John Coughlan

I was elected President of the Parents’ Association for the 2018-19 school year in September 2018.

I first joined the APEEEL1 management committee in 2013. As a dual British-Irish national, I was concerned at the time by the UK’s decision to stop seconding teachers – a concern that has only grown more serious. Given that my child, now in P5 in the Portuguese-language section, has a disability – cerebral palsy – I am also particularly interested in the school’s programme of educational support. Over the intervening years I have become involved in many other aspects of the Parents’ Association’s work, serving for three years as Vice-President Primary & Nursery and in 2017-18 as (the last) Secretary-General of FAPEEEL.

In professional life I am Deputy Director of the Academy of European Law (ERA), responsible for corporate communications. ERA is a public foundation based in Trier, Germany and funded by the EU to provide training and a forum for discussion for practitioners of law (judges, lawyers, civil servants and other legal professionals) from across Europe.

When not working for the Parents’ Association, I also keep busy in other civil-society activities as Chair of the International Cerebral Palsy Society (ICPS), Chair of the Pastoral Council of the Parish of Luxembourg Notre Dame and from 2015 to 2018 as volunteer coordinator for the Luxembourg Red Cross (Migrants and Refugees Service).