School Council

Arthur Au – School Council Chair

Arthur is a global legal director managing global operations and strategic projects at a high tech company.   He has advised different multinational companies in Hong Kong on matters from intellectual property to corporate commercial transactions. He returned to Hong Kong a number of years ago from Silicon Valley where he worked for well over a decade. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he spent years developing and commercializing cardiology and cardiovascular surgery medical devices. Arthur obtained his bachelor and master degrees in engineering, and juris doctorate degree, all in the US. He grew up in Hong Kong before moving to North America in his early teens and is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Arthur is passionate about sports, learning, and technology.

Vivian Cheung – ESF CEO Link

I have been the ESF CFO since summer 2010.  Prior to joining ESF, I spent many years in the investment banking industry after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in UK.

The change from being in investment banking to education is probably one of the best thing that has happened in my career.

I have three children, with two boys at university and the youngest daughter at Wu Kai Sha Kindergarten. With three children, there has never been a dull moment at the weekends over the last 20 years!

Emilie Wong – Community Representative

Emilie is currently the Chief Executive Officer of a listed company in Hong Kong. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Science in the USA and has been working in the accounting and finance industry. Emilie is passionate towards the development of sustainability and is committed to encourage and advocate sustainable development for business as well as individuals. She believes that social environmental responsibility and sustainability goes hand in hand and has been activity involved with the community to encourage and bring awareness towards a more sustainable future.

Emilie is an alumni of Sha Tin College, her children are both attending Glenealy School (ESF).  Emilie was amongst one of the passionate alumni who assisted in the formation of the Sha Tin College Alumni Association over a decade ago and was appointed as Treasurer of the association. Together with a team of wonderful and delegated alumni, they have volunteered to assist in many past and current school events.  Emilie is honored to be a community representative of Sha Tin College and would continue to be involved within the ESF community.

Nelson Wong – Community Representative

Graduated with a master of engineering degree from Cornell University in the US, Nelson moved back to Hong Kong and started his career at Swire, participated in software development for distribution and delivery system. Afterwards Nelson spent amost 20 years in Shenzhen running a product development operations, he has developed a greater passion in nurturing the younger generation apart from running the business. 

Between work and taking care of two teenagers at home, Nelson is also sitting on the board of directors for Ngai Kwong Scholarship Trust, where the team built elementary schools in rural areas of ShaoGuan (韶關), and offered scholarship to high school students. 

Nelson is honored to join the Shatin College Council, looking forward to learn and contribute to the ESF family.

Lillian Lee – Community Representative

A loving mother of two young daughters, Lillian is dedicated to the Hong Kong Ballet where she sits on the Guild and has been a committee member on the Hong Kong Ballet Nutcracker Benefit for the past five years. Lillian also served as a committee member on The Adventist Hospital – Men of Hope (Heart Fund) in 2018. Up until 2015, Lillian was the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Princess Yachts Greater China. With an extensive experience in Private Wealth Management for over 15 years, Lillian was an Investment Consultant and Director at UBS Hong Kong focusing on portfolio management for ultra high net-worth clients and listed corporates. Prior to that, Lillian managed segregated accounts for institutional clients at Fidelity Investments and had also spent 7 years with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management covering Greater China market. Lillian graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & Finance degree and a double major in Economics at the University of Toronto, Canada.

She had also attended King George V School (ESF) of Hong Kong from Form 1 to 7, graduating in 1994 and was the School’s music captain and pianist for the School’s orchestra.

Haris James – Parent Representative

I’m an Australian that moved here to Hong Kong over 14 years ago and now call HK home. I studied in Australia and went into private business at an early age and continue down the same road here in Hong Kong to date.

My son is in Year 7 and has been part of ESF via SJS and WKS for the past 8 years. As a concerned and curious parent, I joined the PTA when my son started Year 1 to represent the voice of the parents.

I served as Chair of the PTA at SJS over the last couple of years assisting with and overseeing amongst other things the transition of Busses & Uniforms to central procurement and the ongoing implementation of the No Car Policy.

Now as the PTSA Representative I hope to bridge any gap that may exist between administration, students & parents and hopefully contribute in alleviating any concerns that any parties may have.

Biying Shou – Parent Representative

I am currently a tenured Associate Professor at the College of Business, City University of Hong Kong. I got my Ph.D. from Northwestern University in the United States. I am a passionate teacher and have taught over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, I am also serving as the Director of the Management Sciences Ph.D. program, and as a College of Business Board Member at my university.

Working with parents, teachers and staff, I will contribute my knowledge and experience in higher education to the STC community. It’s my great hope that our children can grow up in a supportive and open-minded environment with high critical thinking skills and social responsibilities.

Francis Carroll – Parent Representative

Francis was previously a member of the Junior School’s PTA Committee and School Council and more recently our College PTSA Committee. He also served two terms on the Board of Governors.

His main objectives are firstly the safety and welfare of students, including physical security and safety of the school area and surrounding environment.

Secondly getting the best education for students and value for parents, through maintaining fees and costs as low and reasonable as possible, monitoring expenditure and ensuring high performance of staff, particularly during periods of enforced ‘online’ learning.

Thirdly to enhance and improve communication between school and parents, with clearer messaging including, where appropriate, reasoning and explanations.

All with the objective of facilitating students to be the best they can be. 

Ex officio Members

Carol Larkin – Principal

I joined Sha Tin College as Principal in April 2017 having worked at ESF Renaissance College since 2006. Originally from Ireland, I graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in English Literature before undertaking post-graduate studies at Trinity College Dublin. I obtained my Masters in Educational Leadership in 2000.

I spent my early teaching career in London, UK, before moving into international education. Since then I have worked in IB world schools in Colombia, South America, and Bangkok, Thailand, before coming to Hong Kong. My thirteen year old twins are currently in Year 9 at Renaissance College and weekends are full of all the things thirteen year olds love to do!

Sonia Hansen – Support Staff Representative

I took the post of Librarian at Sha Tin College after I passed my Masters in Information Studies in August 2011. Previously I had worked in the library at Renaissance College and prior to that The Australian International School.

After finishing my Combined Studies Degree majoring in Economics in the UK in 1986, I worked in a number of finance offices in Europe (Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Italy). My husband’s job eventually brought us to Asia (Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong). It was in Hong Kong that I embarked on a career as a Librarian.

I have lived in Hong Kong for almost 17 years. My daughter went to Clearwater Bay School and King George V, she is now working as a lawyer here in the city. My leisure activities include traveling, yoga, hiking, running, reading and spending time with my family and friends.

I am pleased to be able to represent the Support Staff on the School Council.

Margaret Ducie – Teacher Representative

I am Head of the Business and Economics Department at Sha Tin College and have been in this position since 2010. Since joining the College in 1995 I have undertaken several other roles including Head of Year, Head of Senior School and Co-ordinator of GNVQ/BTEC Business courses Outside of the classroom, my department and I supervise and support students who enter business competitions, for example, the Junior Achievement Company Programme and ESF Marketing Competition and we try to make our teaching as relevant as possible by engaging people from industry to interact with students and arranging field trips. I am also a founding member of the Knitting Club which supports a grassroots charity in South Africa. My three children attend South Island School.

 Lindsay Tandy – Teacher Representative

I joined Sha Tin College in October 2010 and have been Head of English since January 2014.  Sha Tin College really is a family affair for me: my husband is a teacher at the school, my daughter is a recent alumna (she graduated under the extraordinary circumstances of 2020) and my son is just commencing his IBDP studies.  I know what an astonishing school Sha Tin College is as a member of staff and as a parent, and I greatly value the rigorous curriculum we follow, the caring pastoral guidance with which we support students and, of course, the wealth of extra-curricular activities we offer.

I have a 1st class (Hons) degree in Philosophy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specializing in secondary English, from Bristol University, UK.  Prior to teaching, I worked for a number of years in the music industry in London – in Promotions & Publicity (Rough Trade), A&R (WEA) and Personnel (EMI) – and played bingo to fund my travels around Europe!  I have taught English in the UK, Spain and now in Hong Kong and thoroughly enjoy sharing my passion for literature with students throughout the school.  Outside of the classroom, I supervise the school’s participation in Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s annual ‘Stride for a Cure’ walkathon and I also supervise VOiCE, a student-led annual publication which showcases students’ literary and artistic talents.  Most recently, I have co-written Hodder Education’s text book, English Language & Literature for the IB Diploma

Struan Hellier – Teacher Representative

I am Head of PRS at Sha Tin College having joined ESF in 2019. My previous experience in the UK as Housemaster, then Head of Sixth Form, then Director of Boarding came following a modest career as a musician, a 1st class degree in Philosophy and Music and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Warwick University. While on sabbatical in 2015, I undertook a research project around Philosophy and Literature in Paris and then returned to help set up and run a Public Limited Company engaged in providing admissions, marketing and pastoral expertise to a variety of Independent Schools. Outside the classroom, my role as Houses Coordinator keeps me busy working with Student Leaders on a wide variety of opportunities. In addition, I oversee our student led Humanities and Social Sciences Council and take every opportunity to organise and accompany trips in Hong Kong and abroad. My two teenage sons enable me to see education from a deeply personal as well as professional perspective and I am privileged to be able both to share those experiences and, most importantly, to represent my teaching colleagues within this great school.

Jacky Xiao – Student Representative

A Year 12 IBDP student who has been part of the community for half my life, I am honoured to represent the Student Council as its current Chair. I hope to provide the voice of the students in each council meeting to create a more enjoyable environment for students. I participate in a wide range of activities, such as being a member of the STCMUN delegation, part of the school’s football team, leader of the chess club, and the co-chair of the STC Stride For a Cure team.

Peony Sham – Student Representative

I am currently a Year 11 student at Sha Tin College doing my (I)GCSEs and the current Apprentice Chair of the Student Council. In my past 5 years at Sha Tin College, the school has become a second home to me and I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent the student community on the School Council. I like to take part in many activities in school: I’m a member of the MUN Delegation, the chairperson of the STC Debate Club. I also used to participate in Battle of the Books, Tournament of the Minds and the ESF led Synergy competition.