The Island School Council
The Council is the group that represents all areas of our community. It oversees and guides the development of Island School, keeping a hand on budgets, curriculum and site development.. The members of the Council are drawn from the following constituencies.
- Parents are elected by the parent body;
- Teachers and support staff are elected by the staff;
- Community members are nominated by the chair;
- Students are selected by the student body;
- The Principal, the Business Manager and other senior staff are ex-officio members.
The Council meets approximately every six weeks in the evening at school. The agenda varies from monitoring ongoing issues and discussions of new projects that are brought forward by members. Major changes in the school need to be agreed by the Council.
The Council has various subcommittees that also include other members of the community. The committees include Site and Buildings, Curriculum, Human Resources, Risk Management and Budget.
Malcolm Gibson – Council Chairman
Malcolm Gibson is a community representative and is the Chair of the School Council. He has been on the council since 2004. He is the Head of Project Engineering for MTR Corporation Ltd, and has had 3 children educated by ESF, at Bradbury and South Island Schools.
Heather Du Quesnay - ESF Representative
Heather Du Quesnay has been Chief Executive Officer of the English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong since February 2005. Before that she was the founding Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England. Her career includes over 10 years as a teacher and deputy head of a secondary school followed by a succession of senior education posts in English local government. She was appointed CBE in 1996.
Helen Evans – Staff Representative
Helen has been teaching Chemistry and Science for a total of 17 years and has been at Island School for the past 4 years; she has taught in Malaysia and the Netherlands as well as the UK. Her previous experience includes roles as the Head of Sixth Form and also Teacher-in-charge of Chemistry along with leading the International Award and other overseas trips. Since being at Island School she has been involved in the AYP and was also one of the school representatives on the ESF Committee of Teachers for three and a half years.
Cathryn Hopkins – Staff Representative
Cath has been at Island School for 20 years primarily teaching Science/Chemistry throughout the school. She taught for 4 years in the UK and came to Hong Kong after spending 2 years travelling. Cath has had an involvement in the Careers department and pastoral curriculum. She has been Head of Nansen since 1999 and more recently Senior Head of House. Cath is married with one son, who is starting Peak School in August.
Kevin Lester - Teacher Representative
Kevin is one of three teacher representatives on the school Council. He has been teaching ICT and mathematics at Island School for 16 years. Kevin is currently the Senior Head of House for Davinci having previously been In charge of Higher Education guidance.
Ryosuke HOSHIYAMA & Heinok Fan -
The Head boy and Head girl are both IB Diploma students, who have gone through a process of election by staff and their peers as prefects. Their final selection as senior prefects was made by the Principal after an application and interview. They will both sit on the council for one year.
Chris Binge – Principal
Chris has been in International Education for 25 years. He has worked in Singapore and Switzerland, where he was secondary principal at the International School of Geneva, before coming to Island School in 2009. Chris has also worked for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He teaches Maths and Theory of Knowledge and devotes his leisure time to Music and Sport.
Joan Leung Lye – PTA Chairman
Joan is a parent of Annie Lye who joined Island School at Year 7 and is currently in Year 10 Fleming. She is an architect by profession and has practiced both in England and in Hong Kong. She is the principal director of Lotus Architects Ltd. She serves on numerous committees at the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Friends Committee of the Asian Cultural Council, the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Board of Zonta Club Hong Kong and the Board of Directors of the MIT Club of Hong Kong.
Shalini Sujanani – Parents Representative
Shalini is one of our two parent representatives on the School Council, having joined the School Council in Oct 2008. She has 2 boys studying at IS, in Years 9 and 13 and is an ex-student having spent a good number of her secondary school years at IS. Shalini is currently employed by ING Bank.
Susan Finder – Parents Representative
Susan Finder is one of two parent representatives on the School Council, having joined the School Council in December, 2009. Her children are in years 11 and 9. She is currently a full time consultant with Practical Law Company, a UK based legal know-how company, a role which enables her to make use her experiences practicing with several law firms and teaching at the City University of Hong Kong.
Johnny Uttamchandani – Community
Johnny was Head Boy of Island School in Dr Colin Niven’s day. He went off to Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania but has, since university, returned to Hong Kong to work in the family business. He is married with one child who is waiting to come to Island School.
Bo Fussing – Community
Bo Fussing has been the chairman of the Island School Alumni Association since it was revitalised in April 2005. Bo also sits as a Community Member of the School Council.
Betty Tsu – Support Staff Representative
Betty is the Support Staff Rep of Island School on the School Council, having joined the School Council January 2010 – She has been a member of the support staff team at Island School since 1996.
Dilip Sandhu – Secretary to the Council
Master degree in Business Administration with University of Liverpool, U.K. Dilip has been working with Island School since September 2002 started on a part-time basis as an Educational Assistant and changed to permanent in September 2005. She is the Admissions Manager of the school and also assisting the Principal in his daily management to the school.
Building and Development
Bo Fussing (Chair)
Curriculum, Exam, Standards
Shalini Sujanani (Chair)
Johnny Uttamchandani (Chair)
Malcolm Gibson (Chair)
Risk Management & Critical Incident
Chris Binge (Chair)