Mark has spent most of his career in differing forms of education. Currently the Managing Director and founding Partner of Connect Communication, he has spent the last 19 years facilitating workshops and seminars here in Hong Kong and throughout Asia Pacific. Whilst most of his training has been with large financial, legal, and corporate organisations, he has also run numerous programmes for the Hong Kong Government and various educational establishments. This includes the Hong Kong University, The HKUST, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The ESF, and The Chinese International School. Prior to his present position, Mark was a teacher. Starting off in an Inner London Comprehensive School (many years ago!), he went on to work in a special needs school in Zimbabwe, a state school in New Zealand, and finally was the Principal of a small private school in Hong Kong. Mark has been living in Hong Kong for 29 years. A graduate from Queens University, Belfast, he holds a Masters degree in Educational Management. He is married with 4 children. Three of them went through the ESF, from Primary 1 to Secondary 13, before going on to universities in England, Australia, and the USA. His fourth child is currently enjoying life at Bradbury.
Peter Wong, Partner, Education Sector Head for KPMG China and member of KPMG’s Global Education Sector. Over 15 years experience in providing audit and advisory services to prominent multinational organisations and public sector organisations in a diverse range of industries. Works with number of prominent international schools and higher education institutions in Hong Kong and from overseas.
Jessie is the General Manager of the British Chamber and is responsible for the overall operation of the Chamber. She seeks opportunities for committee members to meet and speak privately with government officials and other prominent member of the community to discuss issues that are of concern. Additionally, Jessie also looks after the Construction Industry Committee and the Education Committee.
A teacher with 40 years’ experience, Brian Cooklin has been a Principal in the UK, Mexico and Hong Kong for the last 20 years. A former President of the Headteachers’ Association of Scotland and School Leaders Scotland, Brian was an Executive member of ASCL, served on the Council of the International Confederation of Principals and took part in a number of EU and Government Education projects. He is also an experienced trainer, coach and mentor, and has a great sense of humour!
Frances Moffett-Kouadio is the Trade Commissioner to Hong Kong & Macao. She joined DTI (now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills-BIS) as a fast-streamer in 2001, following a successful teaching career. At DTI she led on an EU Directive, wrote the Departments first Equality Impact Assessment and worked on the Business Support transformation programme, before joining UK Trade & Investment in 2004. Frances has a range of experience in different markets, including Iraq, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and was Director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi for the five years prior to taking up the role of Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong.
Heidi Cheung leads on an education team for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) with responsibility for facilitating export growth for UK businesses in Hong Kong and Macao. At UKTI she advises UK education organisations on their international growth strategies and actively positions Hong Kong as a strategic post for education and training in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Heidi held a number of high profile investment attraction, export development and ministerial liaison posts in Australia; first with the South Australian Government in Education Adelaide and Future ICT, then with the Victorian Government in the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). Heidi has a diverse range of experience having worked on a global scale across 6 government agencies, 16 priority industries and 8 regions. She has on-the-ground experience across all education verticals in over 5 countries.
Jannie is the Senior Director of GROWHOUSE founded this new venture in March 2015 by working exclusively with London Gifted and Talented in Asia. GROWHOUSE offers a retail bookstore and classrooms situated in the heart of Central, carrying an English literacy programme devised by London Gifted and Talented in three streams, namely fiction, non-fiction and film to build up critical reading and critical reasoning skills to learners. It works closely with authors and literary industry leaders to develop literary events and workshops for general public. Growhouse works by a three-prong approach :- Education, Exposure and Experience to ensure growth is accelerated. It is set up under a for-profit social franchise model. Jannie was the former General Manager of Dymocks in Hong Kong in charge of IFC company-run store and 13 franchised stores. Prior to that, she held various positions in the media and content business including being the Head of Marketing at Walt Disney for Disney Channels, Disney Consumer Product Licensing, Head of Marketing at Time Warner for Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video and Regional Marketing Manager launching Yahoo! In Asia. Jannie holds BA in English Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taiwan and MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Hariot-Watt University, Scotland.
John Mortensen is Regional Director of Education and Healthcare services at Jones Lang LaSalle, providing a broad range of real estate services for Universities and International schools in Hong Kong and China. JLL provide Development Advisory services to schools and universities entering into partnerships in China. JLL also provide land and building acquisition services, manage design and construction, and provide facility management services on over 4 million sq ft of education space in Hong Kong and China for some of the most reputable schools and universities in the region. John is also a Governor on the Board of the Kellett School.
Professor Judith Lamie is Pro Vice-Chancellor, External Affairs at the University of Derby. She is responsible for the strategic leadership and development of the University’s external activities, including marketing, communications and PR, alumni and development, corporate and academic partnerships and international recruitment. A primary focus for Derby is on real-world learning, creating employable graduates by developing industry-relevant degrees through its strong relationships with local, national and international businesses. Judith studied at Warwick University, where she graduated with a first-class honours degree in English and Education and a Masters in English. She gained her PhD at the University of Birmingham and has lived and worked not only in the UK, but in Europe and the Far East, spending significant periods of time in Hong Kong. She has worked in an advisory capacity for many institutions, government agencies and educational bodies such as the British Council, the Leadership Foundation and Universities UK. Judith has written and presented widely on English language teaching and learning, the management of change and innovation and on internationalisation, in particular on the implementation of internationalisation at Higher Education institutions globally.
Sophia joined the British Council in 2009 after an extensive career in project management and consulting in the private and public sectors in Canada. She is currently the Head of Education and Society of the British Council in Hong Kong. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership to the education work of the East Asia region as well as in Hong Kong. Whilst much of her work revolves around higher education, she also oversees society programmes that work with schools and communities in Hong Kong in collaboration with trusted partners. Prior to joining the British Council, she was the Director of Education at a Canadian environmental not-for-profit organization. Other career highlights include working for the United Nations’ Dams and Development Unit in Cape Town, South Africa and Environment Canada, the Canadian government’s ministry of the environment.
Stephen is the founding Chairman of the MacGregor Group of companies. The group recruits international students for overseas studies and provide Trans-national education in collaboration with British universities. Stephen is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Institute Fellow of Asia Pacific Institute of Business, Hong Kong Chinese University. Stephen teaches Marketing and Logistics on part-time basis. He serves local tertiary education institutions as member of the Academic Committee, Adviser and External Examiner.