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Senior Leadership Team

Mr. Ryan Allison

Mr. Ryan Allison

Director of Marketing and Communications

Ryan brings over 20 years of experience in communications and marketing to Harrow International School New York. His career includes roles as the National Spokesperson and National Field Marketing Manager for a globally recognized brand, Director of Marketing & Communications for major charitable organizations, and leadership positions in marketing and communications at two international day and boarding preparatory schools in the U.S. 

Ryan's media presence includes more than 200 in-studio appearances on television news stations across the U.S. and co-hosting a nationally aired infomercial alongside a Disney Channel chef. His public relations initiatives have supported over 175 local and national charities. He has worked on marketing and communications contracts for major corporations including Microsoft, Google, Samsung, ChangHong, Motorola, T-Mobile, Verizon, Hisense, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, VW, and Chevrolet. He has also served as a brand spokesperson at three NFL Super Bowls, Monday Night Football games, NASCAR races, MLB games, and numerous International Consumer Electronics Shows (CES).

Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife Elizabeth, who is originally from Peru, their two children, and their two rescue cats. Their son Joshua, an Eagle Scout, is studying mechanical engineering on a full academic scholarship. Ryan attended Brainco - The Minneapolis School of Advertising & Design and The Pennsylvania State University.

Ms. Julie Kaplan

Ms. Julie Kaplan

Director of Admissions

Born and raised in Manhattan, Julie possesses extensive educational experience spanning a 35-year career. At a leading K-12 NYC private school, serving as Admissions Director for three decades, she taught various academic subjects, conducted Art History seminars, and managed the Overseas Study Program, fostering global cultural immersion.

A recognized authority in education and independent school admissions, Julie presents on panels for prestigious institutions, including banks, law firms, and Parents' League of NY. She governs on the Board of Trustees of two premier NYC independent schools, and is Parents Association Chair of another.

Julie’s multi-faceted background incorporates business, real estate, sales and broadcasting. Her worldwide travels and schooling in Switzerland, France, and the U.S. honed her bilingual proficiency in French and English, significantly enhancing her communication skills. An eternal student, Julie holds a Master’s in Education from NYU with a specialty in French and Art History, alongside degrees from Brandeis, Cornell, NY School of Interior Design, and NY Real Estate Institute.

Outside her professional arena, Julie is an artist, traveler, tennis player, environmentalist, and animal advocate. She resides in NYC with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs. Her profound qualifications and zeal for education underscore her role as an invaluable asset to Harrow New York.

Ms. Kristine Lewis

Ms. Kristine Lewis

Director of Boarding and Pastoral Care

Kristine Lewis, our esteemed Director of Boarding and Pastoral Care, hails from New Hampshire, USA. A distinguished scholar-athlete, Kristine was a basketball All-American at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a BSc in Media and Communications with Physical Education. Her passion for teaching was ignited during her career as a professional basketball player in Sweden and Spain, where she also coached younger players.

Kristine began her educational career in the United Kingdom at Dulwich College Prep School. She later joined Sevenoaks School, a prestigious co-educational day and boarding school. During her 17 year tenure at Sevenoaks, Kristine held the position of Head of House, overseeing the care and development of 60 girls aged 13-18. She also served as a college guidance counsellor, assisting students with their applications to universities in the UK and internationally, and contributed as a sports coach in the PE department. In her final years at Sevenoaks, Kristine was appointed Head of Sixth Form Admissions, where she excelled in recruiting students from around the world.

With her three daughters embarking on their own careers, Kristine embraced senior leadership roles in the Middle East and Switzerland. We are now privileged to have her as a vital member of our Senior Team in New York, where she continues to bring her extensive experience, dedication, and passion for student development to our community.

Mr. James Mower

Mr. James Mower

Director of Studies

With a career spanning North America, Australasia, Europe, and Asia, James is a highly accomplished education professional with a wealth of experience in the international education sector. 

Leveraging his expertise in educational leadership, James has made a significant impact in elevating academic and pastoral outcomes in established schools in China and Thailand, while his experience as part of the founding leadership teams for British schools in Dubai and Malaysia has honed his start-up expertise.  

With a strong academic background and a passion for lifelong learning, James constantly strives to expand his knowledge and expertise. He holds a Master's level qualification in Leadership and Management in Education, as well as a Master's in Education with a specialization in the International Baccalaureate. 

James and his family are thrilled to have relocated to New York, excited by the opportunity to bring world-class Harrow education to the USA. James' wife, Alyson, has joined the school admissions and HR team, bringing her expertise and enthusiasm to her role and their two children are eagerly anticipating the numerous opportunities afforded by a Harrow New York education.

Mr. Matthew Sipple

Mr. Matthew Sipple

Project Lead and Vice Principal

Matthew Sipple, a seasoned professional with an extensive background in educational leadership, has held prominent roles in diverse American and International schools across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. With a career spanning back to the early 1990s, Matthew's experience encompasses a wealth of knowledge in fostering academic excellence and organizational development.

A dedicated scholar, Matthew pursued his academic credentials with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Master of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He furthered his educational pursuits by obtaining a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, complemented by a current New York State certification as a School Administrator.

Matthew's leadership tenure includes significant contributions to prestigious International Baccalaureate World Schools like The International School of Amsterdam, Oberoi International School, and the American International School of Riyadh. Moreover, he has utilized his expertise in pivotal positions at renowned boarding institutions such as EF Academy and Leysin American School. Matthew also has a prior connection to Long Island, having served as the Assistant Headmaster and Head of Upper School at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn.

Returning to Long Island, Matthew is delighted to leverage his multifaceted experience in educational leadership to advance the success of Harrow International School New York, and directly assist the team in achieving its vision to inspire students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens.