Wellington College China (WCC) aims to establish schools that, over time, can flourish with high levels of autonomy. All schools are legally and financially independent with their own governing boards (School Affairs Board, SAB). However, the schools are not independent. They all operate under a clearly defined common framework. We have consistent standards and policies in many aspects across the group. At the senior leader level, we share some group level targets and work together to nurture the group talent pool. The Central Office is a shared group resource. The WCC Executive Board is established to make group-level strategic decisions and govern the Central Office. It has 6 members who are drawn from existing school SABs.
All 15 members of Wellington and Huili SABs, plus Masters are given the title of Wellington College China governors.
Wellington SAB members are appointed by both Wellington College China and Wellington College International. Huili SAB members are solely appointed by Wellington College China. School Masters are ex-officio non-voting members of their school’s SAB and therefore ex-officio WCC governors.
Annually all the WCC members meet to:
There are 3 full-time governors: The Chair, the CEO and the International Business Director (IBD). The Chair and CEO serve on all Wellington and Huili SABs and the IBD serves on all Wellington SABs. All other governors are non-executives and serve on one SAB only. The combination of paid full-time governors and unpaid non-executive governors provides a balance. The full-time governors have the depth of knowledge and overview of the group and are responsible for much of the governance administrative work, while the non-executive governors provide a broader range of expertise and ensure openness and transparency in our governance.
The SAB meets 3 times a year. It oversees the work of three sub-committees, to which much of the decision making has been delegated:
The aim of the sub-committees of the SAB is to provide a more detailed and practical level of governance to the school. It allows for deeper analysis and discussions and has delegated authority from the SAB to make certain decisions.
The sub-committee members are made up of SAB members, school leaders, Central Office (CO) representative(s), and parent members. This combination is intended to offer a balanced view. The SAB members attending the sub-committee shall decide if any item needs referring up to the SAB.
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.
Joy Qiao is the Founder and Chairman of Wellington College China. She founded the group in 2009 and, under her leadership, Wellington China has become one of the most reputable international education groups in China and globally. Joy grew up in Shanghai and earned her BA in Computer Science at the University of Oxford. Prior to her devotion to education, she had extensive experience working in the IT industry in the United Kingdom, Germany and China.
Joy is married to a British husband and they have two teenage sons. Influenced by this, Joy's vision is to create the world's leading English-Chinese bilingual schools, which combine the very best attributes of both British and Chinese education. She views such blended education as being a key contributor towards deepening understanding and appreciation between China and the rest of the world. Bilingualism, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship will all be highly valued skills in this century when East is meeting West.
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.
Mr Scott Bryan is the 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.
Scott has a BSc (Hons), PGCE and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies. He has a thorough understanding of the United Kingdom (UK) independent sector and a wide range of international experience from more than 20 years of working in education. His school leadership experience includes three successful Headships; in the UK, United Arab Emirates 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 in international schools business, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, school improvement and mentoring of senior leaders.
He is office-based at Wellington College in England, with both his daughters currently attending Wellington College in England. In his spare time he likes to visit the Swiss Alps, where he enjoys skiing and a variety of outdoor sports.
Mr David Mallinson is an Old Wellingtonian (Picton), having attended the College from 1979-1984.
He holds a BA (History) from Bristol University 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 returned to the United Kingdom in September 2018 as a Consultant for Withers law firm.
David has the rare attribute of having experience as in-house counsel and in private practice, and uses this in advising clients across the Asia-Pacific region on transactions in the Hotels, 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. He 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. He is a keen golfer and enjoys playing tennis and paddle tennis.
Mr Jerry Qian is a generalist HR leader with 20+ years of experience across a variety of industries, including FMCG, power and control, lighting, finance, foods and education.
Jerry holds a BE from Shanghai University of Engineering Science, and an EMBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London. He is also a certified coach and professional facilitator.
Jerry has previously worked for large-scale blue chip MNCs like Philips and Schneider Electric, and in recent years he has strived to apply his extensive HR knowledge and skills to help local Chinese companies, both listed and non-listed – big and small.
Throughout his career Jerry has held HR leadership roles that supported a complete range of businesses, including corporate, sales, marketing and supply chain, with a balanced focus on both strategy and execution, in both Asia-Pacific and Chinese markets. He brings all of his prior experience in searching for HR solutions in the face of diverse business challenges with him, as these skills are transferrable and applicable across sectors.
Jerry is married and enjoys exploring various cultures all over the world.
Ms Chen Wei is a Managing Director at Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited.
She received her BA from Fudan University and Master of Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Chen started her investment banking career at Lehman Brothers New York office in 2000. Since relocating 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.
Chen is enthusiastic about social responsibilities. She is member of the All-China Youth Federation, Jiangxi Provincial Political Consultative Committee and is an invited representative for Shanghai Women’s Federation.
She is married with four children and her eldest son previously attended Wellington College International Shanghai.
Mr Patrick Allen has a career spanning over 30 years in financial services, with a focus on Asia and Asian stock markets.
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. During this time, Patrick has been managing 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, Patrick has been chairman of The China A Share Fund. In 2006, he became chairman of DFM Films, Shanghai, Ltd., and 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 in England.
Ms Maya Tarabay Schisano is one of the founding members of the Friends of Wellington (FOW), serving as the Events Chair since 2014 and the Chair in the 2018-19 school year. She worked closely with the College to achieve an open, dynamic and inclusive culture.
Maya has a BA in 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 United Arab Emirates, Italy and Australia.
She has extensive experience working in the luxury goods industry, and was at one time a global account manager at Prada. Maya also has experience in public relations and marketing, consulting for various Lebanese businesses as well as MSN Arabia and Sabil Water. In addition, she spent some time working as a presenter for the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) in Lebanon.
Maya first became seriously interested in education when her boys first started school at Wellington College International Shanghai in 2014. Recognising 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 be Wellingtonians.
Mr Jean-Paul Churchouse is an Old Wellingtonian, having attended the College from 1989-1994 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.
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 moved 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.
Ms Helen Zhang has served as a member of the Wellington College China Board since 2016 whilst taking a Central Office Director of Finance role during 2018-2020.
She graduated from Fudan University with a major in International Finance. Helen 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 Regional Lead Auditor of Asia-Pacific, Finance Controller and Controller of Supply Chain Management of Power Solution Asia Headquarters.
Helen is married and has two children. She has been interested in and enthusiastic about education since becoming a mother, which has given her the chance to experiment with different paths of growth and be a lifelong learner together with her children.
Ms May Lee is a leader who articulates a clear vision, formulates strategy, and oversees execution with attention to detail.
May received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law. She was a Visiting Foreign Student of Peking University.
May has more than 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.
Over the last eight years, May has led two groundbreaking innovations in higher education: NYU Shanghai and ShanghaiTech. Utilising her experience in various industries (e.g. financial services, education, and marketing), insight into entrepreneurship and deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem in China and the United States, May offers strategic advice to large organisations 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 organisation.
May 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.
Ms Lydia Cheung has served as the Non-Executive Director of Wellington College International China Management Ltd since 2016.
Lydia graduated at Queen Mary College (University of London) with a BSc (Hon) Statistics and also holds an MBA degree from Oklahoma City University in the United States. She practiced as an auditor in London after graduation.
Primarily based in Hong Kong, Lydia has more than 20 years of financial management experience in the United Kingdom and Greater China. Her expertise includes anticipating strategic investment, optimising capital structure, budget control, implementing financial recommendations to achieve business objectives and enhancing sustainable long-term shareholder value and profitability.
Lydia is the Financial Controller of Italian luxury fashion brand INNIU. She is a visionary finance professional with extensive technical knowledge in the international luxury fashion industry, having previously worked for Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga.
She is married with one daughter who is a graduate of the Wellington Academy in England and is currently studying her postgraduate degree in Luxury Brand Management.
Mr Elton Huang has over 20 years of experience serving the Chinese Government, Chinese companies and multinational companies.
Since 1995, when he first 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 United States. 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.
Elton is a 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.
Elton is married and has two children; both are presently attending Wellington College International Shanghai. Elton enjoys running marathons and ultra-trail races.
Mr 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, where he was able to further advance his career. In July 1996, Jacky took up his first headship position.
Jacky 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. Between 2006 and 2007, Jacky completed a Leadership and Self Inspection programme at the Institute of Education, London University, and he also attained a MEd from Towson University, United States.
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, and he 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. Jacky has published two books.
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.
Born in Shanghai, Jacky is married and has one child. He enjoys travelling, reading and working out.
Mr Anthony Zhao is the Chairman of the Management Committee of Zhong Lun Law Firm.
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 is admitted to practice law in China and New York State, and previously worked at Paul Weiss in New York and Hong Kong before joining Zhong Lun. Anthony’s practice is concentrated on PE/VC investments, corporate/M&A and capital markets, with extensive experience in a broad range of industrial sectors in China. Anthony has been consistently recognised by major international institutions as a leading Asian law practitioner in the above areas and TMT sector. He was awarded by All China Lawyers Association as a “National Leading Lawyer” and honoured by Shanghai Bar Association as an “Orient’s Best Lawyer”.
He is a member of the Standing Committee of CPPCC Shanghai Pudong New Area Committee, and was as a member of All-China Youth Federation (the Ninth National Congress).
Anthony is married and has one child who attended Wellington College International Shanghai. Anthony is a keen observer of international relations, likes to be a gastronomic traveller, and enjoys exploring the creativity embedded in different cultures.