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Helen Kavanagh

25 September 2020

Ms Helen Kavanagh is the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington College China. Helen is a native of the United Kingdom (UK) who has served on the Wellington College China Board as the Deputy Chairman since August 2014 and has a deep understanding of our needs as a fast-growing organisation.

Helen has a BA (Hons) from Sheffield University, a PGCE (Leicester University) and two further postgraduate degrees in Education Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Before taking up her current role with Wellington College China she was employed as the International Business Director for Wellington College International, quality assuring the schools in China and leading business development globally.

With over 35 years’ experience in education Helen has operated in a wide range of contexts, both 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 she went on to lead a school reform project in the United Arab Emirates (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 United States, 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 20 years and still gains a buzz from being in the school environment. 

Her eldest daughter is a Head in the UAE. Her youngest daughter is a graduate of Wellington College in England and McGill University, currently living in Montreal and working in marketing. Montreal. Helen enjoys travel, keeping fit and food.

The Huili School Shanghai Community is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils.