Paul Rogers, Executive Master of Wellington College Hangzhou, has worked as Founding Principal at Taylor’s International School Puchong, Malaysia for the past three years where he has helped oversee the preparation, launch and successful establishment of the school. Enrolment is currently at over 1,300 pupils and rising.
Prior to working in Malaysia, Paul established, as Headmaster and Member of the Board, the first ‘Article One’ Bilingual International School in Makuhari, Japan where he worked for six years. Makuhari International School grew to full capacity during his time there and was a model for other similar schools to be established over the following years.
Paul trained as a teacher at La Saint Union College of Further Education in Southampton UK, specialising in Music, after which he obtained the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the Leadership College as well as becoming an Associate of the Royal College of Music – focusing on piano and ‘cello. Prior to training to become a teacher he studied music at Hull University.
When not working, Paul is passionate about football and will happily watch all and any English Premier League match taking place. He also likes cooking, immersing himself in different cultures as well as travelling.
Helena Xin graduated from Capital Normal University in 2002, with her bachelor degree in biological education and minor certificate in musical education. She worked as a teacher and an academic leader in an IB school for 10 years, which helped her to gain experience in international education. She has won many awards from educational bureau, including leading bio-teacher of Beijing and the 1st place in teaching competition. She also hosted many IB related workshops for Chinese and overseas teachers.
With the explosion of Chinese economy, she turned her eyes to the bilingual education for Chinese students. She started to establish a bridge curriculum between National standard and IB criteria for Chinese students and which gained the found from the government. From 2012, she undertook the director and the vice principal in different Chinese educational groups and bilingual schools. These experiences provided her overall capability of educational leadership.
Mr. Shen Guoqiang is originally from Hangzhou and has been devoted to junior high school education in Hangzhou for 29 years, working as an English teacher, English language teaching researcher, teacher trainer and vice principal. Before joining Wellington College in Hangzhou, he has worked at Hangzhou Jianlan Middle School as Vice Principal. His research interests and expertise involve bilingual education, curriculum design and development, teacher training, TESL teaching, cross-cultural communication, and study abroad planning.
Mr. Shen believes that a strong curriculum is like a track leading pupil’s growth and development. In a bilingual environment, with highly qualified and professional local and native English teachers working together in small classes, we can not only successfully transform our pupils’ cross-cultural communication skills and improve their second language acquisition. We can also promote interdisciplinary interaction and knowledge integration, and help our pupils achieve well-rounded development and personal growth.
Chang started as Finance & HR Manager at Wellington College International Tianjin after she returned to her home city Tianjin in early 2011. She was transferred to Wellington College International Shanghai at the founding stage, in charge of Finance and Services since 2014. From 2017, Chang focused mainly on finance for all Wellington College International Shanghai, Huili School Shanghai and Huili Nursery Shanghai at a capacity of Senior Finance Manager. She now starts her new role as the Bursar for Wellington College Hangzhou, which has been her third school within Wellington China Group.
Before her joining in Wellington, Chang started her career at a Fortune 500 company, grown from a staff member to the leader of the accounting department over five years after she graduated from Tianjin Normal University. In 2003, she decided to go to the UK for her pursuits in both academic and practice and subsequently completed her BSc in Applied Accounting, ACCA qualification and MSc in Accounting with Finance. Chang worked as an auditor in a firm located in Mayfair London for three years and a half and gained valuable oversea working experiences.
After years of practice, Chang is qualified as a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and working on her formal membership with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Her family will join her in the next academic year for the exciting adventure in the beautiful and vibrant Hangzhou city.
Laura worked as a Senior Deputy Head for 3 years, having previously held roles of Senior Teacher, Head of department and specialist Science teacher within Hertfordshire, England. After being awarded a distinction in her Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Laura taught secondary science before taking on the challenge of completing a Graduate Certificate in Chemistry Education, enabling her to teach both Biology and Chemistry to A-Level.
Laura later took on a role at a preparatory school and completed her level 3 Forest School Leaders qualification and implemented the concept of Forest School within the curriculum from Reception to year 6. Her passion for the outdoors was utilised in helping to set up forest school toddlers groups and also working with other schools within the county to develop their own outdoor curriculum. She strongly promotes the use of the outdoors to inspire pupils to explore beyond their own perimeters, gaining a sense of self and independence.
Having had a broad view of the education system from 4 to 18 years, Laura has gained knowledge and expertise in understanding the progression of a child’s learning journey. She strongly values key characteristics, such as resilience, that can be developed through education and enable children to reach their potential. With a previous career in the Mental Health team, Laura is acutely aware of the importance of positive mental health and pastoral care within education and strives to ensure that every child under her care is equipped with the necessary skills to ensure a positive and bright future.
Laura has always enjoyed challenging herself, both physically and academically. She has successfully completed the London Marathon and has recently started learning how to play the saxophone. In her spare time, Laura enjoys travelling with her family, experiencing the variety of cultures and environments that the world offers.
Mark completed his degree at Staffordshire University in 1994 and went on to conduct research towards a PhD, whilst tutoring Level 1 students and serving as the Academic Warden for the Halls of Residence. Following the completion of his PGCE in 1998, Mark has enjoyed a successful career in schools in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, achieving the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers in 2007 and beginning his first headship in 2009. Mark’s school leadership culminated in an Executive Headship in 2018 which saw rapid school improvement secured and recognised by Ofsted (May 2019). Since 2014 Mark has served as the Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Headteachers Association and represented the views of Headteachers at local and regional levels with a real passion for securing the approaches and resources required to improve the lives and life chances of children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent. Mark has also represented the views of schools on DfE Opportunity Area Panels, West Midlands PREVENT Panel, Stoke-on-Trent’s Patenting Strategy Group and the Local Authority Assistant Director’s Extended Management Team.
Mr. Conrad Botha is an early years educator from South Africa, holding a Bachelors of Business from the University of South Africa as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Master of Education from the University of Nottingham in the UK. He started his international education journey over 10 years ago, working in various international and bi-lingual early years settings in China. During this time, he has used experiential learning through a relationship-driven environment which provided rich and meaningful bi-lingual experiences to support children in developing their unique approaches to learning.
He began as a teacher but soon moved up to take the position of Curriculum Coordinator and Campus Manager for a leading bi-lingual network of schools in Shanghai. He thoroughly enjoyed this role which allowed him to advocate best practice and ensure quality learning within a caring and supportive environment. Conrad continued his studies to enhance his knowledge and skills, completing a Master of Education, whilst being employed at a British International School in Shanghai.
Conrad then moved on to support the expansion of an education group, overseeing the successful opening of two new campuses as Academic Director. This involved combining best practice from the UK with that of the Chinese Ministry of Education as well as recruitment, the strategic management of the project and mentoring opportunities with fellow school leaders. The role further allowed him to continue to promote quality learning environments and experiences for families, ensuring that children, parents and educators built a sense of ‘belonging’ and ‘enthusiasm’ for bi-lingual early years education. Under his care, the school grew tremendously with strong enrolment, a quality program and a diverse learning community.
Conrad now brings his experience and strong knowledge of bi-lingual education to Huili Nursery Hangzhou. He embraces a collaborative leadership approach and is motivated to work alongside all learning community members at the nursery as it seeks to reaffirm its reputation as a centre of excellence in early years education. He believes in lifelong learning and thrives on ongoing research. Conrad has a personal interest in bi-lingual education and values open communication as a tool to build trusting and respectful relationships with others.
Zoe has been working in education for over 20 years and has her Master of Education Degree from Suzhou University.
Throughout her career, Zoe has worked in a variety of locations, both within China and in America. She has taught students from a multitude of different backgrounds and has led classrooms in both Chinese and English for students from grades 1 to 12. These experiences have been essential in sculpting her perspective on international education and ways to integrate students from different backgrounds and cultures into a collaborative classroom.
For the last several years, Zoe has been responsible for the administration of two different international schools, including overseeing the PYP application and authorization process. She has also overseen the implementation of the Model Design, a program designed to increase communication and collaboration between administrators, educators and parents.
Outside of education, Zoe is an avid reader and enjoys opportunities to immerse herself in different cultures and experiences. She has had the privilege of visiting several countries and experiencing multiple educational models.
Zoe is a passionate educator and believes that communication, collaboration and inclusiveness are three of the most important aspects of a successful school. By incorporating all members of the educational structure, and by giving voice and agency to each, she believes she will be able to create the best environment for growth for her students and staff.