Dr. Brian O’Toole


As founder of the School of Nations Dr. Brian O’Toole is a beloved member of the school community. Having moved to Guyana in 1978 Dr. O’Toole has long since become a Guyanese citizen. Having worked in education for over 40 years Dr. O’Toole was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2018 for service to education in the British Commonwealth, the award presented by Prince William. A few months earlier to the award of the MBE, Dr. O’Toole was awarded the Golden Arrowhead in Guyana on of the highest non-military awards available also for dedication to education in Guyana.

Dr. O’Toole brings a wealth of information and international experience to Nations. He has published multiple books and international journal articles and has worked as an educational consultant for the IDB, World Bank, European Union, UNICEF and many more throughout Africa and Asia for over 25 years.

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Dr. Brian O’Toole was awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2018 in recognition of Service to Education.

Member of the Order of Service of Guyana – Golden Arrow of Achievement

Dr. Brian O’Toole was awarded the Golden Arrow of Achievement in 2018 in recognition of Service to Education and Work with Differently-abled Persons.

Years at Nations: 28
Title: Founder/Director
Education: BA Hons in Psychology from Nottingham University (UK)
MSc in Educational Psychology from the University of Strathclyde (UK)
Diploma in Education from Jordanhill College (UK)
PhD from the University of London (UK)


How many years have you been at Nations?

My wife, Pamela O’Toole, and I founded School of the Nations in June of 1996, and we opened the doors for our first students in September 1996.

What makes Nations a unique experience? 

 The chance to mix with students from a wide range of backgrounds and to benefit from a very committed cadre of teachers.

Was there a teacher or professor who made a profound impact on you? 

My history teacher at secondary school who helped us to believe in ourselves and be the best versions of what we can be.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Nations? 

A happy environment

What is the last book you read?

The Alchemist

What are your favorite shows to watch on TV?

Peaky Blinders and Fauda

Where do you want to travel but have never been?

Afghanistan – to learn from a people who have suffered so much and yet who remain resilient and hopeful.

What person inspires you and why?

My dear wife, Pamela, for her ability to only see the good in others and to always be the epitome of kindness.