The Team

Pauline O’Brien has transformed recruitment services at CIS, initiating a strategic move to focus on candidate career development. She has led the development of screening and selection practices, introducing methods to assist candidates in building skills-based professional portfolios. Pauline has crafted career workshops for delivery at international conferences and within CIS schools; together with her team, she delivers personalised consultation sessions for all CIS-Approved candidates. Pauline has initiated a programme for talented new teachers graduating from CIS member universities, to foster and develop interest in international teaching. Pauline conducts sessions on Women in Leadership, encouraging women to recognise and explore their leadership skills and competencies. Her service on the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP) resulted in the creation and delivery of educational sessions on ‘Effective International Recruitment Practices’ worldwide.

Responsible for CIS Leadership Search Services, Pauline works directly with school boards and communities to advise them on effective practices when selecting a new school leader. With extensive experience interviewing hundreds of professionals over the years, her enduring aim is to find that ‘right fit’ and make that ‘right match’. Relationship building is high on Pauline’s list of priorities, something she never tires of. Originally from Ireland, Pauline moved to the Netherlands in 1986 where she studied Management, PR & Marketing in the Dutch language.  

Joe Cornacchio is a consultant for CIS Leadership Search Services. With more than thirty years of international school experience, Joe has an extensive background in leadership and teacher recruitment as well as a diverse skill set and experience in human resources management. He joined CIS in 2011 from Jakarta International School, where he served as the Head of Organisational Development. Joe is based in Florida in the United States.

Alison Eaglesham joined CIS in March 2018 as the Career and Recruitment Services Manager. Alison is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Career and Recruitment Service team and leads on the review and implementation of business processes and technical innovations to support service delivery.

Alison has over 10 years’ experience in the delivery of high-quality career and recruitment services across the public and private sectors. Alison previously worked for Skills Development Scotland, the National Skills Agency for Scotland, where she started work as a Careers Adviser before moving into a partner development role focused on embedding new digital products and services within partner organisations. This involved the development of new national online teaching resources and an innovative partnership with Glasgow Science Centre. Latterly, Alison worked as a Programme Manager, developing and managing all aspects of a national programme designed to inspire more young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Alison also has extensive recruitment experience as a Contract Consultant. She managed the delivery of a multimillion pound contract to provide recruitment services for the Scottish Government. She carried out the recruitment for a wide range of temporary positions across the Scottish Government from advertising, initial screening, interviewing and selection, to collecting references and carrying out rigorous background security checks.

Alison has a MSc in Careers Guidance and Development from the University of the West of Scotland and an MA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh. She completed a Masters Dissertation assessing the need for a Career Management Skills Framework to be implemented in Scotland in order to deliver an effective career service for the 21st century. She carried out qualitative research with practitioners and partners and an in-depth literature review identifying international examples of best practice.

Dr. Ilse Huijskens acquired a Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Once she received her doctorate, Ilse returned to the Netherlands after six years of residency in Canada to work as a post-doctoral fellow at Leiden University. Realising that what she enjoyed most about the work was interacting with people, Ilse sought a new challenge that would provide more such opportunities and became senior scientific consultant at Kelly Services, a global recruitment organisation. At CIS, Ilse enjoys engaging with so many diverse and international educators while applying her analytical mind to the job search and selection process.
Stephanie Jan joined CIS in January 2018. She was born and raised in France. At the age of 18, she moved to London where she studied and obtained a BA in Education and an MA in Bilingual Translation. Before joining the CIS Career & Recruitment Services team as an Administrator, she worked for 15 years as a Project Manager for a translation company.


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