Education Committee

The role of the Committee is to be an authoritative voice on educational issues that affect British business in the Hong Kong SAR. The committee provides an authoritative and constructive response to consultative and policy papers prepared by the government of the Hong Kong SAR on educational issues that have a direct or indirect effect on members of the Chamber; to identify the opportunities and other requirements that the British business community expects from the Hong Kong educational system; to examine the role which business plays in providing further education and training for their employees, and to make recommendations about improvements and developments that might be made in the future; to communicate information on educational issues to the membership of the Chamber; to encourage the membership to put forward or initiate ideas that might enhance the government’s ability to resolve problems in the educational system of the Hong Kong SAR.

Join the Committee

Mark LoasbyChairConnect Communication LtdRead moreRead lessNeil is the Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce Angel Investment Committee. A Capital Markets Investment Banker of 13 years, Neil worked in London, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong before establishing his first entrepreneurial venture with spa 'Sense of Touch' in 2002, which is now one of Hong Kong's leading spa brands with six locations and multiple industry awards. Neil also owns Evolution-U, a corporate training consultancy focusing on NLP Communication, Influence, Profiling, Sales & Negotiation skills. He has trained over 4,000 executives across sectors including banking & finance, government, consultancy, luxury retail and manufacturing. Neil holds a BSc (hons) degree in Accountancy and Financial Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Executive Masters in International Negotiation and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. From 2013-2018 he was a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University. Neil is a Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP), a Time Line Therapy Trainer (TLTA), and an ICF Accredited Coach.
Jessie YipChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessJessie 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.
Lesley CameronMemberSt. James's Place Wealth ManagementRead moreRead lessLesley Cameron is an Executive Partnership Development Manager with St. James’s Place, a FTSE100 wealth management company with funds under management in excess of 75.3 billion GBP globally. She has over 25 years’ experience within Financial Services in various roles and is now a senior member the St. James’s Place management team in Hong Kong, where she works to grow and develop the St. James’s Place business in Hong Kong.
Benjamin KeelingMemberShrewsbury International School Hong KongRead moreRead lessHaving gained full educational qualification from Roehampton University in 2005, Ben Keeling worked in an outstanding school in central London for five years. During that time, he supported two successful inspections and took up the role of Assistant Head teacher. An interest in internationalism and a passion for community driven education led him to Indonesia in 2010, where he took up a role on the Senior Leadership Team within a large and very well established British International School. He then moved to Hong Kong in 2013 to assist in the setup and early development of the new purpose-built campus of Kellett School in Kowloon Bay, before being appointed as Principal at Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong. He joined the team in January 2017 and looks forward to working closely with his international colleagues to deliver a uniquely specialised provision.
Anne SawyerMemberInternational Montessori SchoolRead moreRead lessAnne Sawyer is the Co-Founder and School Supervisor of The International Montessori School (IMS). She has over 15 years of Montessori school operations and education experience. During her childhood, Anne attended thirteen different schools in the US, the UK, and in Europe, including a Montessori elementary programme in Germany. It was this Montessori experience that in retrospect changed the way she thought and learned. Prior to establishing IMS, Anne worked for a multinational Fortune 500 company in the U.S. and Asia. She was a global Strategic Analyst for a specialty polymer business, including M&A work, then moved to Asia where she was responsible for developing and expanding the business in Asia. Anne was then promoted to establish the e-Business for the entire company in the United States, however missed Asia, and returned to Hong Kong. The entrepreneurial spirit was always a key driver for Anne, and when the interest in starting something new coincided with a clear need for better education options in Hong Kong, IMS was born. Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Chemistry, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is also Visiting Faculty for Wellesley College, and the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute of Global Affairs.
Ian ClaytonMemberFrench International SchoolRead moreRead lessWith over 30 years of experience in education, Mr. Clayton joined the French International School as Head of the International Stream in September 2014 from the West Island School in Hong Kong, where he had served as Vice-Principal since 2009. Prior to that, he was the founding Head of Secondary School at the British School in Manila for 8 years. Before moving to Asia, Mr. Clayton taught in various schools in the UK, where he focused on education and history. He also spent a year at the University of East Anglia teaching postgraduate education courses. Mr. Clayton is a qualified accreditor by the Council of International Schools.
Christopher NgMemberBritish CouncilRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Sophia IpMemberDepartment for International Trade, British Consulate General Hong KongRead moreRead lessSophia works in the trade team in Hong Kong. She is the lead for the education and training sector, her portfolio ranges from international school licenses, eLearning opportunities, education infrastructure to transnational education opportunities. Prior to this she has worked in a variety of different education organisations including, the British Council, the International Affairs Office of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as an education consultant for a leading education agency in Hong Kong.
John MortensenMemberJones Lang LasalleRead moreRead lessJohn 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.
Prof. Judith LamieMemberUniversity of DerbyRead moreRead lessProfessor 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.
Mandy WongMemberCity and GuildsRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Peter WongVice ChairCanadian International School of Hong KongRead moreRead lessPeter Wong has 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.
Brian CooklinMemberNord Anglia EducationRead moreRead lessA 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!
Robin ListerMemberMalvern CollegeRead moreRead lessDr. Lister is the Founding Headmaster of Malvern College Hong Kong which will open in September 2018. Dr. Lister is an experienced educator who was previously the Senior Deputy Head of Malvern College UK. He taught at Malvern College since 1989 as Head of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Housemaster, Deputy Head and finally Senior Deputy Head. Dr. Lister gained his BA in Theology and post-graduate teaching qualification from Hull University and MA in Religion and Psychology from Harvard University. He then obtained his Ph. D from St Andrews University where he was the Gifford Fellow and a part-time lecturer. Outside of education, Dr. Lister is passionate about the Highlands of Scotland where he spends a few weeks each year. He is also a great admirer of J.S. Bach, modern art and architecture and keen interest in international relations.
Daniel HarringtonMemberITS Education AsiaRead moreRead lessDanny is the founder and Director of ITS Education Asia, a group of educational companies operating in Hong Kong and Singapore and, since the launch in 2014 of a virtual learning environment, across Asia. The group operates two tutorial schools in Hong Kong which provide a wide range of support learning to children in mainstream education. The schools are also uniquely accredited to provide learning and examination in the Edexcel version of UK IGCSE and A-level and have full time students doing these. The company is a UCAS centre and supports both UK and US university admissions. The companies also provide a number of support services into mainstream schools, government and private, in Hong Kong and beyond. ITS was the first school placement consultancy for parents wishing to access mainstream schools in Hong Kong and Singapore, producing the annual Unique Asia Schools Guide since 2009. Danny has lived in Hong Kong since 1997, is married with a son and has been on the Education Committee since 2010.
Prof. Stephen HoMemberFerguson InternationalRead moreRead lessStephen 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.
Mei Mei NgMemberOxford University Press (China) LimitedRead moreRead lessMei Mei Ng is the Managing Director of the Oxford University Press (the Press), Hong Kong branch. The Press, a department of University of Oxford, is the largest university press in the world that publishes in all academic fields from multiple offices around the world. Mei Mei has over 20 years of experience in technology and education industry that spans across Hong Kong and Asia Pacific region. Before joining the Press in 2015, she has held senior positions in a number of renowned organizations, ranging from leading technology firm to government owned edtech organization. She is currently the Executive Committee of e-Learning Consortium and Member of Internet Support Programme Advisory Committee of The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong.
Mark SteedMemberKellett School Association LtdRead moreRead lessBio pending.Mark S. Steed has been the Principal and CEO of Kellett School, Hong Kong, since August 2019.
He spent his career working in top UK independent schools as a teacher, head of department, and boarding housemaster prior to his three senior leadership roles as Headmaster of Kelly College in Devon (2001-08); as Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group (2008-15); and as the Director of JESS, Dubai (2015-19).
Mark has degrees from Cambridge and Nottingham Universities and an Executive Masters-in-Management with Ashridge-Hult Business School, during which he researched ‘Alternative Business models for Secondary Schooling’. He has a particular interest in how new technologies can be used in education and chaired the UK Independent Schools Council IT Strategy Group from 2007 to 2015.
Mark writes extensively on a range of educational issues on his blog, and for Tes.  He is active on twitter @independenthead.

Stewart ReddenMemberEnglish Schools FoundationRead moreRead lessStewart is the Learning and Teaching Adviser (Post-16) for the English Schools Foundation (ESF). The foundation is the largest English-medium international school organisation in Hong Kong. ESF operates 22 schools and runs a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities to bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds.
Dr. Victor NgMemberSHLRead moreRead lessDr Victor Ng has 20 years of experiences across technology, education and talent management fields in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He has served in local primary/secondary/tertiary education as well as Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET). He is currently the General Secretary of HKUGA Education Foundation, which owns two schools (HKUGA Primary School and HKUGA College) under the Direct Subsidy Scheme. He is also a Member of the Incorporated Management Committee at HKUGA Primary School. At the tertiary level, he served as a Court Member of the University of Hong Kong for over 10 years. As for VPET, he used to head up the HKPC Academy at Hong Kong Productivity Council. With his passion in technology and talent management, Victor integrates digitization with talent assessment and development, empowering organisations to build digitally proficient talent pools that are agile and future-proof. He currently heads up the Hong Kong business at SHL, a global leader in data-driven talent assessment and development solutions, with over 40 years of talent expertise, serving more than 10,000 companies in over 150 countries. Victor graduated from the University of Oxford with the British Chevening Scholarship.
Patrick BruceMemberThe Oval Partnership LtdRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Michael SomervilleMemberN/ARead moreRead lessBio pending.
Dr Verner Bickley MBEMemberN/ARead moreRead lessBio pending.