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.
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.
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.
Jerry Qian is a generalist HR leader with 20+ years of experience across a variety of industries, not limited to FMCG, power and control, lighting, finance, foods and education. Over all past years, he has taken HR leadership roles to support a complete range of different businesses from corporate, sales, marketing and supply chain, with a balanced focus on both strategy and execution, at both APAC and China markets.
In his early career, Jerry worked for large-scale blue chip MNCs like Philips and Schneider Electric. Since recent years, Jerry has strived to apply his extensive HR knowledge and skills to help Chinese local companies, both listed and non-listed, from small to big. Jerry brings all of his prior experience, searching for HR solutions in face of diverse business challenges, transferrable and applicable across sectors.
Jerry holds a B.E. from Shanghai University of Engineering Science, and an EMBA on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London. He is also a certified coach and professional facilitator.
Jerry is married and he enjoys exploring various cultures all over the world.
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.