KGV School Council is responsible for the governance of the life and work of the school. The Council has a number of responsibilities including monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the School Development Plan; the appointment and promotion of staff; approving the school budget; ensuring the condition and state of repair of the school premises and also acts as a link between ESF management, the school and the community as a whole.
School Council meetings for 2019-20 are –
School Council Chair – Jeremy Ip
I attended ESF schools all the way through my primary and secondary years (Glenealy, Beacon Hill and KGV) and enjoyed my time there immensely. I believe the benefits that our schools bring to education in Hong Kong are invaluable. Our daughters currently attend an ESF school and I am very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the ESF community via the KGV School Council.I have a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and a career in finance.
ESF Representative – Belinda Greer
-Member of quality Assurance Council HK
-Member of Summerbridge Board
-Member of IndoChina
Starfish Foundation Board. Enjoy the Hong Kong running scene.
School Principal – Mark Blackshaw
I have a Bachelor in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of International Business. I joined KGV School from Queensland Australia, where I have spent 27 years as a teacher and leader in the State Education system. Previously, I have taught Health and Physical Education and Economics in all years of secondary school. I attend all subcommittee meetings and enjoy the learning and improvement opportunities our committees provide. When it comes to activities, I enjoy most sports and spending time outdoors, especially surfing and fitness with my young family. Australian Football is one of my favorite sports to watch and the team I support is St Kilda. I also enjoy professional reading and I am especially interested in creating professional learning communities and positive organisational cultures.
Community Representatives – Calvin Kwan
I came to Hong Kong in 1992 and attended KGV until 1998. I’ve been back in Hong Kong since 2009. I am the General Manager of Sustainability at Link Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), the largest REIT in Asia. In addition to this, I am an adjunct assistant professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. I am an alumnus of KGV, having attended KGV from Form 1 through 6. My main interest is exploring how we can bring real world challenges opportunities into the current learning environment. PADI certified diving instructor, lifelong student.
Community Representatives – Josh Schroeder
Josh attended ESF schools throughout primary and secondary school at Beacon Hill and KGV schools. After very much enjoying and valuing his ESF experience he is very happy to have his three children also now attending ESF schools. Josh returned to the United States for higher education, where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Architecture degrees. He worked in the design and construction industry for over 20 years, and returned to live in Hong Kong in 2012.
Community Representatives – Marisa Yiu
With a passion for design and cultural innovations here in HK, I am an architect and Founding Partner of ESKYIU, a multi-disciplinary architecture studio based in Hong Kong that was established in 2005 in NYC and the HK studio since 2007. I am also a co-founder and Executive Director of Design Trust, an initiative of the registered charity Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design- a leading NGO in design in Asia. I am excited to serve on the KGV council, as KGV and the ESF community has had a deep impact to my education, curiosity in life and journey- from learning, sports to creativity. Previously I have also taught and lectured in HKU, CUHK and the Architectural Association in London. I received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, Columbia University (New York) and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.
Community Representatives – Pilar Morais
I grew up in Hong Kong going through KJS and KGV; graduating in 2000. At KGV, I was a prefect, on the student council which implemented the 6th form uniform, Rowell house captain, and represented KGV and Hong Kong in both Hockey and Netball. Upon graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to study Business Administration, major in Corporate Finance at Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
In 2007, I returned home to Hong Kong to work with my father to help build the family-run CHI Residences which includes the current four boutique residences, award-winning Garden Island Resort, Fiji and in Hong Kong opened neighbourhood cafe, Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard and event space PLATFORM. I play a vital role in acquiring new developments and investments, adding to the growing portfolio.
I look forward to my role on the Finance committee to yet again be apart of the KGV community.
Parent Representatives – Kim Gan
I look forward to another year of PTSA close cooperation with school. We continue to contribute and support our young learners in their pursue of quality learning in safe and conducive learning environment of school.
As a team our commitment to our students is like strong foundation. We wish students to be motivated, challenged and guided smart learners. We believe they shall be the future new pillars and caring adults wherever they are in the world. These same hope and dream I hold true for my youngest child whom currently is in middle school.
Personally, I enjoy studying and believe in seeking knowledge through continuous lifelong learning. I obtained a Montessori teaching diploma in early child education from NAMC in 2004 and MBA(fin.Mgmt) from University of Hull in 1994.
Presently, I am a full-time homemaker and attend Kowloon City Baptist Church. I am doing French as my 4th language in my free time.
Parent Representatives – Anson Bailey
Anson has been based in Hong Kong for over twenty seven years and is happily married to his wife, Hung Yuen Ling (Ame) for over twenty years……their son (Josh) is currently a student in Year Nine at KGV. Anson joined KPMG in Hong Kong in 1999 and is currently a Partner based in the Hong Kong office heading up the Consumer & Retail Practice. He is part of the KPMG Regional Consumer & Retail Practice Leadership team as well as being a member of the Global Technology Innovation Centre and the Cluster Leader for the Technology, Media & Telecoms Practice based in Hong Kong. Anson has been active in driving a number of thought leadership reports and executive briefings for senior executives covering innovation and consumers in China and across Asia. He has worked with many corporates to understand the complex markets we live in and current levels of disruption being seen with recent reports including Global Mobile Payments, Consumers & Convergence, Mobilizing Innovation: The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies, The Rise of the Digital Multi-tasker, Be a Smarter Start-up, MNCs in China, Made in China 2025, China’s Connected Consumers, Global Connected Consumers, Connecting Hong Kong – Perspectives on our future as a smart city and The Changing Face of Commerce series. Today, he not only mentors the next generation of go-to-market professionals at KPMG but continues to work with a growing number of C-level executives as a trusted advisor in providing the best in client innovation whilst acting as the Lead Partner for a number of strategic accounts in the consumer and technology arena across the Asia Pacific region.
Parent Representatives – Richard Colwill
I have lived in Hong Kong since 1997 since moving from the UK with my family to pursue work opportunities in the city. I joined the Council as a Parent’s Representative in 2015 as my daughter started Year 7, being drawn to support an institution that mixes both traditional values with the latest curriculum, and seeking to ensure that parent’s concerns re: value for money and efficiency would be at the fore. With an engineering background I have also been co-opted onto the Premises sub-committee where I and my colleagues provide over-sight so that physical improvements to the schools fabric are designed and delivered in an imaginative and cost-effective manner. On a personal level my focus is my family, I have a passion for Underwater Hockey, an engagement in Triathlons, and an interest in sailing.
Parent Representatives – Jhanvi Panjabi
I moved to Hong Kong after graduation from Pepperdine University 17 years ago. When I had my children I was naturally drawn to the organised system of the ESF schools. Both my children went to Beacon Hill and are currently in KGV as did my husband and his family.
I have always received immense support from faculty and worked closely with them all through primary school. I believe in a working partnership with teachers and students to ensure the children receive the best education while enjoying a wholesome experience in school. I am very excited to play a role in bringing forth positive feedback to further improve the foundation as a parent representative in KGV.
I am currently a jewellery designer and own my own company by the name of Eternity Jewels established in Hong Kong with several outlets worldwide.
Teaching Staff Representatives – Steve Atack
I have been teaching Mathematics for over 20 years, most of those years at KGV. The students are a delight to teach and there is a willingness to embrace the joys of Mathematics. I have spent many years as a School Council member; I was involved in the decision process to introduce the IB Diploma. I bring a wealth of knowledge and have served on the Finance and Staffing sub-committees of the Council. I strongly believe in transparency and effective governance. In my free time I enjoy cycling, golf and softball.
Teaching Staff Representatives – Ellie Hitchings
I am currently teaching English Language & Literature, Drama and LPS. I am Head of College for Nightingale Middle School. Previously, I was also Head of Department for LPS. I was appointed to teach English at KGV in 2003 and have enjoyed a variety of different roles and responsibilities ever since. In 2011, I took a sabbatical to study for an MA in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at the University of Manchester. I am currently on the Staffing Sub-Committee. I am interested in the power of constructive dialogue and working together with all stakeholders to further develop our school. Swimming, Muay Thai kickboxing, yoga, netball, squash and hiking. Reading, travelling and learning new things!
Teaching Staff Representatives – Catherine Muir
I am currently teaching within the DT, PHE, RTI and BTEC Departments. I have been living and working in Hong Kong for 26 years. I have a Diploma in Teaching Secondary, Graduate Diploma in Health Science, Masters in Linguistics and Masters in Counselling from Australia. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the other School Council Representatives to further develop our school. I love reading, learning and spending time with my friends and family.
Teaching Staff Representatives – Mandy Barton
I am a teacher of Mathematics at KGV and recently appointment Wellbeing Coordinator. I have been working and living in Hong Kong since 2013, having previously worked in Rome and London. I have served on the Committee of Teachers for 5 years and the Board of Governors for ESF for 3 years.
I have a Masters degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, Mansfield College.
Support Staff Representative – Sherwin Malavega
I came to Hong Kong in the end of 2002 when I was transferred from Manila, Philippines here in Hong Kong by my previous company to be the new Network Administrator in our HK main office.I used to work in a financial institute setting up bank servers and systems. I have been constantly working in the field of Information and Technology (IT) for nearly twenty (20) years now, and had been continuously leading a small group of technical support staff. Presently I am working as an Senior System Administrator at King George V School. I am also a certified ITIL (IT Service management) and certified ILM Performance Coach. KGV employee since 2005. Interests within SC (including sub committee) I would want to continue what the previous member and SLT has started. I think having an opportunity in being included in many part of the school events and the like is really effective. I strongly believe support staff team building and participation in the whole will make the school a better place to work in. Interests and expertise outside the school Hiking, golf, scuba diving, kick boxing, skateboarding and archery.