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    Search Associates is a family owned business founded by John Magagna, former international educator. After working with her father for 10 years, daughter Jessica Magagna is now President.

    Harry Deelman

    Harry Deelman

    Senior Associate

    PO Box 168
    Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand


    Region: Candidates previously registered with Harry Deelman and now returning; partners of past 'Harry Deelman candidates'; and new candidates who are BOTH (i) IB-experienced [DP &/or MYP &/or PYP] and ALSO (ii) want to attend a Bangkok Fair.

    Thanks for calling by!  Your visit to this page and your interest in seeking information about the Harry Deelman office of Search Associates are appreciated.  For teachers and school leaders who are thinking of registering or re-registering with Search Associates, please note the statement labelled "Region", above.  [Like all Search offices, we work with all good international schools, worldwide; candidates registered with this office live all over the world, too - we are not in any way limited to Asia, let alone to Thailand.]  Please also have a look at this office's "Meet My Team" page.

    If you fit the "Region" statement above, then we will be especially happy to hear from you.  Note that this office has a preference for email communication.  The following two email addresses are effectively interchangeable; feel free to use either  <hdeelman@searchassociates.com>  or  <deelman@loxinfo.co.th>   

    To give you a little background on Harry, he joined the Search team in 1993 after working initially as a teacher in Argentina and in England, and then as Headmaster of British-system and international schools in each of Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai and Bangkok (founding Head of NIST).  Harry, and several previous generations, grew up in South Africa but Harry's parents and their children moved to England in 1955.  Harry's B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University are in Maths and Economics, and his Diploma of Education is from Oxford University (then Director: Alec Peterson, who was co-author during those mid-1960's years of the original -- and continuing almost intact -- IB Diploma programme).

    During his career in schools, Harry was an active member of many International Schools organisations, elected by fellow-Heads to serve on the committees of ESSARP (the very active River Plate schools' organisation), COBISEC (British schools in Europe) and ECIS, where for a period in the 1980's he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Membership of BSME (British Schools in the Middle East) and EARCOS (East Asia) came with later work, and for thirteen years he was an overseas member of Britain's HMC (Headmasters & Headmistresses Conference).  Harry has participated in many IB regional and worldwide conferences.

    After a successful career in international education of her own, as a teacher and as a Project Director for new schools, Margaret Deelman joined Harry in full-time Search Associates work in 1996.  Born and brought up in Peru, a 'Third Culture Kid' who attended a bilingual international school, Margaret has a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and a PGCE from the University of Bristol.  She worked in the same sequence of cities as Harry, and additionally in Chiang Mai as the founding Head of Lanna International School. 

    Executive Assistant (since 2005) Glynn Morgan was born in South Africa, earned a B.Sc. from the University of Natal and a Dip. Ed. at Oxford University in England, taught and gained his first Headmaster post in Zimbabwe, then worked in leadership positions in each of Australia, Papua New Guinea and El Salvador before joining Search Associates' Chiang Mai office in 2005. 

    Executive Assistant (since 2014) Adrian Moody is Australian, now with a New Zealand home base, and his B.Sc, B.Theol, 2007 MA and recent M.Ed were all earned at Australian universities, with an additional post-grad diploma earned at the University of Otago, NZ.  Lifelong learner personified!  Adrian taught in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, then was Deputy Director in Kazakhstan , Head of Campus in Tanzania and Head of School in first India and then Vietnam before joining the team in the Search - Chiang Mai office.

    Harry and Margaret, and Glynn, and Adrian, have each accumulated a very extensive knowledge base as regards overseas schools.  All four of us have first-hand knowledge of many of the schools, their locations, and their various educational systems; all four of us have enjoyed work as international teachers for many years, then as heads of international schools for many later years.  Harry has visited well over 300 international schools spread throughout the world.

    Margaret Deelman, Partner in this Office

    Harry and I have been a team for nearly 50 years, and anyone who has registered with this office of Search Associates since we launched the "British and IB" side of Search in 1993 will probably know me already.  That's especially true for anyone who has attended a Search Fair in London, where I've been one of the team advising the attending candidates and schools for a long time (going back to the years more than a decade ago when Search's lone U.K. Fair of the time was held not in London but in Oxford). 

    My principal responsibility now is on the payments and receipts side of things in this Search office (schools and candidates).  I've also done plenty of helping of candidates and schools by email, and otherwise, in the past 20+ years, and there are times of the year when any one of the four of us might be in sole charge of the office and thus will be doing everything and dealing with everyone who contacts us.  Until this office gave up the running of Job-Fairs, I used to be heavily involved in the months of preparation work for each of this office's Fairs, and I continue to take on a slice of the preparation work for each Search Fair in Bangkok. 

    Technical questions like solving an apparent database-access problem or getting a megabyte photo or resume/CV down to a manageable kilobytes size might still be handled by me, though perhaps more frequently now by Adrian.  Glynn and Adrian between them do most of the communicating with candidates on general matters.

    And our two new-generation young office cats tend to rely on me for regular food and any home-vet medical attention they might need, with one or other of them sometimes spending a good portion of a day on my lap helping me answer your messages.


    Email: mdeelman@searchassociates.com
    Office: +66 53 244322
    Mobile: +66 816038229
    Skype: margaretdee

    Adrian Moody, Executive Assistant

    I joined the team in Search's Chiang Mai office as one of the two Executive Assistants when the 2014-15 year began, after more than 20 years working at various levels in schools outside my native Australia.  Malaysia, New Zealand, PNG, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, India and Vietnam are the countries where I have lived and worked before I came to Chiang Mai.  As Deputy Director in Kazakhstan (the senior overseas-hire position there) and Head of Campus at IS Moshi (Tanzania), then Head of School at international schools in each of India and Vietnam, I've seen the recruitment scene and Search's work from a recruiter's perspective, and I've also been a Search candidate for many years.


    Although any of the four of us in the Search (Chiang Mai) office might at times run the office solo and handle whatever comes up every day, most of my work with Search is centred on helping enquirers and pre-registration candidates, then also candidates in full job-hunting mode including being available for advice at the Bangkok job-fairs alongside Harry, from 2015-16 onwards.


    My wife Gill (New Zealander from the Dunedin area, which is now our family base) and our daughter Beth - a High School student - are just about as well travelled as the team of us in this office, and any Search-registered teacher passing through Chiang Mai might well meet one or both of them as well as meeting our office team.  Don't be surprised if I arrive on a motorbike, generally my favourite means of transport!

    Email: amoody@searchassociates.com
    Office: +66 53 244 322

    Glynn Morgan, Executive Assistant


    I joined the 'Harry Deelman office' team as Executive Assistant in 2005, after nine years at Academia Brit├ínica Cuscatleca in El Salvador.  If you attended any of the Search Associates Job-Fairs held in Bangkok during 2005-15 then you have probably met me, since for those ten years I was a regular member of the team at the Bangkok fairs, and I'm still involved in plenty of work and communications related to all of the Search fairs that our office's candidates attend.


    Except for those times when I am on leave or otherwise away from the office, an invitation to be a candidate at any one of Search's Job-Fairs is likely to reach you from me (in response to your email requesting one, and provided that your file is both complete and up to date and meets the guidelines for the relevant Fair!) even if the name apparently signing the invitation is that of the Fair organiser!  Many an initial enquirer and many a candidate in the process of registering or re-registering will exchange plenty of emails with me, and it usually works out that I send the largest number of "Congratulations on your new job" messages on behalf of our four-person team.


    I used to wear a second hat within Search Associates, as Schools Coordinator, with almost all of my work in that capacity being kept separate from my work on behalf of the 'Harry Deelman office', but am no longer working in that role.  Playing squash and attending (classical) music concerts, plus dining out, are amongst my top interests in Chiang Mai, which is a great place to indulge all those interests.


    Email: hdeelman@searchassociates.com
    Office: +66 53 244322
    Mobile: -
    Skype: -

    The Harry Deelman office is happy to hear from any international school at any time, and will try to answer questions and to give help, most likely in the area of questions about the suitability for a particular school of specific candidate/s registered with the Harry Deelman office of Search Associates.

    Other than the above, the Harry Deelman office since 2010 has devoted its time almost exclusively to communications with candidates registered with the Harry Deelman office of Search, and those enquiring about registration or re-registration.  Approximately a quarter of the background work for the two Search Fairs in Bangkok, each year, is done in this office but any communications and questions needing answers from the organiser of these Fairs should be directed to the office of the principal Bangkok Fairs organiser, Michael Williams <mwilliams@searchassociates.com>

    Harry Deelman and a second member of this office's team will normally be present at both of the Search Associates Fairs in Bangkok each year and at both of the Search Fairs in London each year, also very occasionally at other Search Fairs, but this office is no longer in charge of the organisation of any Search Associates Job-Fair.