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  • General

    The purpose of each School Council is to help the school provide the best possible education for its students.

    The school council:

    • is accountable to the Board of Governors and also to parents and the wider community for the way it carries out its functions;
    • seeks to develop effective working relationships with the principal, staff and parents; ESF management; other schools and the wider community;
    • acts at all times in accordance with the requirements laid down in the Ordinance and Regulations;
    • is a collective entity and acts as a group. No one councillor or category of councillors has any right to act individually except when the school council has delegated authority to do so.

    The strength of a school council lies in the talents and commitments of its members, and in their ability to work together as a team for the good 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.

    The Council has meetings 5-6 times each year.


    School Council Members 2019-2020

    School Council Members Biography

    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 market 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, Principal

    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 Ho

    Hi, 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


    Anita 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 develo*ent and implementation for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the largest community benefactor in Hong Kong. Committed to youth develo*ent, 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


    oe 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 J*organ Asset Management, where he was the Financial Controller. Prior to that, he spent fives years in public accounting with K*G 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


    Hello! My role is as a 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.