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 six members who are drawn from existing school SABs.
All 25 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 International China Management (WCICM, a company owned by the Founder and Chairman) and Wellington College International (WCI, a subsidiary of Wellington College in England). Huili SAB members are solely appointed by WCICM.
Throughout the year, the WCC members meet to:
· Evaluate the effectiveness of governance and plan for improvements
· Share group-level information and long-term development strategy
· Engage in training and development
There are three full-time governors: The Chairman, the CEO and the International Business Director (IBD). The Chairman 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 three times a year. It oversees the work of three sub-committees, to which much of the decision making has been delegated:
· Academic (ASC)
· Facilities and Services (FaSC)
· Finance and HR (FiHRSC)
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, employees who have undertaken the WCC High Potential programme, 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 a referral 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 and learn from the most effective school governance worldwide. The Board works with experienced UK school governance and culture specialists to support the development of the current approach and provide 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.
Founder and Chairman
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.
Chief Executive Officer and Governor
Helen is a native of the UK who is employed as the International Business Director for Wellington College, quality assuring the schools in China and leading business development globally.
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!.
Echo Jin is the Chief Financial Officer of Greater China Region at Microsoft. As a member of the Greater China leadership team, Echo assists Microsoft's CEO in driving the company’s long-term planning and strategic development in the region, and empower Microsoft’s customers to maximize business value more rapidly and efficiently. Before joining Microsoft, Echo was President of HPE China, overseeing the overall management and providing management support for HPE's joint ventures in China.
Echo has held numerous financial positions in many global enterprises. With her rich experience in financial and business management, she provides strategic guidance through market data analysis and business insights, helping enterprises to maximize their benefits in major transactions.
Echo holds a bachelor’s degree in international economic law from China University of Political Science and Law, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Justin Koh is a Senior Manager at L.E.K. Consulting and the lead for its Global Education Practice in China. L.E.K. Consulting is a global strategy consulting firm with over 1,500 professionals across 20 offices. The global education practice has supported strategy and investment decisions for clients across all sub-sectors of education globally and in China.
Justin has over 12 years of consulting experience in education, retail and consumer spaces with his main areas of focus being in market entry strategy, due diligence studies and change management programmes.
Justin graduated from Singapore Management University with an honours degree in Finance. He is a Singaporean national and has resided in Shanghai since 2011 with his wife and daughter.
Jia Lili works as Associate Head of School & Dean of Curriculum at Keystone Academy. She has been working in the field of education for over 29 years and has served at different international and bilingual schools as well as Chinese National government schools where she gained her teaching and leadership experience in Chinese National Curriculum, IGCSE and IB. She is familiar with both national education system and international school operation.
During her time working at local government schools in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, she worked as homeroom teacher, language lead teacher, grade level leader and also an examiner for the China National Curriculum High School Entrance Exam. She was recognised as an Outstanding Young Teacher at the city and district level, and has experience working in the Dean of Studies and Moral Education offices.
Lili has been working with IB program for over 23 years and she is an IB workshop leader with over 15 years of teacher training experience. She also works as an IB field representative, senior examiner, school authorization visiting team leader and consultant, school evaluation leader and programme leader. During this time, she has conducted and led authorization and evaluation visits to many schools across the Asia-Pacific region and has provided consultation to schools both within and outside the region. She has led many regional and in-school workshops on a wide range of topics. She was distinguished speaker and presenter at many national and international education conferences, such as the US NCLC conference, ACAMIS Summer Institute, EARCOS teachers conference and the IBC Annual conference.
She is committed to blending distinctive traditions in Eastern, Western and international education and truly believes in developing a positive instinct for difference, and a desire to learn from otherness.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Mark Yunfeng Wang
Mark Wang is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited (“HSBC China”).
Mr Wang joined HSBC in 2005, and has served in a number of leadership positions, driving China-related business in trading and capital markets. In June 2016, he was appointed Head of Global Banking and Markets China at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.
In March 2020, Mr Wang assumed the role of Deputy Chairman of the Board of HSBC China. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC China in June 2020.
With over 30 years of experience, Mr Wang is one of the earliest bankers in Mainland China dedicated to international capital markets. Prior to HSBC, Mr Wang held a number of senior management roles for Bank of China and Deutsche Bank, respectively, in Mainland China, Hong Kong and London.
Mr Wang represents HSBC as the Deputy Director of the Fifth Standing Council of China Banking Association Foreign Bank Working Committee. He is the Deputy Director of Shanghai Financial Association, a Member of the Strategic Development Committee of Shenzhen Stock Exchange and a Council Member of China Finance 40 Forum. Mr Wang is also a management committee member of China Children Development Fund on behalf of HSBC.
Mr Wang holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from Fudan University.
Ms Wenbin Wang is the Business Director of Malvern College Qingdao. Previously, she worked in Manhattan, New York. After returning to China in 2014, she joined Malvern College Qingdao. As Business Director, she has been highly involved in the day-to-day and strategic operation of a large international school. In order to best support families wishing to send their children to study abroad, Ms Wang continuously revises and evaluates the most suitable study direction through in-depth research and analysis.
Ms Wang graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She applied to study abroad through the public high school system in China, and witnessed the changes in the methods of application to overseas study. Owing to her experience and research, she is familiar with the difficulties Chinese students may face when studying abroad. She is well versed in the differences between various education systems, along with cultural differences between China and the West. She understands the advantages of both education systems, and seeks to promote common ground when overseeing the daily operation and development of the school.
Ms Wenbin Wang has many years research experience in the international education industry and has been invited to participate in and speak at many conferences. She has unique insight into international education and cross-cultural exchanges. She is accomplished in international school operation, international teacher recruitment and training. Malvern College Qingdao has grown to be the largest international school in Shandong Province.
Oliver Wells is the Founding British Executive Headteacher at Rong Qiao Sedbergh School Fuzhou. He has more than six years’ experience leading international bilingual schools in China, having also previously been the Founding Headteacher at Wycombe Abbey Changzhou and Deputy Headteacher at Malvern College Qingdao.
Prior to moving to China, Oliver was Associate Principal at Westminster Academy in London, a school offering both IB and A levels. Oliver studied at Sheffield University (BA), King’s College (PGCE, MA) and completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship with the Institute of Education in London. He is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Lancaster University and Mandarin Chinese with Taipei Normal University.
Oliver has been involved in the accreditation and audit of international schools around China and through his dialogue with universities has a deep understanding of the platform a good school can provide to students in terms of evidencing excellence. Oliver has previously been a school governor in the UK.
Helen is a qualified Chinese CPA and started her career as an auditor with PwC Shanghai. Her six years of audit experience provided her with sound accounting, tax and auditing technical knowledge and practical skills and extensive experience in internal controls under the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Helen subsequently joined Johnson Controls in Shanghai 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 got her Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University with the major in International Finance. She loves traditional Chinese culture including Chinese characters (Han Zi) and Book of Songs (Shi Jing). She also enjoys travelling, reading, cooking and baking. Helen is married and has two children.