Our Governance

Brief Introduction to the Governance of Wellington College China Schools

Wellington College China currently has nine governors who are jointly appointed by Wellington College China and Wellington College in the UK. Currently, the Board has British and Chinese educators, a legal expert, finance experts, a tax expert and entrepreneurs who understand how to operate in China. Wellington College China governors are always available to provide advice and support to any of the Wellington China colleges.

A subset of five of the nine Wellington College China members form the School Affairs Committee (SAC) for each college. This is the legal board for the college, where key strategic decisions are approved. The SAC meets twice a year. The members for Wellington College China and their biographies can be seen below.

Each college’s SAC is supported by three sub-committees, which are the forums for more detailed discussions on focused topics. This is also where external advisors are invited to attend for support where needed (for example, facilities management experts). The three sub-committees are: Academic, Facilities and Services, and Finance.

The 3 sub committees meet prior to each of the SAC meetings. Educational needs of the college always come first. The recommendations and meeting minutes of the three sub-committee meetings are then submitted to the SAC meetings.

The college budgeting process and timeline is designed to support each college’s strategic planning. All Wellington College China colleges are not-for-profit organisations. Financial management is driven by educational quality. Thus, any surpluses generated are invested back into the colleges. Wellington College China governance undergoes an annual evaluation process to examine the effectiveness of its strategic leadership.

The Board works with an experienced UK school governance specialist who provides ongoing training and support. This process keeps the board professional and adaptable to the school’s needs. The role of a governor is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the school leaders. ‘Critical’ in order to continually strive to raise the bar and hold the leaders accountable to deliver ever higher standards. ‘Friendly’ because the role is supportive with a mutually shared vision.

Joy Qiao

Joy Qiao

Chair of Governors
Wellington College
China
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Joy Qiao

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.

Helen Kavanagh

Helen Kavanagh

Chief Executive Officer and Governor
Wellington College China
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Helen Kavanagh

Ms. Helen Kavanagh is Chief Executive Officer of Wellington College China. Helen is a native of the UK who was employed as the International Business Director for Wellington College, quality assuring the schools in China and leading business development globally. She has served on the Wellington College China Board as the Deputy Chairman since August 2014 and already has a deep understanding of our needs as a fast-growing organisation.

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.

Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Independent Researcher / Consultant
Inspector, Moonshot Academy
Governor, Wellington College China
Trustee, the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

Born in Shanghai, Terry finished his K-12 education in China and received his B.A. from Peking University in Arabic Language and Culture. During his 9 years living in the U.S., he received his doctorate degree in Education Leadership from University of Southern California, specializing in K12 Education Administration. Terry also holds two Masters degrees, one in Second Language Studies from University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and the other in Organizational Communication from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Terry had been the Headmaster for Peide School, Associate Director for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Director for International Education at Communication University of China, President for Yihai Education Group, Division Principal for International school of the Peninsula, and Clinical Professor at Loyola Marymount University. His presentation “Bear’s paw and fish: A gently biased comparison between Chinese and Western Education” had been viewed online for more than 10,000,000 times.

Terry published 4 books in the past two years: Diary of a School Principal; Divergence & Convergence between Chinese and Western Education; Ins & Outs of International Education; and My Salmon Run. He raised 135,000 US$ by selling his books on line, ranking No.1 on a crowd-funding website and donated all the royalty and profit to help disadvantaged students. He is also the translator of You, your child and school by Sir Ken Robinson.

Terry’s research interests and expertise involve comparison between Chinese & Western education, two-way immersion bilingual education, 21st century skills, international school design & management, curriculum development & integration, principal and teacher training, experiential learning, PBL, 1st and 2nd language teaching, cross-cultural communication, study abroad advising, etc. He visited nearly 200 schools and institutions in 6 countries in the past year and is dedicated to provoke and promote innovative education all over China.

Scott Bryan

Scott Bryan

Governor
Wellington College International
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Scott Bryan

Mr Scott Bryan is the newly appointed International Director for Wellington College. He is responsible for developing Wellington College International’s schools’ business and working with partners to ensure the reputation and quality of those schools.

Scott brings a thorough understanding of the UK independent sector coupled with a wide range of international experience from more than 20 years working in education.  His school leadership experience includes three successful Headships; in the UK, UAE and more recently as a founding Head in Switzerland.

Scott has previously held the post of Strategic Director at a leading UK Independent School, including responsibility for developing international business. He has also served on school governing bodies and chaired the finance committee. He brings extensive experience of international schools business, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, school improvement and mentoring of senior leaders.

Scott has a BSc (Hons), PGCE and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies. He is office based at Wellington College in the UK, though in his spare time he joins his family at home in the Swiss Alps, where he enjoys skiing and a variety of outdoor sports with his wife and two daughters.

David Mallinson

David Mallinson

Governor
Wellington College International
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David Mallinson

David is an Old Wellingtonian (Picton), having attended the college from 1979-1984.

He holds a BA (History) from Bristol University, UK, and studied law at The College of Law, Guildford. He was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in 1993 before moving to Hong Kong where he qualified in 1995.

David has the rare attribute of having experience as in house counsel and also in private practice and uses this in advising clients across Asia Pacific on transactions in the Hotels and Hospitality and Sports sectors.

Prior to joining Withers in August 2016, David was a partner at Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong which he joined in 2006. Before that David was in house counsel with Le Meridien and Starwood Hotels and Resorts (2003-2006) and at World Sport Group (1996-2003).

David has built deep, and well respected, relationships in the hospitality and sports sectors and is recognised as a leading lawyer operating in these industries across Asia Pacific. He works closely with regional team leader Robert Williams and his team based out of Sydney and Singapore and regularly speaks at industry conferences in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region.

In his spare time, David enjoys a variety of different sports. He is the current Hong Kong Masters 45+ Squash Champion and with regard to cricket, he captained the Hong Kong Cricket Club and Bristol University teams and was a member of the MCC (London). He is a keen golfer and enjoys playing tennis. He is also actively involved in coaching and refereeing junior rugby.

Chen Wei

Chen Wei

Governor
Wellington College
China
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Chen Wei

Mrs Chen started her investment banking career at Lehman Brothers New York in 2000. After moving back to Hong Kong, she has been working at Deutsche Bank and VTB Capital to serve Chinese corporate clients for public and private bond offering, pre-IPO mezzanine financing and an advisor on cross-border merger and acquisitions. She also engages enthusiastically in social responsibility projects; such as recruiting and sponsoring Hong Kong college students for summer internships in mainland China cities. Mrs Chen is a member of All-China Youth Federation, Jiangxi Provincial Political Consultative Committee and an invited representative for Shanghai Women’s Federation.
Mrs Chen received a BA from Fudan University and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She is married with four children and her elder son is currently attending Wellington College International Shanghai.

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Governor
Wellington College International
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Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen has a career spanning over 30 years in financial services with a focus on Asia and Asian stockmarkets. Since 2002, he has resided in Shanghai, where he manages BPI China, a company he founded to specialise in direct investment opportunities for foreign investors into China. In addition, BPI China provides business strategy consultancy and research to local companies. In this time, Patrick has been managing certain private discretionary funds to invest in China and other parts of Asia. Previously, he was an institutional stockbroker. Having begun his career in New York, he joined Crosby Securities in 1989 in London, moved to Hong Kong in 1993 to manage their sales and trading desks, and thence, as a director, to New York.

Since 2005, he has been chairman of The China A Share Fund. In 2006, he became chairman of DFM Films, Shanghai, Ltd., and has subsequently, in 2010, helped found EBF International Investment Group, an education services company, which he also chairs. He is a trustee of the Shanghai Community Sports Club.

Patrick is married and has three children, two of whom are presently attending Wellington College, UK.

May Lee

May Lee

Governor
Wellington College
China
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May Lee

Over the last eight years, May has led two groundbreaking innovations in higher education:  NYU Shanghai and ShanghaiTech. Utilizing her experience in various industries (financial services, education, and marketing), insight into entrepreneurship and deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem in China and the U.S., May offers strategic advice to large organizations on change management and digital transformation.  Moreover, her ability to bridge academic research and product development gives her a unique ability to drive innovation within an organization.  As a leader, May articulates a clear vision, formulates strategy, and oversees execution with attention to detail.

May received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She was a Visiting Foreign Student of Peking University. She is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is also a mentor for Chinaccelerator Shanghai, the Board of Directors of National Partnership for Women and Families, the Lifetime Trustee of NYU School of Law, and the Board of Directors of Chelsea Day School.

Career Highlights:

  • 25+ years of corporate and education experience leading and executing on China expansion initiatives and across a wide-range of issues including regulatory landscape, negotiating strategies, cross-cultural communication, market-entry, joint-venture structures and strategy, and talent management matters. Most recently led two groundbreaking efforts in higher-education: establishing the first undergraduate U.S. degree-granting campus in China and part of the leadership team starting a new science and technology university in China responsible for School of Entrepreneurship.
  • Leadership role in several change-management initiatives including significant firm wide efforts to streamline capital usage and legal entity management at Merrill Lynch.
  • Leader of the Merrill Lynch integration team and appointment as Co-head of Transition.
  • Proven track record of recognizing strategic growth opportunities and realizing them with an intense focus on operational excellence. Envisioned and drafted the strategic plan for the formation of the Credit Derivatives business at Goldman, Sachs; became COO of the business unit with reporting lines to the firm’s Chief Risk Officer and divisional partners (FICC) overseeing regulatory capital and balance sheet usage, credit risk; legal and technology; surpassed revenue targets by 100% in year one.
  • Ten years of experience as an attorney in the financial services sector.
  • Successful entrepreneur: double digit revenue growth at a start-up advertising agency by introducing systems, and aligning the agency with select private-equity funds.
  • Vetted candidate for Assistant Secretary of Treasury under Secretary Geithner.
Jean-Paul Churchouse

Jean-Paul Churchouse

Governor
Wellington College International
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Jean-Paul Churchouse

Jean-Paul is an old Wellingtonian, having attended the College from 1989 until 1994 where he was an enthusiastic member of the Talbot House.

He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), in 1998 with a BA in Political Science
Jean-Paul is a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. He has been in the finance industry in Asia for 19 years, primarily based in Hong Kong but also spending several years in Tokyo. He began his career at a distressed debt fund before moving to ING Barings in a Convertible Bond sales role. He then worked at Nomura before joining Goldman Sachs in 2005 in Tokyo. He relocated back to Hong Kong to sell Convertible bonds and Equity derivatives in 2007. In 2010 he took over the institutional middle market sales business before moving to Private Wealth Management in 2014 to take over the capital markets businesses in Asia. His role involves advising Ultra-High Net Worth Clients in the region on protecting and investing their wealth.

Jean-Paul is an avid sailor, having represented Hong Kong a number of times over the years and is also an enthusiastic snowboarder and golfer. He is married to Tamsin and has two young children.