The School Safety Spot Team
DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT
Founder / Lead Consultant
Mark Hevland is the Director of Risk Management at International School Bangkok. He is a steering committee member of the Asia School Institute for Safety and Security, a member of the International task force on Child Protection, and an Advisory board member of the Global Safeguarding Collaborative. After 20+ years in Law Enforcement and emergency services in the State of Oregon, USA, Mark, and his family moved overseas to South Korea, where his wife was hired as an elementary school teacher. There, he started adapting his years of training and experience to support schools in safety and risk management. From South Korea, he moved to Shanghai, where he worked at Shanghai American School, covering two campuses. In 2016, Mark and his wife adopted their daughter in China and then moved to Thailand with her and their son. Mark is passionate about supporting other schools and continually trying to improve systems to make them easier for teachers.
Ann Marie Simpson is the Director of Risk Management at The International School of Kuala Lumpur. She is a steering committee member of the Asia School Institute for Safety and Security. She has worked in the private, government, and educational sectors covering Risk and Crisis Management, among a variety of other duties, for 14 years. She has worked for different organizations in Mexico and the United States before. In 2018 she and her family relocated to Kuala Lumpur to serve in the U.S. Embassy alongside her husband, who was assigned to The Office of Defense Cooperation under the US Navy. In her role at ISKL she works closely with Malaysian Authorities, the Diplomatic Corps, the Regional Security Office in the U.S. Embassy, and the ISKL community at large to ensure the Health and Safety of all students, faculty, and staff. She enjoys cultivating relationships between government agencies, expatriate families, and the host country to bring an understanding and appreciation of Malaysia and SE Asia as a whole to all community members.
ANN MARIE SIMPSON
DIRECTOR RISK MANAGEMENT
Consultant / Subject Matter Expert
Tim is currently working as Operations Manager at KIS international School Bangkok, where he has lived since 2010. He previously worked as a Police Officer for Bedfordshire Police in England where he received extensive training and experience in crisis management, evidence gathering and investigation, gaining two Chief Constable Awards in the process. Tim has completed both the International General Certificate and Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, through the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Tim has continued his professional development, completing the IOSH certified BS OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor course, Safety Officer Management Level (Siam Safety) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 3 Food Safety Certificate. Tim is also a trained Operational Playground Inspector through the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Tim developed the health and safety system for Harrow Bangkok, and provided risk management advice through inspections, reviews and completion of risk assessment reports for the Harrow group, identifying hazards, level of risk, priorities, and how to develop a positive health and safety culture. Tim has built a reputation as being an authority in Health and Safety within the international school environment, organizing and co-hosting health and safety conferences, and is part of the OFFSEAS (Outdoor Forum for South East Asian Schools) committee, and in 2016 winning 'Best Practice Aware for Personal Leadership and Strategy from the Thailand Facility Management Association, appearing in the Royal Charted Institute of Surveyors magazine discussing the challenges of managing health and safety in Asia
Michelle Byrom is the Health Services Coordinator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. She is a US Registered Nurse with over 28 years of experience. Michelle’s professional work includes women’s health, infectious disease, family practice, and pediatrics. Her family’s service in the US Air Force allowed them to live and work throughout the United States and, most recently, Kuala Lumpur. Michelle enjoys the dynamic and diverse environment of the international school system and the challenges it presents. Michelle thrives when sharing her expertise with others. For Michelle, a knowledgeable community is a safer community.
HEALTH SERVICES COORDINATOR
Consultant / Subject Matter Expert
June is a UK Registered Nurse who has overseen health provision across 3 large International Schools in South East Asia since 2012. Her hospital-based experience spans 17 years, with 3 years of adult and 14 years of acute pediatric experience. In addition, June also worked in the community providing respite care for children with severe learning disabilities and complex health needs for 3 years. Along with her nursing experience, June holds Diplomas in Counseling Psychology and Youth Management, and in recent years has focused on adolescent mental health issues and child safeguarding, working as a volunteer for charities that support vulnerable children in London. In her consulting work, June advocates a holistic approach to the design and implementation of health frameworks in schools. Central to her approach is an intimate understanding of the cultural and medical-legal context in which clients operate. June’s unique expertise helps clients balance financial costs with their duty of care obligations, ensuring student health needs can be met in harmony with country-specific compliance and internal cost control.
Consultant / Subject Matter Expert
Dr. Keith Collins has over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience. Keith has been a school leader in the United States, China, and Thailand in both public and private schools. Keith was the Director of Student Services and Designated Safeguarding Lead at International School Bangkok from 2019-2023. In this role, he was responsible for supporting the learning, social-emotional, and linguistic needs of students as well as maintaining a robust Safeguarding program for all students. Prior to this, Keith was a Vice Principal at International School Bangkok (2016-2019), International School of Beijing (2012-2016), and at Yowell Elementary (2008-2012) in Virginia, USA. Keith has also taught Elementary and Middle School.
Keith holds a Doctorate in Education, School Leadership and Policy Studies, a Master of Arts in School Administration, and a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education. Keith has had advanced training in Child Safeguarding, Cognitive Coaching (Levels 1 and 2) and has a certificate for teaching English Langauge Learners through TTC. He is passionate about improving schools for neurologically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students. Outside of schools, Keith has served as the Director of Educational Research on the International School Leaders of Educational Support (ISLES) board, worked with American Institutes for Research (AIR) in developing an International School MTSS Implementation Rubric, presents internationally, serves as a consultant for the MARIO Framework, and works with schools worldwide.