School Council

More details about the School Council is available on the ESF website located here

School Council meetings for 2016-17 are –

26 September 2016
21 November 2016
23 January 2017
27 March 2017
5 June 2017


Cynthia Lam – Chairperson

Hong Kong is my home. I was born and brought up here. After obtaining a master’s degree in English, I started working as a teacher. Then I moved into educational publishing — a dream job for me as it allowed me to exercise my creativity as well as apply my teaching experience. Publishing became my lifelong career of over 20 years until I happily retired in 2013. As a Publishing Director for K-12 educational books, I had witnessed lots of changes in teaching and learning styles with the rapid development of technology. While I believe technology has enabled us to learn faster, broader and deeper, I still believe printed books will continue to play a part in our lives. In my spare time, I love reading, especially long stories with lots of twists and turns.

Tim Storey – Community Representative

I have lived in Asia since 1989. Taiwan was my point of arrival in the region. I moved to Hong Kong at the end of 1990 and have resided here ever since. I was Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Telecom Equity Research at JPMorgan from 2004 – 2010. Prior to that, I held the same position at Goldman Sachs from 1996 – 2004. From 1991 – 1996, I was an equity research analyst at Hoare Govett Asia. I graduated in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. I retired in 2010. My time is occupied now managing investments for our family, doing part time financial analysis training and enjoying time with my wife and our son. I am an active sailor and enjoy long distance running.

Mike Abbs – Community Representative

Moved here in August 2013 from the UK, having held various senior positions with a global remit in Thomas Cook, American Express, Barclay’s and Travelex in the financial services sector running and developing banknote and FX dealing rooms through to international payments businesses. Left corporate life to set up a restoration company for listed buildings and conversion of barns and stables in the residential market and help build a small software application company in the UK which he intends to bring to S.E. Asia.

Married to Rachael who came over to HK to setup Asia for her bank, they have two daughters who graduated from WIS in 2016. Mike was the PTA Chair in 2014-2016.


Members elected by the parents of West Island School

Tiffana Richards – PTA Chair

Tiffana and her family moved back to home base themselves in Hong Kong in 2012 after over 15 years career ventures around Asia. Their son is a Year 9 student in WIS and an active rugby player and a progressing youth sailor. In 2014, Tiffana decided to take a career break from marketing and advertising to pursue her passion for art as a full time art school student. She has been enjoying the change personally and the time to spend with her growing teenage son, as well as the pleasure to support the WIS and the PTA.

Terri Donlon – Parent Representative

Terri has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1992 and teaches English Literature at a local secondary school. Born in Hong Kong, her son and daughter are ESF educated since Year 1 and are both currently atWIS. Terri chaired Kennedy School PTA for almost five years, and has been a parent member of the Kennedy School Council and ESF Committee of Parents.

Tess Lyons – Parent Representative

A Hong Kong resident since 1997, for the past four years Tess has worked in fundraising for a HK based, Philippines operated charity. Previously the hotels writer for The Hong Kong Standard and PR director for a hotel group; Tess, her husband and four kids are typically found enjoying a curry at the ABC on a Sunday afternoon.

Ex officio Members

Christopher Sammons

West Island School Staff Members

Michelle Stokes

Guy Hewson

Leigh Dalgarno

Catherine Buckley

Head Students 2017 – 2018


Aaron Khemlyani



Philippe De Manny


Megan Wells



Serena Chen