Peter M. Skaer,

Board of Directors – Director General / Board of Trustees

Greetings—I’m Peter M. Skaer, originally from San Francisco California. After getting my PhD from the University of Washington, I joined the US State Department Foreign Service, first in WA DC, and then later as a US Diplomat/Director of the US Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama. I then ventured south to Hiroshima, where I have been teaching at Hiroshima University for the past 25 years.  During that time, I have lived close to Hiroshima International School, which my daughter attended several years ago.  In the past, I have served on both the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors, and at one time was the Director of the BOD. I am working to contribute in any way I can to help sustain and develop HIS, hoping to provide useful and fruitful opportunities for coming generations of children from the international community.

Eric Grant

Board of Directors / Board of Trustees

Eric Grant was born in the USA and has been a resident of Hiroshima since 1998. His eldest daughter graduated from HIS in 2015 and his son is currently a 9th grader at HIS. Eric served on the BOT from 2012 to 2016 and was elected to the BOD in June 2016. Eric has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington and is the Associate Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation.

Susan Meiki

Board of Directors- Secretary

Susan Meiki, a native of Long Island, New York came to Japan in 1988 and has been living in Hiroshima since then with her husband and three children. Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, Masters of Arts in TESOL from New York University and PhD from Hiroshima University . Susan began her career working at Nippon Electric Company training and writing technical manuals which lead to teaching in and around Hiroshima at all levels. Currently she is a lecturer at Okayama National University. She has held several positions on the HIS Board since 2010: Trustee, Chair of the BoT and Deputy DG. Currently she is Director General. She looks forward to working with the HIS staff, parents and students to sustain the high quality of education and opportunities for HIS students explore new horizons.

Ryoma Matsumoto

Board of Directors

Ryoma Matsumoto was born in Hiroshima and attended the Independent Waldorf Steiner School both in Tokyo and then in the West Midlands, England. After obtaining a BA from Sophia University, he continued his studies in Paris, France and Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he received an MA in International Business and Languages from the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi. Since returning to Hiroshima he has been running a business, managing a commercial port and a regional energy hub. He is an acting board member of the Takehara Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Tourism Cooperation Committee for Hiroshima Prefecture. He is also a part-time lecturer of languages and business marketing management at Hiroshima University and the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi. Ryoma thoroughly enjoys working with other members of the community and looks forward to continuing this work, eager to contribute, drawing from his international experience both in education and in business.

Open Position

Board of Directors

Damian Rentoule


Damian Rentoule, Principal at Hiroshima International School (HIS), has been involved in education as a teacher and administrator in Australia, Japan, Brunei Darussalam and the United States. Damian received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and pedagogy from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Masters in Education degree from the University of England, Australia during his educational journey and long ago realized that learning is a life-long pursuit. Damian has taught in PYP, MYP and DP classes during his educational career and is a workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuing to be involved in various aspects of IB teacher training. Damian is passionate about education and is enjoying working with the wonderful team at HIS.

Fuyuko Takita Ruetenik

Board of Directors / Board of Trustees

Fuyuko Takita Ruetenik was born and raised in Hiroshima. She holds a Master of Science in Japanese Business Studies, a MBA in International Management, and a PhD in International Studies (Sociolinguistics). She is a full-time associate professor at Hiroshima University, teaching students and undertaking research on intercultural communication. Fuyuko has been involved in international conferences relating to peace in Hiroshima Prefecture. She helped in the organization of the Hiroshima International Peace Summit 2006, where she worked as a professional interpreter and coordinator for three Nobel Peace Laureates: The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams. She was also involved in workshops on intercultural understanding and communication for international students from 17 different countries at the APEC Junior Conference in 2009, organized by Hiroshima Prefectural Government. Fuyuko has a strong desire to work closely with other board members to make Hiroshima International School the best in the prefecture for the promotion of global peace and intercultural understanding through its international curriculum.

Guy Hird

Board of Directors – Treasurer

Guy Hird was born, and lived his formative years, in Birmingham, UK. After obtaining a BSc in Electronics Engineering from the University of Durham, he joined Ford Motor Company. First serving in several engineering positions in Essex, near London he came to Japan in 1998 for a foreign service assignment, returning to the UK in 2001 with his Japanese wife. They returned to Hiroshima in 2007 living here since with their three children. Guy is currently an Engineering Manager for electronic products at Visteon Japan (a car parts supplier), and enjoys the surprises, and challenges of living in Japan. Before moving to the Board of Directors as Secretary in 2017, Guy was a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary from 2012.