colin is a founding member of the International Task Force on Child Protection. In addition, Colin is a Director of IStip, a Governor and Trustee of the British School in Tokyo and an appointed member of the Ministerially chaired, Education Advisory Group, for the UK Department for International Trade.