School Council

School Council

The Council is the group that represents all areas of our community. It oversees and guides the development of Island School, reviewing budgets, the curriculum and site development. The members of the Council are drawn from the following constituencies.

      • The Council Chair appointed by the ESF Board.
      • Two parents are elected directly by the parent body and one parent nominated by the PTA.
      • Three Teachers and one Support Staff are elected by the staff.
      • Three Community members are nominated by the Chair.
      • The Head Boy and Head Girl.
      • The Principal.
      • A representative of the ESF Chief Executive Officer.

In addition the Business Manager attends Council meetings. A second Parent from the PTA attends when the member it nominates cannot. Other senior staff attend when needed.

The Council meets approximately six times a year. The agenda varies from monitoring ongoing issues and discussions of new projects that are brought forward by members. Major changes in the school need to be agreed by the Council.

The Council has various committees that also include other members of the community. These committees include:

      • Buildings and Development,
      • Curriculum, Exams and Higher Education
      • Finance
      • Human Resources
      • Risk Management and Critical Incident


Council Reports and Updates
Click on the links below to download.

Voting for New members of the Council takes place in December following which this list will be updated.

robertJ Robert Gibson
Council Chairman
J Robert Gibson is a community representative and was appointed Chair of the School Council in October 2014. He is an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  He worked for the Swire Group from 1980 to 2010.  His children attended Island School between 1999 and 2007.
Stephen Loggie

Stephen has been a principal in Australian primary and secondary schools for over 24 years. This has included being the foundation principal at two schools including the Queensland Academy of Science Maths and Technology which is Australia’s most accomplished IB World School. He teaches Maths, Science and Theory of Knowledge and devotes his leisure time to sport. He is most passionate about ensuring the talent of each student is nurtured to enable them to achieve their potential.

TOM_4946-3Denise Kee
Community Representative & Vice Chairman
Denis has been on the School Council since 2012.  She currently heads the Corporate Strategy Department in MTR Corporation, having worked previously in other management jobs in finance, audit, communication and project management.
Michael Lok PhotoMichael Lok
Community Representative
Michael has been President of the Island School Alumni Association since 2014, and joined Council in January 2016.  Michael went to Glenealy and Island School and served as Head Boy before going on to read law at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and St. John’s College, Oxford.  Michael is now a barrister in Hong Kong, practising from Des Voeux Chambers.
CeciliaChan1Cecilia Chan
Community Representative
Cecilia is the former Assistant Trade Commissioner for the Social Sector (Education and Healthcare) at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong. She has close to 20 years experience in export promotions in the public sector. Prior to that, she has worked in IT and consultancy. Cecilia currently taking a career break for full time parenting.
Viv LonerganViv Lonergan
Parent Representative
Viv Lonergan has just been elected as one of the parent representatives on the School Council; her son is in Year 11. She currently runs a small business providing a bespoke gift service for a variety of clients, having previously worked for many years as a lawyer in Hong Kong for Clifford Chance and Cordells, specializing in commercial property matters.

Lakshmi Jacota
Parent Representative 
Lakshmi has worked predominantly with non profit organisations, with stints in academia, since the completion of her doctorate. She currently works for The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups as a researcher, analyst and writer and continues to be active in other community and service organisations as a volunteer and Board Member. Her two children are in Years 9 and 10.

Capture_2Sonali Laul
PTA Co-chairperson and Parent Representative
Sonali Laul has has previously worked in the Corporate Banking team of BNP Paribas where she was responsible for business development and client coverage. Sonali has also worked in Media as an anchor for a daily business programme on the Asian Capital Markets for NDTV Profit, the leading business channel in India. She has led training and development workshops on “Lateral Thinking” for Edward de Bono in Hong Kong. She is also a founding partner of a charity called the NAS Foundation.
Karen Ng
Student Representative
 Dylan Ngan
Student Representative
Beth HALLBeth Hall 
Teaching Staff Representative
Beth joined Island School in 2012 as Head of English. She oversees the English curriculum taught in all years.  Beth is in Wilberforce house and is currently a Y13 tutor.  Beth also runs the staff and student senior book club.
Andrea WALSHAndrea Walsh
Teaching Staff Representative
Andrea Island School in 2012 as Head of EAL within the Individual Needs Department. She oversees English Language B and school supported self taught Language A for those that wish to study their mother-tongue at IB level. Andrea also coaches netball as well as the girls gaelic football team.
YIP, RebeccaRebecca Yip
Support Staff Representative
Rebecca has served at Island School for quite some time and is currently the school’s Business Manager. Rebecca is also a parent of the school with a son in Year 12.
Kevin Lester
Teaching Staff Representative
He has been teaching ICT and mathematics  at Island School for 16 years. Kevin is currently the Senior Head of House for Da Vinci having previously been in charge of Higher Education guidance.
Capture_1Christine Brendle Council Attendees
PTA Co-chairperson and Parent Representative
Christine is founding partner of Kids Dailies (digital media) and non-executive director of The Red Flag Group. She previously was managing director of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal in Asia. She also worked for Hachette Filipacchi (ELLE), in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Christine received an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business Administration of Columbia University in New York.