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.

A second Parent from the PTA attends when the member it nominates cannot. Other senior staff attend when needed.

The Council meets approximately five 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


School Council Members

Michael Lok, Council Chairman
Michael was President of the Island School Alumni Association 2014 - 2017, 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.
Stephen Loggie, Principal
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.
Tania Shao, PTA Representative
Tania is a full time parent of two children attending Island School. She is a Quarry Bay and South Island School alumna, and currently chairs the Island School PTA. Tania attended University of Memphis studying international business, and has worked in Fedex (Memphis) and The Economist Group (Hong Kong).
Ali Ebrahim, Parent Representative
Ali studied at Island School before graduating from the University of Chicago and completing a Mandarin programme at the Beijing Language & Culture University. Ali is a director at his family’s trading business where he supervises supply chain and project management. Ali also manages digital marketing and PR for nonprofits.
Dr Tarja Joro, Parent Representative
Tarja received her MSc and PhD from Aalto University, Finland. She worked as a graduate researcher funded by Science Academy of Finland, and as a faculty member at University of Alberta, Canada. She has published in the area of productivity economics.
Rodney Lloyd, Community Representative
Rodney Lloyd is an alumni of Island School and Glenealy Junior School. He has in excess of 15 years investment banking and asset management Compliance experience. In addition he was the co-founder of a variety of technology start-ups as well as a co-founder of the Hong Kong Startup Association.
Sidney Tang, Community Representative
Sidney is an alumni of Island School (class of 2004). He is a registered architect in Hong Kong and has more than 10 years of experience in design and project management. Sidney is a seasoned speaker on design thinking and a keen advocate of STEAM education. He was awarded by NASA at a global competition for his design of a conceptual space station in 2015.
Karen Lai, Community Representative
Ross Burrough, Teaching Staff Representative
Ross joined Island School in 2014 as a History and Humanities teacher and now Co-Heads the middle school Explorations program. He has worked as the Environmental Coordinator for the ESF and now looks to drive environmental change with his students at Island School. Ross comes with a background that goes beyond the educational having worked in international events and for logistics companies around the world.
Tom Grigg, Teaching Staff Representative
Tom joined Island School in 2016 as a member of the EAL department. He is in Nansen house and is currently a Year 10 tutor. He has worked in a variety of different educational contexts with students from varied backgrounds, allowing an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges that exist in each individual student’s unique learning experience.
Tom Peel, Teaching Staff Representative
Tom is a proud Yorkshireman, who studied at the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam. Before teaching he worked in a variety of industries, such as in the charity sector and public relations, which saw him living for a stint in Dusseldorf, Germany. After spending formative years teaching ‘at the coal-face’ in tough inner city schools in the north of England, Tom arrives in Hong Kong from the wonderful city of Shanghai, where he worked for Dulwich College.

Tom is a nature lover (who is already falling in love with Hong Kong’s lush mountains), a keen rugby player and diver, and is already keeping an eye open for opportunities to start sailing. He has formerly sat as an executive trustee on the board of Hull University Union and Neighbourhood Network Hull.
Johnny Wong, Secretary to School Council, Support Staff Representative
Johnny joined Island School in 2013 as the Examination and Data Manager. He oversees the entire exam operation by administering both internal and external exams with IB and IGCSE.
John Stewart, Director of Facilities, ESF Center Representative
Gloria Leung, Student Representative
Gloria is a member of the Einstein house, and has been in Island School since the start of her secondary studies. Within school, she has found herself engaging upon many areas; her most notable contributions include being the head of the Baiwan Committee and the Einstein Charity Team, leading the Learning Advisors as part of the school’s student council and initiating various mentorship systems. Outside of school, she enjoys speaking to an audience as having done so in various public speaking engagements; in fact, with this passion, she leads the school’s debate team and founded the Public Speaking Club.
Jaime Lam, Student Representative
Jaime has been with ESF since primary and joined Island School in 2014 as a member of Da Vinci house. Throughout her time here, she developed a passion for sustainability and debating whilst being a student leader for WANBO and Model United Nations. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and sailing.
Gobind Thind, Student Representative
Gobind joined Island School in 2014 as member of Nansen house. He currently serves as the student-leader for the Model United Nations and the Baiwan Committee. Besides his Head Student duties, his roles as a Nansen Senior Prefect and a Y7 Camp Prefect are also notable. He is most passionate about environmental conservation and global sustainability. Gobind devotes his spare time to the outdoors, where he can be found hiking, diving or walking his dog.
Rachel Handley, Student Representative