The committee

Management

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.

Trustees

Annemarie Lang – 1.2.3. Soleil Amersham

Annemarie recently joined the committee as a Trustee of 123 Soleil Amersham. Annemarie was brought up bilingual. As a child, she lived in both France and the UK, completing her schooling at the Lycée Français de Londres.
Annemarie wanted her daughter to have the same opportunity, to be immersed in French culture at a young age and enrolled her at 123 Soleil age 3. Annemarie is actively involved in school life, running the school library, welcoming new parents, and supporting social events.
For the last 12 years she has been an IT project manager on large scale digital transformation programmes.

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.