Our Governance

Brief Introduction to the Governance of Wellington College China Schools

Wellington College China currently has nine governors who are jointly appointed by Wellington College China and 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. The members for Wellington College International Tianjin (Joy Qiao, Helen Kavanagh, Terry Qian, ED.D, David Mallinson, Scott Bryan) and their biographies can be seen below.

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, Ms Joy Qiao 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 multi-lingual communication and cross-cultural co-operation and is a critical bridge for bringing together the multiple partners involved in setting up Wellington College in China. Ms Joy Qiao 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.

Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Governor
Wellington College China
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Terry Qian, Ed.D.

Independent Researcher / Consultant
Inspector, Moonshot Academy
Governor, Wellington College China
Trustee, the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

Born in Shanghai, Terry finished his K-12 education in China and received his B.A. from Peking University in Arabic Language and Culture. During his 9 years living in the U.S., he received his doctorate degree in Education Leadership from University of Southern California, specializing in K12 Education Administration. Terry also holds two Masters degrees, one in Second Language Studies from University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and the other in Organizational Communication from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Terry had been the Headmaster for Peide School, Associate Director for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Director for International Education at Communication University of China, President for Yihai Education Group, Division Principal for International school of the Peninsula, and Clinical Professor at Loyola Marymount University. His presentation “Bear’s paw and fish: A gently biased comparison between Chinese and Western Education” had been viewed online for more than 10,000,000 times.

Terry published 4 books in the past two years: Diary of a School Principal; Divergence & Convergence between Chinese and Western Education; Ins & Outs of International Education; and My Salmon Run. He raised 135,000 US$ by selling his books on line, ranking No.1 on a crowd-funding website and donated all the royalty and profit to help disadvantaged students. He is also the translator of You, your child and school by Sir Ken Robinson.

Terry’s research interests and expertise involve comparison between Chinese & Western education, two-way immersion bilingual education, 21st century skills, international school design & management, curriculum development & integration, principal and teacher training, experiential learning, PBL, 1st and 2nd language teaching, cross-cultural communication, study abroad advising, etc. He visited nearly 200 schools and institutions in 6 countries in the past year and is dedicated to provoke and promote innovative education all over China.

David Mallinson

David Mallinson

Governor
Wellington College International
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David Mallinson

David is an Old Wellingtonian (Picton), having attended the college from 1979-1984.

He holds a BA (History) from Bristol University, UK, and studied law at The College of Law, Guildford. He was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in 1993 before moving to Hong Kong where he qualified in 1995.

David has the rare attribute of having experience as in house counsel and also in private practice and uses this in advising clients across Asia Pacific on transactions in the Hotels and Hospitality and Sports sectors.

Prior to joining Withers in August 2016, David was a partner at Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong which he joined in 2006. Before that David was in house counsel with Le Meridien and Starwood Hotels and Resorts (2003-2006) and at World Sport Group (1996-2003).

David has built deep, and well respected, relationships in the hospitality and sports sectors and is recognised as a leading lawyer operating in these industries across Asia Pacific. He works closely with regional team leader Robert Williams and his team based out of Sydney and Singapore and regularly speaks at industry conferences in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region.

In his spare time, David enjoys a variety of different sports. He is the current Hong Kong Masters 45+ Squash Champion and with regard to cricket, he captained the Hong Kong Cricket Club and Bristol University teams and was a member of the MCC (London). He is a keen golfer and enjoys playing tennis. He is also actively involved in coaching and refereeing junior rugby.

Scott Bryan

Scott Bryan

Governor
Wellington College International
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Scott Bryan

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