Eleanor joined from Wellington College, UK in 2014 and has been with Wellington Shanghai since it opened. Deeply committed to the philosophy and ethos that Wellington College demonstrated, educating ‘the whole child’ whilst also delivering excellent exams results, she has been delighted to be able to bring that experience to Wellington College China.
Prior to working in education Eleanor was an Investment Banker working in capital markets at banks including Deutsche Bank and Bank of America. The financial crash of 2008 meant a return to university to retrain and qualify in Secondary Education working for a year in the state sector teaching Spanish and French. Eleanor holds an MA in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and it is Economics that she continues to teach to IB Diploma students here.
Eleanor is passionately committed to life-long learning and is currently undertaking a doctorate in Education at the University of Bath. She is also particularly engaged in learning languages, managing to add Chinese during her time in Shanghai.
Andrew was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Liverpool. In 1991, he began his teaching career in Kirkby on Merseyside before moving to the Channel Island of Jersey in 1995 and was appointed to his first headship in 2006. In 2012, he transferred to Samarès School with a mission to raise aspiration and standards of achievement in addition to building a strong community that gave effective support to families. As a result of this work, he was recognised with the 2016 Inspirational Leader of the Year Award.
As Head of the Prep School at Wellington Shanghai, his priority has been to develop and improve the curriculum of the school so that it facilitates the very highest levels for learning for pupils. Andrew and his team are determined to make a curriculum that is exciting, intriguing and inspiring and will prepare pupils fully for life as change-leaders in 21st century China and beyond.
Andrew is married to Janet, who teaches art at Wellington. They have two daughters: Lucy, who, after completing her IB Diploma at Wellington, is currently studying International Relations, Security and Strategy with Chinese at Exeter University and Rosie, who is beginning her IB Diploma in year 12 at Wellington. Both girls were born in Jiangxi Province and were adopted at the age of 1. The family returned to China to teach at an international school in Suzhou in 2009. They travelled extensively throughout this incredible nation, from Xinjiang and Tibet to Fujian and Yunnan. Shanghai was always a favourite destination, and they are delighted to now be living in this amazing city.
Away from work, Andrew often enjoys nothing more than talking with his daughters. When he does have a break, he pursues his lifetime goal of sporting mediocrity and can be found in football C teams and slow-running clubs. He is well-known on the golf courses of Jersey and Shanghai for getting value for money by playing as much golf as possible per round.
Barbara joined Wellington College Shanghai as the Head of Early Years in 2019. She has worked in London for 17 years in outstanding settings, teaching in the Early Years and managing a children’s centre. Barbara has also worked in private settings in Portugal, including a British School, during the early years of her career.
Barbara completed her BA in Early Years education in Portugal, after attending two previous degrees in law and international relations. Despite not completing them, they offered her a wealth of knowledge and a desire for academic research. This led her to complete an MA in Early Years education at the Institute of Education in London, while participating in numerous studies regarding Early Years education. Barbara is looking forward to carry out a PhD in the future and to continue her research journey in China.
Barbara speaks a few foreign languages and is very keen to learn Mandarin while in China. She enjoys travelling and visiting botanical gardens all over the world, something her son has instilled in her. She enjoys buying art, antiques and furniture and is always looking for new markets and hidden shops with bargains!
Ewan joins us from an international school in Washington D.C where he undertook the roles of head of humanities and latterly head of professional learning. It is the International Baccalaureate that initially drew him to international education, and he has taught history, theory of knowledge and global politics to this level. Before pursuing international education, Ewan took up his first post at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford, Berkshire where he was head of history and head of year 11. Born and bred in Glasgow, Ewan completed his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Strathclyde followed by an MPhil at the University of Manchester. It is here that he also began his teaching career, completing a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008. Throughout his time as an educational practitioner, Ewan also graduated with an MA in education from the University of Nottingham.
Ewan has a huge passion from travel, other cultures and cuisines; as an undergraduate he made copious amounts of coffee between lectures and saved hard to spend his summers travelling the world, something he still loves to do. During his spare time he enjoys paddle sports, especially kayaking, keeping fit, reading, music and exploring his new home, Shanghai!
Fiona has joined Wellington College International Shanghai from Stowe School, an independent school in the UK. Fiona was a housemistress of a girls boarding house, looking after year 9-13 pupils. Fiona also taught mathematics across all age groups. She was widely involved in the extracurricular coaching of many of the school hockey teams. Prior to Stowe, Fiona taught mathematics at Wellington College UK as well as being an assistant housemistress, sports coach and becoming involved in the CCF program.
Before teaching, Fiona worked as an engineering consultant in the oil and gas industry working closely with many of the major operating companies. Before working as a consultant, Fiona served in the British Army as an engineering officer for a number of years, deploying all over the world.
Fiona was educated at Eastbourne College and the University of Nottingham where she read mechanical engineering. She completed her PCGE at Buckingham University.
Fiona is an active person who enjoys spending her time outdoors, playing sport and travelling. Along with her husband and twin boys, they are excited about the opportunities to travel and explore China.
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.