David recently joined our Board and is currently in the position of the school’s chairperson. With over 30 years of board experience and most recently as a CEO and CFO of a large firm in Sydney David’s experience is invaluable for the future direction of the school.
As a passionate and knowledgeable Employment Lawyer, Karen is known for her holistic approach to workplace issues and her practical solution focused advice.
Karen specialises in both Employee and Industrial Relations. She brings a wealth of expertise, with a focus in common litigation activities, negotiation, legal writing and contracts, oral advocacy, counselling and mediation. Karen prides herself on her excellent track record in resolving unfair dismissal cases, and her sound approach to minimizing risk during this process.
Karen worked in Commonwealth and State Government roles for most of her early career before moving to the Department of Industrial Relations, NSW where she provided advice and support to the Fair Work Ombudsman on the implementation of the 2010 implementation of the Fair Work Act. Since 2011 she has been working largely for the Aged and Community Sector. In June 2016 she accepted an Employee Relations Specialist Role with PerformHR in the Central Coast and Hunter region.
Karen brings a fresh approach and independence and is excited to work with the International Football School.
Father of three sons and passionate about education and sport, Paul is the CEO and founder of the International Football School.
After working in the IT industry for over 12 years for companies like Apple and other large multinationals, Paul found his calling working in schools and retrained as a secondary school teacher. Paul attended Newcastle University to study a Bachelor of Education and graduated with a University Medal and First Class Honours. Paul taught PDHPE and technology for six years at a local Independant school before starting the International Football School in 2013. Paul also served on the Board of Directors of the Central Coast Mariners for 2 years. He believes strongly in community service and has experienced first hand the rewards of engaging small groups of teenagers in aid projects in Cambodia and Borneo.
Paul works tirelessly to promote world’s best practice in the academic, football and tennis programs within the school.
Steve commenced his career in Real Estate at the age of 20 in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, primarily dealing with Industrial properties. He moved to Parramatta where he worked for an International Real Estate Company for 14 years where he became a Director of the company.
Steve established his own real estate consultancy business in 1990, prior to moving back into Commercial Real Estate with another International Real Estate company as an Equity Director. In 2006 Steve re-established his own real estate business, and consulted to High Net Worth Clients, International Companies and State Government Departments.
Over the years Steve has mentored a number of up and coming young Business people and watched their careers blossom. Steve believes, “the harder you work, the more successful you become” and lives by the beliefs of honesty and transparency.
Steve is looking forward to the opportunity of assisting the International Football School moving forward, and is totally committed to achieving the school’s vision of ‘creating a place where every individual can be the best they can be’.
Joseph (Joe) Coyte Board Member