Governance: Board of Governors & Executive Leadership Team

DR JOHN KENNARD
DR JOHN KENNARD
HEADMASTER

John Kennard is a highly experienced international educator. Educated in the UK, John was awarded a Fairbridge Society scholarship to study at the University of Western Australia in Perth. As a younger teacher, John worked at Wesley College in Perth and The Leys School in Cambridge. His first headship was at St. Andrew’s Grammar (Perth) followed by headships at St. Paul’s College (Hong Kong), The British School Warsaw (Poland) and St. George’s International School (Switzerland).

John was a former Vice President of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and Chair of the Grant Schools Council of Hong Kong. He is a fellow of the Australian College of Education.

DR MURRAY TOD
DR MURRAY TOD
SECOND MASTER

Murray Tod was educated at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College in Edinburgh, before attending Glasgow University to study Scottish History, Politics and Philosophy. He started his teaching career in 1997 at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, whilst in the early years of embarking on PhD research into the medieval readership of Latin manuscripts, before quickly recognising the benefits of boarding school life at Glenalmond College and Rannoch School in Perthshire (Scotland).

In 2002 Murray moved to Epsom College UK and over the course of the next 15 years he assumed various roles of responsibility: Assistant Housemaster (Fayrer), boys’ Boarding Housemaster (Granville), Acting girls’ Housemaster (Wilson), Head of Department (History & Politics), and lastly Assistant Head (Staff). His connection and bond with Epsomians, old and new, is strong and he is delighted to have joined the ECiM team as Deputy Head (Admissions) in January 2017. He looks forward to forging new links between the sister schools and he arrived at the College with his wife Kirsty (the former Wilson HMM and Senior Housemistress of ECUK) and their daughter Isla, who is enrolled in the Prep School.

MR LIM BOON SOON
MR LIM BOON SOON
BURSAR

Boon Soon has more than twenty five years experience in leadership positions in the field of finance and operations, business planning and strategy. He was appointed the CEO of ECM Libra Investment Bank Berhad in June 2011 until it was sold to Kenanga Group in 2013.  Prior to that, he was the Group MD/CEO of Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad and he previously served as COO of Landmarks Berhad. Earlier in his career, he was attached with Price Waterhouse both in Singapore and Hong Kong. Thereafter, he joined the Hong Leong Group in Malaysia and served as Group Financial Controller in HLG Capital Bhd, Hong Leong Credit Bhd and Hong Leong Bank Bhd.

Boon Soon graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accountancy and Finance. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

MR MATTHEW BROWN
MR MATTHEW BROWN
DEPUTY HEAD, ACADEMIC

Mr. Matthew Brown brings considerable experience to ECiM when he takes on the role of Deputy Head (Academic) in September.  Matthew’s previous roles have been as a Headteacher (three years), Deputy Head (four years), Assistant Head (two years) and Head of Physics (almost 20 years).
 
Prior to moving to Malaysia, Matthew was the Head of Learning Services at a county authority in Wales.
 
Matthew is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea.
 
Matthew is married to Catherine Carden-Brown, a new Teacher of French and Head of Higher Education.  They have two teenage sons who will be entering Years 10 and 12 at ECiM.

MRS KELLY CUNNINGHAM
MRS KELLY CUNNINGHAM
DEPUTY HEAD, PASTORAL & CO-CURRICULAR

Kelly Cunningham was amongst the first staff to join ECiM in 2014, as the first ever Housemistress of Crawfurd House. Kelly was the Housemistress of Crawfurd for 3 years, and during that time she saw the House grow and flourish in to the dynamic boarding house that it is today. Kelly’s proudest moment was watching the Crawfurd girls lift the House trophy in 2017, a fitting ending to her time as Housemistress.

In 2016, Kelly took on the role of the College’s Female Designated Safeguarding Lead, and in 2017 became Deputy Head Pastoral. Kelly is a keen advocate of pastoral care, and the vital role that it plays in allowing students to flourish in other areas of their life. Kelly believes that the level of pastoral care offered at Epsom is of the highest standard, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of all staff in supporting the well-being and progress of the pupils.

Kelly is also a qualified Business and Economics teacher, and prior to working at Epsom College in Malaysia, she spent her early career working in the independent schools sector in the UK.