School Council

Daisy Lee – Chairperson

Daisy is a home grown HK Chinese who was born, raised and educated in HK. She is married with 2 children. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA both from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She has been working as a Human Resources professional for over 30 years, initially in an Investment Bank for over 20 years followed by almost 10 years in the largest public body in Hong Kong. She has devoted her efforts in providing the best and suitable work place to employees so that they can focus on their work without having to worry about whether the company will take care of them and treat them fairly. She has chosen to early retire from full time work last year in order to put more focus and spend more time on herself, her family and the HK community.

She has been involved in volunteering work in NGOs like The HK Down Syndrome Association and participating in church activities. At present, she is a board member of the Zonta Club of Victoria, HK which consists of woman professionals working together to advance the status of women through its active engagement in social service programmes and charitable activities to serve the local HK community.

 

John Stewart

John is Director of Facilities for ESF and is the ESF representative for the board this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vicki Hallatt – WIS Principal

 

My name is Vicki Hallatt. I held a position as a Deputy Head at The British School in The Netherlands in AY23/24 and I was Interim Head a year before that. I am a mother to two small children (aged one and three), I have a husband who is British but was born in Hong Kong and I have lived internationally for the last seventeen years in The Netherlands, Dubai, Luxembourg and Bermuda. At various stages of my career, I have taught History, Global Politics and TOK. In addition, I have been DP and CP coordinator and had a number of academic and pastoral roles including being Head of Upper School whilst I was in Dubai. I like to continually learn and develop myself and I presented at the IB conference in Europe this year on inquiry in the curriculum. I spent three years working with Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education whilst I was in Dubai on an action research project into critical thinking. I am currently undertaking my NPQH and I have a Master in Education.

 

 

 

Matthew Cheung – Community Representative

Matthew joined WIS Council in Feb 2024 with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and investment banking industries with equity capital markets and corporate finance focus.
Matthew is currently working at GF Capital as a Managing Director, Head of Greater China Equity Capital Markets. Prior to GF Capital, Matthew has also worked at J.P. Morgan, UBS AG, Nomura, Macquarie Capital and Bank of China International. Matthew started off his career at Deloitte as an auditor and subsequently corporate finance advisor.
Matthew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrative Studies with a major in Accounting from York University in Canada, he is the certificate holder of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Chan – Community Representative

Ken developed his love for theatre as a kid in Hong Kong before immigrating to Canada. His theatrical experience includes Assistant Stage Manager, Stage Technician, Carpenter, Lighting Technician, Sound Technician, Production Manager and Technical Director in Canada.

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design & Production from York University in Canada. He is currently studying Executive Master of Business Administration at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Upon graduation from his degree, Ken’s first big break came when he decided to further his career as the Associate Technical Director with the Canadian Opera Company. There he worked on amazing shows such as: Don Giovanni, La Bohème and Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung. He was one of the consultants in the development of the new Four Seasons Centre of the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada. Three years later he was offered the position as the Technical Director with the National Ballet of Canada where he worked on some of his favourite productions including: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Italian Straw Hat.

Knowing that education plays an integral role in young lives, Ken now finds himself working as a Senior Lecturer for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he is happy to share his experience with a new generation of theatre professionals.

 

 

Irene Li  – Parent Representative

Irene and her family joined the WIS community in January 2021, with two kids studying at WIS. Irene became a WIS PTA committee member in January 2022.

Irene has a Ph.D. in Engineering and had been working in research labs and consulting firms before her family relocated to Hong Kong. She has always been an active member of school communities, organizing class and school events, serving on PTA committees, etc. She looks forward to making her contribution toward our school’s mission of providing exceptional learning opportunities for all WIS students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof Pingyang Gao  – Parent Representative

Professor Gao joined HKU Business School in 2020 as a professor, head of the accounting and law area, associate dean, and the Zhang Yonghong Endowment Professor. Until then he had been a faculty member at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 2008. He also spent the fall of 2019 at Yale University as a visiting professor.

His research primarily focuses on securities regulation, corporate governance, financial reporting, accounting standard-setting, and investment philosophy. He is a recipient of American Accounting Association Competitive Manuscript Award and several Best Paper awards of conferences. He has received several honors, including the IBM faculty fellowship, PCL Faculty Scholar, and Centel Foundation/Robert P. Reuss Faculty Scholar. He is a member of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, a network of scholars who exemplify service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Gao received a bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China in 2002, a master’s degree from Peking University in 2004, and a PhD degree from Yale University in 2008.

 

 

Jessica Callow – Teacher Representative

Jessica arrived to Hong Kong in 2021 and this is her third year at WIS. She currently holds the post of English iGCSE coordinator. Beyond work, she enjoys reading, hiking, travelling and time with her cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy Zheng – Teacher Representative

Hailing from the city of Wenzhou, China, Joy joined WIS in 2018 and now serves as the leading teacher of Chinese.

With dual Master’s degrees in Education and Chinese Language and Literature from the University of HK, Joy instils a profound appreciation for Chinese language and culture in her students.

Beyond the classroom, Joy’s love for Chinese cooking allows her to share rich flavors and culinary traditions, creating unforgettable cultural experiences for students. Her passion for exploration takes her to new destinations, immersing herself in diverse cultures and expanding her horizons. Seeking balance, she finds inner peace through yoga, and her competitive spirit thrives on the badminton court.

 

 

Chinny Kwok (Y12) – Student Representative

Having been a part of the WIS community since Year 7, I’ve been given many opportunities to contribute to the community and expose myself to new perspectives in order to broaden my horizons. During my time here, I’ve gained insight into the aspects of academic and social life and have been lucky enough to get involved with CAS leadership through kickstarting WIS’ Environmental Council and leading the Debate and Public Speaking Club, allowing me to delve into different aspects of student voice and student-led initiatives. Alongside representing the school in external science and debate competitions and volunteering opportunities, I look forward to further contributing to school life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Hall (Y12) – Student Representative

During my time at West Island School, I have gained invaluable skills from the countless opportunities the school has provided. Notably, I have been grateful to be part of remarkable teams and communities. For instance, I have been a member and captain of the cross country, athletics, and football teams. Through this, I have come to realise the significance of teamwork, leadership and communication. Beyond sports, service has been an integral part of my WIS journey. Whether it be volunteering through the CAS program, working as an ambassador for local charities, or leading a CAS activity to teach disabled children English, these endeavours have helped me grow into a more balanced and conscious individual. Overall, West Island has given me and others a platform to develop as students and individuals. Moving forward, I am thrilled to continue contributing to our vibrant community and representing the student body to the best of my ability.