School Council

The Sha Tin College School Council represents all areas of our community. The School Council oversees and guides the strategic development of the school, approves the annual budget, and oversees curriculum and campus development. The members of the Council are:

  • Council Chair who is appointed by the ESF Board.
  • Two Parent Representatives elected directly by parents.
  • One PTSA Parent Representative nominated by the PTSA.
  • Three Teacher Representatives elected by the teaching staff.
  • One Support Staff Representative elected by the support staff.
  • Three Community Representatives nominated by the Chair and approved by the ESF CEO.
  • Two Student Council Representatives nominated by the elected Student Council.
  • The Principal.
  • A representative of the ESF Chief Executive Officer

Albert So – School Council Chair

Devoting himself in education, Albert served as the manager and honorary legal advisor for over 130 secondary schools, primary schools, kindergartens, and special schools in Hong Kong. In this role, he handled and resolved numerous daily school management issues, campus accidents, and employment matters. Albert also established the “Campus Mediation Project” and led a team of more than 2,000 mediators. Their objective was to provide “Campus Mediation” services to various schools, aiming to resolve conflicts between teachers and students, as well as conflicts between home and school.

Additionally, Albert held positions as a lecturer and honorary law professor at eight local, domestic, and overseas universities. His responsibilities included promoting academic connections and facilitating exchanges between Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Albert feels honoured to be a part of the School Council and relishes contributing his experience to serve the Sha Tin College community.

Ex officio Member

Rob Shorthouse

Rob is a seasoned communications and marketing professional, with 25 years of experience working for large organisations and political campaigns in the UK, the Middle East and Hong Kong.

A native of Scotland, Rob’s career has seen him take on high-profile roles covering a wide variety of sectors – ranging from government to sport, policing to public transport. Rob is committed to developing and empowering the people he works with and has, during his time with ESF, become passionate about education in general – and ESF’s vision of helping every student be the best that they can be in particular.

Rob’s wife is a teacher at ESF Sha Tin Junior School. His daughter is a student at ESF West Island School. In his spare time, he likes long-distance running. He also enjoys going to the movies and just spending good quality time with his family.

Ex officio Member

Carol Larkin – Principal

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

Carol spent her early teaching career in London, UK, before moving into international education. Since then, she has worked in IB world schools in Colombia – South America and Bangkok – Thailand, before coming to Hong Kong. She has sixteen-year-old twins who are currently in Year 12.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading and her Zumba exercise classes, which fondly remind her of her days in Colombia.

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 as a soloist. She has been serving on the Guild for over eight years and has been co-chairing the Hong Kong Ballet Nutcracker Benefit for the past three 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 the 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 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.

Yuying Tong – Community Representative

Yuying Tong is a mother of two children and a Professor in sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She obtained her BA and Master’s degree from mainland Chinese universities and her PhD in the United States. After finishing her studies in the United States in 2007, she moved to Hong Kong to start her academic career at Chinese University. Yuying is a passionate researcher and part of her research interest is studying child development from a demographic perspective.

Yuying likes hiking and talking with people, in particular with parents from various social groups. Yuying feels honoured to join the Sha Tin College Council and is looking forward to learning and contributing to the ESF community with her expertise as a researcher as well as a community member.

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 encouraging and advocating sustainable development for businesses as well as individuals. She believes that social environmental responsibility and sustainability go hand in hand and has been actively involved with the community to encourage and bring awareness towards a more sustainable future.

Emilie is an alumna of Sha Tin College, her children are both attending Island 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 honoured to be a community representative of Sha Tin College and will continue to be involved within the ESF community.

Nelson Wong – Community Representative

Nelson graduated with a Master’s degree in Engineering from Cornell University in the US. He moved back to Hong Kong and started his career at Swire, where he participated in software development for distribution and delivery systems. Afterwards, Nelson spent almost 20 years in Shenzhen running a product development operation. He has developed a passion for nurturing the younger generation.

As well as working and taking care of two teenagers, Nelson sits on the board of directors for Ngai Kwong Scholarship Trust, which has a team that builds elementary schools in rural areas of ShaoGuan(韶關) and provides scholarships for high school students.

Nelson is honoured to join the Sha Tin College Council and is looking forward to learning and contributing to the ESF community.

Macy Wong – Parent Representative

Macy Wong pursues her career in academia.  She obtained her doctoral degree in Australia leading her to interdisciplinary fields of research and teaching. Her interests are in the fields of Strategic Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management and Higher Education.

Macy is currently leading the Employability Office of her College in infusing all-round employability and entrepreneurship services and employment-related activities that are beneficial to students’ career development. She oversees the strategic planning of her office in enhancing students’ employability and strengthening industry connections through various employability and entrepreneurship services, activities, and events.

Macy is honoured to join the Sha Tin College School Council and is looking forward to building a supportive network invaluable for assuring the best possible learning for students and the ESF community. Macy grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Australia. She loves travelling and reading in her free time.

My Tran – Parent Representative

In 2016, My joined the Hong Kong Immigration Service to help promote efficient communication between Hong Kong immigration officers and Vietnamese illegal immigrants and build a bridge of friendship and cooperation between the Hong Kong and Vietnamese Governments.

Born and brought up in Vietnam, she lived for 10 years in Paris where she studied law at the University of Panthéon-Assas Paris II and at the Paris Graduate School of Management prior to my training and admission to the Paris Bar. Since 2002, she has worked for Ngo Miguéres in Paris, YKVN and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Ho Chi Minh City and Hutchison Telecoms in Hong Kong advising multinational companies in relation to the restructuring of their investment portfolio in various sectors in Asia, especially in Vietnam.

She is passionate about learning the profound meaning of the ancient wisdom that she strives to apply to my modern life for a meaningful existence. For many years, she has been practising meditation to nurture inner qualities of kindness, compassion and wisdom that are crucial for fulfilling her own potential and benefiting others for world peace and happiness. She is grateful that her son joined STC in 2022. She wishes to contribute her humble service to the noble mission of STC.

Bryan Coulton – Teacher Representative

Bryan joined Sha Tin College in August 2010, it is his first overseas job and one he has enjoyed since the first day he arrived. Bryan is originally from the UK, where he obtained his undergraduate degree from Liverpool University and PGCE from Liverpool Hope. He worked for 10 years in England before moving to Hong Kong. Bryan completed his Master’s Degree in Education in 2015 through the University of Western Australia.

His daughter is a toddler and keeps him very occupied. Outside of school he enjoys music and playing in several bands with teachers from many ESF schools.

Lindsay Tandy – Teacher Representative

Lindsay joined Sha Tin College in October 2010 and has 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, and both my children are recent alumni students (my daughter graduated in 2020; and my son graduated in 2022). I know what an astonishing school Sha Tin College is as a member of staff and as a recent parent, and I greatly value the wide-ranging curriculum we follow, the child-centred approach we take, the caring pastoral guidance with which we support students and, of course, the wealth of extra-curricular activities we offer.”

Lindsay has a 1st class (Hons) degree in Philosophy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specializing in secondary English, from Bristol University, UK. Prior to teaching, she 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 her travels around Europe! She has taught English in the UK, Spain and now in Hong Kong and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for literature with students throughout the school. Outside of the classroom, she supervises the school’s participation in Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s annual ‘Stride for a Cure’ walkathon and she also supervises VOiCE, a student-led annual publication which showcases students’ literary and artistic talents. Most recently, she has co-written Hodder Education’s textbook, English Language & Literature for the IB Diploma.

Dan Worrall – Teacher Representative

Dan joined Sha Tin College as a teacher of Science in August 2012 and has been the Head of Chemistry since August 2017. He is originally from South Wales, UK, and graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. After graduation, he worked for a time as a chemist in the food industry before completing a postgraduate certificate in education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Having started his teaching career in the UK, Dan moved into international education spending three years in mainland China before settling in Hong Kong. He has two young children who occupy most of his time outside of Sha Tin College and keep him on his toes every day. When possible, he likes to get out on the hiking trails and he is also a keen scuba diver.

Sha Tin College is an extremely special place to be, with its own unique energy, and it is his pleasure to be a teacher representative on the School Council.

Tiffany Liang – Support Staff Representative

Tiffany joined Sha Tin College as a Chinese teaching assistant in 2022. She has a Master of International Journalism Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master in Education from the University of Nottingham.

Before becoming an educator, she worked with local and global media companies for nearly five years. Tiffany stepped into her academic career at the City University of Hong Kong as a research assistant before joining STC.

Tiffany grew up in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese city, and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She has lived in Hong Kong for nearly 6 years. Her leisure activities include fitness, yoga, hiking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

“An exceptional teacher can make an impact that extends far beyond the reach of the arbitrary boundaries of the classroom walls.”

Tiffany looks forward to learning and contributing to the ESF community through the School Council.

Joshua Liu – Student Representative

Joshua Liu is passionate about empowering youth at Sha Tin College. He has gained experience bringing large groups together through multiple leadership roles, particularly in athletics. In addition to serving on the Student Council, Joshua has been involved in several big projects, including setting up the SABRES and the new Sports Council structure. He has also represented Sha Tin College in various competitions, such as dance and swimming.

Since joining the Sha Tin College community in Year 7, and now as the Apprentice Chairperson, Joshua has gained a comprehensive understanding of representing student voices by identifying and addressing issues, and finding effective solutions. He feels privileged to hold a position on the Student Council and will do his best to bring the community together.

Kaiden Lo – Student Representative

Since Year 1, Kaiden Lo has been a part of the Sha Tin community, positioning him with an unwavering commitment to make a lasting impact in our school. Through his role as the Student Council’s Chairperson, he is determined to drive positive change through warmth and camaraderie within our community, allowing students’ voices to be heard and acted upon.

With a passion for STEM education, environmental stewardship, and nurturing youth potential, Kaiden undertakes several ongoing projects such as composting, enrichment of the MYP curriculum, and the returning of the school fair. He holds an exceptional capacity for empathy and possesses a dedicated focus on prioritising student welfare, hoping to enhance a united community.