Our Governance

Brief Introduction to the Governance of Wellington College China Schools

日本一道本一区Wellington College China (WCC) schools currently have fifteen governors in total.

日本一道本一区Each school has five board members, drawn down from the total fifteen mentioned above. For WCC International Schools, the governors are jointly appointed by Wellington College China and Wellington College in the UK, whereas Huili School governors are solely appointed by Wellington College China. People with the expertise and skills required to support the colleges in operating to the highest standards across all functions are selected. Searches take place across the Wellington community and networks for potential members with that sought-after expertise and a willingness to contribute. Currently, the WCC Board has British and Chinese educators, a legal expert, finance experts, a tax expert, a marketing expert and several entrepreneurs who understand how to operate in China. Outside the board meeting cycles, the WCC governors are always available to provide advice and support in their areas of expertise, which all Wellington College China schools and colleges can access.

日本一道本一区As mentioned above, a subset of five members form each school’s governing body, known as the School Affairs Board (SAB). This is the legal board for each school or college, where key strategic decisions are approved. The SAB meets three times a year, in November, April and June and is attended by the Master, Second Master/ Principal and Bursar, along with the five SAB members who have the legal voting rights.

Each college’s SAB is supported by three sub-committees, which are the forums for more detailed discussions on focused topics. This is also where external advisors are invited to attend for support where needed (for example, facilities management experts).

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The 3 sub committees meet prior to each of the SAB meetings, in the order listed above. Educational needs of the college always come first: the priorities for educational development are determined in the academic sub-com which is followed by the facilities and services sub-com where provision to meet the educational outcomes is decided, before finally feeding into the finance and HR sub-com to inform and plan the budget. The recommendations and meeting minutes of the three sub-committee meetings are then submitted to the SAB meetings.

The college budgeting process and timeline is designed to support each college’s strategic planning and fits into the SAB meeting cycles. All Wellington College China schools and colleges are not-for-profit organisations. Financial management is driven by educational quality. Thus, any surpluses generated are invested back into the schools and colleges and education research.

Wellington College China governance undergoes an annual evaluation process to examine the effectiveness of its strategic leadership. This is done through self-assessment by all governors, collecting feedback from school leaders, as well as working with external consultants to compare ourselves with the most effective school governance worldwide. The Board works with an experienced UK school governance specialist who supported the development of the current structure and provides ongoing training and support to all the governors. This continuous self-improvement process helps to keep the board professional and adaptable to each school’s, and the group’s, growing needs.

The role of a governor is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the school leaders. ‘Critical’ in order to continually strive to raise the bar and hold the leaders accountable to deliver ever higher standards. ‘Friendly’ because the role is supportive as we work towards achieving a mutually shared vision.

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Joy Qiao

Joy Qiao

Chair of Governors
Wellington College
China
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Joy Qiao

Ms Joy Qiao is the founder and Chair of Governors of Wellington College China. She has been devoted to international education in China for many years and is committed to fostering exchanges and partnerships with Britain. Having grown up in Shanghai, Ms Joy Qiao attended the University of Oxford from which she holds a BA in Computer Science. She then worked in the IT industry for a decade in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the UK, Germany and China. Becoming a mother motivated her interest in education and inspired her advance into the international education sector. She has extensive experience in multi-lingual communication and cross-cultural co-operation and is a critical bridge for bringing together the multiple partners involved in setting up Wellington College in China. Ms Joy Qiao also holds an EMBA degree from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and is fluent in Mandarin, English and Shanghainese. She is married with two children, both of whom are attending Wellington College International Shanghai.

Helen Kavanagh

Helen Kavanagh

Chief Executive Officer and Governor
Wellington College China
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Helen Kavanagh

Ms. Helen Kavanagh is Chief Executive Officer of Wellington College China. Helen is a native of the UK who was employed as the International Business Director for Wellington College, quality assuring the schools in China and leading business development globally. She has served on the Wellington College China Board as the Deputy Chairman since August 2014 and already has a deep understanding of our needs as a fast-growing organisation.

日本一道本一区With over 30 years’ experience in education Helen has operated in a wide range of contexts in the UK and internationally. After two successful Headships in England she became a Senior Inspections Manager with responsibility for the quality of inspections in over 1500 schools, and from there went on to lead a school reform project in the UAE before being promoted to Regional Director Middle East. She was next appointed as Executive Vice President of an American education company providing advice and guidance to schools in the US, UK, UAE, Qatar, Turkey, India and Jordan.

Helen has represented employers nationally and internationally up to government level. She has mentored many Heads for over 15 years and still gains a buzz from being in the school environment. She has a BA (Hons) from Sheffield University; a PGCE (Leicester University) and 2 further postgraduate degrees in Education Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her elder daughter is a teacher in the UAE. Her younger daughter is a graduate of Wellington College and currently studies at McGill University, Montreal.? She enjoys travel, keeping fit and food.

Scott Bryan

Scott Bryan

Governor
Wellington College International
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Scott Bryan

日本一道本一区Mr Scott Bryan is the newly appointed International Director for Wellington College. He is responsible for developing Wellington College International’s schools’ business and working with partners to ensure the reputation and quality of those schools.

日本一道本一区Scott brings a thorough understanding of the UK independent sector coupled with a wide range of international experience from more than 20 years working in education.? His school leadership experience includes three successful Headships; in the UK, UAE and more recently as a founding Head in Switzerland.

Scott has previously held the post of Strategic Director at a leading UK Independent School, including?responsibility?for developing international business.?He has also served on school governing bodies and chaired the finance committee. He brings extensive experience of international schools business, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, school improvement and mentoring of senior leaders.

日本一道本一区Scott has a BSc (Hons), PGCE and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies. He is office based at Wellington College in the UK, though in his spare time he joins his family at home in the Swiss Alps, where he enjoys skiing and a variety of outdoor sports with his wife and two daughters.

Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Independent Researcher / Consultant
Inspector, Moonshot Academy
Governor, Wellington College China
日本一道本一区 Trustee, the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

日本一道本一区Born in Shanghai, Terry finished his K-12 education in China and received his B.A. from Peking University in Arabic Language and Culture. During his 9 years living in the U.S., he received his doctorate degree in Education Leadership from University of Southern California, specializing in K12 Education Administration. Terry also holds two Masters degrees, one in Second Language Studies from University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and the other in Organizational Communication from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Terry had been the Headmaster for Peide School, Associate Director for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Director for International Education at Communication University of China, President for Yihai Education Group, Division Principal for International school of the Peninsula, and Clinical Professor at Loyola Marymount University. His presentation “Bear’s paw and fish: A gently biased comparison between Chinese and Western Education” had been viewed online for more than 10,000,000 times.

Terry published 4 books in the past two years: Diary of a School Principal; Divergence & Convergence between Chinese and Western Education; Ins & Outs of International Education; and My Salmon Run. He raised 135,000 US$ by selling his books on line, ranking No.1 on a crowd-funding website and donated all the royalty and profit to help disadvantaged students. He is also the translator of You, your child and school by Sir Ken Robinson.

日本一道本一区Terry’s research interests and expertise involve comparison between Chinese & Western education, two-way immersion bilingual education, 21st century skills, international school design & management, curriculum development & integration, principal and teacher training, experiential learning, PBL, 1st and 2nd language teaching, cross-cultural communication, study abroad advising, etc. He visited nearly 200 schools and institutions in 6 countries in the past year and is dedicated to provoke and promote innovative education all over China.

David Mallinson

David Mallinson

Governor
Wellington College International
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David Mallinson

日本一道本一区David is an Old Wellingtonian (Picton), having attended the college from 1979-1984.

He holds a BA (History) from Bristol University, UK, and studied law at The College of Law, Guildford. He was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in 1993 before moving to Hong Kong where he qualified in 1995.

David has the rare attribute of having experience as in house counsel and also in private practice and uses this in advising clients across Asia Pacific on transactions in the Hotels and Hospitality and Sports sectors.

Prior to joining Withers in August 2016, David was a partner at Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong which he joined in 2006. Before that David was in house counsel with Le Meridien and Starwood Hotels and Resorts (2003-2006) and at World Sport Group (1996-2003).

David has built deep, and well respected, relationships in the hospitality and sports sectors and is recognised as a leading lawyer operating in these industries across Asia Pacific. He works closely with regional team leader Robert Williams and his team based out of Sydney and Singapore and regularly speaks at industry conferences in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region.

In his spare time, David enjoys a variety of different sports. He is the current Hong Kong Masters 45+ Squash Champion and with regard to cricket, he captained the Hong Kong Cricket Club and Bristol University teams and was a member of the MCC (London). He is a keen golfer and enjoys playing tennis. He is also actively involved in coaching and refereeing junior rugby.

Chen Wei

Chen Wei

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Chen Wei

Ms Chen is a Managing Director at Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited. She started her investment banking career at Lehman Brothers New York office in 2000. Since her relocation to Hong Kong, she has been serving Chinese corporate clients for public and private bond offering, pre-IPO mezzanine financing and cross-border M&A advisory. She is also enthusiastic in social responsibilities. She is member of All-China Youth Federation, member of Jiangxi Provincial Political Consultative Committee and invited representative for Shanghai Women’s Federation.
Ms Chen received her BA from Fudan University and Master of Accounting from University of Southern California. She is married with four children and her elder son is currently attending Wellington College International Shanghai.

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Governor
Wellington College International
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Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen has a career spanning over 30 years in financial services with a focus on Asia and Asian stockmarkets. Since 2002, he has resided in Shanghai, where he manages BPI China, a company he founded to specialise in direct investment opportunities for foreign investors into China. In addition, BPI China provides business strategy consultancy and research to local companies. In this time, Patrick has been managing certain private discretionary funds to invest in China and other parts of Asia. Previously, he was an institutional stockbroker. Having begun his career in New York, he joined Crosby Securities in 1989 in London, moved to Hong Kong in 1993 to manage their sales and trading desks, and thence, as a director, to New York.

Since 2005, he has been chairman of The China A Share Fund. In 2006, he became chairman of DFM Films, Shanghai, Ltd., and has subsequently, in 2010, helped found EBF International Investment Group, an education services company, which he also chairs. He is a trustee of the Shanghai Community Sports Club.

Patrick is married and has three children, two of whom are presently attending Wellington College, UK.

Maya Tarabay Schisano

Maya Tarabay Schisano

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Maya Tarabay Schisano

A ‘global citizen’, Maya first became seriously interested in education when her boys first started school at Wellington College in 2014. Recognizing the alignment between the College’s philosophy and ethos and her own, she put her energy and focus as a parent into working towards that common goal: a school in which all children can thrive and that her boys are proud to call Wellington.

日本一道本一区Maya is one of the founding members of the Friends of Wellington (FOW) serving as the events chair since 2014 and the Chair of FOW in the 2018-19 school year. She worked closely with the College to achieve an open, dynamic and inclusive culture. As someone who is passionate about young people she is proud to have helped build a community that every parent, student, teacher and business in Shanghai wants to be a part of. During her tenure she was responsible for many memorable events from creative concept to securing corporate sponsorships – including the Easter Parade, Christmas Bazaar, Summer Fair and the Wellington Ball. All events that have had charitable and community impact.

Maya has extensive experience working in the luxury goods industry including having been a global account manager at Prada. She also has experience in public relations and marketing, consulting for various Lebanese businesses as well as MSN Arabia and Sabil Water.
日本一道本一区 In addition she spent some time working as a presenter for the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) in Lebanon.

日本一道本一区Maya has a Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design, Marketing and Fine Arts from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and is fluent in Arabic, French, Italian and English. Currently living in Shanghai, Maya has lived in the United States, Lebanon, the UAE, Italy and Australia.

Jean-Paul Churchouse

Jean-Paul Churchouse

Governor
Wellington College International
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Jean-Paul Churchouse

Jean-Paul is an old Wellingtonian, having attended the College from 1989 until 1994 where he was an enthusiastic member of the Talbot House.

He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), in 1998 with a BA in Political Science
日本一道本一区 Jean-Paul is a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. He has been in the finance industry in Asia for 19 years, primarily based in Hong Kong but also spending several years in Tokyo. He began his career at a distressed debt fund before moving to ING Barings in a Convertible Bond sales role. He then worked at Nomura before joining Goldman Sachs in 2005 in Tokyo. He relocated back to Hong Kong to sell Convertible bonds and Equity derivatives in 2007. In 2010 he took over the institutional middle market sales business before moving to Private Wealth Management in 2014 to take over the capital markets businesses in Asia. His role involves advising Ultra-High Net Worth Clients in the region on protecting and investing their wealth.

Jean-Paul is an avid sailor, having represented Hong Kong a number of times over the years and is also an enthusiastic snowboarder and golfer. He is married to Tamsin and has two young children.

HELEN ZHANG

HELEN ZHANG

Governor
Wellington College
China
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HELEN ZHANG

Helen Zhang is currently Director of Finance at Wellington College China. Before the appointment, Helen has served as a member of the Wellington College China Board during 2016-2018. Helen Zhang graduated from Fudan University major in International Finance. She is a qualified Chinese CPA and started her career as an auditor in PwC Shanghai. The audit experience provided her with extensive technical knowledge and practical skills in accounting, auditing, tax and internal controls. Helen subsequently joined Johnson Controls Asia Pacific where she took on diverse roles with enhanced business and management responsibilities including the Regional Lead Auditor of Asia Pacific, the Finance Controller of Power Solution Asia Headquarter and the Controller of Supply Chain Management. Helen is married and has two children.

May Lee

May Lee

Governor
Wellington College
China
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May Lee

Over the last eight years, May has led two groundbreaking innovations in higher education: NYU Shanghai and ShanghaiTech. Utilizing her experience in various industries (financial services, education, and marketing), insight into entrepreneurship and deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem in China and the U.S., May offers strategic advice to large organizations on change management and digital transformation. Moreover, her ability to bridge academic research and product development gives her a unique ability to drive innovation within an organization. As a leader, May articulates a clear vision, formulates strategy, and oversees execution with attention to detail.

May received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She was a Visiting Foreign Student of Peking University. She is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is also a mentor for Chinaccelerator Shanghai, the Board of Directors of National Partnership for Women and Families, the Lifetime Trustee of NYU School of Law, and the Board of Directors of Chelsea Day School.

Career Highlights:

  • 25+ years of corporate and education experience leading and executing on China expansion initiatives and across a wide-range of issues including regulatory landscape, negotiating strategies, cross-cultural communication, market-entry, joint-venture structures and strategy, and talent management matters. Most recently led two groundbreaking efforts in higher-education: establishing the first undergraduate U.S. degree-granting campus in China and part of the leadership team starting a new science and technology university in China responsible for School of Entrepreneurship.
  • Leadership role in several change-management initiatives including significant firm wide efforts to streamline capital usage and legal entity management at Merrill Lynch.
  • Leader of the Merrill Lynch integration team and appointment as Co-head of Transition.
  • Proven track record of recognizing strategic growth opportunities and realizing them with an intense focus on operational excellence. Envisioned and drafted the strategic plan for the formation of the Credit Derivatives business at Goldman, Sachs; became COO of the business unit with reporting lines to the firm’s Chief Risk Officer and divisional partners (FICC) overseeing regulatory capital and balance sheet usage, credit risk; legal and technology; surpassed revenue targets by 100% in year one.
  • Ten years of experience as an attorney in the financial services sector.
  • Successful entrepreneur: double digit revenue growth at a start-up advertising agency by introducing systems, and aligning the agency with select private-equity funds.
  • Vetted candidate for Assistant Secretary of Treasury under Secretary Geithner.
Lydia Cheung

Lydia Cheung

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Lydia Cheung

日本一道本一区Ms. Lydia Cheung is the Financial Controller of Italian luxury fashion brand INNIU. She is a visionary finance professional with extensive technical knowledge in international luxury fashion industry that she previously worked for Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna and Balenciaga. Ms. Cheung has been appointed as the Non-Executive Director of Wellington College International China Management Ltd since 2016.

日本一道本一区Lydia has more than 20 years of financial management experience in the United Kingdom and Greater China. Her expertise anticipates strategic investment, optimize capital structure, budget control, implement financial recommendations to achieve business objectives and enhance sustainable long-term shareholders value and profitability.

Lydia graduated at Queen Mary College (University of London) with a BSc. (Hon) Statistics and also holds a MBA degree from Oklahoma City University, USA. She practiced as an auditor in London after graduation. Lydia is primarily based in Hong Kong. Relocated to Shanghai in 2008 for luxury brands working and living across China, Hong Kong, London and Italy. She is married with one daughter who is a graduate of The Wellington Academy UK and is currently starting her Postgraduate in Luxury Brand Management.

ELTON HUANG

ELTON HUANG

Governor
Wellington College
China
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ELTON HUANG

日本一道本一区Elton Huang has over 20 years of experience serving the Chinese Government, Chinese companies and multinational companies. Since 1995 when he joined PwC Shanghai, Elton has completed a number of overseas assignments in London with the European M&A Group and in San Jose, California in the US. Elton has a wealth of experience in tax planning, investment and finance structuring and has been leading a professional team in serving Chinese companies to invest overseas.

日本一道本一区Elton is the Senior Partner of PwC Shanghai. He is also the Vice Chairman of Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign investment, Shanghai Services Federation Committee Member and advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Government. Elton is a board member of Shanghai Charity Foundation – United Way Fund.

日本一道本一区Elton is married and has two children , both are presently attending Wellington College International Shanghai. Elton enjoys running marathons and ultra-trail races.

JACKY NI RUI MING

JACKY NI RUI MING

Governor
Wellington College
China
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JACKY NI RUI MING

Jacky Ni is the Headmaster of Shanghai Pudong High School, with over 20 years of school leadership experience across six schools. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University and began his teaching career at Shanghai Jianping High School and progress his career there. In July 1996, Jacky took up his first headship position.

日本一道本一区He studied part-time at East China Normal University and the National Training Centre for Secondary School Principals by Ministry of Education. In order to extend his professional learning beyond the education sector, Jacky also studied EMBA courses at Fudan University, the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and Freeman Business School, Tulane University.

日本一道本一区In 2004, he took part in a Leadership program sponsored by the British Council and Shanghai Education Commission and in 2006 led Hualin Middle School successfully through an inspection by 2 HMIs. Between 2006 and 2007, Jack completed a Leadership and Self Inspection programme at the Institute of Education, London University and he also attained a Master’s Degree in Education from Towson University, USA. Jacky has undertaken more than ten research projects at national, municipal and district levels for which he has been awarded two National First Prizes and numerous other prizes.

Throughout his career, Jacky’s leadership has been recognised with a wide range of honours, including the award of Excellent Teacher and Excellent Master by Shanghai Education Commission. He has also been bestowed the ‘Prominent Master Development Project’ in Shanghai and requested to deliver Advanced Master Workshop Training for High Schools nationwide organised by the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, Jacky has been invited to deliver lectures by The British Council and a wide range of universities.

日本一道本一区Jacky is motivated by finding ways to effectively integrate western and eastern education, to link the traditional and current educational approaches and is fully committed to continuous school improvement.

日本一道本一区Born in Shanghai, Jacky is married and has one child. He enjoys travelling.

Anthony Zhao

Anthony Zhao

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Anthony Zhao

日本一道本一区Mr. Anthony Zhao is a managing partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm and the head of its Shanghai office. He is admitted to practice law in China and New York State. His practice is concentrated on PE/VC investments, corporate/M&A and capital markets, with extensive experiences in a broad range of industrial sectors in China. Anthony has been consistently recognized by various major international institutions as an Asian leading law practitioner in the above areas and TMT sector; he was awarded by All China Lawyers Association as a “National Leading Lawyer” and honored by Shanghai Bar Association as an “Orient’s Best Lawyer”.

日本一道本一区Anthony obtained his LLB from Fudan University, LLM in International Economic Law from Queen’s University (Canada), and LLM in Corporate Law from New York University. He had worked at Paul Weiss in New York and Hong Kong before he joined Zhong Lun. He is a member of the Standing Committee of CPPCC Shanghai Pudong New Area Committee and a director of Shanghai Young Intellectuals Association, and he was as a member of All-China Youth Federation (the Ninth National Congress).

日本一道本一区Anthony is married and has one child who is presently attending Wellington College International Shanghai. Anthony is a keen observer of international relations, like to be a gastronomic traveler, and enjoys exploring the creativity embedded in different cultures.