Board of Trustees

Jeremy Downward

Board and Executive Committee Chairman

In 2001 Jeremy Downward set up a single family office advising on the investments of a number of trusts and foundations of a prominent European family. He is CEO.

The family office invests across the asset class spectrum in most developed and emerging markets.

Previously Jeremy was a founding partner of Greece’s first investment bank, Alpha Finance, from 1989 to 2001. Alpha Finance listed on the Athens Stock Exchange in April 1995 and was acquired by Alpha Bank in 2001.

Prior to Alpha Finance he worked at Continental Illinois Bank in New York, Piraeus and Athens.

Jeremy has a degree in International History and Politics from Leeds University.

He is married and has four children.

Contact Address: 5 Ionos St, 2406 Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus

Panagiotis Zisis


Panagiotis Zisis is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and was educated at the University of Cape Town. He is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) in Greece and leads the Energy, Utilities and Technology Assurance Practice. Prior to him joining the Assurance Practice, Panagiotis was a member of the PwC Corporate Finance team in Greece, where he specialised in business valuations and intangible asset valuations, both for transaction purposes and impairment testing purposes.

Panagiotis is married with twin daughters who attend Campion Junior School. He has been a member of the school board since 2013.

Thomas Shortell, Jr.

Board Secretary

Thomas Campion Shortell Jr is the son of the school’s founders, Thomas and Betsy Shortell, and has been a member of the board since 1978. Thomas is an alumnus of Campion School, having attended the school from 1970-1973, and is a trader at Soya Hellas in Athens.

Thomas’s son, Thomas Shortell III, is also an alumnus of Campion School.

Ilias Scotiniotis


Dr Ilias Scotiniotis is an alumnus of Campion School, Class of 1984. He obtained his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York (USA) in 1991. He then completed his training in Internal Medicine and then Gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He went on to a one-year fellowship in Advanced Endoscopy at the same institution.

He subsequently was offered an academic faculty position at Harvard Medical School(Brigham & Women’s Hospital) in Boston, which he held until his return to Greece in 2003.

He practices general gastroenterology at Hygeia Hospital in Athens, with an emphasis on gastrointestinal oncology, applying his expertise in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). He has lectured extensively on endoscopic topics within Greece and abroad and is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Ilias is an alumnus of the school. He is married and has children who attend Campion. He has been a member of the board since 2015.

Virginia Murray


Virginia Murray grew up in Hertfordshire and graduated in law from Cambridge University. She worked as a barrister in London for 5 years before moving to Greece where she also qualified as a Greek lawyer. She is head of the Greek-law practice at Watson Farley & Williams Greek Branch and has two sons in the senior school. She has been a member of the board since 2015.

David Jepson


Educated at Wheaton College (IL), Boston College, University of London, and Harvard University, David Jepson has been a school teacher and administrator for over 35 years.

For much of this time, he was at TASIS, England, a Nursery-Grade 12, co-ed, day and boarding school near London where he taught courses in English (including AP and IB English), Latin (including AP Latin), Computer Programming (including AP Computer Science), and Humanities (including IB Theory of Knowledge). He has also served at TASIS as Academic Dean, Assistant Director of Development, Head of Upper School, and Director of Technology and Learning. Since 2015, his current position is Director of Studies in TASIS, Lugano.

Among his achievements, David was the author of a school information database system that was used by TASIS for 20 years; he was the co-founder and co-director of the Shakespeare Xperience summer course at TASIS, which gave students from all over the world the opportunity to perform one of the Bard’s plays at Southwark Cathedral, London’s oldest Gothic cathedral and the parish church of Shakespeare in the 16th century; and he has been the leader of numerous school trips to Greece, including a trip he recently designed for IB Year 2 students to Crete and Santorini.

David was elected to the board in 2015.

Nicholas Rugg


Nick taught at Campion School for 4 years from 1987 to 1991. Since then he has worked in other international schools in Thailand and Chile, where he was Headmaster of Redland School, Santiago, from 2003 to 2007. He moved back to the UK as Headmaster of Newcastle-under-Lyme School, a position he held until 2015, which is a large independent co-educational day school in the former Potteries. He is now Director of Schools for the International Schools Partnership which runs several schools in Spain.  Along the way he has picked up a COBIS award for the promotion of international education. Nick has maintained close ties with Greece since his days at Campion as a teacher and is a frequent visitor to the Ionian islands to indulge his passion for sailing.

He is married and has two “children”, both in university. Nick was delighted to be able to return to Campion as a trustee in 2014, is certainly older and hopefully wiser, and is eager to serve the school to the best of his ability.

Prof Nikiforos Diamandouros


Nikiforos Diamandouros served as European Ombudsman from April 2003 until October 2013. He was elected to that post three times, in 2003, 2005, and 2010. From 1998 to 2003, he was the first National Ombudsman of Greece. He is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens. From 1995 to 1998 he served as Director and Chairman of the Greek National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and from 1992 until 1998 he was President of the Greek Political Science Association.

He has written extensively on the politics and history of Greece, Southern Europe and Southeastern Europe and, more specifically, on regime change, democratisation, the relationship between the public administration and the quality of democracy, the institution of the ombudsman, state and nation ‐ building, and the relationship between culture and politics. His most recent publications are: “Postscript: Cultural Dualism Revisited”, in A Triantafyllidou, R. Gropas and H. Kouki, eds., The Greek Crisis and European Modernity(London: Palgrave ‐ Macmillan, 2013), 208 ‐ 232 and “Good Administration, Rule of Law and Ethics: Critical Parameters of the Quality of Democracy”, in Nomiko Vima 61:5 (June 2013), 1145 ‐ 1155. (in Greek).

Nikoforos is married and has two children. He has been a member of the board since 2013.

Lana De Beer


Lana De Beer is a South African resident in Athens and an alumna of Campion School. She holds a BA from Deree College, Athens.
Lana is married and has three children who are all graduates of Campion. She has been a board member since 2007.

Dr Chris Greenhalgh


Chris lived and worked in Italy and Athens for five years before returning to the UK to complete his PhD on the American poet, Frank O’Hara. Chris taught at Campion School from 1988 to 1991.

In 1992 Chris received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. He has since published three volumes of poetry, two novels, and written the screenplay for Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, which was selected to occupy the prestigious closing slot at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The film enjoyed its international release in 2010.

Chris is married with has two young sons and was Deputy Head, Academic at Sevenoaks School in Kent for many years. He was also principal at Southbank International School, Westminster Campus. He is now Principal and CEO of the British School of Milan.

Stratis Stamoulis


Since 2005 Stratis Stamoulis has been a senior lawyer with the Interamerican group of companies and has been a consultant to the Athens law firm Moratis-Passas since 1998. He specialises in insurance, consumer law, private international law and litigation (civil) in particular regarding cases before the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos). Stratis was educated at the University of Thessaloniki (law degree) and the University of Kent at Canterbury (LL.M), and has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1995.

Stratis has been a member of the board since 2013.