Staff

Expressive Arts

Mr Shilen Tanna
Mr Shilen Tanna
Head of Department

Mr Shilen Tanna joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) when the college opened in 2014.  He was previously at The City Academy in Bristol, where he was Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art and Technology for 11 years. Shilen is the Head of Art & Design at ECiM and strives to create an inspiring environment that will enable and encourage young people to express themselves through many different artistic techniques and media.

Epsom College is Shilen’s second school; he has taught children from 11-18 in a range of subjects including Art, Photography, Textiles and Design. Shilen still regularly creates his own art work as well as commissioned pieces using a wide range of media. He has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from Cardiff and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bristol. There he also worked as a Senior Professional Tutor and Lecturer for their Initial Teacher Training Programme.  Shilen has recently taken on the role of Head of Staff Development here at Epsom, and with his wide range of experience he can support the professional development of the Epsom Staff.

Shilen lives on campus with his wife, Laura (who teaches in the Prep School) and their two young children. Away from the classroom, Shilen has a particular interest in hockey with 17 years of National League experience both as a player and coach. In addition he has gained numerous domestic and international honours. He looks forward to continually supporting and leading various extra-curricular activities at ECiM both in the Arts and Sports.

Mrs Katie Hopkin
Mrs Katie Hopkin
HMM Wilson House

Mrs Katie Hopkin joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Saint George’s English International School Cologne, Germany. Whilst there, she was Head of Art and Design for ages 11 to 18. Katie teachers Art and Design at ECiM and aims to inspire and develop creative minds through Art.

Epsom College is Katie's third job; she has experience in teaching Creative Art and Technology, in a range of subjects including ceramics, sculpture, textiles and electronics. She has a Degree in three dimensional Design with Ceramics from Loughborough University, United Kingdom and has also been a Lead teacher in training new teachers entering the teaching profession.

Katie has a keen interest in travel and experiencing new cultures. Often she uses these experiences to inspire her teaching. Other hobbies include mountain walking and the outdoors with her partner, Robert, who is also a teacher at ECiM.

Biology

Mr Mohammed Aden
Mr Mohammed Aden
Head of Department

Mr Mohammed Aden joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Plashet School in London where he was the Deputy Head of Science for 5 years. He worked on a number of projects and initiatives during his time at Plashet including use of ICT in science and has, more recently, carried out research into effective feedback techniques which lead to rapid progress in learning. He has also represented the school at the Prince's Teaching Institute, which provides a platform for UK schools to share good practice. Mohammed has a degree in Biology from the University of Wales (Bangor) and a Masters in Animal Science. He obtained his PGCE from Brunel University.

Epsom College is Mohammed's third teaching post since joining the teaching profession. He has over 10 years experience of teaching science to children in the 11-18 age group. He was Head of A Level Biology at Mulberry School in London for 4 years before taking up his last post at Plashet. He is passionate about science and works tirelessly to inspire students so they share his interest and enthusiasm for the subject. Mohammed believes that every child should get an outstanding education that helps them unlock and realise their potential so they become responsible and successful global citizens.

Mohammed enjoys reading, travelling, learning about new cultures and running extracurricular clubs and activities.

Mr James Welburn
Mr James Welburn
Key Stage 3 Science Co-Ordinator
Mr James Welburn has joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) having previously taught for seven years in England, including schools rated in the top 100 by Ofsted. He holds a BSc degree in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Degree in Education.

In his previous role James has been instrumental in teaching not only pupils but also educators in their subject knowledge and pedagogical practices, creating an inspirational environment for all and a will to succeed in every aspect of school life. He has a vast subject knowledge teaching biology from ages 11-18 and a true passion for STEM, having set up many clubs, motivating pupils to follow careers in these subjects.

Before teaching James explored his passion for ecology, working as an environmental consultant. He now wishes to pass on that enthusiasm to the next generation.

In his own time James has taught himself electronics and construction by renovating small cabin boats and has encouraged children to get involved not only to appreciate the local environment but develop their own STEM skills. James is also a self taught musician and enjoys playing many instruments  such as guitar, drums and piano. He is also a keen sports enthusiast and enjoys football, fishing and cricket as well as many other sports.
Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg
Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg
AHMM Crawfurd House

Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg has joined Epsom College in Malaysia having previously taught at the International Community School in Amman, Jordan and in Swansea, South Wales. Martha is teaching KS3 Science and KS4 and KS5 Biology.

Martha studied Biomedical Sciences at University College London (UCL) and worked in graduate recruitment for teaching before joining the profession herself, gaining her PGCE through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. Martha has also had experience in delivering initial teacher training in both the UK and Nepal. She is passionate about teaching Biology as there is always opportunity to link the content to a wider context.

Martha loves to travel and uses the opportunity to develop new skills such as scuba-diving and surfing. She is looking forward to getting involved with sports coaching at ECiM particularly netball and rugby as well as continuing the established Eco-Club. She is also very excited about all the food choices that Malaysia has to offer.

Business Studies and Economics

Mr Thomas Fletcher
Mr Thomas Fletcher
Head of Department, Resident Tutor of Granville

Mr Thomas Fletcher (Tom) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Seevic College in Essex where he was subject leader for Economics and also taught Business Studies. He has been employed in education for 5 years and has worked at two different grammar schools: Southend High School for Girls and Chelmsford County High School. He has also taught Mathematics. He has experience of teaching pupils aged from 11-18 but has concentrated most widely at teaching A levels to the 16-18 age range.

Tom has a degree in Economics with Accounting from Loughborough University where he also participated in a number of sports particularly football and cross country running. After his second year of studies at Loughborough Tom completed an Erasmus year at University in Madrid gaining a Diploma in Professional Studies. Economics has been his abiding interest since studying it at school and he thoroughly enjoys teaching the subject.

After university he travelled extensively around South America for 7 months. He is a keen traveller and has also visited Thailand, Laos and much of Europe. Tom is excited about the opportunity of working in a new environment and getting involved with running extra curricular activities especially football which is his main interest outside of College.

Mr Richard Castle
Mr Richard Castle
Housemaster for Granville

Mr Richard Castle is the Housemaster of Granville House, one of the two senior boys' houses. He is also a member of the Economics and Business Studies department. Richard read Business and Management at Lancaster University before embarking on a PGCE in Business Education at Brighton University. He is currently sitting for a Masters in Management Psychology at Nottingham University.

Richard has nineteen years teaching experience, the last thirteen of which have been in English boarding schools. He is a firm believer that the most successful students are those who embrace all that is to offer at a boarding school; from the academic rigours of the classroom to the sporting and co-curricular activities on offer outside. Richard has always been fond of the outdoors and he has been able to put this to good use in his role as an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh's (International) award, where he is able to encourage pupils to develop their independence and leadership skills.

Richard is married to Samantha and they have two sons, Josiah and Tobey, both of whom attend Epsom College in Malaysia. Richard is a keen sportsman and enjoys hockey, golf, swimming and football; in particular the ups and downs of the Tottenham Hotspur season. In his spare time he enjoys visiting the cinema, hiking and spending time in any second hand bookshop.

Mrs Kelly Cunningham
Mrs Kelly Cunningham
Deputy Head (Pastoral & Co-Curricular)

Mrs Kelly Cunningham joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from The Grange School, Northwich where she had been a teacher of Business and Economics for 6 years and Head of Talented Provision for 3 years. Kelly has a degree in Business Studies from Liverpool University and a PGCE in Business Education from Edgehill University.

Kelly has specialised in teaching children from 14-18 years and is very excited to be the Housemistress for this age group. Her teaching experience had previously been in the English National Curriculum and she now enjoys delivering this within a new environment. Kelly is particularly interested in developing enterprise skills within students of all ages, especially through the involvement of local entrepreneurs and businesses.

Kelly lives on campus with her husband and daughter, who attends Epsom's Prep School. She is a keen Formula 1 fan and hopes to be involved in the establishment of an Epsom Karting team as well as assisting with girls' badminton.

Ms Jana Perold
Ms Jana Perold
AHMM Rosebery House

Ms Jana Perold joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) after teaching for a year at an international school in Vientiane, Laos. Before this she taught for three years at a large public high school on the south coast of South Africa, which is where she hails from originally. The subjects she loves teaching is English and Business Studies.

Jana completed her Masters degree in Adult Education and Training, focusing on the entrepreneurial development of adults in a community setting. After this, she spent almost 10 years training and facilitating workshops with adults, writing learning manuals, and working closely with the South African government on issues relating to community development and the empowerment of women.

Jana believes that an integrated education (use of language, skills and application) is key to ensure that learners become successful in following and achieving their dreams. Without all the relevant skills it is difficult to be a contributor to society. A reciprocal relationship between teachers and students are also key in ensuring that there is mutual respect.

Jana takes a keen interest in health and sport, enjoying running (not too far though), cycling, and scuba diving. When the chance arises she also loves to go horse riding, or exploring on a motorbike. She hopes to incorporate plyometric strength and agility fitness training at ECiM.

Computer Science

Mr Paul Butt
Mr Paul Butt
Head of Computer Science, Director of Digital Infrastructure

Mr Paul Butt joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from a successful school in County Durham. He has a BSc Hons degree from the University of Leeds, and gained his PGCE with QTS in Secondary ICT.
 
As a previous leader of Key Stage 4 and 5, Paul has experience of teaching and leading the ICT and Computing curriculum across the school, and has worked on implementing the new curriculum and courses that have developed within the subject area lately. His priority at Epsom is to embrace the computer science culture and ensure that the department keeps up to date with the exciting changes in the subject. 
 
In his last school, Paul enjoyed working with students transitioning from primary to secondary, supporting the key events and organising the residential to help the new students settle into the school. He enjoys working in Carr Boarding House with students in year 7 to support them during this important and exciting time.
 
During any holidays, Paul enjoys getting out of the country to relax and gain new experiences. Whether the climate is hot or cold, there is always something of interest, from a relaxing beach to seeing famous settings on Greek islands, to skiing in the Alps. Haiving move to Malaysia, he is hoping that these experiences will get even better.

Mr Robert Shepley
Mr Robert Shepley
Mr Robert Shepley joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM)  from IBM in Cyberjaya, where he worked as an Infrastructure Project Manager, delivering projects around the globe. Robert has 25 years’ experience in Computing and has strong ties with education having previously worked as IT Director at British International School Jakarta and Senior IT Manager at The Alice Smith School in KL.  Prior to leaving the UK in 2011, Robert worked for an IT Systems Integrator providing Technical and Professional Services to educational and health sector customers across the UK for 12 years. He has worked at two UK universities as well as the British Council. Robert is a Prince2 Practitioner, PMP, MCSE and ITIL v3 Expert.

His decision to move into teaching was prompted by the desire to use his experience to assist students in undertaking their own successful careers in Computing. He is certain that teaching will bring job satisfaction, as both his siblings are teachers and he is married to Ms Shepley Clarke, our Deputy Head (Academic). Robert’s interests are triathlon, reading and mountain biking. 

Chemistry

Mr Spencer Cheng
Mr Spencer Cheng
Head of Department

Mr Spencer Cheng was educated in London and read Chemistry at the University of Manchester. After a long and successful career in the electronics industry, he decided to pursue his long held teaching dreams and trained to be a teacher in 2002.

He then worked for eleven years in the English education system, teaching science at key stage 3, Chemistry, Physics and Biology at GCSE and A level Chemistry. Links were established with industry and universities to enhance the education of the students, lessons were enlivened in order to generate interest and enthusiasm, culminating in a substantial number of students choosing to continue to study Chemistry at A level. ‘Chengistry’ became the favourite student by-word for the subject. In the wider education field, he championed equality, working for equal rights and access for all.

In 2013 he moved to Malaysia to set up the Chemistry Department at a newly established school – KYS International School in Melaka, an extension of the renowned Kolej Yayasan Saad.

Spencer is a keen traveller and has been to over 92 countries. He is thus internationally aware, with an interest in political and environmental issues. He plays racquet sports and is learning to speak both Mandarin and Malay.

Mr James Thorpe
Mr James Thorpe

Mr James Thorpe holds a Masters degree in Chemistry for drug discovery from the University of Bath. James has joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) after completing his PGCE with Hurstpierpoint College, a HMC boarding and day school, in the South East of England.

James has 3 years of teaching experience, predominantly teaching the International baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This is not James’s first time to Malaysia as he has previously worked here on two separate occasions as a research and development engineer in the rubber industry and as a teacher. James enjoys Malaysian life and has a keen interest in its culture.

Outside the classroom, James is a keen sportsmen and enjoys cricket, football and golf. When he was younger James played professional cricket and has represented England under 19s. He remains passionate about the game and hopes he can contribute to coaching aspiring cricketers at Epsom.

Favourite quote:

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier

Ms Kirsty Lowery
Ms Kirsty Lowery
HMM Rosebery

Ms Kirsty Lowery holds a Bsc. Hons degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry and attended the University of Nottingham to study a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. 

Kirsty arrived at ECiM in September 2016 from Durham School where she held the position of Director of International Students. She has been a Science teacher for 7 years teaching IGCSE and A Level Chemistry as well as Junior Science. She was also Junior Housemistress in the Girl’s Boarding House. She has a wealth of experience, having taught in schools in Greater Manchester and Cheshire before moving back to the North East of England where she grew up.

Kirsty is a keen traveller who spends most of her holidays in foreign climates usually exploring and enjoying the wildlife. Her passion is safari. Aside from this, she is a professional cake decorator holding an international silver medal for her cake design. She spends many an hour in her workshop creating unique cakes for all occasions including birthdays and weddings.
 

Mr Justeen Clements
Mr Justeen Clements

Mr Justeen Clements has a Chemistry degree with honours from Kingston University (UK) and a Masters degree in Web Design and Content Planning from Greenwich University (UK).

He likes to bring both specialisms together in his passion for teaching. The opportunities in teaching allow his creative side to innovate technological solutions that give the students a rich and immersive learning experience. Naturally gravitating to a blended learning platform, Justeen is very excited about investigating ways to deliver a curriculum based on the practical skills of Chemistry to using newly developing technologies such as Augmented Reality ideologies.

Drama

Ms Alice Coleman
Ms Alice Coleman
Head of Department

Ms Alice Coleman joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from teaching theatre and drama in an international Fobisia school in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She has taught internationally for 5 years in both India and China before settling in Mongolia. Alice will be teaching drama at ECiM and is looking forward to instilling creative values whilst encouraging the students to develop their self-expression, confidence and overall performance skills. She also hopes to encourage many theatre productions and performances.

Alice graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Film & Literature. She has been involved with many young theatre groups and projects whilst working with one of the best directors in London and the founder of the National Youth Theatre. She has a keen interest in the performance arts and ensured Mongolia was represented for the first time last year in the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston where her drama students performed a full-scale musical.

Outside of school Alice is a writer and likes to work with NGO’s and organisations such as TEDx Youth. She has a passion for the arts and likes to work within the community.

Mrs Sophie Hill
Mrs Sophie Hill
HMM Crawfurd House

Mrs Sophie Hill joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Highsted Grammar School, Kent where she taught English and Drama and was Citizenship Coordinator for 4 years.She has been at ECiM since it opened and is currently Housemistress of Crawfurd House (having been Assistant for 3 years) and Head of Speech, Drama and Theatre.

Sophie has a degree in Language and Linguistics, and English and Related Literatures, from the University of York and a Postgraduate General Certificate of Education with Distinction from Christchurch University College, Canterbury. Sophie has taught the English National Curriculum in the 11-18 age range throughout her teaching career and is passionate about the opportunities it provides for young learners to develop.

Sophie lives on campus with her 3 children who attend Epsom. She is an avid reader and enjoys all aspects of drama involvement as well as any time she spends with her family.

Mr Barney Christopher
Mr Barney Christopher
Theatre Manager and Performing Arts Technician
Email: barney.christopher@epsomcollege.edu.my
Date started Month/Year: January 2017

Design & Technology

Ms Leah Skellam
Ms Leah Skellam
Head of Department

Miss Leah Skellam joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis. She spent the last 4 years of her career teaching internationally at Wellington Academy, taking on the role as Transition Coordinator within her second year and then taking on the position of Head of Design Technology.

Leah has previously worked in the UK, teaching and supporting students with a range of special needs and learning abilities. It was here she truly understood the importance of teaching students ‘skills for life’ and enabling students to learn to solve complex problems and experiment with concepts, processes and applications.

After completing her PGCE, specialising in Resistant Materials and Electronics, Leah also taught Food Technology and Graphics. She is a keen cook and enjoys experimenting with healthier alternative ingredients. Leah enjoys Art and travel; she believes in the importance of understanding different cultures, beliefs and approaches to leading a positive lifestyle.

Mr Mike Mcdonnagh
Mr Mike Mcdonnagh
Director of Studies (Data and Innovation)

Mr Mike McDonnagh joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from a 'top 100' OFSTED rated school. In his first two years at Epsom College, Mike led the Expressive Arts Faculty, working alongside key staff to develop the teaching areas and curriculum. Mike is now ‘Director of Studies – Data and Innovation’, leading on a number of areas such as student assessment, reports, timetabling, staffing and the college database system.
 
With 15 years in teaching Mike has held a number of different roles in schools from Pastoral Leader to Careers Advisor, and has taught extensively in the English National Curriculum from ages 11 – 18.
 
Mike comes from a business background before moving into teaching and believes 'there is much more to school than grades, it's about developing the person to become a great citizen of life'.
 
When not in the workshop, Mike can be found on the football field whereby he plays and coaches Epsom’s first XI. Mike is usually injured, and can be found hobbling around the football pitch with the belief that he may still one day get the call up for Liverpool Football Club.
 
Mike enjoys a range of sports; golf, cycling, running, skiing, squash and sailing are just a few of the activities he takes part in...he readily admits he has yet to find his 'sporting profession' but is keen to try them all.

Mr Jon Cory
Mr Jon Cory

Mr Jon Cory joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) when the college opened in 2014 after leaving a 20 year career as a Research and Development Engineer within the Automotive Industry. He moved to Malaysia with his wife, Louise, who teaches in the English Department, and their two children who both attend the college. He studied engineering at De Montfort University and completed his PGCEi through the University of Nottingham.

He enjoys participating in most sporting activities including football, cricket, cross country and cycling and has been a devoted supporter of Leicester City Football Club since the age of five.

English

Mr Craig Leather
Mr Craig Leather
Head of Department
Mr Craig Leather joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Greensteds International School, a prominent CIS British Curriculum boarding school in the highlands of Kenya, East Africa. Prior to that he worked at The King’s School, Tynemouth HMC, a day school which has a long heritage of independent education and shares many of the values evident at ECiM.
 
Craig undertook a BA Hons in English Literature at the University of Leeds. He then worked in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) teaching English to both adults and secondary age pupils. He returned to the UK to undertake a PGCE at the University of Newcastle, qualifying in 1993. Craig stayed in the north east of England, working first in Northumberland where he was Head of English before moving to The King’s School where he was Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
 
He has a passion for the carmaker Saab and has owned several of the classic models from the 1980’s. Craig is also a very keen if inept skier and is looking forward to learning to paddle board in Malaysia. He lives on campus with his wife Fiona, the Head of Mathematics, and their two children who attend ECiM senior school and sixth form.
Mrs Louise Cory
Mrs Louise Cory

Mrs Louise Cory joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Corby Business Academy, England where she taught English and had been judged as consistently ‘outstanding' for four years. Louise has an honours degree in English Literature and Humanities from The Open University.

Epsom College is Louise's 3rd school; she has taught a range of students from 11-18 years in Northamptonshire. To complement her full-time teaching, Louise has been employed as an Examiner for GCSE English Literature which has enriched her own classroom practice. In addition to this, Louise has taken a lead role in the whole school drive to raise attainment through the creation of a ‘Virtual Learning Environment'. She has worked collaboratively and creatively with a small team and delivered training at a department level. Her teaching experience has been exclusively in the English National Curriculum and she is passionate about enabling all students to make accelerated progress in English.

Louise's particular interests are fostering active engagement in the classroom, promoting reading for pleasure, and using virtual learning platforms to promote progress. Louise lives on campus with her husband and two children, both of whom attend Epsom. She enjoys walking and reading novels.

Mrs Joanna Shepley Clarke
Mrs Joanna Shepley Clarke
Deputy Head (Development)

Mrs Joanna Shepley Clarke (Joe) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from the British International School, Jakarta, where she was Faculty Leader for English. Joe has a degree in English Language and Literature from Durham University and a Masters in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Epsom College is Joe's fifth school: she taught in three 11-18 schools in Manchester before moving with her family to Indonesia in 2011. Her teaching encompasses mass media, cross-curricular topics and current events . She hopes to instil in her students a life-long love of literature and the English language. Throughout her career she has been involved with many English Faculty and other co-curricular activities, in particular the International Award. She has recently returned from a Gold Award trekking expedition to Nepal.

Joe lives on campus with her husband and twin daughters, both of whom attend Epsom. She enjoys camping, photography, swimming and scuba diving.

EAL

Mr James Carson
Mr James Carson
Head of Department

After qualifying as an English Language teacher James went on for a number of years to teach in Japan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. On returning to the UK, he worked in the international section of one of Britain’s oldest schools, Sherborne School, during which time James got the Masters level Cambridge DELTA. After 11 years teaching in two of the UKs finest independent schools James and his wife Christie decided to take their two young children to bright lights of Shanghai. For 6 years he headed up the EAL department of the British International School of Shanghai before deciding to move to Malaysia.

James enjoys playing golf, squash and badminton.

Mr Samuel Parker
Mr Samuel Parker
AEP Coordinator, Mother Tongue Programme Coordinator

Mr Samuel Parker joined Epsom College in September 2015 from Escola Nova, Barcelona where he taught English while completing his postgraduate diploma in Bilingual Education at the Universidad Internacional de Cataluña. At Epsom Samuel teaches in both the English and EAL departments, coordinates the Academic English and Mother Tongue Programmes, and co-leads the World Scholar's Cup CCA.

Samuel has a Masters in English: Speech and Language from the Queen's University of Belfast, and a BA in English Language, Linguistics, and Psychology from St. John's, York. In 2016 he started his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Nottingham.

Samuel is from Cambridge, UK, and enjoys travelling, reading, eating, and laughing.

Mr Michael Briscoe
Mr Michael Briscoe

Mr Michael Briscoe received both his Bachelor of Education with specialisation in ESL teaching and his teaching certification from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The early years of his teaching career were spent traversing the French speaking province of Quebec.  Internationally, Michael spent one year in Mexico City teaching post-secondary students, but wanderlust led him to greater adventures in Asia. Captivated by its diverse beauty, he has devoted the past 10 years educating in South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. Seoul exposed him to experiential education at a government sponsored English Village.  Then, he would invest 5 years at a private Korean primary school where he taught ESL, Language Arts and Writing in grades 3, 4 and 5.  Most recently, Michael was teaching Phonics, Reading and Language Arts to a wide age range of students at enrichment centres in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  

An ideal EAL classroom is a space where learners feel safe to make mistakes, laugh about it, and develop a diligent work ethic to succeed.  As a speaker of French and a former student in Spanish and Korean language classrooms, Michael is well aware of the challenges and rewards in being multilingual.

Michael grew up in the great outdoors of Canada and is keen to explore Malaysia's abundant beaches and jungles. Mountain biking, swimming and boot camp are his attempts at keeping fit.  As he is fanatical about all things ice hockey, he is eager to test his skills at field hockey.  Also, he enjoys all types of storytelling, especially in the geek genres of fantasy and science fiction.  He may or may not still play with action figures in the sandbox.

Mr Rupert Whitty
Mr Rupert Whitty

Mr Rupert Whitty joins us from Dubai, where he taught EAL at an international school for the last three years. Previously spending two years working at a university language center in the UK, and six years at an international school in Bangkok. While back in the UK, he completed a MEd in TESOL and a PGCert in SEN, from the University of Exeter. He also holds a degree in Graphic Design and a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching. His teaching experiences have enabled him to teach students from all over the world and to students of different ages. He believes that the best EAL support can only be achieved by knowing a child’s interests and their previous cultural and educational background.

Rupert is very much looking forward to being a member of a vibrant multicultural boarding school where he is going to share his experiences with his wife Natalie and their two year old son, Toby. His family enjoys travelling and Toby has already been to nine countries! He has coached cricket at school and university level and enjoys all things creative.

Geography

Mr Jonathan Barker
Mr Jonathan Barker
Head of Department, Head of Higher Education and Careers

Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Head of Geography from St Mary's School, Ascot, in the UK, where he held the same position (as well as Assistant Housemaster) for 18 months, before the allure of Epsom College in Malaysia whisked him away.

Throughout his teaching career, he has worked in boarding environments, having run the Geography department and been Assistant Housemaster at Uppingham School in Rutland, and taught Geography and been resident tutor at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. He has followed both the English and International curriculum over the years and has examined for Edexcel A-Level since 2010.

Jon read Geography at the University of Durham, where he also completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

He is keen for students to appreciate Geography by using their own experiences to help them understand the world around them. He is, therefore, particularly passionate about fieldwork, but also promotes the use of ICT to assist in students' learning.

As of January 2018, Jon is also Head of Higher Education and Careers, where he is responsible for supporting students in getting onto the course of their choice and into their favoured universities, whatever country that might be in. He organises visiting universities and works with the Sixth Form members in helping with university and course research; assisting personal statement writing; coordinating references; supporting interview preparation; as well as discussing future careers after university. He believes strongly that ECiM has a responsibility to its students beyond achievement in A-levels and always encourages full participation in the College's CCA programme, to prepare students for university life and beyond.

He is a keen (although limited) footballer, as well as an avid Newcastle United fan, and has coached both boys and girls, winning the regional championships with the latter at Uppingham. He has also coached and enjoys playing hockey and has dabbled in lacrosse. He has an enthusiasm for travel, enjoying transforming all trips into a geography fieldtrip, whether with school or not. He has also recently developed a passion for skiing.

Mr Callum White
Mr Callum White

Mr Callum White joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Bede's Senior School where he taught geography. He has a degree in geography from the University of Birmingham where he also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

Callum grew up in Hong Kong before attending university in the United Kingdom. He has been a resident tutor in a boarding house as well as teaching GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-Levels to students' aged 13 to 18. He has always been a keen geographer, and school trips are a particular highlight of his job. His latest trip was to Iceland to study volcanoes and glaciers. He has a passion for travelling and photography, and often combines the two. He also coaches football and enjoys playing tennis and squash.

History/Politics

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 Year 1 in the Prep School.

Ms Kayla Hart
Ms Kayla Hart
Ms Kayla Hart joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from KIPP Academy in the U.S.A.  where she was the Reading Teacher and School Librarian. She has also served as a Spanish teacher, US History teacher and bilingual interventionist.  She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, International Business, and Business-Spanish.  She is presently studying a Master’s in International Relations at Harvard University.  Her thesis will address the Western and European presence and dominance in the global university rankings system.  She currently and happily teaches History and Politics.
 
Her political interests consist of international organisations, human rights and ethics, global economics, and global colorism/racism. Her historical interests focus on ancient civilizations and empires especially of Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Ottoman, Western imperialism and its effects on present-day society, and famous political figures such as John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Mohandas Ghandi.
 
Outside of school, she loves to write music, read, and watch documentaries on various people and subjects.  She loves to take long walks and hikes and appreciate the beauty of nature in her spare time. She also enjoys visiting museums and traveling the world. She has traveled to over 40 countries across 6 continents and has truly enjoyed each moment meeting other foreigners and visiting historical sites up close. 
Dr Julia Parker
Dr Julia Parker
Head of Sixth Form

Dr Julia Parker has a degree in history from Cambridge University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. She entered the teaching profession 6 years ago after completing her PhD research into the development of Hampton Court Palace during the nineteenth century. She has since taught the English National Curriculum to students aged 13 to 18 in a boarding school environment, balancing her time between supporting the academic development of her students and ensuring their pastoral welfare.

Dr Parker's particular historical interests include nineteenth century museums and conflict in the twentieth century. In Politics she has a particular interest in Human Rights and Realist approaches to International Relations. Outside the classroom, she is a keen rower and competed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race whilst at university. She also enjoys sailing, open water swimming and cryptic crosswords.

In the Sixth Form, Dr Parker is very keen to encourage students to look beyond the confines of the A-level syllabus and develop independent intellectual curiosity. She is working with the Sixth Form team to develop the Horizons Programme at the College, which seeks to prepare students fully for life at university and the world of work.

Mr Thomas Webster
Mr Thomas Webster
Assistant Head of Sixth Form

Mr Thomas Webster (Tom) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Assistant Head of Sixth Form from Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur where he taught Sociology and Humanities and was Head of Global Awareness Projects. Tom has experience of teaching a broad range of Humanities and Social Science subjects and has held a number of posts including Head of Department and Second in Faculty. Tom also has several years experience as an A Level examiner for AQA. Tom completed his degree in Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University and completed his PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tom is particularly interested in political history and issues around globalisation and development. Before becoming a teacher Tom worked in communications and campaigns for a non-governmental organisation and has found this experience invaluable in bringing to life many of the issues covered in the History and Politics syllabus. Tom hopes to help foster a culture of active global citizenship at ECiM having previously facilitated the school council as well as numerous groups promoting volunteering, fair-trade and sustainable development.

Tom loves travel, sports and the outdoors and has previously co-led the Duke of Edinburgh programme and coached a number of rugby, touch rugby and football teams. He lives on campus with his wife Charlotte, the Director of Studies (Learning).

Mathematics

Mrs Fiona Leather
Mrs Fiona Leather
Head of Department

Mrs Fiona Leather joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Greensteds International School in Kenya where she had been Head of Mathematics. Greensteds is a leading East African co-educational boarding school with CIS accreditation on the doorstep of one of Kenya’s National Parks. Before working in Africa she was Curriculum Team Leader of the Mathematics Faculty at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth in the north east of England. She began her professional career in Northumberland on the border with Scotland, and was Second in department for 14 years at Ryton Comprehensive.
 
A native of South Shields she undertook her BSc Hons in Mathematics & Economics in Manchester and, after travelling, completed her PGCE at the University of Newcastle. She is an avid tennis player and was captain of her local club as well as an experienced skier after living in the French Alps for six months.
 
She is looking forward to living in Malaysia especially as it will afford her the chance to surf, another passion she has developed. She lives with her husband Craig, the Head of English, and two children who attend the senior school.

Ms Emma Farmer-Wright
Ms Emma Farmer-Wright
Second in Department

Ms Emma Farmer-Wright joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Pimlico Academy, London where she taught for 3 years as a Mathematics teacher and a Deputy Head of House in charge of achievement.

Emma has an honours degree in Psychology from Durham University and a post graduate certificate of education from Kingston University, UK.

Emma had helped to develop innovative and challenging schemes of work for Pimlico at all key stages and she is passionate about ensuring that mathematics education is inspiring, knowledge rich and engaging. She has a keen interest in professional development, teaching and learning strategies and literacy in mathematics.

Emma remains excited by the all-round education that ECiM offers and is involved in many aspects of the extra-curricular programme. She enjoys travelling and running as well as coaching hockey, netball and athletics.

Ms Julia Doorne
Ms Julia Doorne

Ms. Julia Doorne joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from The British School of Bahrain, an independent British curriculum school based in The Gulf, where she taught mathematics for 5 years. She has a BA in mathematics from Brighton University, UK.

Prior to this, her varied career included teaching mathematics for 9 years in UK based co-educational day schools; touring schools throughout the UK on behalf of the RAF with workshops aimed at inspiring teenagers in the application of mathematics to real life situations; training teenagers in outdoor pursuits; facilitating workshops for gifted and talented students in accessing their creativity through nature; and working as a live-in caregiver for teenagers.

Julia's major interests lie in A level teaching, with Further Pure, Statistics and Decision Mathematics being her particular joys. Julia lives on campus with her husband, Jeff, with whom she enjoys practicing the Japanese martial art, Ki Aikido.

Mr Robert Hopkin
Mr Robert Hopkin
KS4 Coordinator

Mr Robert Hopkin (Rob) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Endon High School in Stoke-on-Trent, where he taught for 10 years of his 12 years teaching career. Whilst at Endon, Rob lead the Mathematics department for two years and was also Head of Year for nine years, seeing two cohorts of students through to Year 11. Rob has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield and completed his PGCE at Keele University in Staffordshire, UK.

Rob has always had an interest in the pastoral side of school life and since beginning at ECiM has taken on the role of Key Stage 4 coordinator. He hopes to guide pupils in Year 10 and 11 through their iGCSE’s and help with the transition into the Sixth Form; not only achieving outstanding results, but gaining the skills to prepare them for Higher Education. Rob is also very involved in the sporting life at ECiM, coaching the Under 18 girls' football team, as well as being aiding with the swimming programme at the college. In the classroom Rob is particularly passionate about applying Mathematics with a functional element; to help students to be able to apply the skills learnt in a real life context.

Rob lives on campus with his partner Katie, who also teaches at ECiM, and who shares his interest in travel, hiking and the outdoors in general. One interest Katie does not share with Rob is his love of Port Vale Football Club, who, with them being in the third tier of English football, Rob is not optimistic of catching many of their games live on television in Malaysia!

Ms Kasthoorie Kumanan
Ms Kasthoorie Kumanan
Timetable Manager

Ms Kasthoorie Kumanan (Kas) joins Epsom College in Malaysia from St George’s College, Weybridge in Surrey where she has taught for 2 years. Kas studied Mathematics at the University of Southampton; part of her degree was spent on Erasmus in Turkey.
 
Kas has organised Inter-house maths competitions during her time at St George’s as well as coordinating teams for the National Hans Woyda competition. She really enjoys the problem-solving element of Mathematics and loves to pass this enthusiasm onto her students as a means of developing independence and curiosity. Kas also likes to bring maths to life with investigations and visual context.
 
Kas is enjoys her first experience of a boarding school and getting involved with all aspects of school life at ECiM. She is very much looking forward to the opportunities to travel around Asia and discover the wonderful cuisine.

Ms Karina Morgan
Ms Karina Morgan
Ms Karina Morgan joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for girls in Abu Dhabi, where she taught for 2 years as a Mathematics Teacher.

Before starting her international career, she taught at the Piggott School, Reading, for 2 years after completing her Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics Education at Reading University. Karina is from Galway in Ireland and moved to the UK after completing an honours degree in Commerce.

In her spare time Karina enjoys watching sports, particularly Gaelic Football, which she plays. Also, during the school holidays she enjoys travelling to new places and she is very excited to explore South East Asia more.
Mrs Sofie de Pauw
Mrs Sofie de Pauw

Mrs Sofie De Pauw joined Epsom College in Malaysia from Durham Sixth Form Centre in the North East of England where she had been living for twelve years. She has worked as a teacher of mathematics at the 6th Form Centre for three years.

She graduated with a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics Engineering from the University of Louvain, Belgium, in 2002. Sofie has worked for a decade as a business analyst in finance and IT and then decided to change careers and become a teacher as she wanted to share her passion for mathematics. Sofie holds a PGCE from Newcastle University in the UK. She particularly enjoys pure maths and mechanics and is keen to establish cross-curricular links whenever possible.

Sofie is moving with her husband Francois and their two children Alice and Pierre, who will be attending Epsom College. They all come from Belgium and speak French at home. In her spare time, Sofie loves going on adventures with her family and discovering new cultures. She is a decent singer and enjoys paper crafts.

Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs Veronique Hanique
Mrs Veronique Hanique
Head of Department

Mrs Véronique Hanique, a native French speaker from Mauritius, joined Epsom College from Smithdon High School in Norfolk (UK), where she taught French and KS3 English for 9 years. Véronique has a degree in English and French as a Foreign Language from the University of Burgundy, France. She also holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Didactics from the same university, and she obtained her PGCE from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Véronique leads the Modern Languages Faculty and is currently teaching French up to A Level. She was responsible for the Gifted and Talented provision in the MFL department, and she was the Language Coordinator in the feeder schools and ECiM Prep School. Her experience of teaching in the English National Curriculum also includes EAL, the Academic English Programme and a wide range of Special Educational Needs students. Her experience also includes teaching IELTS to University applicants. Véronique was a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and her particular interests are independent learning, giving the students the skills to be active learners and assessment for learning techniques. To ensure that studying foreign languages become more relevant and authentic, she lead trips to France and coordinated exchanges with Italian and Mauritian students as well as an Au Pair exchange for her A-level students.

Véronique’s 10 years of pastoral experience includes being a Sixth Form tutor for 3 years. Her role also involved being an Independent study supervisor of the Extended Project Qualification and a Learning Mentor for disengaged students. Currently she is a tutor in Crawfurd House and a Houseparent in Carr House.

Véronique loves dancing, yoga, travelling and spending time with her family and friends. She lives on site with her husband, Fabien Hanique, Housemaster of Carr House, and their two daughters, both of whom attend Epsom College.

Mrs Louise Capon
Teacher of Spanish and French
Mrs Louise Capon joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in August 2014 from Crispin School in Somerset, U.K, where she taught both Spanish and French. She has a joint honours degree in both languages from the University of the West Midlands and a PGCE from The University of St. Mark’s and John’s, Plymouth.
 
Louise is a relatively new teacher having worked in Financial Services in the City of London for over 10 years and then run her own businesses. She has first-hand experience of using languages in the world of work including in France and Spain.
 
Louise is a passionate follower of rugby and enjoys scuba-diving and skiing. She is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Education and is learning Japanese and Bahasa Melayu, albeit very slowly.
Mr Fabien Hanique
Mr Fabien Hanique
HMM Carr, Teacher of French

Mr Fabien Hanique, a French native speaker, joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in 2014. Previously, he spent 8 of his 10 years of teaching career at Norwich school (an Independent school in the UK), where he taught Modern Languages (French and German). He has a degree in English and French as a foreign language from the University of Burgundy, France and holds a PGCE from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Fabien has a wide experience of teaching European Languages (French, German, Spanish and English as a second language) in the English National Curriculum in both primary and secondary. He truly believes that learning languages as well as the culture and traditions of the target language countries is the best way to open the mind of the leaners as well as increase their opportunities in life.

His first House at ECiM was Granville, where he was the Assistant Housemaster for one year. In September 2015, his started his new role as Housemaster of the Transition House, where Prep School and Junior boys reside. He feels that it is a real privilege to look after them, follow their progress and see them thrive in lessons and on the sports fields.

Fabien is a strong believer in an all-round education; this is why he has played a key role in the Community Service programme of his former school and has supervised the preparatory work and the expedition of Duke of Edinburgh Awardees at Epsom College in Malaysia. He also has experience in delivering the Oxbridge course and organising a popular annual exchange and residential trips to France and Germany.

Fabien's particular interests are current affairs, travelling and independent learning. A keen sportsman, Fabien was in charge of fencing in his previous school and now enjoys coaching basketball and football.

Fabien lives on campus with his wife Vero, Head of Languages, and his 2 daughters who both attend Epsom.

Mrs Charlotte Webster
Mrs Charlotte Webster
Director of Studies (Learning), Teacher of French & Spanish

Mrs Charlotte Webster joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in August 2014. She has a degree in French from the University of Liverpool and a PGCE from Liverpool JMU.

Before joining ECiM, Charlotte was Head of MFL and had taught languages in British schools for 8 years, as well as teaching English in France for two years. She is committed to bringing languages to life for pupils and making their language learning experiences authentic and exciting, and believes that in today's global society, learning a second or third language is more important than ever. She thoroughly enjoys organising cultural days at school, as well as taking students on trips abroad.

Within the classroom, Charlotte is particularly interested in peer assessment and effective group work, as well as looking at twentieth century French history and French cinema at A Level. In her role as Director of Studies (Learning) she is committed to maintaining the highest standards in teaching and learning across the College and making sure that the students at ECiM have the best possible learning experience.

Charlotte lives on campus with her husband,Tom, who teaches in the History and Politics Department. Outside of College life, Charlotte has many interests such as trekking, scuba diving and cooking the dishes that she discovers in her travels around South East Asia and beyond.

Mrs Wen Li Leighton
Mrs Wen Li Leighton
Mandarin Coordinator

Mrs Wen Li Leighton joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Harrow International School in Hong Kong. Epsom College is Wen Li’s fifth school and the second boarding school in her teaching career. She has a degree from the Central University of Finance and Banking in Beijing and her PGCE is from Goldsmith’s College in London, UK.

Wen Li, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, has taught Mandarin Chinese to students in the UK, in Beijing and in Hong Kong. She has taught beginners as well as (I)GCSE and A level curriculum. She enjoys using ICT in her teaching to enhance student’s learning experience.

Wen Li is committed to making Chinese learning as enjoyable as possible and she enjoys sharing Chinese traditional philosophy, culture and art with her students. During her teaching assignment in Beijing, Wen Li organised and enjoyed Chinese cultural trips for her school and also ran a language and cultural summer school to students from overseas.

Wen Li lives with her husband, Mark, and two teenage daughters. She enjoys many kinds of sports, especially swimming, hiking and dancing. She does Chinese exercise regularly.

Ms Peng Yuanzhen
Ms Peng Yuanzhen
Teacher of Mandarin

Ms Peng Yuanzhen, a native Mandarin speaker, joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Rafflesia International School where she taught Mandarin for 2 years. Ms Peng has a masters degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China. She started her career as a Mandarin teacher at SHS-Ateneo dear Cebu, Philippines and moved to Malaysia with her husband.

Ms Peng has taught throughout the 3-15 age range and has worked with both native and non-native Mandarin speakers. She believes that developing an interest in the Chinese culture is just as important as teaching the language. She takes great effort to make lessons interesting. She likes to encourage students to become self-learners.

In the past, Ms Peng has organised Chinese cultural activities such as paper cutting and mask painting and hopes to continue offer these as a co-curricular activity of ECiM. She enjoys sharing Chinese culture, Zentangle, yoga and reading traditional Chinese medicine books.

Mrs Chunlian Greenfield
Mrs Chunlian Greenfield
Teacher of Mandarin

Mrs Chunlian Greenfield joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Abingdon School, an independent day and boarding school in Oxfordshire UK, where she was head of Chinese for KS3/4. Chunlian has a 1st class degree in English language from China, and obtained a PGCE from the Institute of Education, University College London, UK. She has been an examiner for Cambridge Mandarin IGCSE speaking since 2014.

Originally from Chengdu in China, Chunlian has been living and working in the UK for the past 8 years and she has worked in 3 schools in the UK, including Abingdon School, Reading boy's school and Queen Anne girl school in Berkshire. Epsom College is her first experience of an International school in Malaysia and she is enjoying it immensely.

Chunlian lives with her husband Josef who works as a university counsellor and they have two young children Andreya and Jean-Paul; Andreya attends Epsom's Prep school. Outside school life, Chunlian enjoys flowers, the seaside, gardening and music.

Mrs Ava McElhinney
Mrs Ava McElhinney
Prep Mandarin Teacher

Mrs Ava McElhinney, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Kazakhstan where she taught Mandarin and English. Ava has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester, UK and obtained a Chinese teaching qualification from Taipei Language Institute.

Originally from Taiwan, Ava has been living and working abroad for the last 4 years. She started her career as an English lecturer in colleges in Taiwan. Ava joins Epsom College in Malaysia as the Prep school Mandarin teacher and she will provide support in Senior School lessons.

Ava’s teaching philosophy is to inspire students to find enjoyment in learning and become lifelong learners. She believes that the best learning takes place without students realising it. Ava gains a great sense of satisfaction from and is motivated by helping students develop their language skills.

Ava lives with her husband, who is currently the Year 5 teacher. They have travelled to over 20 countries in the last 5 years. She loves travelling, playing badminton, trying exotic food and learning new things.

Mrs Noriza Ramli
Mrs Noriza Ramli
Teacher of Bahasa Malaysia

Noriza has an honours degree in Islamic Studies from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM). She has taught Malay as a Foreign Language and Islamic Studies for 18 years.

Epsom College is Noriza's 3rd international school; she has taught a range of students from 7-17 years old . To complement her full-time teaching, Noriza has been employed as an Examiner for IGCSE Malay as Foreign Language which has enriched her own classroom practice.

During her teaching assignment in a previous school , Noriza organised and enjoyed taking students out of campus to give them the opportunity to apply what they have covered in class and experience the real world.

Noriza, a busy mum with her husband and six children, lives out of campus. She enjoys cooking and travelling.

Music

Mr John Mann
Mr John Mann
Director of Music, AHMM Granville House

Mr John Mann joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in 2016 from St George’s College, Weybridge in Surrey, UK, where he held the position of the Head of Strings. A keen violinist, John has studied with Professor Sergei Fatkulin (a former teacher of Maxim Vengerov) in Madrid, although his formal musical education was received at New College, Oxford, where he specialised in academic pursuits of Romantic Music and performance.

John has been classically trained, but he has a keen interest in other styles, particularly funk and jazz. Whilst living in Surrey he spent time playing both keyboard and electric violin in a number of bands, and has taken initiatives during his career to set up outreach opportunities to satisfy his passion for community music making. Always keen to provide performance opportunities for pupils of all abilities, John has set up new concert platforms and competitions in each of the schools he has worked in, and is keen to accompany pupils wherever possible in the spirit of collaboration.

In September 2016, John took on the responsibility of AHMM Granville, a pastoral role that he greatly enjoys. John is taking on the additional responsibility of Director of Music from January 2017, and is looking forward to building on the excellent tradition of music making that has been established in this vibrant community of talented and developing pupils.

Ms Kim Tan
Ms Kim Tan
Head of Strings

Miss Kimberly was educated in a highly regarded music specialist boarding school, Wells Cathedral School (UK), in her early years of musical studies. Subsequently, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University (USA) followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education (PGCE). During her time in the United States, Miss Kimberly was trained in the famous pedagogy programme founded by Mimi Zweig, which based its philosophy on nurturing the physical, the psychological and the musical abilities of a child using key ideas from the Suzuki method.

In her past experience as a performing musician and educator in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), she focused her efforts on enriching the educational aspect of the education department of the orchestra. She was a key instructor for the youth orchestral programme from the day it started. Her role included auditioning new members, coaching ensembles and large groups on their parts for their upcoming orchestral performances and lastly, forming chamber groups and supervising their progress over the years.

During her active involvement in the MPO’s outreach programme over the years, she has participated in many community projects that include coordinating groups, planning the musical schedule, and performing for many underprivileged groups.

In her free time Miss Kimberly has organized many charity concerts, often featuring up to 25 young musicians playing different musical instruments, which have raised sizable funds for multiple charities.

As an educator in music, it has always been her passion to cultivate interest for music in the younger generation. Miss Kimberly believes music has an incredible influence on students’ discipline, creativity and motivation.

Learning Support

Ms Ilona Wroblewska
Ms Ilona Wroblewska
College Head of Learning Support

Ms Ilona Wroblewska joined Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2016 from Baldragon Academy in Scotland, where she worked as a Special Education Needs (SEN) teacher for 7 years. She is an experienced SEN and Computing teacher, possessing a Master’s Degree in Educational Pedagogy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science in Education from The Silesian University in Poland.

She has over 15 years of experience in both Polish and British schools and has taught in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. At Baldragon Academy her responsibilities included creating differentiated materials & implementing strategies in classes to enable pupils with ASN to access the curriculum effectively, compiling IEPs (Individual Education Profiles) for pupils with ASN and setting realistic targets, liaising with EAL staff and delivering ESOL course to bilingual pupils from National 2 to Higher Level. She also took an interest in extra-curricular activities such as working with groups of pupils with ASN towards Dynamic Youth Awards during their weekly Outdoor Education sessions.

Ilona is bilingual in Polish/English and especially multicultural, allowing her to identify with many students of different cultures, languages or ethnic backgrounds. Her interpersonal skills help her to recognize educational problems and use her initiative to correct them pro-actively. She wants all children to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students. She is accustomed to working in a multicultural environment that emphasizes inclusion.

In her free time Ilona enjoys trekking, climbing and skiing; however, in Malaysia she is looking forward to going scuba diving instead of on skiing holidays in future years.

Sport

Mr Steve Brenchley
Mr Steve Brenchley
Director of Sport

Mr Steve Brenchley joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Abingdon School, UK where he taught Physical Education and Biology. He also led extensive and highly successful hockey and tennis programmes, with a number of teams and individual players achieving national honours. Steve coaches school performance teams in other disciplines and has himself played representatively in five different sports.

Having been educated at the University of Birmingham reading Sport and Exercise Science, Steve spent time as a professional tennis coach in Europe and has managed in the health and fitness sector before moving into education. Alongside teaching, he was previously employed as a lecturer and tutor to students on the University of Buckingham's Physical Education PGCE course.

Mr Ian Squires
Mr Ian Squires
HMM Propert, Head of Key Stage 3

Mr Ian Squires joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Shrewsbury International School (SIS), Bangkok. As a founding member of SIS, Ian has a wealth of experience in developing a new institution, using the English curriculum in an international context.

At Shrewsbury International School, Ian had pastoral responsibility as a Head of Year, was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Senior SENCo (Special Educational Needs), and prior to that, he was the Head of Physical Education. At ECiM he takes this experience into his role as the Housemaster for a senior boys' house.

Originally from Plymouth, Ian studied Sport and Science in Nottingham, before completing a PGCE through Exeter University. He has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Difficulties in Literacy Development and is a registered specialist teacher and assessor of Dyslexia through the British Dyslexic Association.

Prior to his time at Shrewsbury he lived and worked in Sheffield and Rotherham, working at Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College, teaching PE and A level Biology. He also worked at St Bernard's Catholic High School.

Alongside this he worked for the Football Association as a B license coach, delivering coaching at county level and coach education courses throughout the borough.

Married with two young children, Ian is an active sportsman and remains a particularly passionate football fan. He is also a keen boxer, enjoys keeping fit and is learning to play the guitar alongside his son.

Mrs Steph Barker
Mrs Steph Barker
AHMM Wilson House

Steph Barker joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as a teacher of Physical Education from Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe, in the UK, where she held the same position for 4 years before heading off on her next adventure to Malaysia.

Steph grew up in a variety of places across the USA, but during her time in Virginia she developed a love for lacrosse, playing in goal for both women’s and men’s lacrosse, before going on to study Spanish and Russian at the University of Denver, where she still holds the record for the number of saves made over her lacrosse career there.

Steph moved to the UK to work at Uppingham School to lead their lacrosse programme and work in the PE department, as well as being a Resident Tutor in a boarding house, before teaching Spanish in the Modern Languages department. After three years, she departed for the University of Edinburgh where she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, before joining Wycombe Abbey School, where she also lead the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. She also helped to coach the Women’s Lacrosse England U19s and has coached the Women’s Lacrosse Netherlands’ national team.

Steph is an enthusiastic runner and has completed four marathons, including London and Edinburgh, and six triathlons. She still enjoys playing lacrosse whenever she gets the opportunity, but is always prepared to give other sports a go, including playing more football and hockey since arriving in the UK. She loves outdoor pursuits, including snowboarding, climbing and hiking, and has completed her Mountain Leader Award.

She lives on campus with her husband Jon, who is the Head of Geography, and her dog, Inky.

Mrs Suzanne Kuster
Mrs Suzanne Kuster
Round Square and Co-Curricular (CCA) Co-ordinator

Mrs Suzanne Kuster is in her third year at ECiM.  Suzanne has a BA Honours (Political Science and Physical Education) from York University, Toronto and a two year Diploma in Exercise Physiology from George Brown College. Her teaching diploma is from the Toronto Mont Institute.

Suzanne teaches PE and Sport from nursery up to Year 9 and coaches many of the girls' sporting teams.  She is an active participant in many sports and believes everyone can find that one activity they love to keep them healthy and fit in years to come. Suzanne also co-ordinates the extensive CCA programme and our Round Square programme.

Epsom College is Suzanne's third Round Square school on a third continent. She taught for 10 years at Bayview Glen in Toronto, Canada; 8 years at Abbotsholme in the UK and now ECiM. She brings her vast connections to over 100 independent like-minded schools to organise student exchanges, conferences and service projects.

She is also the proud mother of 3 wonderful children, her youngest graduated from ECiM and earned herself a place studying at Manchester University in the UK.  Her other 2 children have graduated from Cardiff University and Cardiff Met University and are embarking on very successful careers.

Mr Kevin Nunis
Mr Kevin Nunis
Sports Manager

I am the Sports Manager at ECiM. I have represented Malaysia at Hockey having competed in the Los Angeles Olympics, winning 135 caps over a 12 year period. It is a great privilege to work at ECiM and be involved with a dynamic sports department and staff room.

Mr Mohd Syahir Asraf Bin Rosli
Mr Mohd Syahir Asraf Bin Rosli
Head of Rugby

I started to play rugby when I was 11 years old, and was selected to continue my secondary education at Bukit Jalil Sport School before I graduated from University of Technology Mara (Sport Science & Studies). I was represented Malaysian Varsity Team (Masum) three times in World University Championship, Sea Games 7s and I had other opportunities to represent the Malaysian Team at prestige games such as Commonwealth Games 2010 and Asian Games 2010. I am also currently captain for COBRA RC and Men Senior - Malaysian 15s Team where I have just been promoted to Asian Rugby Championship (Top Division)

I think and believe that every child deserves to get an outstanding exposure to sport and rugby that helps them to maximise their potential to build a positive character and be the best they can be.

Ms Nadzirah Zainal Abidin
Ms Nadzirah Zainal Abidin
PE Teacher/Sports Coach
I studied sport management at UNISEL and have recently left the Malaysian Rugby programme after playing in the SE Asian Games. I have represented Malaysia on the Rugby field playing 7's and Touch Rugby and have also represented KL state on the track running 100, 200m and 400m. I look forward to helping all the students at Epsom develop and my own coaching, having gained qualifications in S and C, coaching and refereeing. I will also continue to coach the state Rugby women's teams.
Ms Dayang Anak Manggie
Ms Dayang Anak Manggie
PE Teacher/Sports Coach

I studied Sport Science for 3 years at UMS (Major: Coaching ,Minor: Sports Management). I represented Malaysia in the SEA Games 2017(Rugby). I also played netball, futsal, football, handball, athletics and in other sports teams.

I always look to try new sports. I hope as a sports science graduate my experiences will help Epsom in developing its sports programme.

Physics \ Science

Mr Chris Bumbacco
Mr Chris Bumbacco
Head of Department and Head of Science

Mr Chris Bumbacco joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from King's College Murcia, where he was the lead teacher of physics and Coordinator of Key Stage 3. While at King's, he taught both mathematics and physics, predominantly at the GCSE and GCE levels. Chris has a degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University in Canada, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning from Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand.

Chris has been teaching for 10 years, and has worked at secondary schools in New Zealand, England, Germany and Spain. He has a love for travel and culture, and continue to be excited to have the opportunity to learn about Malaysia first hand. He is passionate about mathematics, particularly mechanics and loves logic puzzles, riddles and brain teasers.

Over the past 5 years, Chris has been heavily involved in the International Award for Young People. He has experience in many roles, and was the Award Supervisor, Leader and Assessor at King's College. He enjoys the outdoors, and is looking forward to continuing to work with young people through The Award. Chris lives on campus with his wife and two young children.

Ms Claudia Pinna
Ms Claudia Pinna
Ms Claudia Pinna has over 20 years of experience in education. Between 2002-2016 she worked at Markham College in Peru, teaching General Science, IGCSE Science Coordinated, NP Chemistry & Physics and IB Physics. At Markham, Claudia was form tutor, Y6 and Y7 Science Program Coordinator. She holds a Licenciature of Education degree from the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon of Lima and earned a degree in Physics (emphasis in Mechanics).  She is currently completing her Masters in Cognitive Development at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Mr Suhail Makda
Mr Suhail Makda

Mr Muhammad Suhail Makda was born in India; he spent his childhood in South Africa and his teenage years in the UK. Suhail’s upbring he believes, has shaped him into being a mature individual who speaks various languages with the aptitude to deal with different people and cultures.

Suhail undertook a BEng Hons degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University and later attended the University of East London to study a PGCE in Secondary Science Education.

Suhail joins Epsom College after having taken a year out to travel with his young family to parts of the Middle East, Southern Africa and East Africa. His last post was at Highams Park School in London where he completed his NQT induction year. Suhail loves technology and takes full advantage of this in the classroom. His passion for Physics and STEM, along with his resourcefulness, make his lessons practical and relevant to today’s generation.

Outside of school Suhail enjoys building customised PCs for family and friends. He is a keen sports aficionado who has played cricket at amateur level and football as a recreational activity. Suhail also enjoys travelling with his family and makes lifelong connections with the people he meets.

Mr Sydwel Syronn Sondig
Mr Sydwel Syronn Sondig
Science Lab Technician

Mr Sydwel holds Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Applied Chemistry and Diploma in Microbiology from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

He is an enthusiastic and committed technician: on joining us in 2014, he has worked closely with the Head of Science and the Science teachers to make sure every experimentation runs smoothly, while adhering to health and safety guidelines. Additionally, he is involved in laboratory management and documentation.

He has laboratory skills especially in chemistry, biology, microbiology and biochemistry. He is knowledgeable about handling microscope, autoclave, GC, HPLC, FTIR and UV-Vis. He has a love for travel and nature, especially beaches.

Ms Umminabilla Baharuddin
Ms Umminabilla Baharuddin
Science Lab Technician

Ms Umminabilla Baharuddin joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in 2015. She has a Diploma in Microbiology and subsequently further her studies in Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Chemistry (Forensic Analysis). Both are from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). .

She has major knowledge in forensic chemistry, microbiology, biology and also chemistry. Furthermore, she also possess minor knowledge in physics and biochemistry. Previously, she had experience working at operation site, production section and also analysis field.

Her life motto is ”Every day is a new life, and every minutes is a new experience”.

Sixth Form

Dr Julia Parker
Dr Julia Parker
Head of Sixth Form

Dr Julia Parker has a degree in history from Cambridge University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. She entered the teaching profession 6 years ago after completing her PhD research into the development of Hampton Court Palace during the nineteenth century. She has since taught the English National Curriculum to students aged 13 to 18 in a boarding school environment, balancing her time between supporting the academic development of her students and ensuring their pastoral welfare.

Dr Parker's particular historical interests include nineteenth century museums and conflict in the twentieth century. In Politics she has a particular interest in Human Rights and Realist approaches to International Relations. Outside the classroom, she is a keen rower and competed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race whilst at university. She also enjoys sailing, open water swimming and cryptic crosswords.

In the Sixth Form, Dr Parker is very keen to encourage students to look beyond the confines of the A-level syllabus and develop independent intellectual curiosity. She is working with the Sixth Form team to develop the Horizons Programme at the College, which seeks to prepare students fully for life at university and the world of work.

Mr Thomas Webster
Mr Thomas Webster
Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Humanities

Mr Thomas Webster (Tom) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Assistant Head of Sixth Form from Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur where he taught Sociology and Humanities and was Head of Global Awareness Projects. Tom has experience of teaching a broad range of Humanities and Social Science subjects and has held a number of posts including Head of Department and Second in Faculty. Tom also has several years experience as an A Level examiner for AQA. Tom completed his degree in Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University and completed his PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tom is particularly interested in political history and issues around globalisation and development. Before becoming a teacher Tom worked in communications and campaigns for a non-governmental organisation and has found this experience invaluable in bringing to life many of the issues covered in the History and Politics syllabus. Tom hopes to help foster a culture of active global citizenship at ECiM having previously facilitated the school council as well as numerous groups promoting volunteering, fair-trade and sustainable development.

Tom loves travel, sports and the outdoors and has previously co-led the Duke of Edinburgh programme and coached a number of rugby, touch rugby and football teams. He lives on campus with his wife Charlotte, the Director of Studies (Learning).

Mr Jonathan Barker
Mr Jonathan Barker
Head of Higher Education and Careers, Head of Geography

Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Head of Geography from St Mary's School, Ascot, in the UK, where he held the same position (as well as Assistant Housemaster) for 18 months, before the allure of Epsom College in Malaysia whisked him away.

Throughout his teaching career, he has worked in boarding environments, having run the Geography department and been Assistant Housemaster at Uppingham School in Rutland, and taught Geography and been resident tutor at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. He has followed both the English and International curriculum over the years and has examined for Edexcel A-Level since 2010.

Jon read Geography at the University of Durham, where he also completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

He is keen for students to appreciate Geography by using their own experiences to help them understand the world around them. He is, therefore, particularly passionate about fieldwork, but also promotes the use of ICT to assist in students' learning.

As of January 2018, Jon is also Head of Higher Education and Careers, where he is responsible for supporting students in getting onto the course of their choice and into their favoured universities, whatever country that might be in. He organises visiting universities and works with the Sixth Form members in helping with university and course research; assisting personal statement writing; coordinating references; supporting interview preparation; as well as discussing future careers after university. He believes strongly that ECiM has a responsibility to its students beyond achievement in A-levels and always encourages full participation in the College's CCA programme, to prepare students for university life and beyond.

He is a keen (although limited) footballer, as well as an avid Newcastle United fan, and has coached both boys and girls, winning the regional championships with the latter at Uppingham. He has also coached and enjoys playing hockey and has dabbled in lacrosse. He has an enthusiasm for travel, enjoying transforming all trips into a geography fieldtrip, whether with school or not. He has also recently developed a passion for skiing.

Librarian

Mrs Marion Prickett
Mrs Marion Prickett

Mrs Marion Prickett joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from King’s Hall School, Taunton, UK where she was School Librarian for 12 years. She was also employed as the Librarian at King’s College with involvement in setting up the new Library that opened in 2011. Marion has a degree in Modern History from London Metropolitan University and has continued to expand her education with qualifications in Librarianship and IT.

Marion is in overall charge of the magnificent Library centrally located in the College, making it truly at the heart of the school.

Marion has a lifelong interest and passion for reading and wants as many of the students and their families at ECiM to share this. Reading for pleasure and for learning are at the heart of everything Marion wishes to accomplish, believing that reading is the foundation of all learning, as well as providing one of the most enduring pleasures throughout life.

Her interest and knowledge in IT and new technologies will ensure that students are taught the skills they need to become life long learners.

Ms Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman
Ms Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman

Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman joined Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2014. She received her pre-graduate education from Universiti Teknologi Mara, with a Diploma in Information Management, and subsequently completed her Degree graduate study in Library Science at the same university.

She worked in Maybank for a few years but always considered the 'library' as the place she wanted to be. Her devotion, as a librarian, is even clear in how she was always willing to earn lower pay just to actually gain first-hand experience of working in libraries. In fact, she spent 3 years as a librarian in Kolej Unikop, Selangor and also as a Library Executive in Mahsa University, Kuala Lumpur.

However, after university libraries, she then decided to move into school librarianship and started work at Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2014. She has been instrumental in the setting up and establishing of the new library since then, working closely with the school librarian, Mrs. Marion Prickett.

Exams Office

Mrs Melanie Brenchley
Exams Officer

Melanie arrived at Epsom College in Malaysia in September 2014 with her husband, having previously lived in Oxfordshire, England, for six years. In the UK she worked for a French designer, a children's clothing company called Bonpoint as the Assistant UK Manager. She took on the role of Exams Officer at ECiM in October 2014.

Melanie grew up in France and graduated from the University of Bordeaux with a degree in English. She and her husband live on campus and now have a young son.