Looking Back - Interview with Anne O'Hara, ISB Staff Member
Anne O'Hara has been working at ISB for nearly 20 years. As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations we asked her a few questions about her experiences.
What brought you to Basel and ISB?
My husband and I relocated to Basel in 1990 from the North of England as my husband accepted a role in Finance with the Bank for International Settlements. On moving to Basel, I worked in a small publishing firm, up until having our first child. When our son joined Preschool in 1990, I started my first role at ISB.
What roles have you held during your tenure at ISB?
I started life at ISB in the Extra Curricular Department. Although the school at that time was based at various different sites, the main administration was in the Burggarten Schulhaus in Bottmingen. I shared a very small office (it was actually a small storeroom in between reception and a classroom) with the Head of the ECP Programme, Nonnie Florack (see photo below). I was responsible for Administration and Finance. I did this for a year, before moving into Administration/Reception, where amongst our main tasks, my colleagues and I, also played the role of school nurse at break times. School had already begun to grow quite quickly at that time and the Chief Accountant asked me to join the small Finance Team. When ISB opened it’s doors in Reinach in 2002, I started working full time in Accounts Payable.