Dr. Barry Drake

Dr. Barry Drake

Senior Associate

Urb. Valtocado
27 Calle Escarpa
29650 Mijas Malaga Spain
+34 952 669 668

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Region: Candidates new to Search should register with Barry if they : a) live in Hong Kong; b) are not living in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK and Ireland, USA and are primarily interested in attending the Hong Kong Fair.

Barry Drake joined Search Associates in 2010 following 40 years teaching and leadership in international schools in Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia, including periods in with the United World Colleges in Wales and Hong Kong. Barry has prime responsibility for the Fair in Hong Kong, where he spent the last 18 years of his school-based career. In 2009, Barry was presented with the ECIS Award for the Promotion of International Education. Barry's commitment to international education has been shaped by 26 years of involvement with the IB programmes incorporating over 20 years as an IB History examiner and moderator. Barry also has considerable experience with bilingual, bi-cultural education in the Middle East and China, and has shared his research on culture and education both in workshops and in his published papers. He has a BA in Economics and Modern History, and an MA in Economic History. His Ph.D in Education was awarded by the University of Bath (UK) for his research on pastoral care programmes in international schools. Barry was instrumental in developing comprehensive personal and social education programmes, including University and Careers Guidance, for students in his last two schools. Barry's other major areas of interest lie in the fields of teacher improvement/appraisal policies and in the opportunities for transformational educational offered through service learning. Outside of Search Associates, Barry has recently helped set up the new United World College in China as a senior consultant and Interim Founding Head. He also works with a number of charities, as well as school accreditation and school inspection organizations (http://www.cfbt.com/).

Contact: bdrake@searchassociates.com

Veronica Drake, Fair co-organizer

Drake, Veronica

Veronica Drake runs the Hong Hong Kong Fair with Barry. She has considerable experience with international education having taught Biology, General Science and Mathematics in Brunei, Bahrain, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Japan as well as Hong Kong. Veronica ended her teaching career at the French International School in Hong Kong where she spent 16 years, much of that time as a very successful IB1 Head of Year and CAS coordinator. Veronica and Barry have six children and numerous grandchildren to keep them busy. Their children are typically 'third-culture' kids now located in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and UK. Four of them involved in education.

Email: barryd47@gmail.com
Mobile: (34) 65492348
Skype: bvdrake


We will be providing an information seminars for candidates interested in finding out more regarding the services provided by Search Associates, registration procedures and the Hong Kong Fair. These seminars will take place in Hong Kong in November. Dates will be published in September.

There will also be an opportunity for prospective candidates to meet with Barry over the weekend following the seminars.

Please contact Barry Drake for more information on the following services:

  • Head of School and Administrative Searches
  • Hong Kong Fair
  • School consultancy areas of expertise:
    • Guidance Services: Includes student advising, development and leadership in areas re­lated to secondary guidance, life-skills and college counseling programs.
    • Curriculum Development: Includes introduction of IB, bi-lingual, experiential and service learning programs.
    • Host Culture and Cross-Cultural Studies: Integrate your host country into your regular curriculum.
    • Board and Head Evaluation Methods
    • Strategic Planning: Includes school mission and vision, strategic goal-setting, action-planning, evaluating, and updating.
    • Start-up School Planning and Assistance
    • Feasibility Studies: Includes school expansion, additional programs (such as a high school program
    • Staff Communication, Decision-Making, and Team-Building: Includes cross-cultural methods, effective and efficient meetings,
    • Service to the Community Policies and Strategies / Service and Experiential Learning
    • Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies

Search Associates (HK) is proud to support:

The Christina Noble Children's Foundation: http://www.cncf.org/en/home/index.php

United World Schools: http://www.unitedworldschools.org

United World Schools are a charity that builds schools to provide a crucial education to poor and remote communities that can't access a meaningful alternative. Put simply they 'teach the unreached'.

United World School currently have over 30 schools in the most remote areas of Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. They have to date educated over 6,000 children but aim to reach 50,000 out-of-school children by 2018. A short video of their work is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yxLlclMLkY.

A UW school has an enormous impact not only on the ambitions and life chances of the children it teaches but on the whole community. A UW school impacts literacy and numeracy, as well as reducing both infant mortality and child trafficking. UW schools are always in areas that normal tourists can't reach and the charity only works where they are wanted by the local community.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.