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.

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Mark LoasbyChairConnect Communication LtdRead moreRead lessMark 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.
Lesley CameronVice ChairSt. 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.
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. Additionally, Jessie also looks after the Construction Industry Committee and the Education Committee.
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.
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.
Benjamin KeelingMemberShrewsbury International School Hong KongRead moreRead lessMr Ben Keeling is the Principal of Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong. He has worked as a school leader for over 15 years and is a highly respected educationalist, author and columnist holding an extensive knowledge of local context.
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.
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.
John ShooterMemberOxbridge British SchoolRead moreRead lessJohn won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he took a full part in University life. After further postgraduate study in both the UK and US he has worked in a variety of education roles over the past thirty years, including Head of Department, Boarding Housemaster and Principal. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 1994. Away from education, he is an experienced ocean sailor and an accomplished musician. John is delighted to have been appointed the founding Principal of Oxbridge School.
Howard TuckettMemberWycombe Abbey School Hong KongRead 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.
Aruna VermaMemberThe University of LawRead moreRead lessAruna Verma is an Associate Professor at The University of Law. She is currently the Programme Director in Hong Kong. Aruna holds an LLB Hons attending the College of Law in Guildford for the LPC. She trained and qualified as a solicitor predominantly working in litigation. She began teaching in 2008 as a visiting lecturer whilst she maintained her practise. She initially taught on the BVC (now BPTC) before expanding her teaching into the LPC, GDL and MA Law. She teaches criminal litigation and ethics on the BPTC, dispute resolution and advanced crime on the LPC, criminal law and ethics on the GDL and MA Law course. She was the Programme Lead for the GDL as well as the Master of Arts in Law (MA Law) programme. Aruna has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority since 2016. She was recognised for her teaching excellence in 2019 where she was awarded MA Law lecturer of the year voted by the Student Association. Aruna enjoys developing international activities and non-standard programmes such as summer schools. From 1st September Aruna will be moving to Hong Kong, The University of Law’s first international campus. She will be the first Programme Director.
Rain JonesMemberMount Kelly School Hong KongRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Mark SteedMemberKellett School Association LtdRead moreRead lessMark 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.
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.
Ann HaydonMember Harrow School Hong Kong Read moreRead less Ms. Haydon took up her position as Head of Harrow School Hong Kong on 1 August 2017. She is the first woman to lead a Harrow School. After reading Economics and Geography at the University of Surrey, Ms. Haydon completed her PGCE at the University of Nottingham. In 2007 she gained the National Qualification for Headship from the University of London. In 2013 she was awarded a distinction in the Pearson UK. Headteacher of the Year Awards and has gained national recognition for work in leadership, governance, teaching and learning and marketing in Schools. In 2012, Ms. Haydon and her Senior Leadership Team won the Independent Schools ‘Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year’ and in 2013 received the accolade of ‘Outstanding Governing Board of the Year’. Ms. Haydon has held the position as HMC London Division Secretary and was a member of the HMC Sports Committee. She was a member of the United Learning Heads Reference Group working on strategic developments across a group of Independent Schools and Academies and she has sat on the Governing Body of several Independent Schools in London. Ms. Haydon was Deputy Head at Guildford High School before taking up the position as Principal of Surbiton High School in 2008, an independent, HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) and IAPC (Independent Association of Prep Schools) School with circa 1500 pupils aged 4 to 18, both of which are consistently placed in the Top Ten Schools in the Times League Tables. Ms. Haydon now has the privilege of leading Harrow Hong Kong. As a leading educator, Ms. Haydon is committed to getting the very best out of young people and preparing them for top universities across the world. Ms. Haydon’s interests include travel, sport and the arts.
Christopher NgMemberBritish CouncilRead moreRead lessBio pending.
John HuenMemberKoding KingdomRead moreRead lessJohn Huen is the Founder and CEO of Koding Kingdom (Hong Kong) Limited (est. 2013) – considered one of Asia’s leading private coding academies. A recipient of the Swire Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship, John holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, further attaining a Bachelor of Law at the Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as an MPhil (Management Studies) from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Highly passionate about fostering digital literacy in future generations, John has long been championing the importance of tech education and AI in the Asia Pacific region. In view of his expertise in these domains, he has been appointed to serve in concurrent roles as an Advisory Committee Member on AI Education at OGCIO by the Hong Kong Government, Honorary Advisor at the HKU Foundation, Director of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Committee Head of the Finland-Hong Kong Committee at the Finnish Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Macau.
Michael SomervilleMemberN/ARead moreRead lessBio pending.
Mandy WongMemberCity and GuildsRead moreRead lessBio pending.