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.
Anne 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.
Having 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.
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!
Danny 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.
With 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.
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.
Lesley 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.
Mei 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.
Dr. 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.
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.