The Board of Trustees

Cedar is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the members of which may serve up to three consecutive 3-year terms. Terms are staggered to allow for continuity, and further terms can be granted in exceptional circumstances with support from other members. The Board is a self-perpetuating Board, nominating and approving new members from the community as openings arise and evaluating potential members based on desired areas of expertise and other characteristics that align with Cedar’s strategic plan and mission. Currently the Board consists of ten members, representing a diverse make-up of legal, financial, business, property, and educational expertise.

The Board meets a minimum of four times per year (once per quarter), with committee meetings occurring more frequently as needed. The Board is guided in its policy and decision-making by Cedar’s Mission, which is reviewed annually, and also by Cedar’s Strategic Plan, which helps to set annual goals and the creation of “project-based” committees each year to move progress in designated areas

Mark Forte, Chair

Forte MarkMark has been a board member for 13 years, and Chair for the last 8. He is the father of 2 Cedar graduates and has a son currently in Grade 11. He is a keen supporter of education on-island through to graduation. Although committed to a great deal of overseas travel, Mark enjoys time on island messing around on boats and is a keen supporter of arts. Now in his 16th year at Conyers Dill & Pearman, there is no end in sight for Mark’s stay in the BVI and his ambition remains to grow Cedar and the Territory to bigger and better things.

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas is the owner, CTL Ltd., and is a former Cedar parent. Michael joined Cedar’s Board of Trustees in 2018.


Scott Crawford, Director (ex officio)

Crawford, UELP HeadshotScott Crawford has served as Cedar’s Director since 2011. He holds degrees from Columbia, Cornell and Ohio State universities and headed a PK-12 school in the U.S. Virgin Islands prior to joining Cedar. A firm believer in international education as a powerful change agent for the future, he has championed the creation of Cedar’s Solution Studio and an expansion of Cedar’s scholarship programme to ensure the school’s brand of quality education is accessible to as many students as possible.

Clarence Faulkner

Clarence Faulkner is Chairman of the Board of the  National Bank of the Virgin Islands. Clarence joined Cedar’s Board of Trustees in 2018.


Walter Reich, Treasurer

Walter-HeadshotWalter Reich is Managing Director of Tovel Investments Ltd. He has a son and a daughter at Cedar, grade 11 and 9 respectively. His personal interests include Football, Hockey, Squash, Gardening, Snorkeling, Travelling, Coaching, and Boating. He has lived in the BVI for 16 years. He first arrived in the beautiful BVI in 1995 from Sudbury, Canada but spent 6 great years in London, UK before returning to the Islands in 2006.

‘Both my wife (Julie) and I believe in “giving back”. When asked to be part of the Cedar Board of Trustees it was an easy decision and a natural extension of other projects I am involved with at Cedar primarily on the Football side of the equation. I was very fortunate growing up in Canada to have some fantastic teachers and other volunteers “giving back” and providing kids an opportunity to learn and play different sports. I love the fact that Cedar promotes the same type of thinking and equally important that it has the teachers and parents who share the same vision. Sport is so very important in this ever changing world and football specifically is a terrific and fun team sport that provides so many great life lessons including but not limited to leadership, confidence, commitment, dedication, cooperation, communication, team work, respect, listening skills etc.’

Arabella di Iorio, Secretary

Arabella-HeadshotArabella is a partner in Advocates BVI, and previously served as the Managing Partner of the BVI office of Maples and Calder. She specialises in complex international commercial litigation, including insolvency, distressed funds, shareholder issues, asset tracing, trust disputes, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and contractual claims. She has considerable arbitration and mediation experience and is a solicitor-advocate. Arabella also advises on non-contentious trusts matters. Arabella was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012.

Gareth Thomas

265f497Gareth Thomas is Managing Director of Estera Corporate Services. He has been in BVI for 18 years and is married to Dara Smith. He has one son at Cedar (Tai- grade 8). He sits on various government advisory committees in relation to financial services, education and legislation and is a keen cyclist and paddle boarder.

Vanessa King

Vanessa King is Managing Partner of O’Neal Webster, and a current Cedar parent. Vanessa joined Cedar’s Board of trustees in 2018.

Emily Oakes

Emily Oakes lives in Virgin Gorda and is the former Head of Operations at Oil Nut Bay. Emily joined Cedar’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

Emma Baker

emma-baker-HeadshotEmma K. Baker recently retired from her position as the Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Emma chairs the Cedar Board’s Committee on Trustees.


Mike Adamson

9624820Mike Adamson is self employed through Adamson Land Surveyors Ltd. and is a Licensed Land Surveyor. Born and brought up on Tortola, Mike is a Bvislander with two kids; a recent Cedar graduate, and a Grade 11 student. His Interests include squash, tennis, and gardening.

Upcoming Events

  1. School Holidays

    April 6 - April 17
  2. SAT testing on campus

    May 2
  3. Whit Monday

    June 1

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