Prior to taking on as Council Chair, I was one of your council community representatives for the past three years. Born and raised in Hong Kong, I attended ESF schools prior to receiving boarding school and university education in the UK. Having gained relevant industry working experience in London, I returned to Hong Kong and am now a partner at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, an international alternative investment advisory firm. Both my children are students of Renaissance College. My leisure activities include interests in food, travel, swimming, and general physical exercises.
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 the eldest son at boarding school in UK, second son at Renaissance College and the youngest daughter hopefully an ESF kindergarten students in two years’ time! With three children, there has never been a dull moment at the weekends over the last 17 years!
I was born in Hong Kong, studied at Diocesan Boys’ School and went abroad to the UK at 13+ to board at Haileybury Imperial Service College until I completed my A Levels. I then pursued my Bachelor of Arts at The University of Pennsylvania, after which I continue with my passion in architecture and urban design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where I received my Master of Architecture.
Returning to Hong Kong in 1999 after working in the US for a short time, I was a tutor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and started my own small design partnership. After a few years, I wanted to experience a large professional firm and joined EDAW, which eventually merged into AECOM, becoming the largest integrated planning, architecture, engineering and design firm in the world.
I had been Managing Director for AECOM’s Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong design planning offices, where I had a wonderful 12 years before I joined a property development company to gain a different experience in the industry.
I am now owner and managing director of my own design and planning firm, where I have been busy developing projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China and South East Asia. I hold various positions in the community, including Diocesan Boys’ School Foundation Committee, member of Shaoxing City’s Political Consultative Committee. I enjoy science fiction, Lego, tennis and travelling with my family around the world. I am delighted to continue my 2 nd term at Shatin College’s School Council and would be happy to share my experiences and knowledge with the school and students.
Arthur is a lawyer who has advised multinational companies in Hong Kong on matters from intellectual property to corporate commercial transactions. He recently returned to Hong Kong 5 years ago from California 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 law degree, all in the US. He grew up in Hong Kong before moving to North America in his early teens and is bilingual. Arthur is passionate about sports, learning, and technology.
I received my primary education in Hong Kong. After that, I went to Australia for my secondary and tertiary education. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English Language Studies and Japanese from the University of Melbourne. After returning to Hong Kong, I furthered my studies at the University of Hong Kong and completed my Master of Arts degree in Linguistics.
I started my career as a Passport Officer at the British Consulate General. Then, I switched to the education field. I was once a lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Baptist University.
At present, I enjoy working as an Education Officer and taking care of my two kids. My elder daughter is in Year 8 and my younger son is 2.5 years old. Hopefully, he can join the ESF family soon!
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 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 ten year old twins are currently in Year 6 at Renaissance College and weekends are full of all the things ten year olds love to do!
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.
I have been a teacher at Sha Tin College since 1999 and in that time have been Head of Food Technology and Deputy Head of the Technology; Head of TOK and Extended Essay; and Deputy Head of Year. My teaching and leadership experience in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, has helped develop my strong interest in learning technologies. This passion has led me to embark on further academic study. I have recently completed a Doctorate of Education at the University of Hong Kong, My research area was pedagogy using ICT and interdisciplinary approaches. Prior to this I studied for a Master of Education at Macquarie University in Australia with a particular interest in one-to-one laptops. Co-curricular activities are an important part of Sha Tin College and I have led trips to Everest Base Camp in Tibet and water sports activities in Cairns, Australia, and about to organise a cultural and cooking CAS Week trip to Italy.
Luke Smetherham has been a teacher at Sha Tin College since 2002. He is currently the Head of Psychology, teaching Years 10-13, and the schools Alternative Curriculum coordinator and IBCP coordinator. Prior to this at Sha Tin College he has taught PE to students in Years 7-13, TOK to Years 12 and 13, GTS to Years 7-13 and IT to Year 7-9. He was also the ESF Curriculum Chair for Psychology and has worked with the IBO in the Hague developing the current IB Psychology syllabus. Luke’s first job in Hong Kong was in 2001 at Quarry Bay School as a primary PE specialist. He has a son, Josh, who will be starting ESF Hillside Kindergarten in August 2018. Luke is proud to have him educated in the same institution which has already given him so much.
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.
I have been a part of the Sha Tin community since I first started studying in SJS, a community that I grew with and am proud to call my family. Sha Tin College has helped shape me into the individual I am, a dedicated, involved individual with a passion for the performing arts. The privilege of holding this position of responsibility has taught me the value of being a leader and my newfound ability to help, and I hope to be able to fully represent the student voice!
Born and raised in Hong Kong, I attended Sha Tin Junior for all of my primary education and continued on with my secondary education in Sha Tin College. Over the years, this school community has become a really important part of my life, it has helped me to develop important life skills through the experiences I’ve had and the members of this community. I am privileged to be one of the student representatives of the school council as it allows me to give back and contribute to this wonderful school community which has shaped me into who I am today.
I was schooled in Hong Kong until Form 2, and completed my graduate studies in Chemical Engineering in University of Toronto. I was a part-time lecturer at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, having served on their Advisory Committee. I currently work for a multinational infrastructure consulting firm as Executive Director. I served as Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Waste Management Association and I am a founding member of Hong Kong Institute of EIA. I have four children and all of them were at an ESF school at one time. Two boys are now at STC (Y10, 12).
Recognizing STC’s stellar academic performance, I believe it is opportune time to make balanced investment in managing elite-level extra-curricular activities, particularly in Sports, as they play a vital role in supporting the holistic development of the students.
In my capacity as a “bridge” between the parents and the School Council, parents can contact me via the school email.