Wellington College China (WCC) aims to establish schools that, over time, can flourish with high levels of autonomy. All schools are legally and financially independent with their own governing boards (School Affairs Board, SAB). However, the schools are not independent. They all operate under a clearly defined common framework. We have consistent standards and policies in many aspects across the group. At the senior leader level, we share some group level targets and work together to nurture the group talent pool. The Central Office is a shared group resource. The WCC Executive Board is established to make group-level strategic decisions and govern the Central Office. It has six members who are drawn from existing school SABs.
All 25 members of Wellington and Huili SABs, plus Masters are given the title of Wellington College China governors.
Wellington SAB members are appointed by both Wellington College International China Management (WCICM, a company owned by the Founder and Chairman) and Wellington College International (WCI, a subsidiary of Wellington College in England). Huili SAB members are solely appointed by WCICM.
Throughout the year, the WCC members meet to:
· Evaluate the effectiveness of governance and plan for improvements
· Share group-level information and long-term development strategy
· Engage in training and development
There are three full-time governors: The Chairman, the CEO and the International Business Director (IBD). The Chairman and CEO serve on all Wellington and Huili SABs, and the IBD serves on all Wellington SABs. All other governors are non-executives and serve on one SAB only. The combination of paid full-time governors and unpaid non-executive governors provides a balance. The full-time governors have the depth of knowledge and overview of the group and are responsible for much of the governance administrative work, while the non-executive governors provide a broader range of expertise and ensure openness and transparency in our governance.
The SAB meets three times a year. It oversees the work of three sub-committees, to which much of the decision making has been delegated:
· Academic (ASC)
· Facilities and Services (FaSC)
· Finance and HR (FiHRSC)
The aim of the sub-committees of the SAB is to provide a more detailed and practical level of governance to the school. It allows for deeper analysis and discussions and has delegated authority from the SAB to make certain decisions.
The sub-committee members are made up of SAB members, school leaders, employees who have undertaken the WCC High Potential programme, Central Office (CO) representative(s) and parent members. This combination is intended to offer a balanced view. The SAB members attending the sub-committee shall decide if any item needs a referral to the SAB.
Wellington College China governance undergoes an annual evaluation process to examine the effectiveness of its strategic leadership. This is done through self-assessment by all governors, collecting feedback from school leaders, as well as working with external consultants to compare ourselves with and learn from the most effective school governance worldwide. The Board works with experienced UK school governance and culture specialists to support the development of the current approach and provide ongoing training and support to all the governors. This continuous self-improvement process helps to keep the board professional and adaptable to each school's, and the group’s, growing needs.
Founder and Chairman
Joy Qiao is the Founder and Chairman of Wellington College China. She founded the group in 2009 and, under her leadership, Wellington China has become one of the most reputable international education groups in China and globally. Joy grew up in Shanghai and earned her BA in Computer Science at the University of Oxford. Prior to her devotion to education, she had extensive experience working in the IT industry in the United Kingdom, Germany and China.
Joy is married to a British husband and they have two teenage sons. Influenced by this, Joy's vision is to create the world's leading English-Chinese bilingual schools, which combine the very best attributes of both British and Chinese education. She views such blended education as being a key contributor towards deepening understanding and appreciation between China and the rest of the world. Bilingualism, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship will all be highly valued skills in this century when East is meeting West.
Ms Lydia Cheung has served as the Non-Executive Director of Wellington College International China Management Ltd since 2016.
Lydia graduated at Queen Mary College (University of London) with a BSc (Hon) Statistics and also holds an MBA degree from Oklahoma City University in the United States. She practiced as an auditor in London after graduation.
Primarily based in Hong Kong, Lydia has more than 20 years of financial management experience in the United Kingdom and Greater China. Her expertise includes anticipating strategic investment, optimising capital structure, budget control, implementing financial recommendations to achieve business objectives and enhancing sustainable long-term shareholder value and profitability.
Lydia is the Financial Controller of Italian luxury fashion brand INNIU. She is a visionary finance professional with extensive technical knowledge in the international luxury fashion industry, having previously worked for Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga.
She is married with one daughter who is a graduate of the Wellington Academy in England and is currently studying her postgraduate degree in Luxury Brand Management.
Chris Huo works with Fosun International as Senior Investment Director. He leads the private equity investment activities in the UK and European market for the real estate arm of Fosun Group and is responsible for overseas subsidiary businesses from a governance and compliance perspective. Prior to Fosun, Chris spent 10 years with KPMG in the UK where he practiced as an auditor of international businesses, covering a wide range of industries and public organisations including universities and charities. He also worked in the KPMG Corporate Finance division, advising UK-listed corporates and global investment funds in infrastructure and TMT spaces, with respect to corporate reorganisation/ restructuring, strategic review, cross-border transactions and valuation.
Outside of work, Chris has gained experience of governance and wider regulatory issues through his interest in technology and investment. In the field of venture capital investment activities, he acts as a senior consultant for early-stage companies (FinTech, medical device, data analytics and distributed ledger) in the UK. He currently sits on the board of directors of VOGT Stockholm, a Swedish luxury fashion business.
Chris has 20 years of experience of living and working across Asia and Europe. Very relevant to Wellington China, he was educated in both China and in the UK. Chris has a deep understanding of both parts of the world, making him a natural candidate for working across cultures.
Chris graduated with a BEng (Hon) in Electromechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton in 2008. He then qualified as a chartered accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2011. He is married with one child who presently studies at Wellington College International Shanghai.
Ms May Lee is a leader who articulates a clear vision, formulates strategy, and oversees execution with attention to detail.
May received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law. She was a Visiting Foreign Student of Peking University.
May has more than 25 years of corporate and education experience leading and executing on China expansion initiatives and across a wide range of issues, including regulatory landscape, negotiating strategies, cross-cultural communication, market entry, joint venture structures and strategy and talent management matters.
She has led two groundbreaking innovations in higher education: NYU Shanghai and ShanghaiTech. Utilising her experience in various industries (e.g. financial services, education and marketing), insight into entrepreneurship and deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem in China and the United States, May offers strategic advice to large organisations 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 organisation.
May 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.
Mr Anthony Zhao is the Chairman of the Management Committee of Zhong Lun Law Firm.
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 is admitted to practice law in China and New York State, and previously worked at Paul Weiss in New York and Hong Kong before joining Zhong Lun. Anthony’s practice is concentrated on PE/VC investments, corporate/M&A and capital markets, with extensive experience in a broad range of industrial sectors in China. He has been consistently recognised by major international institutions as a leading Asian law practitioner in the above areas and TMT sector. He was awarded by All China Lawyers Association as a “National Leading Lawyer” and honoured by Shanghai Bar Association as an “Orient’s Best Lawyer”.
He is a member of the Standing Committee of CPPCC Shanghai Pudong New Area Committee, and was as a member of All-China Youth Federation (the Ninth National Congress).
Anthony is married and has one child who attended Wellington College International Shanghai. He is a keen observer of international relations, likes to be a gastronomic traveller and enjoys exploring the creativity embedded in different cultures.