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.

Stewart Redden

ESF Representative

Stewart is the ESF Learning and Teaching Advisor (Post-16) and he oversees the various aspects of post-16 education in the seven ESF secondary schools. Prior to that, he served as the Vice Principal at Renaissance College where he set up the IB CP for the College in partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA). He previously worked as the Assistant Head of Secondary for the Taipei European School in Taiwan. In terms of the IB, he is a Visiting Team Leader for both CP and DP authorization visits, and also an IB consultant for DP and CP schools in the candidacy phases.

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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.

Pushkar Sane

Parent Representative

Mr Pushkar Sane is the Co-Founder & CEO of Convergination Ventures. His extensive experience spans across Digital, Technology, Marketing, Advertising, Media, Strategy and Big Data Analytics. He helps organizations to leverage the power of technology and data to transform business processes and customer connections. In order to keep Convergination ahead of the market he spends quality time thinking about future of content & media, impact of digitization on human life & businesses, and the pace of technology change. Prior to founding Convergination, he worked in regional and global leadership roles for Starcom, Euro RSCG and FCB Worldwide. He served as an adviser-in-residence at the VentureNursery from 2012 to 2015 and advised over 15 ventures. He is actively involved in community service and passionate about sports, reading, quizzing, photography and traveling.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from MS University of Baroda in India, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management from NMIMS in India. He also attended Executive Management & Leadership Program at INSEAD.

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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.

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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

Mr Kevin Rydeard has been teaching for more than 30 years, including over 20 years in Hong Kong. At DC, Kevin teaches Secondary Mathematics and has also serves as a Dean in Secondary. In his spare time, Kevin likes to play guitar or spend time cycling and hiking. Kevin also heads up DC’s Cross Country team. This is Kevin’s first term on the School Council where he is also a member of the Student Wellbeing Sub-committee. Kevin is committed to making DC students the best they can be through academics and sport.

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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.