Ms. Kathryn Richardson, Master of Wellington College Hangzhou, has been in Education for 21 years. She taught in London schools where she quickly progressed into leadership positions. In September 2014, Kathryn moved to Dubai as a Deputy Headteacher in a British curriculum international school, and in 2016, she was promoted to the Head of Primary at their newly-opened sister school.
Kathryn has a bachelor’s degree in Education, specializing in maths and science. In addition to this, she has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management and is a qualified facilitator for the National Qualifications of Middle and Senior Leadership. Kathryn has a passion for school improvement and strongly believes in making sure every child reaches their true potential. Kathryn has redesigned school curriculums so that they are creative, personalised to each individual, and provide challenge for all.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her family.
Philip started his career as an International Trampoline Gymnast, training amongst elite squads and competing internationally. He then moved into the education sector; his most recent position being Head of Year at Charters School in Sunningdale, UK. Prior to this, Philip was Subject Lead for Music Technology and Head of House. He also has a history of working in the music industry and as a recording artist.
Philip completed his master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Surrey. His undergraduate degree, also from the University of Surrey, was in in Music and Business. Further to this, he has a PGCE in Secondary Music from the University of Reading. Through his former sporting career, Philip obtained a level 5 HPCC coaching qualification and coached gymnasts to GB representation. A keen leader, Philip has also completed a number of managerial training programmes, some of his most recent courses include analysing data, neurolinguistic programming and unconscious gender bias.
Philip’s personal interests lay in three dominant areas: music, sport and travel. Formally a signed artist with Universal Records, he keeps his passion for music alive through his work as a composer for Felt Music during his free time. He is a keen sport enthusiastic and enjoys playing team sports, such as badminton, alongside independent leisure activities, such as off-road mountain bike riding. He likes a challenge and in recent years he has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice, summited Mount Toubkal, completed a Tough Mudder race, been diving with great white sharks, skydived, and completed an aerobatic wing walking flight. His passion for travel has taken him and his family around the world, from the suburbs of Buenos Aires, to the deserts of Jordan, to the remote islands of Laos.
Chang started as Finance & HR Manager at Wellington College International Tianjin after she returned to her home city Tianjin in early 2011. She was transferred to Wellington College International Shanghai at the founding stage, in charge of Finance and Services since 2014. From 2017, Chang focused mainly on finance for all Wellington/Huili Shanghai schools at a capacity of Senior Finance Manager. She now starts her new role as the Bursar for Wellington/Huili Hangzhou schools, which has been her third school within Wellington China Group.
Before her joining in Wellington, Chang started her career at a Fortune 500 company, grown from a staff member to the leader of the accounting department over five years after she graduated from Tianjin Normal University. In 2003, she decided to go to the UK for her pursuits in both academic and practice and subsequently completed her BSc in Applied Accounting, ACCA qualification and MSc in Accounting with Finance. Chang worked as an auditor in a firm located in Mayfair London for three years and a half and gained valuable oversea working experiences.
After years of practice, Chang is qualified as a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and working on her formal membership with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Her family will join her in the next academic year for the exciting adventure in the beautiful and vibrant Hangzhou city.
Megan has worked as a primary school teacher for 7 years in and around Nottingham City after completing a BA (hons) at Nottingham Trent University.
Throughout her teaching career, Megan feels fortunate to have worked in a range of different settings with a diverse membership of both staff and pupils. These valuable experiences have helped Megan to develop her appreciation for the positive impact cultural differences can have in an educational setting.
As a Primary Maths Specialist, Megan has helped research, develop and implement programs from early years across the primary ages and to encourage and develop an enthusiasm for mathematics. It has been very rewarding for Megan to see children grow more and more confident as they begin to reason and explain their thinking, make mathematical connections and improve their mathematical fluency.
Along with Maths, Megan’s passion is geography, environmental learning and sustainability. She is a level 3 Forest School Practitioner and loves to develop engaging and high-quality curricula to foster curiosity and fascination about the world and those who live in it. She strongly believes that the outdoor environment can help children develop a healthy range of emotions through hands on learning experiences and build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers both in and outside of school.
From a very early age Megan has always taken part in competitive sports, playing netball through her secondary school and hockey later on in university.
In her spare time she is an avid road cyclist and trail runner. She recently completed her first 10k trail race around Lake Derwent and thoroughly loved the challenge. Megan is now in training for her next trail racing experience of 25km.
Megan firmly believes that by taking part in regular sporting and other extracurricular activities she has become a more rounded individual, able to use her mistakes as a learning tool to progress. By giving children the opportunities to take risks in their learning and everyday life and providing them with the tools and support to use these experiences, these opportunities will help them to become better individuals who are confident, emotionally independent and most importantly, team players.
Megan is very excited to be joining Wellington College International Hangzhou at such an important point for our school, where we have the opportunity to develop a motivated and engaged learning environment within the Wellington community. Moving to China, being able to experience such a different culture and engage with smart, intelligent and motivated minds, is such a fantastic opportunity for Megan, and she cannot wait to get started.