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 2019-2020

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
Principal Mrs Brenda Cook
ESF Representatives Mr Alan Milliken
PTA Representatives Ms Susan Ho
Parents Representatives Ms Rosa Tse
Community Representatives Ms Anita Ko
Mr Joe Lau
Teacher Representatives Mrs Charlotte Fennelly
Mr Tim Teahan
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 Pinyin Capital. 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 20 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.



Brenda Cook, Principaldafd@

Brenda is a passionate educator who has been in leadership positions in ESF for over 17 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 children 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. “


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. He is very much looking forward to working and living in Hong Kong.



Susan Ho, PTA Representatives

Susan HoHi, this is my second year in the pta and the first as it’s Chair.  I was born and brought up in Edinburgh.  Shortly after graduating in Mechanical Engineering I came to Hong Kong where I worked in various building projects here and in Macau.  I have a daughter in Year 6 and a son in Year 2. I hope to continue the task of my predecessors in promoting parent teacher cooperation and raising funds to benefit the school.




 Rosa Tse, Parents Representatives

Hi, I am Rosa Tse. I was born in Hong Kong and had my education in Canada since primary school.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in University of Toronto, then my LLM, PGDE and Master of Education Psychology in Hong Kong. I have been working in the education sector for over 15 years and am also a Director of a Child Behavioural Learning Centre. I have two daughters at BHS, one in Year 3 and the other in Year 5. Throughout my 5 years in the BHS community, I have participated as a PTA parent member and this is the second year as Vice Chair. I enjoy playing different roles in the BHS family and it is my honour to continue to contribute as a Parents Representative on the BHS School Council.


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.


Joe Lau, Community Representatives

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 fives 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.


 Tim Teahan, Teacher Representatives


Hi 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

My 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.



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