BHS School Council
The purpose of School Councils in ESF schools is to work in conjunction with the senior management team and staff to help provide the very best education for its students. Here are the members of the BHS School Council and their biographies.
Kenneth Wong, Chairman
Having worked in both the government and private sectors for nearly 30 years, Kenneth is now contributing his time in community work around Hong Kong. He has since developed a passion for the education system and taking part in nurturing the younger generations would be a natural fit. Kenneth regards himself as an approachable person with an open mind for new ideas and concepts, and he looks forward to making a lasting impression at BHS. Kenneth is the Chair of the School Council and Chair of the Staffing Sub-Committee
Brenda Cook, Principal
Brenda is a passionate educator who has been in leadership positions in ESF for over 19 years. Brenda joined Beacon Hill School in August 2019 after having been the principal of Glenealy School (ESF) since January 2010. She is a strong advocate for students and believes in educating the whole child and nurturing and developing all individuals to be the best that they can be. Coming from a large extended family, Brenda loves to interact with people and make strong and lasting connections with students and their families.
“The BHS community is like a big extended family who enjoy working together for the benefit of all students.
Once a Beacon Hill-er, always a Beacon Hill-er!”
Alan Milliken, Director- Strategic Performance and Quality Assurance, ESF
Alan Milliken joined us as Director of Strategic Performance and Quality Assurance. He comes from the UK and he has held a number of roles within education. He has led schools as a Principal and has worked across schools leading curriculum, performance, resources and wider learning communities. He has worked closely with education systems, schools, Principals in the past to support them with their approaches to quality assurance and continuous improvement.
Susan Ho, PTA Representative
This is Susan’s fourth year in the PTA and the third as it’s Chair. She was born and brought up in Edinburgh. Shortly after graduating in Mechanical Engineering she came to Hong Kong where she worked in various building projects in HK and in Macau. Susan has a daughter in Year 9 at KGV and a son in Year 6 at BHS. Susan hopes to continue the task of her predecessors in promoting parent teacher collaboration and raising funds to benefit the students at BHS school. Susan is the PTA parent representative on the BHS School Council.
Rosa Tse, Parent Representative
Rosa was born in Hong Kong and was educated in Canada from primary school. She obtained her undergraduate degree in University of Toronto, then a LLM, PGDE and Master of Education Psychology in Hong Kong. Rosa has been working in the education sector for over 15 years and is the Director of a Child Behavioural Learning Centre. Rosa has two daughters, one in Year 6 at BHS and the other in Year 7 at STC. Throughout Rosa’s 6 years in the BHS community, she has participated as a PTA parent member and spent two of these as Vice Chair. Rosa enjoys playing different roles in the BHS family and feels honoured to continue to contribute as a Parent Representative on the BHS School Council.
Joseph Law, Community Representative
Joseph is currently the Chief Operating Officer of CLP Power, the Hong Kong electricity business of CLP Group. CLP Power is a vertically integrated electricity supply business, serving 6 million people in its supply area. Joseph manages the generation, transmission, and distribution business. Joseph has worked in different parts of the energy business from finance, renewable energy development, project management, strategic planning and commercial development. He has a banking background before joining CLP and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Joseph joined the BHS School Council in 2021 and is the Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee.
Joe Lau, Community Representative
Joe Lau, CPA, is currently the Head of Finance of Credit Suisse Private Banking for North Asia based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the region’s financial management, strategic planning and controlling functions. He joined Credit Suisse in 2006 from JPMorgan Asset Management, where he was the Financial Controller. Prior to that, he spent five years in public accounting with KPMG Silicon Valley Office in the United States and PwC Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor Degree in Finance from the University of Hong Kong and he is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. Joe’s leisure activities include traveling, fitness training, watching his son playing ice hockey and spending time with friends and family. Joe joined the BHS School Council in 2019 and is the Chair of the Buildings and Redevelopment SubCommittee.
Teacher Representative (Colette Davis)
Colette is the leader of Inclusion at Beacon Hill school where she has been working as part of the Inclusion team for over 7 years. Before BHS she worked with children with individual needs in schools in Dubai for 8 years, and prior to that Colette was based at Kennedy and Bradbury, both schools within ESF. Colette was originally from the UK but grew up in HK and attended ESF schools as a student.
Colette is a firm believer in Inclusion and diversity and is an advocate for children with additional needs. When not working, she loves hiking, playing hockey and hanging out with her two daughters aged 9 and 13.
Teacher Representatives (Susan King)
Susan has been with the ESF family for many years. She attended ESF schools as a student and has now been teaching at Beacon Hill School for 13 years. After university, Susan also spent a few years teaching in the UK. Susan is a strong believer in working collaboratively to create the best learning experiences and environments for the children. Susan enjoys travelling with her family and exploring HK.
Priya Chainani, Support Staff Representative
Priya initially started her collaboration with Beacon Hill School as a parent volunteer in 2001, after which she became a permanent member of staff. She has now been at Beacon Hill School for over 15 years, passionately supporting the education and development of students from all year groups in her role as Education Assistant. She has extensive experience with inclusive education, and thoroughly enjoys her role.
The school council:
- is accountable to the Board of Governors and also to parents and the wider community for the way it carries out its functions;
- seeks to develop effective working relationships with the principal, staff and parents; ESF management; other schools and the wider community;
- acts at all times in accordance with the requirements laid down in the Ordinance and Regulations;
- is a collective entity and acts as a group. No one councillor or category of councillors has any right to act individually except when the school council has delegated authority to do so.
The strength of a school council lies in the talents and commitment of its members, and in their ability to work together as a team for the good 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.
The Council has meetings 5-6 times each year.
School Council Members 2021-2022
|Office Bearer||Name & E-Mail|
|Chairman||Mr Kenneth Wong
|Principal||Mrs Brenda Cook
|ESF Representative||Mr Alan Milliken
|PTA Representative||Ms Susan Ho
|Parents Representatives||Ms Rose Tse|
|Community Representatives||Mr Joseph Law
Mr Joe Lau
|Teacehr Representatives||Mrs Colette Davis
Ms Susan King
|Support Staff Representative||Mrs Priya Chainani|