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Ben Blackwood

Ben Blackwood

Bursar (Finance, HR, IT)
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Ben Blackwood

Ben Blackwood moved to Wellington College Shanghai from Redland High School for Girls, a leading independent girl’s school in Bristol, where he has been the Bursar for eight years. Ben first became a bursar after completing a 26-year career as an officer in the British Army.

After completing his A-levels at Welbeck College, he chose to go to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, rather than university. On completion of his training he was commissioned in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, and proceeded to serve in many parts of the world, including Germany, the Gulf, the Balkans and the Falkland Islands. One of the highlights of his career was being selected for training as an Ammunition Technical Officer, including bomb disposal. Towards the end of his service he completed a Master’s Degree in Engineering Business Management at the University of Warwick.

Ben has always been interested in most sports and was privileged to be selected to play hockey for the Ordnance Corps, as a goalkeeper. His main sport now is cycling and he has undertaken a number of challenging rides. He is married to Fiona and they have two children, Victoria and Thomas, who are also at Wellington.

Ben says of coming to Wellington: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the role of bursar, so much so that I always knew that if I ever left my current school, it would have to be to go somewhere very special. Wellington College, Shanghai, definitely meets that criteria and I was absolutely delighted to receive a phone call from David Cook one Saturday morning informing me that I was to be appointed as the first Bursar.

“When I retired from the army, I sought a new challenge in becoming a bursar. To some people these two roles may seem quite a contrast, but actually it is a well trodden path, as nearly one third of independent school bursars have served in the British armed forces. The title ‘bursar’ is synonymous with British independent schools and universities and derives from the mediaeval Latin bursarius, which means “keeper of the purse”. Whilst managing the school’s finances is a key function of the job, it encompasses so much more, including management of the estate and services to ensure a healthy and safe environment, the management of the administration, in fact providing the leadership for all of the non-teaching functions within the school. My aim has always been to lead an excellent team which provides all the support that the Master and his teachers require to provide an outstanding education to all our children. I believe the key to this is establishing good working relationships with everyone connected with the school, including staff, parents, governors and contractors to gain an understanding of what they really need.

“Part of my selection process included a visit to Wellington College UK and, on driving through the main gates, I was immediately aware that I was entering something very special. There is a great deal more to a school than its teachers, pupils, staff and buildings, vital thought they are. Great schools have a culture of excellence that has to be developed and shared by the whole community. I am very excited at having the opportunity to be part of the team that will be establishing the true ethos of Wellington at Shanghai and establish our school as the leading international school in China.”

Lydia Lim

Lydia Lim

Bursar (Facilities, Purchasing, Services)
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Lydia Lim

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.

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Senior Finance Manager
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Chang Liu

Rachel Chadwick

Rachel Chadwick

Director of Admissions
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Rachel Chadwick

Laurianne Gidrol

Laurianne Gidrol

Director of Marketing
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Laurianne Gidrol

Sarah Tang

Sarah Tang

Senior Nurse
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Sarah Tang

Elaine Jiang

Elaine Jiang

Nurse
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Elaine Jiang

Yvonne Wang

Yvonne Wang

Nurse
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Yvonne Wang

Iris Zhuang

Iris Zhuang

Nurse
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Iris Zhuang

Carmen Foo

Carmen Foo

EA to Executive Master
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Carmen Foo

Fay Jin

Fay Jin

EA to Bursar (Finance, HR, IT)
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Fay Jin

Kitty Chen

Kitty Chen

EA to Bursar (Facilities, Purchasing, Services)
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Kitty Chen

Melva Yang

Melva Yang

EA to Music and Performing Arts
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Melva Yang

Doris Wu

Doris Wu

Senior School EA
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Doris Wu

Serena Zhao

Serena Zhao

Prep School EA
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Serena Zhao

Elsa He

Elsa He

Pre-Prep EA
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Elsa He

Yvette Huang

Yvette Huang

PA to Director of Higher Education, Director of Culture, Sixth Form
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Yvette Huang

Shirly Shi

Shirly Shi

EA to PE
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Shirly Shi

Cathy Jackson-Read

Cathy Jackson-Read

Admission Manager
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Cathy Jackson-Read

Catherine Burgoyne

Catherine Burgoyne

Admissions Officer
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Catherine Burgoyne

Demi Wei

Demi Wei

Senior Admission Officer
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Demi Wei

Summer Xia

Summer Xia

Senior Admission Officer
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Summer Xia

Lindsay Zheng

Lindsay Zheng

Admission Officer
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Lindsay Zheng

Suzi Sun

Suzi Sun

Admissions Administrator
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Suzi Sun

Sunny Ren

Sunny Ren

Service Supervisor
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Sunny Ren

Doris Yu

Doris Yu

Senior Accountant
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Doris Yu

Jessica Hong

Jessica Hong

Senior Accountant
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Jessica Hong

Angela Zhao

Angela Zhao

AR Accountant
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Angela Zhao

Perry Xu

Perry Xu

AP Accountant
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Perry Xu

Cindy Li

Cindy Li

Junior Accountant
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Cindy Li

Stella Yan

Stella Yan

Finance Assistant
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Stella Yan

Ruth He

Ruth He

Finance Assistant
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Ruth He

Ming Zhou

Ming Zhou

Senior IT Manager
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Ming Zhou

Octopus Zhang

Octopus Zhang

ICT Helpdesk Supervisor
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Octopus Zhang

Leo Zhang

Leo Zhang

IT Network Administrator
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Leo Zhang

Dickson Li

Dickson Li

ICT Helpdesk
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Dickson Li

Chloe Chen

Chloe Chen

Boarding House Assistant
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Chloe Chen