School Council

More details about the School Council is available on the ESF website located here
School Council meetings for 2017-18 are –

  • 25 September 2017
  • 20 November 2017
  • 29 January 2018
  • 26 March 2018
  • 4 June 2018
Tim Storey – Chairperson

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.

David Whalley – ESF Director of Education

My name is David Whalley and I am the ESF Director of Education. I have been in post for two years, prior to which I was the Head of Learning for a local authority in the north of England. I have been involved in education delivery since the early 1980s starting as a Physical Education teacher in a secondary school in the English Midlands. I have been a teacher, school principal, Ofsted inspector and have held senior school improvement roles in English local authorities.

Cynthia Lam – Community Representative

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.

Alice Chow – Community Representative

Alice is Executive Director of Teach Unlimited Foundation since 2015, a charity that serves underprivileged youth in Hong Kong secondary schools. Prior to that she spent her time in finance/private equity since 2000; and before that, she worked as a management consultant and a biotech research scientist. Alice was born and raised in Hong Kong, finished high school here then went on to the US for her bachelor and master degrees. She is married with two children.

Rebecca Priest – Community Representative

After graduating from Cardiff University (UK) in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, I held my first overseas teaching post at a Grammar School in Australia. My passion for Education and Child Psychology blossomed there, and I went on to hold a second teaching post in Tokyo, teaching business and conversational English (TESOL Cert). I moved from teaching into Recruitment Consulting in Education and Finance for both schools (UK) and investment banks (Singapore), leading on to becoming Head of School for Woodlands Pre-School Happy Valley (HK), before starting a family in 2009. Having lived in Asia for almost 15 years, I am very happy to call Hong Kong my home. I have 3 busy boys and am currently studying for my Masters in Counselling. People inspire me… children inspire me… and I strongly believe that our early life experiences and interactions with people and the world are so important in shaping who we are and who we become.

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.

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.

Mike Botelho – Community Representative

I have worked at the University of Hong Kong in the Faculty of Dentistry since 1995 and during that time I have developed a special interest and passion in education, innovation and curriculum reform. Over the years I have established significant education and research themes in: E-Learning, standards based assessments, small-group learning, learning through videos and more recently test enhanced learning and peer teaching. These themes have always focused on the student and their learning at the centre of the “teaching”.

Ex officio Members


Chris Sammons – Principal

I originally worked in Hong Kong as part of the English School’s Foundation between 1996-98 when my first child was born at Prince of Wales hospital. Since that time I have added another two children to my family. Working in a variety of positions, including curriculum and pastoral leadership, I love the challenge of leading my own community of learners. As a second Principal post, West Island School has given me the greatest joy working with deep values inherited from our founders. I remain persistently curious how best to motivate, inspire and teach young people through a team of professional, committed and principled teachers. I enjoy reading, sports, cooking and like nothing more than a long walk or swim in the company of good friends.

West Island School Staff Members

Michelle Stokes – Support Staff Representative

I was born in England and studied Engineering at Reading University, I later qualified as an accountant and worked in industry in UK until I moved to HK in 2010 with my family. I worked for ESF Education Services 5 years ago and am thrilled to be back in the ESF community as Business Manager here in WIS.
I have two children both in ESF, my son is here in WIS in Year 9 and my daughter is down the road at Kennedy in Year 5. They are both very active and my spare time seems to be spent running around various sporting activities with them!

Guy Hewson – Teacher Representative

I moved to Hong Kong in August 2013 and live in Kennedy Town with my wife, a pilates and yoga instructor and twin daughters aged 4 who will be joining Kennedy School next year. I have taught Business Studies at West Island since arriving. In August 2014 I became Director of Learning Pre16. Supported by Clare Haworth, Vice Principal I lead the Pre16 phase of the school, transition and induction programme for all new students joining us either from primary school or years 8-10. In my spare time I can often be seen running the trails around Hong Kong, encouraging students to participate in our weekly Blacks Link activity or coaching the school Sedan Chair Race team.

Leigh Dalgarno – Teacher Representative

I am the Head of Creative Arts and Performance at West Island School. I have been a member of the teaching faculty since 2002, and throughout my career I have enjoyed working as a musician, conductor and secondary school music specialist. At West Island School, I and my arts colleagues have created a culture that is inclusive, and challenges students to share the vitality of their identity, ideas and values. I believe that the arts engage our imaginations and help us to assert our uniqueness as individuals. The Creative Arts faculty is a dynamic faculty rich in creativity, inquiry and expression.

Julia Zhu – Teacher Representative

I am originally from Shanghai and have been working in different cities in Asia. I have always enjoyed working here as a teacher and head of department. My daughter graduated from WIS in 2013 and I am very proud of what she achieved and the difference WIS made to her life. I have taught in local and international schools and have a good understanding of students from different cultures. I am a bilingual and enjoy learning languages. I became an IB Educator in 2014 working with schools in the SE Asia region. This has given me a very international perspective on teaching and learning. I enjoy hiking and exploring unusual trails in Hong Kong.

Head Students 2017 – 2018

Philippe De Manny – Head Student

Born and raised in HK despite being half French and Indian. I’ve come to love Hong Kong and the community in and out of school. I’ve spent the majority of my school life at ESF from Kennedy School to West Island School. It was not until I stepped into my role as a Head Student alongside Serena, Megan and Aaron that I was able to fully flourish and I enjoy every moment we spend not only as colleagues but as close friends. I love spending time volunteering at charities and watching TV shows with my family and dogs. One day I hope to take my talents to the sky and explore the world as a pilot.

Serena Chen – Head Student

Born and raised in New York. I moved to Hong Kong in 2007 and developed a love for its impressive skyline and diverse community. Being part of the West Island family for 6 years has allowed me to enhance my passion for learning and helping others. I believe that a leader is not an extraordinary person, but a regular person who wants to help others realize that they can be more than they already are. This is the type of leader West Island’s shaped me to be and I’m grateful for the privilege of representing student voice as Head Girl.