Lydia is the bursar of Wellington College Shanghai, responsible for overseeing operations, services and purchasing. Before joining us, she spent four years in the same capacity in Beijing City International School, which accommodates both foreign and Chinese pupils.
Lydia also has extensive experience in the accounting industry, where she was attached to several international firms, including Arthur Andersen and KPMG. During this time, she led various financial projects in real estate, resorts and service related industries, assurance and advisory business for multi-national organisations and public listed companies.
Lydia is a chartered accountant, a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), an experienced member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also completed an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.
Rachel joined Wellington Shanghai when it opened in 2014 and has been welcoming new families to the school ever since. She gets involved in many aspects of helping a family settle into school life and the Wellington community in Shanghai. If she does not have the answer to a question about Wellington or living in Shanghai, she will know somebody who does!
Before working in education, Rachel was a corporate lawyer working in the UK and the Middle East. Moving to Shanghai presented the opportunity to pursue what she feels is a more meaningful career in education, and she feels privileged to work with young people.
In her spare time, Rachel likes to keep fit and healthy whether it be exploring parts of China on her road bike or enjoying leisurely walks with her dog to explore the fascinating lane life and history that Shanghai has to offer.
Kaori Brooke-Smith is from Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from university, she worked as an assistant to a project manager at a foreign IT company in Tokyo. Kaori then worked as an admissions officer for British international School Hanoi in Vietnam. She loves helping new families settle into a new school. She passionately believes in the importance of her role as the bridge between students, teachers, and parents.
Kaori graduated from Eastern Oklahoma State College, USA and is currently studying to receive a postgraduate certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at the Institute of International Education in London.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding, reading and getting involved with the school community.