Harry Deelman

Harry Deelman

Senior Associate

PO Box 168
Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
+66 53-244322


Region: Candidates previously registered with Harry Deelman and now returning; partners of past 'Harry Deelman candidates'; Adult teacher children of past 'Harry Deelman candidates'!! New candidates are welcome, but should be only those who are IB-experienced [DP &/or MYP &/or PYP] and wishing to attend the Bangkok-January 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. 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.

Note that this office has a preference for email communication. Please feel free to contact us on hdeelman@searchassociates.com

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 to get away from the depressingly nasty apartheid system. 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 a very large number of IB regional and worldwide conferences.  He has promoted diversity in schools and especially in the context of each school's teaching staff, throughout his international education career.

After a successful career in international education of her own, as a teacher and as a Project Director for new schools, then Head of School, 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 Keith Ord is British, and he gained his B.Sc from Dundee University, then his PGCE and PG Dip Phys and MA (Education) all from universities in London.  Keith taught in England, Turkey, Oman, Belgium, Spain and Kazakhstan (where he was Deputy Headmaster) then has been High School Principal in Cairo before joining the team in the Search - Chiang Mai office in August 2017.

Harry and Margaret, and Keith, have each accumulated a very extensive knowledge base as regards overseas schools. All three of us have first-hand knowledge of many of the schools, their locations, and their various educational systems; all three of us have enjoyed work as international teachers for many years, then as leaders of international schools for many later years. Harry has visited about 400 international schools spread throughout the world.

Margaret Deelman, Partner in this Office

Harry and I have been a team for more than 50 years, and anyone who has registered with this office of Search Associates at any time, 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 25+ years, and there are times of the year when any one of the three 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 résumé/CV down to a manageable kilobytes size might still be handled by me.  Harry and Keith between them do most of the communicating with candidates on general matters.

And one of our two new-generation young office cats tends to rely on me for loving attention and regular food (her brother has moved in with the chef at the classy hotel next door) and both of them rely on me for any home-vet or outside-vet medical attention they might need.

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

Keith Ord, Executive Assistant

I joined the team in Search's Chiang Mai office as one of the two Executive Assistants when the 2017-18 year began, after more than 30 years working at various levels in schools outside my native UK – and at two international schools in London.  Turkey (where I met and married my ballet-teacher wife), Oman, Belgium, Spain, Kazakhstan and Egypt are the other countries where I have lived and worked before I came to Chiang Mai.  As a recruiter at Search fairs every year since 2009, I have 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 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 and Margaret.

Email: kord@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 past candidates of this office who re-register, plus teachers who are enquiring about registration or re-registration. Approximately a quarter of the background work for Search's Bangkok-January Fair, 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-January Fair organiser, Nick Kendell

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

Did You Know…?

Director of School Relations David Cope's career has taken him to Europe, Africa, North and Central America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.