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Our People

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Ruth Benny

Founder & Head Girl

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The founder of Top Schools, Ruth has over 25 years’ experience in the education system in Hong Kong. She has the advantage of many years in different areas of education – as a teacher, a teacher-trainer, a parent and now consultant.

Ruth writes and speaks about private and international schools for parents, corporations and other groups. She is a frequent contributor to local media including the SCMP, Playtimes and Sassy Mama and generally regarded as the go-to expert on this topic.

Originally from the UK, Ruth has been in Hong Kong for over 25 years and is the mother of two children; both now at boarding school in the UK.

Samantha Carrington

Marketing Communications Manager

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Samantha has been living in Hong Kong for over 2 decades, working for most of her career in marketing communications roles within the hospitality and event management industries.

She brings a strong creative and content marketing background and is passionate about staying up-to-date with the technology forces of the future.

Born and raised in Derbyshire (UK), Samantha holds a BA(Hons) degree in Tourism Management from London Southbank University. She has two teenage daughters - one at school in Hong Kong and one at university in the UK - and enjoys the village lifestyle in Sai Kung.

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Meishana Bargh

Education Recruitment Specialist

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With over 10 years of experience in Account Management and Recruitment, Meishana is passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality of professional recruitment services in the education sector as well as having expertise over the multitude of schools in Hong Kong to better servce her clients.

Meishana has a background in Human Resources Management and has worked at the University of Sydney for a number of years as a Client Engagement Manager for Sydney Talent. Originally from Australia, Meishana has been in Hong Kong for over 7 years. She is a mother of two - at two different international schools in Hong Kong.

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Frances Horgan

Consultant

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In the early days of her career, Frances worked in Public Relations in London, but had always had a desire to become a teacher, with a keen interest in the theory behind Montessori. With a leap of faith, she decided on a new career path and trained to be a Montessori Teacher, graduating in 2004 from Wimbledon Montessori College.

 

With over 17 years of experience working as an Early Years Teacher in the UK, Frances went on to complete her studies by gaining a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and a postgraduate qualification in Early Years from Chichester University, graduating in 2013.She qualified as a Forest School Leader in 2019. 

 

Frances has worked in some of the UK’s leading Montessori and nursery schools including Mouse House in Clapham and Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico.   More recently, she set up and ran her own Forest School Nursery called Wigwam Forest School.

 

Frances is delighted to be living in Hong Kong with her husband and two children.

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Nicola Lewis

Senior Consultant

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With a legal background, Nicola was work for a multinational company specializing in school placements across Asia before joining Top Schools in 2015. She has an excellent understanding of different curricula and the challenges of moving families across continents.

Nicola has spent over two decades in Hong Kong and with three children she fully understands the need for proper planning to meet the individual requirements of families.

She has personal experience of navigating both the local and international schools in Hong Kong and transitioning between these systems.

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Jennifer Slusarek

Consultant

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Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jennifer earned a BA(Hons) degree in Media Production with a minor in English and Business studies.  After graduation, she moved to South Korea to become a middle school teacher before returning to Canada to work at one of the largest Universities in the country. 

  

With 10 years of experience working in higher education as an admissions and recruitment officer, she is experienced and passionate about matching students and families with the right educational opportunities.  She is well versed in the different curriculums offered at international schools and understands the importance of finding the right fit for each student.

Jennifer moved to Hong Kong, with her husband in 2017.

Ryan Rudisaile

Sales & Marketing Executive

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Ryan studied for a BA in Elementary Education in the USA. He has been working in various international schools across Asia for over 8 years. Ryan's background as a digital arts teacher eventually led him to work in marketing/admissions roles within the education sector. 

 

He joined Top Schools in 2021 and brings a wealth of marketing knowledge, creative skills and a passion for digital art. 

Born and raised in Colorado, USA, he is a proud father of two young  boys. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. 

Marianne Moore

Senior Consultant, UK

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Marianne graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and enjoyed a career trading Financial Derivatives in Hong Kong and London before starting her own family. She has extensive experience applying for schools, liaising with school admissions, preparing students for examinations and interviews and has an excellent knowledge of most of the UK’s top boarding and day schools with three of her own currently studying at various top schools in the UK.

 

Currently based near London, she lived in Hong Kong for 15 years and can speak Cantonese. Marianne has successfully placed children into schools including Eton College, Westminster School and Rugby School.