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Executive Team



La Garenne International School is a company established under Swiss law and registered in the canton of Vaud under the name La Garenne School SA. 

The La Garenne Executive Team was established in 2015 by the owners in order to ensure and oversee the implementation of La Garenne strategic direction, establishing guidelines and regulations, ensuring stability in finance and upholding the school values and philosophy.


- Grégory Méan

General Director

Grégory Méan is the fourth child of the Méan Family, who grew up with school as his home. His wife, Céline, is a former student of the school. Grégory graduated from the Hotel Management School in Lausanne in 2003 (EHL). Having gained experience in various hotels around the globe, he returned to Villars to take up the new challenge of Assistant Director of a hotel in Villars. In 2008, he was thrilled to take over La Garenne with the aim of becoming one of the leading primary schools in the world. To this end, he has followed many courses and strives to ensure the school is at the forefront of educational and pastoral development.

- Barry Fitzgerald

Head of Boarding

Barry joined La Garenne in 1993. Starting as a part-time teacher and school monitor, he continued within the school creating the SES (Special English Section) and developing English language studies, taking on a full time position teaching all subjects within the British Curriculum to international students and integrating them into their new schools. In 2008, he assumed the role of Head Teacher and Assistant Director and also the responsibility of House Parent shared with his wife, Paola. Since 2016, Barry continues within the school as Assistant Director and Head of Boarding whilst sharing his House Parent responsibilities with his wife Paula.

- Derek Lineham

Head Teacher

Mr. Lineham joined our school in April 2016 as Head Teacher. Derek works closely with teaching staff, to spearhead future development of teaching and learning throughout the school. Mr. Lineham has over thirty years’ experience in international boarding education. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Management and is also an experienced leader of accreditation teams for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Originally a teacher and House Parent, he then became Academic Director and finally Headmaster of an international boarding school in Villars (Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil). Even as a school leader, Derek has always been an active classroom teacher, constantly reinforcing his knowledge and experience of modern teaching methodology and pedagogy. His overriding goal, in close collaboration with all the team, is to guarantee the personal and academic growth of each individual student at La Garenne.

- Alexey Filatov

Head of Finances and IT

Prior to joining the Board of La Garenne School, Alexey spent twelve years working on the accounts of the largest multinationals in the advertising, media consulting and audit sectors. He gained a Master of Science degree from Moscow State University and received his business education at Stockholm School of Economics and INSEAD. In 2015 Alexey completed an Executive MBA at IMD. In his current role, Alexey creates pragmatic financial solutions for the bold developments that La Garenne is implementing. He is also responsible for the development of IT infrastructure of the School.

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