Who We Are

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Simon K. Y. Wong

Chairman

Mr Simon K. Y. Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM R&D Centre). The Centre was established in 2006 by the HKSAR Government and charged with the mission to research and develop relevant technical solutions to serve the logistics industry in the Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta region. Mr Wong has more than 30 years of working experience in the commercial sector. Before joining the LSCM R&D Centre, Mr Wong held a number of technology development and management positions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He worked at the General Electric Company between 1996 and 1999 and from 1999 to 2004, he was the President of GE Appliances Asia. He joined Johnson Electric in 2004 as the President of JE Trading Limited. He was highly involved in developing supply chain solutions for customers and exploring new business models. He held this position until 2010. Mr Wong holds a master degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, United States.

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David Whalley

ESF Representative

Mr David Whalley has worked as a teacher, principal and senior education manager in the United Kingdom prior to taking up post as Director of Education at ESF in October 2015. His previous post was Head of Learning for a local authority in the north of England, he took up post in August 2010 and worked with over 100 schools with responsibility for school improvement, student outcomes and safeguarding. As Director of Education at ESF he leads a team of education professionals at ESF Centre as well as working closely with principals and school councils to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

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Mark Beach

Principal

Mr Mark Beach has worked as a teacher and principal in his native New Zealand, Tonga, Qatar and in Hong Kong. In 1996 he established a new government school in NZ before taking the position of Director of the NZ Correspondence School, the third largest school in the world with over 20,000 students and 700 staff. As principal of Discovery College, he has the rewarding and challenging role of ensuring that Discovery College develops as one of the leading educational institutions in Asia.

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Kitty Cheng

Community Representative

Mrs Kitty Cheng is a qualified accountant and a member of the Association of Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom since 1978. From 1976 to 2014, Mrs Cheng worked in many major government departments including Medical & Health, Housing, Social Welfare, Water Supplies, the Land Registry and the Hong Kong Police Force, and during this time was also involved in the financial restructuring of the HK Government. In 1994, Mrs Cheng was the Business Manager of the Land Registry Trading Fund. In 1996 she joined the Hong Kong Police Force as their Financial Controller, retiring in 2014. Mrs Cheng was appointed an Official Justice of the Peace of the HKSAR in 2002 and was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2005.

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Jennifer Ho

Community Representative

Ms Jennifer Ho is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong and leads the Firm’s Risk Assurance practice in China South (Hong Kong and Guangdong). She has extensive experience in providing clients in Hong Kong/China, Canada and the U.S. with a range of market leading regulatory, information security and risk management services. She has led a range of engagements including ERP business process optimisation, controls and access security design and implementation; data protection and privacy assessments; due diligence and third party assurance. She has worked across a variety of industry sectors including retail and consumer, real estate, hospitality, public, and financial services. Ms Ho is is a member of HKIPCA. She also holds the CPA, CA (from Canada) and CISA designations. In 2014, she participated in an Executive Leadership programme at INSEAD Business School. Ms Ho is passionate about learning and development. She strongly believes that if children are passionate about learning they will be able to develop to their fullest potential.

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Christopher Geary

Community Representative

Mr Christopher Geary is the CEO of YTS Investments, a ‘venture builder’ with operations and investments in technology, jewellery, education and consulting located in Hong Kong, China, Thailand and the United States. Christopher is the founder of the Fargo Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise focused on creative education for at-risk communities. Christopher holds an LL.B. (Hons) in Law from the University of Bristol.

Christopher lives in Hong Kong. He was shortlisted in the Enterprising Young Brits Awards 2007. In 2011 Christopher was nominated as a Global Shaper and Founding Curator of this community’s Hong Kong Hub by the World Economic Forum.

Paul McMaster 

Paul McMaster

Parent Representative

Mr Paul McMaster is the Regional Change Portfolio Director for HSBC Commercial Banking and is responsible for all of HSBC’s Commercial Banking Business and IT change projects in Asia. Paul has been in HK / Discovery Bay for 15 years and has two girls attending Discovery College (Ruby in Year 9 & Anna in Year 13) and Paul’s wife Susan is on the DCPTA. He is originally from New Zealand and worked for ANZ Bank for a number of years before moving to HK to join HSBC. Paul holds 2 Masters degrees – an Executive Master in Business Administration and a Master of Electronic Commerce – and hopes that his project management and banking experience will bring a slightly different skill set to the School Council.

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Margaret Burnett Hinch

Parent Representative

Mrs Margaret Hinch is a long time resident of Hong Kong. Though originally she and her husband are from Canada, both of their children were born here. Her daughter is currently in Year 10 having been with DC since the days of Bauhinia, and their son is in Year 6. Mrs Hinch has worked with both private and public sector stakeholders on such issues as risk management and communication trust and governance, as well as capacity building strategies for environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.

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Susannah Morley

Parent Representative

Mrs Susannah Morley has more than ten years’ experience working in the higher education sector where she held a variety of senior administrative posts at the Universities of Cambridge and Essex in the UK and the University of Melbourne in Australia.  In 2014 Susannah moved to Hong Kong with her family and in 2015 she joined the British Council in Hong Kong where she is responsible for stakeholder management, strategic partnerships and project development. Susannah is a returnee to the territory, having spent six years living and working here in the mid-1990s (including a previous stint at the British Council). Susannah has two daughters at Discovery College. In her spare time she likes running, hiking and cooking.

Amy FREED

Amy Freed

Staff Representative

Ms Amy Freed I spent three years as the Development and Communications Manager at Discovery College starting from the College’s second year in Discovery Bay. She then worked with ESF as the Communication’s Manager for the after school sports and language programmes, before returning to DC. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Amy lived for many years in Los Angeles. She has a degree in communications from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Amy also has two children who attend Discovery College.

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Kevin Rydeard

Staff Representative

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Jason Edwards

Staff Representative

Mr Jason Edwards has been teaching for more than 15 years, and has held a range of different positions in a contrasting mix of schools throughout his career. He began working at Discovery College in 2013 as the Year 3 Team Leader, and he has lived in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years. When he is not spending time with his family you are most likely to find him competing or training for a new sporting challenge. This is his first membership on a School Council, and he lends experience to the Council to ensure that DC provides the very best quality education for all students.