Chris Toomer and Craig McLaren | Head of School and Deputy Head of School, Yoyogi International School

CIS, led by Pauline O’Brien, Director of Career & Recruitment Services, has been working closely with Yoyogi International School in Tokyo, to support the school in their search to secure the excellent leadership qualities and competencies needed to drive the school’s future ambitions. Pauline O’Brien subsequently visited the school in February to ascertain the school’s recruitment needs and review the current school leadership structure. Following this thorough audit, CIS set about the search for the next Head and Deputy Head of School for Yoyogi International School.

CIS thoroughly screened, vetted and interviewed all suitable candidates for the positions and following this rigorous selection process two finalists were identified - Chris Toomer and Craig McLaren. The search committee subsequently selected Chris Toomer to be the next Head of School at Yoyogi International School, supported by Craig McLaren as Deputy Head of School. Their combined experience and skills bring Yoyogi International School the professionalism, educational excellence and business acumen that it needs to take the school into the next stage of its development.

On their appointments, Yuko Muir, Founding Director of Yoyogi International School said, “I believe that Mr. Toomer and Mr. McLaren’s deep knowledge and experience will continue to make Yoyogi International School a spectacular place for our students, families and faculty.”

Yuko Muir also added on her experience of working closely with CIS:

“Although we started our searches quite late, the outcome could not have ended any better.  We are grateful for the deep commitment, professionalism and care of the CIS team. Their approach really demonstrates their instilled dedication to supporting schools and their communities. From the initial meeting to understand our needs, to the subsequent meetings held throughout the process, CIS was totally focussed on securing the best leaders for our school. Despite the challenges of different time zones and our busy schedules, Ms. O’Brien was always available to me to assist us and guide us through this important process. Her insights and expertise have helped us so much in this assignment. Thank you CIS!. We are incredibly happy that we will welcome Mr. Toomer and Mr. McLaren to the Yoyogi Community to grow the school to the best learning environment for the children who will make a difference in the future world”.  

Chris Toomer’s extensive career includes various faculty and administrative positions leading international schools as well as having a business background. Chris has been in the field of education for 17 years serving international school communities as a Head of School, Board of Directors and Principal.

Following his appointment as Head of School, Chris Toomer commented:

“I am thrilled to be joining Yoyogi International School. I am excited to advance the mission of our visionary Founding Director and Board of Trustees as we continue to expand our world-class learning environment in partnership with the international community in Tokyo. The opportunity to work alongside Yoyogi International School’s incredible faculty and staff is an honor, and I am looking forward to both leading and learning from such a diverse group of motivated, independent students. As I am relocating to Tokyo with my family, from a parent’s perspectives, my wife and I could not have asked for a warmer environment and better academic fit for our daughter as she develops her own curiosity, confidence, and compassion. I am thankful to CIS and Pauline O'Brien, whose thoughtfulness and candor throughout the placement process gave me great confidence that Yoyogi International School's values and educational philosophy are such a wonderful match with my own”.

Craig McLaren also has an extensive career in the field of international education, including a Head of school, division head and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator.

On his appointment as Deputy Head of School, Craig McLaren said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Deputy Head of Yoyogi International School. In searching for my next position, I was hoping to connect with a school with which I share the same vision, values and philosophy, both educationally and culturally. In Yoyogi International School, I am confident I have found both. The warmth, passion and positivity of the school community is immediately evident, and I am truly energized to be part of such a wonderful community. I will endeavor to build on the school’s successes and help guide the community through its next exciting phase. The recruitment process which was handled by CIS and Pauline O’Brien was similarly a warm experience. Pauline’s professionalism and personal approach was very welcome throughout such an important process for myself and my family”.

Please join CIS in welcoming these esteemed educators and skilled professionals to the Yoyogi International School Community.