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Heads on the Move

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

As we hear further news of heads on the move, we'll add to the list. As of today, the list below are (some of) the heads of schools that are leaving at the end of the current academic year, 2022/23 and their replacements for the new AY23/24.


Please comment or email us at hello@topschools.com.hk with any amendments or additions.


Heads Leaving:


  • Canadian International School: Jane Camblin, Head of School

  • Chinese Academy: Rachel Humphries, Head

  • ESF Beacon Hill School - Andy Thompson, Principal

  • ESF South Island School - Carolyn Andrews, Principal

  • ESF West Island School - Chris Sammons, Principal

  • Hong Kong Academy: Stephen Dare, Head

  • Hong Kong Adventist Academy; Tom Decker, Head

  • HKCA PLK; Perry Tkachuk, Principal

  • Kellett School - Mark Steed, CEO & Samantha Steed, Headteacher at Kowloon Bay Prep

  • Korean International School - Chris Chadwick, Head.

  • Malvern College Hong Kong: Dr. Robin A Lister, Head

  • Nord Anglia International School- Head of Primary, Ed Fielding ; Head of Secondary, Nick Rickford

  • Wycombe Abbey: Howard Tuckett, Head Master

  • UWC Li Po Chun: Arnett Edwards, Principal

Heads Taking up Posts:


Canadian International School

  • Tim Kaiser is promoted from Deputy Head of School at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Mr Kaiser has been at the school since 2014.

  • Nick Staffa is promoted to Lower School Vice Principal having returned to CDNIS in 2022 as Head of Bilingual Program. Prior to this, Nick held multiple positions at I-Shou International School in Taiwan after a stint at CDNIS as a Language Specialist/Learning Leader and Head of Chinese at Seoul Foreign School.


  • CitiKids - Principal, Khardine Rhendall


David Priest, PLK HKCA Primary School

  • HKCA PLK - David Priest, Principal returns after a few years away. Mr Priest is the Founding Principal with many years of experience as an educator and also as a School Accreditation & Authorisation consultant.

International Christian School


Revd Nick Seward joins as Head. Born in Zambia and grew up in Papua New Guinea. He is an ordained Christian pastor with a passion for Christian education, having been a Chaplain, Housemaster, teacher of Theology, Economics and Mathematics and sports coach for over two decades in schools. He was Headmaster of a Christian school unique in the UK for having both British and US curricula for fourteen years. He holds a Master of Education degree from Buckingham University, alongside MA and BA degrees in Theology from Durham University, and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Imperial College London.


Kellett School



  • Paul Tough joins as Principal and CEO starting April 2024 from The British School in Tokyo where he is Principal. He was previously Head of School at Discovery Bay International School and, before that, Vice Principal at ESF.


  • Rebecca Findlay, currently Head of Primary at The International School, Kuala Lumpur Head of Primary at The International School @ ParkCity will join Kellett in Summer 2024 as Head of Kowloon Bay Prep. Until her arrival, the interim Head of Kowloon Bay Prep will be Shane Nathan, Management Advisor and formerly Head of Primary at the British School Jakarta.


  • Korean International School

    • Daniel Hilton is promoted to Head from Vice Principal, Head of Secondary. Teaching since 2001, he was previously Head of Seniors at Merchiston International School in Shenzhen, a teacher at Kellett School and Dulwich College, Beijing. Prior to that he taught in a variety of schools in the UK.


  • Nord Anglia International School

    • Fiona Thorndike joins as Head of Primary

Mr Paul Wickes, Malvern College Hong Kong


  • Hong Kong Academy - Kasson Bratton joins from Nanjing International School


  • Malvern College - Mr Paul Wickes join from The British School, Rio de Janeiro where he has been Head of School for almost five years. Prior to this, he as a Housemaster at Malvern College UK for over 12 years and is returning to the Malvern family.


  • Wycombe Abbey - Rob Fox joins from Packwood Haugh, Previously, Rob was at Harrow International School Hong Kong.


  • UWC Li Po Chun - Dr. Spencer Fowler joins as Principal fresh from one year as Deputy Head of College & Vice President at Pearson College UWC, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to this, Dr Fowler served as CEO & Superintendent CEO at The Affiliated High School of Peking University's Dalton Academy.


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