Peter Murphy started his teaching career in 1979 working initially in the prison service, followed by 14 years in the UK secondary school state education where his last role was as a Deputy Head Teacher in a large urban comprehensive school.
In 1993, having moved to Germany to become a stay at home dad, he joined the German Development Ministry with responsibility for teaching adults sustainable change for developing world settings. In 1997, he was asked to join the founding leadership team of Bonn International School as Director of Studies, MYP Coordinator and DP Coordinator. In 1999 he became the secondary school principal and in 2003 the Director. During the last four years in Germany, Peter served as the Board Chair of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) establishing a strong regional association with the IB, and the German International Schools Sports Tournament (GISST).
After 13 years establishing a thriving three IB programme international school, he moved to Vienna International School as the Director/CEO in 2010.
Peter has represented the region of Africa, Middle East and Europe on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum and Assessment Executive from 1999 to 2001. In 2009, he was nominated to join the IBAEM Regional Council – a group that he chaired from 2012 to 2016. In support of the IB’s goal of increased regional representation, Peter has been one of the founding members of the Association of Central European Schools (ACES) bringing representatives from 38 schools across seven countries together. In 2016, Peter was elected to the IB Head’s Council as one of four representatives from Africa, Middle East and Europe.
In addition to the work with the IB, Peter continues to provide support in school accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). He has served on team visits in many countries with responsibility for chairing visits over the past twelve years. Peter is Board Chair of the Metropolitan School Frankfurt.