Board of Governors
Mathew Gollop - Board Chair
Mathew joined the board in November 2020 after his daughter joined ICHK from the Japanese International School (JIS). Mat was a member of the Strategic Steering Committee at JIS for three years.
Mathew has been in the executive search industry since 1997 and in Asia since 2001 with ConnectedGroup. In addition to leading a 45-person business, Mathew engages with clients to discuss their operational and market strategy from CEO’s office down through the business. He aligns ConnectedGroup’s service offering across all functions and often operates as an account manager for all key clients. Mathew has helped define and shape his businesses’ social purpose and his team support the not for profit community in Hong Kong, connecting talent to help amplify worthy causes including the launch of www.Recruit4Good.com
Outside of his business, he supports the Fair Employment Agency as a volunteer board member and ChickenSoup Foundation as a Professional Ambassador.
Doug Clark is the father three children who attended ICHK Primary and Secondary. He also has an older daughter who works in the financial services industry.
Originally from Australia, Doug studied on exchange at high school in Kobe, Japan and at Fudan University in Shanghai. He moved to Hong Kong in 1993 before transferring to Shanghai in 2000 where he established and was Managing Partner of the Shanghai office of Lovells, an international law firm. He returned to Hong Kong in 2011 to commence practice as a barrister. Since 2020, he has re-qualified as a solicitor and been Global Head of Dispute Resolution with intellectual property firm, Rouse.
Doug was chairman of the ICHK Secondary board from 2016-2022. He joined the ICHK Kindergarten and Primary board in early 2017.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys cycling or hiking the many and varied trails around the New Territories. He has also published a number of legal texts (with titles too boring to mention) as well as a trilogy telling the history of British and American courts that previously operated in China and Japan, Gunboat Justice.
Emily Ngan has been a dedicated educator for more than 22 years. She is the founder and CEO of Kingston Children’s Centre, Kingston International Kindergarten and Kingston International School. Kingston was the first Authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School in Hong Kong and came into prominence through its English and Putonghua Bilingual Program in Hong Kong.
Kingston International School is one of the founding partner schools of International College of Hong Kong and Emily has been a Board Member of ICHK since 2009.
As an ardent supporter of sports for youth, she is committed to the development of training programmes, sporting facilities and international competitions for young athletes in Hong Kong. Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys travelling, reading, yoga, photography, scuba diving, shooting sports, and spending quality time with her family and three grown daughters.
Sonia is from New Zealand and worked for 14 years in the Diplomatic Corps representing her country in the Cook Islands, New York, Western Samoa, Hong Kong and South Korea. She also lived in Germany for five years where she organised multicultural interaction seminars for internationally engaged German companies.
Since her return to Hong Kong in 2005 Sonia has been actively involved in the ICHK community. She was Class Link Parent for many years, as well as Class Link Coordinator at ICHK Primary. Since 2009 she has been helping raise funds for ICHK through her organisation and running of the Tchibo Stall at the annual school fairs.
Sonia loves sport, travel, reading and writing. She is currently an active player in the Hong Kong Ladies Tennis League.
Sonia is married to Andreas and has a son, Benjy, who has graduated from ICHK. She has been a member of the Board at ICHK Secondary since 2015.
Tracy Juels is the Father of Titan and Jonathan. Tracy grew up in a small farming community in rural Iowa, graduating high school in a small class of 45. He then graduated from College with a BA in Mathematics and German, with an emphasis on Education.
He’s spent the past 27 years in aviation. He started as an Instructor, and now has almost 20 years with Major Airlines, Northwest (now Delta) and currently FedEx Express. During his career he and his family have been based in China, the Philippines, and now Hong Kong.
Tracy has always been interested in Education and is a great communicator. During his studies, he spent a semester in Germany furthering his language skills. He was also a substitute teacher for a couple of years while working on his aviation qualifications.
Strong work ethic is an extremely important trait for Tracy. Throughout his education and career, he has supported himself the entire time. He believes that keeping the student’s as well as the school’s best interests in mind are essential when making decisions. It is Tracy’s desire to uphold the ICHK values as a small community school with strong student and parent engagement.
In his spare time, he loves time with his family, staying fit with hiking, bicycling, golfing, snowboarding, and tennis just to name a few activities.
Tracy would like to express his gratitude to ICHK for allowing him to represent such a fantastic Educational Institution.
Eliza Wong has been working in education for the last 33 years and in 1997 she joined the family of Kingston International School as a Head Teacher. She was promoted to Kindergarten Principal in 2001, and by 2008, she took on the additional role of Primary School Principal at Kingston International School. In the latter half of that year, the School Board decided to promote Ms. Wong to the Head Principal position over both the Kindergarten and Primary Schools of Kingston. From 2009 onwards, she became a Board member of the International College of Hong Kong, the through-train high school division of Kingston International School.
Ms. Wong was heavily involved in the expansion of Kingston, as the demand for admission spots far exceeded its supply. Seeing the pressing need for expansion, she dedicated tremendous effort towards it and was rewarded when Kingston opened up its Lower Primary division in 2001 and its Upper Primary division in 2010 to allow more students to join the Kingston family. In regards to learning, Ms. Wong demonstrated great initiative in paving the way for the school’s further academic development by receiving training on the IBPYP curriculum, prior to establishing Kingston’s Primary School. In order to prepare herself for this step, she participated in numerous IB workshops and visited IB schools in various places such as Switzerland, Australia, Thailand, Shanghai, Beijing, Vietnam, India, and Singapore for academic exchange with the management levels. As for the linguistic aspect, she emphasized the need for a strong and solid Chinese curriculum on par with their English counterpart program to maintain a bilingual curriculum of the highest caliber across the international school stage in Hong Kong.
Sylvian is a father of two daughters, with his eldest daughter studying in Year 10 at ICHK. Sylvian has received tertiary education in Hong Kong. With past experience working as a corporate secretarial officer, he has also worked as a senior accounting officer for over 10 years. He now works as a corporate secretarial officer in an international accounting firm.
Sylvian is an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries & the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in United Kingdom.
In early 2018, Sylvian joined the ICHK Secondary Board as a member of the Finance Committee.
Cath is originally from the UK and has worked as a primary school educator in the UK, Japan and Hong Kong. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and is currently the IB Coordinator at the Japanese International School. She serves as a workshop leader and school evaluation visit team member for the International Baccalaureate. She has also collaborated with educators across Asia Pacific to produce teacher support materials focusing on transdisciplinary learning.
Cath’s first degree was in Music, and this has remained a passion. She has co-directed JIS whole school productions for the last 7 years and is a performing member of the Hong Kong taiko drumming group ‘Odaiko’. It is through taiko that Cath discovered a love of physical challenges; she is an enthusiastic member of the JIS dragon boat team and has loved the sweaty collaboration involved in two JIS staff Spartan Race teams.
Simon Walton is the Principal of the Japanese International School in Tai Po.
Simon was born in HK but grew up in the UK. Education through school and university was based in UK but the lure of Hong Kong meant returning to further his teaching career with the English Schools Foundation. Having worked in a variety of international schools in Hong Kong and also undertaken a post as an Advisory teacher across a range of schools he joined the International Section of JIS in 2007. The development of JIS has been linked directly to that of ICHK. Simon was involved in the development and planning of ICHK from the very beginning and remains an interested and active member of the school board.
I have the awful title of trailing spouse but a happy one at that. My husband Andy and I are both British born and raised but started our expat life together in Spain . We now have three children who have lived in Belgium, Austria, Italy and now Hong Kong.
Raised by a family of shopkeepers, my career background was in retail management. I absolutely loved my career and took on any roles that meant I could travel as I have always loved variety. I worked for various large corporations on diverse projects and my strength was the ability to relate, in the business world, with all types of people which has been invaluable in our choice of expat lifestyle.
My last job in Italy was President of the International Womens club of Milan/Monza with 400+ women speaking 64 languages. It taught me three valuable life lessons, never judge a book by it’s cover and how success is measured by what you give, not receive but mostly how to be patient.
Since having children I have taken a very active role in the schools they have attended. I have previously been an active board member at both the Danube International school in Vienna and the International school of Monza in Italy.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of the ICHK team and appreciate the opportunity to see the school grow.
Derek has been teaching for 30 years. Having begun his teaching career at an inner city school in the UK, he has been involved in international education since 1993. As well as Hong Kong Derek has worked in Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Italy, China and Singapore. In addition to his teaching and leadership roles in schools Derek is a global consultant for the IB and has presented at a number of international education conferences. Derek strongly believes that the purpose of education is to empower children to think and act creatively and ethically to improve the world for themselves and others. Derek enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the walking trails of Hong Kong, golfing very badly and playing squash.
Sarah Zhao is the mother of Henry who is in ICHK Secondary.
Sarah has been working in education since 2000. She worked for the British Council China on education reform projects for fourteen years, where she was responsible for projects of teachers professional development and establishing school partnerships between the UK and China. She later joined the Cambridge International Examination in 2014 and worked as School Development Manager for South and West China, where she had opportunities to work closely with international schools on curriculum development and assessment.
Sarah moved to Hong Kong in 2017 due to her cross-sector work in charity and voluntary services. She used to lead teams of volunteers and travelled to Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India for services and study purposes. Sarah is currently working for The Hong Kong Bodhi Society Limited as Director for Cultural Events.
She has been voluntarily teaching Chinese culture and literature to children aged 5-12 since 2018. She is also involved in curriculum development of Life Education with local charitable organisations, promotion of going vegetarian, and caring of the senior citizens in local communities. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, swimming, and meditation. She also loves cooking and playing the piano.
Originally from Scotland, Marianne set out to Shanghai with a degree in textile design to fulfill an ambition in fashion knitwear. Twenty years later, now based in Hong Kong, Marianne’s knowledge spans from raw material through to production and she works directly between Asian suppliers and International customers. A recent decision to do a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics & Procurement was to dive deeper into how innovative thinking and critical analysis contribute to motivate change and question the way we problem solve within the industry.
Married to Richard, with a daughter, Pippa and a son, Sebastian. Both children attended local school in Sai Kung from kindergarten to primary in order to experience different ways of learning, both from a local perspective as well as international.
The decision to join ICHK board is for the opportunity to support creative thinking in our future generations. As a true optimist it is important to give back and embrace the community we choose for our children to be influenced by.
Marianne enjoys everything outdoors, especially running and hiking Hong Kong’s amazing trails, with family and friends in tow.
Edward, married to Circle, has a daughter attending ICHK Kindergarten and Primary. Edward grew up in Hong Kong and received tertiary education in England. He worked and practised as an accountant in London before returning to Hong Kong to work as chief finance officer in various companies of different sizes and businesses, one of which was eventually listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Other than his every day routines including tax, accounting and auditing by his profession, Edward is currently working for his own company in business and corporate services.
Edward is a practising member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a fellow member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.
Edward is an enthusiastic fan of sports cars and enjoys driving. He also enjoys gardening and lawn mowing at home when the weather is not too hot.
Katrin is the mother of Eve and Andrew who are at ICHK, and Leia who is primary age. Originally from Germany, Katrin attended schools in Africa, Germany and after A-levels in the UK, she completed a BTECH in Visual Communication at Chelsea College of Arts) as well as a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the Arts University Bournemouth.
She began her career as an Art Director at Spirit Advertising in London. Following an around-the-world adventure in 2002 she moved to Hong Kong in 2003 where she joined agencies such as DDB, Eight Partnership and Doremus.
Katrin left the ad agency world in 2009 to join Kade Global, a Hong Kong based company her husband Dean founded that specializes in toy distribution and marketing within SE Asia, which is now also launching its own innovative product lines globally.
In her spare time Katrin enjoys a lovely book club, cooking Greek food and keeping up her graphic design skills with small passion projects such as covers for Women in Publishing, designs for schools as well entrepreneur friends’ start-ups.
Paul Crow is the father of Jake and Douglas who are both at ICHK, and Rebecca who is primary age. He has worked as a Senior Conservation Officer at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens since 1997 and has a long history of involvement and interest in nature. Growing up and being schooled in Hong Kong, he is intimately familiar with the territory’s wildlife and regional conservation issues.
His career in wildlife and biodiversity conservation, education and management has included field-based biodiversity monitoring in Southern China and Hong Kong. Away from nature and in more recent years as his children transition through school life, Paul has become involved in their own extra-curricular activities, hiking, biking, camping and in particular the sport of rugby. He has contributed to the local rugby community as both a player and a coach for several years. He also holds a voluntary post with the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre assisting with advice and identification in local human animal related envenomation.