School Affairs Board

Huili Schools are guided and advised by the School Affairs Board (SAB). Currently, the group includes educators, a legal expert, finance experts, a tax expert and entrepreneurs. Huili SAB members are always available to provide advice and support to any of the Huili schools.

A subset of the group forms a School Affairs Board (SAB) for each school which meets three times a year. The SAB members for Huili School Hangzhou (Joy Qiao, Helen Kavanagh, May Lee, Anthony Zhao, Lydia Cheung) and their biographies can be found below.

Every school SAB is supported by three sub-committees, which are the forums for more detailed discussions on focused topics. This is also where external advisors are invited to attend for support where needed (for example, facilities management experts). The three sub-committees are: Academic, Facilities and Services, Finance and HR.

Joy Qiao

Joy Qiao

Founder and Chairman
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Joy Qiao

Ms Joy Qiao is the founder and Chair of Governors of Huili Education and Wellington College China. She has been devoted to international education in China for many years and is committed to fostering exchanges and partnerships with Britain. Having grown up in Shanghai, Ms Joy Qiao attended the University of Oxford from which she holds a BA in Computer Science. She then worked in the IT industry for a decade in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the UK, Germany and China. Becoming a mother motivated her interest in education and inspired her advance into the international education sector. She has extensive experience in multi-lingual communication and cross-cultural co-operation and is a critical bridge for bringing together the multiple partners involved in setting up Wellington College in China. Ms Joy Qiao also holds an EMBA degree from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and is fluent in Mandarin, English and Shanghainese. She is married with two children, both of whom are attending Wellington College International Shanghai.

Helen Kavanagh

Helen Kavanagh

Chief Executive Officer
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Helen Kavanagh

Helen is a native of the UK who is employed as the International Business Director for Wellington College, quality assuring the schools in China and leading business development globally.

With over 30 years’ experience in education Helen has operated in a wide range of contexts in the UK and internationally. After two successful Headships in England she became a Senior Inspections Manager with responsibility for the quality of inspections in over 1500 schools, and from there went on to lead a school reform project in the UAE before being promoted to Regional Director Middle East. She was next appointed as Executive Vice President of an American education company providing advice and guidance to schools in the US, UK, UAE, Qatar, Turkey, India and Jordan.

Helen has represented employers nationally and internationally up to government level. She has mentored many Heads for over 15 years and still gains a buzz from being in the school environment. She has a BA (Hons) from Sheffield University; a PGCE (Leicester University) and 2 further postgraduate degrees in Education Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her elder daughter is a teacher in the UAE. Her younger daughter is a graduate of Wellington College and currently studies at McGill University, Montreal. She enjoys travel, keeping fit and food!.

May Lee

May Lee

Member
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May Lee

Over the last eight years, May has led two groundbreaking innovations in higher education:  NYU Shanghai and ShanghaiTech. Utilizing her experience in various industries (financial services, education, and marketing), insight into entrepreneurship and deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem in China and the U.S., May offers strategic advice to large organizations on change management and digital transformation.  Moreover, her ability to bridge academic research and product development gives her a unique ability to drive innovation within an organization.  As a leader, May articulates a clear vision, formulates strategy, and oversees execution with attention to detail.

May received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She was a Visiting Foreign Student of Peking University. She is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is also a mentor for Chinaccelerator Shanghai, the Board of Directors of National Partnership for Women and Families, the Lifetime Trustee of NYU School of Law, and the Board of Directors of Chelsea Day School.

Anthony Zhao

Anthony Zhao

Member
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Anthony Zhao

Mr. Anthony Zhao is a managing partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm and the head of its Shanghai office. He is admitted to practice law in China and New York State. His practice is concentrated on PE/VC investments, corporate/M&A and capital markets, with extensive experiences in a broad range of industrial sectors in China. Anthony has been consistently recognized by various major international institutions as an Asian leading law practitioner in the above areas and TMT sector; he was awarded by All China Lawyers Association as a “National Leading Lawyer” and honored by Shanghai Bar Association as an “Orient’s Best Lawyer”.

Anthony obtained his LLB from Fudan University, LLM in International Economic Law from Queen’s University (Canada), and LLM in Corporate Law from New York University. He had worked at Paul Weiss in New York and Hong Kong before he joined Zhong Lun. He is a member of the Standing Committee of CPPCC Shanghai Pudong New Area Committee and a director of Shanghai Young Intellectuals Association, and he was as a member of All-China Youth Federation (the Ninth National Congress).

Anthony is married and has one child who is presently attending Wellington College International Shanghai. Anthony is a keen observer of international relations, like to be a gastronomic traveler, and enjoys exploring the creativity embedded in different cultures.

Lydia Cheung

Lydia Cheung

Member
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Lydia Cheung

Ms. Lydia Cheung is the Financial Controller of Italian luxury fashion brand INNIU. She is a visionary finance professional with extensive technical knowledge in international luxury fashion industry that she previously worked for Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna and Balenciaga. Ms. Cheung has been appointed as the Non-Executive Director of Wellington College International China Management Ltd since 2016.

Lydia has more than 20 years of financial management experience in the United Kingdom and Greater China. Her expertise anticipates strategic investment, optimize capital structure, budget control, implement financial recommendations to achieve business objectives and enhance sustainable long-term shareholders value and profitability.

Lydia graduated at Queen Mary College (University of London) with a BSc. (Hon) Statistics and also holds a MBA degree from Oklahoma City University, USA. She practiced as an auditor in London after graduation. Lydia is primarily based in Hong Kong. Relocated to Shanghai in 2008 for luxury brands working and living across China, Hong Kong, London and Italy. She is married with one daughter who is a graduate of The Wellington Academy UK and is currently starting her Postgraduate in Luxury Brand Management.