Simon is from the United Kingdom and has a background in mathematics and sport, gaining a BSc from Birmingham University and a PGCE from Durham University. After qualifying as a teacher, Simon initially taught at two top independent schools in the UK before moving abroad to become Head of Maths and Sport at The Banda School in Kenya. From there, his journey took him to the UAE where he was involved with the start-up of Brighton College Abu Dhabi as Deputy Head, and then Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, where he was Headmaster of the Prep School. His experience in leading teams through the early stages of school development will prove hugely advantageous as Huili School Nantong begins to take root. His interests include all sports, but particularly rugby and cricket, and whilst in Abu Dhabi, he competed in several triathlons. His other main interest is travel: having visited 101 countries, Simon enjoys being out of his comfort zone, exploring new cultures and meeting new people, and plans to do more of the same in east Asia once the boarder situation is more relaxed.
Simon will be joined in China by his wife Phoebe, who is an English and History teacher, and their baby daughter, Sophie.
Suisui Yu is a passionate educator with 20 years of teaching and leadership experience. Before joining Wellington College China, she served at different bilingual and public schools, gaining a wealth of experience in the Chinese National Curriculum, bilingual curriculum，IGCSE ，A-level and IB curriculum etc. Suisui was the founding member of two well-known bilingual schools, serving as Founding Secondary School Principal, Head of Year Groups and Head of Mathematics. Prior to that, she was an inspector at Shanghai Jing’an Education College responsible for Primary mathematics teaching quality and teacher training within the district.
Suisui participated in and won a number of district and municipal mathematics teaching competitions in the public education sector. She was deeply involved in the Second Phase of Shanghai Curriculum Reform Programme and was responsible for facilitating curriculum reform across the municipality. Suisui holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a master’s degree in International Higher Education. Her current role is to develop and assure the quality of Chinese components of the curriculum for Wellington College China’s bilingual schools. She also plays a central role in establishing effective working relationships with the local education system.
Suisui is married with two children. she enjoys reading, baking, travelling and crocheting.
Mrs Liya Liao is of Singaporean / Chinese decent and graduated with an MBA degree from James Cook University in Australia. She also holds a qualification for secondary school teaching. She taught in secondary schools for nearly five years before joining the non-academic team and has worked in several international schools in Singapore.
Mrs Liao has extensive experience in different educational management positions including finance, human resources and facility maintenance. She is also responsible for the daily operation of the school, especially liaison between the parents, school staff and management.
In her spare time, Ms. Liao likes to travel and experience new cultures and customs. She also likes sports, with running, swimming, badminton being amongst her favourites.
Penny Mulholland holds a B.Ed (Hons) degree, having graduated from Westminster College in Oxford in 1987. She began her teaching career in the north of England, teaching in a variety of school settings in both urban and rural areas. It was whilst working as a primary teacher that her interest in children’s wellbeing and additional needs began. Her international teaching career started in Qatar. She was part of a successful pastoral team and was responsible for the creation and implementation of the school’s Safeguarding Policy. Later Ms. Mulholland was Head of Learning Support and Safeguarding Officer at an international school in Shanghai. In 2018, she joined Huili School Shanghai as the Head of Pastoral Care since its founding and has extensive management experience in pastoral care which is vital for a boarding setting.
What’s more, she will bring her extensive pastoral management experience to Huili School Nantong and work with us to build a warm and caring environment where the children will feel safe, valued and be able to flourish.
Ms May Xue received her bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Child Development Psychology from Zhejiang Normal University. She joined the Huili community in 2016 and has served in Huili Nursery Shanghai and Huili Nursery Hangzhou. She has always tried to apply pedagogical and psychological theories to her teaching. This experience has helped form her educational concept and philosophy. Together with the leadership of Huili School Nantong, she looks forward to turning our Nursery into a place that children enjoy coming to learn.
Ms Xue is an outdoor sports enthusiast with hiking and skiing being her favorite. She believes that exercise not only keeps us healthy, but also brings us closer to nature.
Lucy is delighted to be joining the founding team at Huili School Nantong as Western Co-Head of Early Years. She has a BSc in Geography from Queen's University Belfast, a Business Diploma from Arcadia University, Pennsylvania and a PGCE from The University of Buckingham. As a child she lived and studied at several international schools in Asia, including Beijing, before returning to the UK for her senior education.
Before joining Huili Nantong she has taught across Early Years in several schools in Asia, most recently as Head of Nursery at Wellington College Bangkok. She is looking forward to blending Wellington College and Huili Nursery values in an exciting bilingual setting which will provide excellent starts for the youngest members of our school community. In her free time, she loves to bake tasty treats, swim and read a good book with a cup of Yorkshire tea!
Vera holds a Master’s Degree in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University. Before stepping into the Education Industry, she worked for Samsung Electronics for 10 years in both Korea and China.
After finding her metier in the Education sector, she has dedicated herself for the past 6 years to bilingual and international education. She dedicated to helping many families explore Chinese and Western educational philosophies before choosing their favorite bilingual schools. She built up a close community for both prospective and existing families, trying to offer full experience of holistic education and unique bilingual education based on sustainable development of children and families’ needs. Therefore, she and the team supported thousands of families to find a proper pathway of education for their children.
Vera strongly recognizes Huili’s value of supporting pupils to be inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. She aims to be part of a team that makes Huili Nantong the most successful school in the Huili group.
Vera is keen to be a life-long learner. She is now working on her second Master’s Degree in Psychology. She speaks a number of languages including Korean, plays badminton, enjoys Yoga and travelling.
Jinyang Wu graduated from Liaoning Normal University with a degree in preschool education. After graduation, she worked in both public and international nurseries. Her years of teaching experience have made her familiar with different educational philosophies and systems in China and abroad, and now she will join Huili Nursery Nantong with her educational experience and grow up with the children.
Jinyang Wu loves being a teacher. In the time she spends with the children, she experiences the joy of every bit of progress they make; she has wonderful memories of growing together with the children. She believes that education should be "child-centered", so that Early Years education will produce happy, friendly, confident active inquirers, and cross-cultural practitioners of East-West integration . She is looking forward to meeting the lovely little angels at Huili Nantong Nursery and having a wonderful time together.
Before joining Huili Nantong Nursery , Jo Zhou taught Early Years children in Singapore for over 8 years, most recently as a dual language teacher at at Dulwich College.
She is excited to return to China this summer as she really enjoys working with such a warm and caring community. The more she has learned about Huili the more she knows that Huili Nantong Nursery is a great family where both the children and teachers will feel safe, valued, and able to flourish.
Outside of school, she has a keen interest in cooking and loves to experiment with new dishes.
Her passion for childhood education has driven her to consistently explore varying methodologies to heighten a child’s interest and confidence in different areas of learning. She strongly agrees that every child is a happy explorer!
Yuerui Jiang graduated from Edinburgh University with a Masters in Science, specializing in Education (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel). She comes from a solid educational background with a strong interest in Early Years education and a passion towards children.
She graduated from Jiangxi Normal University with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in preschool education. Throughout her university career, she learned a lot about Early Years education and obtained her Certificate of Teacher’s Qualification for Kindergarten in 2019.
Apart from professional academic study and early years practice during those years, she thinks it is still important for a teacher to understand a pupil’s state of mind. Thus, she completed a dual degree course in Psychology in her sophomore year. Having gained further knowledge of children's psychology and relevant skills in psychological consulting, she passed the National Psychological Counselor test in January 2018.
In her spare time, she enjoys play the piano, reading, cooking and traveling. She hopes she can make a contribution to Huili Nantong Nursery.
Founder and Chairman
Joy Qiao is the Founder and Chairman of Wellington College China. She founded the group in 2009 and, under her leadership, Wellington China has become one of the most reputable international education groups in China and globally. Joy grew up in Shanghai and earned her BA in Computer Science at the University of Oxford. Prior to her devotion to education, she had extensive experience working in the IT industry in the United Kingdom, Germany and China.
Joy is married to a British husband and they have two teenage sons. Influenced by this, Joy's vision is to create the world's leading English-Chinese bilingual schools, which combine the very best attributes of both British and Chinese education. She views such blended education as being a key contributor towards deepening understanding and appreciation between China and the rest of the world. Bilingualism, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship will all be highly valued skills in this century when East is meeting West.
Chief Executive Master
Julian is the Executive Master of Wellington College in Tianjin. In August 2022, he moves to Shanghai as Chief Executive Master of the Wellington College China group.
Julian has been involved in school leadership for over 20 years, the last eight of which have been based in Tianjin. Before moving to China in 2014, he began his career in education as a teacher of history in a prestigious independent girls’ school in north London, followed by almost 18 years at our sister school in England, Wellington College. He is a graduate of Durham and Exeter universities.
Huili School Hangzhou/ Huili Nursery Hangzhou
Ms Lydia Cheung has served as the Non-Executive Director of Wellington College International China Management Ltd since 2016.
Lydia graduated at Queen Mary College (University of London) with a BSc (Hon) Statistics and also holds an MBA degree from Oklahoma City University in the United States. She practiced as an auditor in London after graduation.
Primarily based in Hong Kong, Lydia has more than 20 years of financial management experience in the United Kingdom and Greater China. Her expertise includes anticipating strategic investment, optimising capital structure, budget control, implementing financial recommendations to achieve business objectives and enhancing sustainable long-term shareholder value and profitability.
Lydia is the Financial Controller of Italian luxury fashion brand INNIU. She is a visionary finance professional with extensive technical knowledge in the international luxury fashion industry, having previously worked for Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga.
She is married with one daughter who is a graduate of the Wellington Academy in England and is currently studying her postgraduate degree in Luxury Brand Management.
Huili School Nantong/Huili Nursery Nantong
Ms Shuanglin Chen is a senior architect who specialises in the design and development of mixed-use projects in urban centres. She joined Lujiazui Group in 2013 and has played a key role in major projects, including the New Bund Centre office tower, the Qiantan Shangri-La Hotel, the Qiantan Taikooli shopping village, the Zhangjiang Science Gate office tower, the Zhangjiang Hilton Hotel and more. She has also participated in the development of Huili Shanghai South Building.
Ms Chen has bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tianjin University, and master’s degree in architecture from National University of Singapore.
She is married and has two sons and is passionate about education.