At Wellington College China (WCC), we aspire to create a caring community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills to thrive within an ever-changing world.
WCC aims to establish schools that, over time, can flourish with high levels of autonomy. Each WCC school enjoys significant levels of legal and financial independence with its own governing body, a School Affairs Board (SAB).
The schools, however, are not independent. They are under a single ownership and operate under a clearly defined common framework. All schools carry the same Wellington College China name and therefore share the same reputation. The Central Office is a shared group resource. The WCC Executive Board was established to make group-level decisions and govern the Central Office. The Executive Board has the power to mandate standardisation of policies, systems and services. It also approves the group-level targets shared by our senior leaders.
There are three levels in our governance structure: the WCC Executive Board, SABs and sub-committees. The WCC Executive Board has five members. Each SAB has five members as well.
SAB members are appointed by Wellington College International China Management (WCICM), a company owned by WCC’s founder and chairman, and Wellington College International (WCI), a subsidiary of Wellington College UK. The latter comprises no less than 34% of the voting membership. Huili SAB members are solely appointed by WCICM.
Each member of the WCC Executive Board, SABs and sub-committees (staff members and parent members are not included) is given the title of ‘Wellington College China Governor’. They meet twice a year, online or in person, in November/December and June to:
• Engage in training and development
• Evaluate the effectiveness of governance and plan for improvements
• Share group-level information and long-term development strategies.
However, such a gathering is for training and information sharing purposes and is not a decision-making forum.
There are four full-time governors: the chairman, the CEM and two international directors (ID), who are appointed by Wellington College UK. The chairman serves on all SABs. The CEM serves on the SABs of new schools. The ID serves on all Wellington SABs.
All other governors are non-executive unpaid governors 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.
Many governance decisions are delegated by the SAB to the four sub-committees. They are: the Academic Sub-Committee (ASC), the Facilities and Services Sub-Committee (FaSC), the Finance and HR Sub-Committee (FiHRSC) and the Safeguarding and Child Protection Sub-Committee (SCPSC).
The aim of the SAB sub-committees is to provide a more detailed and practical level of governance to the school. They allow for deeper analysis and discussions and have delegated authority from their SABs to make certain decisions.
Sub-committees comprise SAB members, external non-executive experts, school leaders, employees who have undertaken the WCC High Potential Programme, CO representatives and parent members. This combination is intended to offer a balanced view. The SAB members attending the sub-committee shall decide if any item should be referred 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 and working with external consultants to compare ourselves with and learn from the most effective school governance worldwide. The Executive 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.
School Affairs Board
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.
Huili School Hangzhou/ Huili Nursery Hangzhou
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.
Maya Tarabay Schisano
Wellington College Hangzhou
Ms Maya Tarabay Schisano is one of the founding members of the Friends of Wellington (FOW), serving as the Events Chair since 2014 and the Chair in the 2018-19 school year. She worked closely with the College to achieve an open, dynamic and inclusive culture.
Maya has a BA in Interior Design, Marketing and Fine Arts from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and is fluent in Arabic, French, Italian and English. Currently living in Shanghai, Maya has lived in the United States, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and Australia.
She has extensive experience working in the luxury goods industry, and was at one time a global account manager at Prada. Maya also has experience in public relations and marketing, consulting for various Lebanese businesses as well as MSN Arabia and Sabil Water. In addition, she spent some time working as a presenter for the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) in Lebanon.
Maya first became seriously interested in education when her boys first started school at Wellington College International Shanghai in 2014. Recognising the alignment between the College’s philosophy and ethos and her own, she put her energy and focus as a parent into working towards that common goal: a school in which all children can thrive and that her boys are proud to be Wellingtonians.
Huili School Hangzhou/Huili Nursery Hangzhou
Andy Yarrow has been Chief Executive of Anthem, a UK-based Multi-Academy trust with 16 primary and secondary schools, since March 2017. He spent the previous three and a half years at one of the largest MATs, Oasis Community Learning, as Regional Director for the London and South East Region. Prior to joining Oasis in 2013, Andy was Founding Principal of Chelsea Academy and Headteacher of Hornsey School for Girls in Haringey, London. Both schools achieved outstanding Ofsted judgments under his leadership. Having studied geography at UCL, followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University, Andy started his career as a secondary school geography teacher in London in 1991, moving to Head of Geography in Surrey in 1995, Assistant Headteacher in Hertfordshire in 1998, Deputy Headteacher in Slough in 2000 and headship in 2004.
Andy has been a coach for UCL's NPQH programme and has coached around 100 aspiring and serving headteachers over the past 12 years. Andy also has a considerable interest in international education, having visited schools in over 20 different countries and spoken at school leadership conferences in several, including China.
Wellington College China Hangzhou
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.