Sophie Ward – CHAIRMAN and DIRECTOR
Sophie is one of the founders and chairman of the schools. Her commitment to the project from the start, strong drive and contagious enthusiasm transformed a lovely idea into an effective, successful, oversubscribed French Bilingual School that today caters for over 300 children spread across our three schools in Maidenhead, Amersham and Camberley. Her leadership has allowed the Maidenhead school to grow to the point where 1.2.3 Soleil prides itself in furthering pupils’s education from the age of 3 to pass advanced French GCSE.
After studying law in Aix-en-Provence, Sophie’s professional career took off in the vibrant London advertising scene. A career break to raise her 2 boys gave her the opportunity to train as a homeopath and she is now running her own busy practise.
François-Xavier Cadinouche – TRESORIER and DIRECTOR
Francois-Xavier joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2009 and brought with him a wealth of experience in administration and accounting. His crystal clear vision and hands on approach has been one of the determining factors of the school’s success.
Francois-Xavier arrived in the UK in 1996 with a desire to travel and further his IT Professional career in the Airline Industry. Today he is an established and successful IT department manager for Amadeus and a devoted father to three bilingual children.
Yasmina Norval – SECRETARY
Yasmina is the newest addition to the team holding the responsibility of the association Secretary. Her friendly approach, beaming smile and impeccable organisational skills makes her a key player in the running of the school. Yasmina is responsible for all administrative matters at 1.2.3 Soleil which includes school life. In record time she has managed to set up a very effective registration system to satisfy the increasing demand and growing waiting list.
Yasmina has been happily settled in the UK since 1990 and as a keen runner races between looking after her two children and a full time job as a PA to the CIO & CFO for BMI Healthcare Group.
Marie Malevez, Pedagogical Director – 1.2.3. Soleil Maidenhead
Marie joined 123 Soleil in 2008 having previously taught French for Business in Brussels, Edinburgh, Paris and Leiden. Marie holds a Master’s Degree in Romance Philology from the University of Louvain in Belgium and is a fully qualified teacher (QTS). Fluent in four languages, she is passionate about teaching languages to all ages, in particular through her three children who are all attending 123 Soleil Maidenhead.
Aurelie Obadia – 1.2.3. Soleil Camberley
Aurelie is one of the trustees of 123 Soleil Camberley. Her enthusiasm and commitment to the success of Camberley attracted a great team of teachers and got the local French community engaged in this initiative. As a professional project manager her planning and organisational skill also came in handy in setting up the solid organisation ensuring a successful start and on-going operational efficiency.
Aurelie has lived in the UK for almost 20 years and is keen for her two daughters to get the most of their French heritage. Born in Paris, she lived most of her childhood in Switzerland and Brittany. She graduated from Reims Management School and worked in Localisation in the high tech industry. Today she is a Freelance Project Manager. Her hobbies include Yoga, Piloxing and of course 123 Soleil Camberley.
Damien O’Jeanson, Event Coordinator – 1.2.3. Soleil Maidenhead
Damien’s recently joined as a trustee of 123 soleil Maidenhead and he’s also responsible to plan any extra curriculum events for the school. By engaging the rest of the team, events organised so far have received great feedback from the children and the parents.
Damien has been in the UK since 1996 when he took part in a university exchange program, and has been here ever since. He’s now Director of Project Management at Universal Music and has 2 beautiful children, once of them attending 123 Soleil.