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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Vivian Cheung

ESF Representative

Ms Vivian Cheung is the Chief Financial Officer for ESF. Prior to joining ESF, she worked in the investment banking industry for more than 15 years, where she held senior positions in Finance, Internal Audit, Regional Management as well as Compliance. She is a qualified accountant from the UK. She is committed to working with the School Council to solidify a sound financial strategy for the College.

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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.

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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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Stephen Peaker

Parent Representative

Mr Stephen Peaker is the DCPTA representative to the School Council. Mr Peaker has been a member of the DCPTA committee for several years, and has a daughter, Sabrina, in Year 12.  He is a partner at Oldham, Li & Nie Lawyers in Hong Kong, where he is the Head of Matrimonial and Family Law. He is currently a Distinguished Professional Mentor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Law, and also advises extensively regarding trusts and wills, wealth protection and tax planning.

 

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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Pat Romano

Staff Representative

Mr Pat Romano is the Business Manager at Discovery College. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2008, he worked in Australia in the construction / manufacturing industry for more than 25 years. He brings his experience in the management of the College operations, finances and facilities to the School Council, where he works with others to ensure the long-term stability of the College.

Catriona Tuimaka

Staff Representative

Mrs Catriona Tuimaka is a Year 3 teacher, and has previously served on the DC School Council. She moved to Hong Kong in 2012 with her husband and two sons. Born in Tasmania, she has taught in schools in Australia, the Pacific and Asia in a range of roles including Team Leader, Head of Learning Support, PYP Coordinator, Head of Primary and Acting Principal. She has been a school council and/or academic council representative in all of the schools in which she worked. In her previous term on the School Council, she was a member of several subcommittees including Governance, Human Resources, and Finance and brings a good deal of experience to her role. She is also an active IB workshop leader, school visitor and consultant.

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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.