“Western University worked closely with GSM over the course of 12 months on a feasibiity study for the development of a Foreign Language and International School in China. As a comprehensive, research-intensive Canadian university with a Faculty of Education, we routinely research, develop, deliver and evaluate curriculum for our students at Western and beyond. In this instance, we knew we would benefit from specialized expertise to evaluate an exciting opportunity that would expand our reach and impact in the global education marketplace. GSM partnered with us and engaged with our Chinese stakeholders to provide critical analysis, insight and advice to our team. Their depth and breadth of knowledge in the sector and in Asia brought to the table a level of understanding of the regulartory landscape that proved absolutely essential to our decision-making framework. It was a pleasure to work with such a professional, experienced and highly engaged team. I would recommend them without reservation and hope to engage with them again on future projects.”Janice Deakin, PhD Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Western University
‘Finally! A team of international educators whose collective expertise and individual skills make them uniquely qualified to design, transform, and manage just about any educational venture, traditional or innovative. They have seen it and done it all in international education.
For over two decades, I have had the good fortune to work with each one on numerous occasions and. with each, been the beneficiary of their thought leadership and effective practical solutions. They think, plan have GREAT ideas and then actually get things done…somewhat of a rarity in the world of education!
From building schools from scratch with Ian; to designing and delivering training programs with John; to establishing a worldwide Academy for Heads with Niall, and being mentored by him in the rigors of the headship, each has demonstrated their exceptional ability, tenacity, flexibility and genuine interest in commitment to learning. I cannot imagine a team more well-positioned to make a difference.’Bambi Betts CEO, Academy for International School Heads and Director, Principals' Training Center for international school leadership
“I have worked closely and successfully with Ian Rysdale, John Sperandio and Niall Nelson on a number of educational start-up ventures and am delighted to see them working together for Global Schools Management. They are extremely well-equipped to provide the high-end educational management and consultancy services GSM offers, particularly in advising individuals and organizations on the processes and practices of new school design and creation.
Having worked with each of these educational leaders on both new school start-ups and the creation of new service agencies, I know they have the expertise and experience to deliver the highest quality of professional services. John Sperandio is one of the most accomplished financial professionals in our network. Ian Rysdale has exceptional experience in designing and constructing new school facilities and educational programs. And Niall Nelson is recognized widely as one of the most successful school headmasters and was a strong force in the creation and success of The Academy for International School Heads (AISH) and the Principals Training Center (PTC).
This group of committed and talented professionals has our highest recommendation!”Forrest Broman CEO, The International Educator
“Niall Nelson is one of the most respected international school heads of his generation. Widely experienced, he showed at Jakarta International School how quality can build the foundations of a sustained career.
Niall combines thought with action. He has apparently limitless energy and is equally at ease talking at an early breakfast meeting, working on a long-haul flight or making a formal presentation to potential clients. He speaks with conviction and authority, writes with precision and clarity, and has a presence that commands immediate respect. He is a good networker and communicator and is rarely far from his mobile phone.
Some years ago I worked with him on a start-up project which tested his skills of negotiation in situations that demanded a rare combination of flexibility and persistence. In trying to bring together two divergent groups of people, Niall never compromised his principles nor allowed short-term frustration to obscure the long-term goal. Moreover he always kept those of us further from the centre of the action fully informed about its progress.
I have enjoyed working with Niall. He has a keen sense of humour and never takes himself too seriously. But he takes his work very seriously and sets himself the highest targets and standards.”George Walker former director general of the International School of Geneva and of the International Baccalaureate and visiting professor of education in the University of Bath, UK
“I write with great confidence in support of the services offered by GSM. I have known the principals of the company, Ian Rysdale, John Sperandio and Niall Nelson, for many years and I worked directly with Messrs Rysdale and Sperandio on a number of school start-up and management projects during my time at ECIS and CIS.
Success in education depends upon a wide variety of factors. High on the list of those factors come strong leadership, good staff selection and financial acumen. All three of these gentlemen have demonstrated those skills in abundance, starting and/or developing some of the world’s leading international schools.
Between them, they bring an enormous range of successful experience with international schools in all parts of the world, both in developed and developing countries, as their personal details on this website testify. Indeed, I would suggest that they form the strongest available team in this field. I can recommend them without reservation.”T Michael Maybury Chief Executive Officer, ECIS and CIS, 1989-2004