Our Governance

Brief Introduction to the Governance of Wellington College China Schools

Wellington College China currently has nine governors whose biographies can be found below.

The governors are jointly appointed by Wellington College China and The 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.

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, Joy 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 multilingual communication and cross-cultural cooperation and is a critical bridge for bringing together the multiple partners involved in setting up Wellington College in China. Joy 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.

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 China
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Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen has a career spanning over 30 years in financial services with a focus on Asia and its stockmarkets. Since 2002, he has resided in Shanghai, where he manages BPI China, a company he founded to specialise in direct investment opportunities in China. During this time, Patrick has been managing private discretionary funds to invest in China and other parts of Asia.

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

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

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