School Council

Beacon Hill School is a part of the English Schools Foundation and as such is subject to the policies and the rules and regulations of the ESF. Within that framework, the Beacon Hill School Council has responsibility for the life and the work of the School.

Subject to the overall control of the ESF Board of Governors (“the Board”) and the ESF educational framework, the School Council has the following responsibilities within the school:

  • to establish, with the Principal, the strategic direction of the School
  • to monitor the provision of education to ensure it meets the needs of our students
  • to approve the curriculum
  • to secure the efficient use of resources and to approve the School’s budget
  • to report to the Board and parents on the performance of the School
  • to consider for approval the Principal’s proposals for the appointment or promotion of staff
  • to ensure the implementation of effective procedures for the management, development and support of the staff
  • together with the Chief Executive Officer, to appraise the performance of the Principal of the school
  • to advise the Chief Executive Officer and the Board on issues affecting the school
  • to contribute to the strategic development of the Foundation
  • with the Chief Executive Officer of ESF, to design and implement a process for the selection of the Principal of the school

The School Council is also involved in the resolution of any disputes within the School.

The Council delegates responsibility to the Principal for the day-to-day administration of the School.

The BHS Council has 10 members, comprised of the following:-

a Chairman, appointed by the Board, who is neither an employee of ESF nor the parent of a student at the School

  • 2 persons from the general community who are neither employees of ESF nor parents of students at the School, appointed by the Board;
  • 2 persons elected by members of the teaching staff of BHS from among their own number;
  • 2 parents who are not employees of ESF, one elected by the parent members of our PTA committee and one elected by the parents of the School;
  • 1 person elected by the support staff of BHS from among their own number;
  • the Chief Executive Officer of ESF, or her appointed delegate;
  • the Principal;

School Council Members 2016-2017

The Council normally meets 5 times each year – twice in Term 1, once in Term 2 and twice in Term 3. The timing of meetings might vary, depending on circumstances, and additional meetings may be held if urgent issues arise.

Minutes of School Council meetings are available to parents for inspection at the School office.

The School Council works in close partnership with the School. If parents or staff have concerns, complaints or suggestions on any area of the School management or operation, the Council Chairman and members are available to discuss and will refer the matter to the Council if necessary.

Parents are reminded that the correct channels for communication with the School are first to discuss issues with your child’s teacher. If there are still matters of concern then these should be brought to the attention of the Principal. If you are not satisfied, then you are welcome to contact a Councillor or the Chairman.

The School Council is here to work with all parties within the School. If you would like to know more about any aspect of the Council’s work and responsibilities, you are welcome to contact the Chairman.

Council members will regularly attend School functions. Please seek them out and introduce yourselves. They will be usually be identified with a name badge.


Office Bearer Name & E-Mail
Chairman Mr Malcolm Keys
FMO Representative School Mr Charles Caldwell
Principal Mr James Harrison
PTA Representatives Ms Rowena Chow
Parents Representatives Mrs Shareen Hellen
Community Representatives Ms Anita Ko
Teacher Representatives Mr Tim Teahan
Mrs Charlotte Fennelly
Support Staff Representative Miss Kannis Tsui


School Council Members Biography

Malcolm Keys, Chairman

Malcolm has lived in Hong Kong since 2002. He is a commodities and financial markets professional employed by Macquarie Bank. He has been involved in structuring innovative capital markets transactions across Asia Pacific for sovereign wealth funds, hedge fund, corporate and family offices accounts for the past 18 years. Outside of work Malcolm is heavily involved with ESF as a parent and in his duties at Beacon Hill and when time permits is a very keen golfer and tennis player.


Charles Caldwell, FMO RepresentativeSchool

CharlesCharles is Director Human Resources for ESF. The ESF HR department is responsible for the development and implementation of talent engagement strategies, policies and procedures including managing a substantial international annual recruitment process for new teachers. Charles, originally from Toronto, Canada, has lived in Hong Kong for 19 years. He previously worked for Juniper Networks, Citrix Systems and Rockwell Automation.


James Harrison, Principal

HARRISON, JamesHi, my name is James Harrison and I was born and raised in the north west of England. I completed my 4-year B.Ed. at Bretton Hall College which was affiliated to the University of Leeds. I moved to Hong Kong in 1999 to teach in Quarry Bay School. I have worked within ESF since 1999 and absolutely love being a part of the Beacon Hill School community.


Rowena Chow, PTA Representatives

unnamedBefore living in Hong Kong for 20 years, I was born and raised in Canada.  I hold a Bachelors of Business Administration with Minor in Economics from Simon Fraser University.  I have served on the PTA Executive Committee for 5 years, including BHS PTA Chair, ex-officio Parent Representative on the BHS School Council and the ESF Committee of Parents since 2014-15 School Year.  I’ve witnessed many students, including my own children, thrive and grow to be happy, confident and well-rounded individuals at BHS that adapt very well in Middle School.  I’m proud to be part of this supportive community.


Shareen Hellen, Parents Representatives

ShareenShareen has lived in Hong Kong for 19 years. She has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. In addition to her role as Parent Representative on the School Council she is also on the ESF Committee of Parents and has been an active member of Beacon Hill School PTA for the past 6 years. She has 3 children, Emily a past pupil, Hugo a current pupil and Harry a future pupil of Beacon Hill School.


Anita Ko, Community Representatives

AnitaAnita joined the Beacon Hill School Council in 2014. She has 20 years of experience in strategic communications, corporate brand building and perception management. Anita is currently responsible for corporate branding strategy development and implementation for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the largest community benefactor in Hong Kong. Committed to youth development, Anita was an active mentor of Christian Actions’ Youth Mentoring Programme from 2011 to 2014, offering advice and guidance to teenagers from less privileged families. Her two sons are students at Quarry Bay School and South Island School.


 Tim Teahan, Teacher Representatives

TimHi I am Tim Teahan and I am proud to be the staff representative on the Beacon Hill School Council. I have been a teacher at Beacon Hill for 9 years and have been the PE teacher for the last 7 years. I have worked for the ESF for 15 years and been teaching since 1995. I am originally from New Zealand (go All Blacks!) and moved to Hong Kong in 1997. My two sons attend ESF Schools. My interests are geocaching and sports.


 Charlotte Fennelly, Teacher Representatives

FENNELLY, CharlotteMy name is Charlotte Fennelly and I am delighted to be one of the teacher representatives on the BHS School Council. I was born and educated in the UK where I worked in education for three years prior to successfully applying to work for ESF in 2002. I spent four years working at Kennedy School and have worked at Beacon Hill School for the past eight years. I care passionately about BHS and have been heavily involved with the BHS community through my role on the PTA, now I look forward to continuing to support the students through my role on the School Council.


Kannis Tsui, Support Staff Representative

KannisHello! I am currently entering my fourth year at Beacon Hill School, and my second year on the school council. I’ve previously worked with the year 4s but have recently changed roles to the Media and Technology EA. I have personally been in the ESF stream, from year 1 all the way to year 13. I enjoy working with the children at BHS, and assisting them with all aspects of their learning.