The Executive Committee meets twice a month and with the Director reviews philosophy, policy, strategic planning and the growth of the school.

The following three members serve on the Executive Committee of the school:

Alparslan Tansuğ

Alparslan Tansuğ

(ENKA Foundation) Chair and Founder’s Representative

Dr. Esra Tara Naamani

Dr. Esra Tara Naamani

Member of Executive Committee

Prof. Dr. Üstün Ergüder

Prof. Dr. Üstün Ergüder

Member of Executive Committee

The Executive Committee members serve as unpaid volunteers who are responsible to ENKA for the well-being of the school and for ensuring that the school’s mission is established and put into practice.


The Senior Leadership Team is represented by the Director of Schools, the Principals of preschool, primary school, middle school and high school, and the Business Manager. They collaboratively work together to take our school further. Meeting together regularly, our Leadership Team promotes our school community to implement the decisions being taken and provides support needed for any ideas, suggestions and problems to all members of ENKA family.

Richard Bartlett – Director

As a youngster I spent a few years after leaving school interspersing ‘menial’ jobs such as road-cleaner, factory work, and refuse-collector with travelling widely by the cheapest possible means. Then I studied Philosophy at university and trained in education. For many years since I have been a teacher, teacher-trainer, and school leader in the UK, Greece, Brunei Darussalam, Germany, and Turkey. I can imagine no other job, as nothing matches the satisfaction of working with our young people and helping to shape their experiences. Whether it is teaching English, Theory of Knowledge, or any other class-based subject I have loved the opportunities I have had. Equally have I enjoyed the football-coaching, Duke of Edinburgh activities, and school trips that have been associated with my career. Great students, great parents, great colleagues! Thus far I feel very fortunate….and also very happy now to be here at ENKA.

Ayten Yılmaz – Preschool Principal

She graduated from Marmara University, Preschool Education Department. She worked in Robert College and Kadıköy Zihinsel Engelliler Centre during her apprenticeship.

She began working at ENKA schools in 1996 as a homeroom teacher and she was employed as a teacher and a vice-principal. She has been the pre-school principal since 2004.

She has been trained on many subjects such as IB, PYP, inquiry based learning, play based learning Reggio Emilia approach. She has worked on the adaptation of Math Their Way and GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) topics to the school curriculum and its implementation in school. She has given educations in various conferences on these topics. She is a member of the Private Schools Foundation’s Pre-school Commission. She is married, has two children and she is a UNICEF volunteer. She enjoys kickboxing, theatre and travelling.

Filiz Gönenli – Primary School Principal

Filiz Gönenli is the principal of ENKA Primary School. She holds a degree in teaching from Marmara University. Following her graduation, she worked at a public school and a private school for seven years.

In 1997 she joined ENKA Schools. In 2003 she became the primary school principal. She coordinated the school’s preparations to become an IB PYP school in 2005. She is also an IB PYP school visitor. Being an experienced educator, she believes that “every child can learn in their own way if allowed to work at their own pace and in their learning style.” Striving to be a lifelong learner, she has attended many local and international seminars, conferences, and workshops. In 2013 she spent a month volunteering at three Australian Schools. Currently, she is doing a Masters in International Ed Development and Strategies at Wilkes University.

She enjoys travelling, reading, and swimming.

Dr. Selcen Özkaya Seçil – Middle School Principal

Selcen Özkaya Seçil was born in Eskişehir, Turkey and lived there until the university years. Then she graduated from Mathematics Department of Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She then worked in Faculty of Education as a research assistant and completed her PhD degree at the same university. Her PhD thesis was on assessment in education.

She then moved to Istanbul and worked in different private schools as a mathematics teacher, coordinator, and administrator. In her previous school, she worked as the Academic Assistant General Manager. She attended several trainings conducted by IB, CIS, TÖZOK and many other organizations, and also she is a certified IB MYP trainer.

Her interests are mainly teacher training and assessment. She is married with one child. She loves cinema, theather and travelling.

Erkan Gültekin – High School Principal

Erkan Gültekin was born in Kırıkkale, Turkey. He graduated from Mathematics Department of Marmara University, İstanbul then he completed his master degree at Framingham State College, USA.

He has been in various positions at ENKA Schools for 18 years and after he worked as Vice Principal in Middle and High School for many years he is working as High School Principal for the last 7 years.

He is married with two children.

Ahmet Cumhur Göksoy – Business Manager

Ahmet Cumhur Göksoy graduated from the Turkish Military Academy in 1974 and Armed Forces College in 1983. He has his master’s degree in international relations and he has served in multiple different posts in various parts of the country, in the NATO Headquarters and overseas attaché offices.

He retired from the Turkish Armed Forces in 1999 with his volition as Staff Colonel and after the Marmara Earthquake, he served as the Founding Business Manager in ENKA Adapazarı Schools during the school’s formation.

Since 2004 he has been serving as the Business Manager in Istanbul ENKA Schools.

For the past ten years, seafaring and especially sailing have been a personal hobby of his.

A. Cumhur Göksoy is married. He has four children; two boys and two girls.


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