Staff

Expressive Arts

Mr Shilen Tanna
Mr Shilen Tanna
Head of CPD & Staff Development/Head of Art & Design

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.

Shilen 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 the PGCE. Shilen is also the Head of CPD & Staff Development here at Epsom, and with his wide range of experience he can support the professional development and growth 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 enjoys playing most sports, however 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
Housemistress of 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.

Ms Miggi Nesfield
Ms Miggi Nesfield

Ms Miggi Nesfield joined ECiM in September 2018 as a teacher of Art, Drama and EAL. Her last teaching post was at a leading international school in Dubai. Prior to being in the UAE, Miggi worked at schools in Yorkshire and Wales.
 
Miggi has a degree in Journalism & Photographic journalism from Leeds University. She also attended the London College of Fashion, graduating with a Diploma in Art & Design. Her PGCE is in Art and Design Technology.
 
Miggi brings to ECiM a wide range of interests and talents. She is a Yoga instructor. Furthermore, she was actively involved in Officer Cadet Training programmes for a number years at Leeds University.

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.

Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg
Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg
Asst. Housemistress of 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.

Ms Jenny Mitchell
Ms Jenny Mitchell

Ms Jenny Mitchell joined ECiM as a Teacher of Biology from an international school in Qatar where she has been teaching for the past 8 years.
 
Jenny has been a Head of Biology and the Head of Progress in Qatar, a post that involved the overseeing of the pastoral care of students from Year 7 through to Year 10.
 
Jenny is a graduate of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
 
Jenny is a keen rugby and hockey player.
 
Jenny is married to James Brewer, the new Director of Studies and Teacher of Physics. They have two young children.

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.

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.

Ms Jana Perold
Ms Jana Perold
Asst. Housemistress of 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.

Ms Nuraini Ahmad
Ms Nuraini Ahmad

Ms Nuraini Ahmad joined ECiM as a Teacher of Economics in September 2018, from a post in the Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC), where she had been active in researching current economic trends.

Nuraini has been involved in teaching since 2014, working as a graduate research assistant, tutor and teacher (principally of Mathematics and Economics).

Nuraini is a graduate of the University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), holding a degree in Mathematics with Economics (2009) and a Masters in Economics (2016). She has also worked with UMS as a visiting lecturer (in International Economics).

Computer Science

Mr Paul Butt
Mr Paul Butt
Head of Department, 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. Having moved to Malaysia, he is hoping that these experiences will get even better.

Mr Arnol Salas
Mr Arnol Salas

Mr Arnol Salas joined us in September 2018 as a Teacher of Computer Science.  Prior to entering the teaching profession, Arnol worked in the ITC industry for more than 15 years. Prior to relocating to Malaysia, he was working at a school in the UK.
 
Arnol has degrees in Information Systems and Management, Advanced Computing Technologies and Chemical Technology.
 
Arnol is a graduate of the University of London, Birkbeck.
 
He is also fluent in Spanish. Arnol is the proud father of 5 daughters, three of whom are attending universities overseas.

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
Housemistress of Rosebery House

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 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.

Ms Katie Paske
Ms Katie Paske

Ms Katie Paske joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of Chemistry. 
 
A graduate of the University of Leeds (First Class Honours), Katie was also awarded the University’s Prize for Chemistry. Prior to coming to Malaysia, Katie taught at schools in Herefordshire and Oxfordshire.
 
Katie’s Interests include travelling and outdoor pursuits, particularly skiing. She is also proficient in sign language and has been a volunteer with the Royal National College for the Blind in the UK.

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
Housemistress of 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.

Design & Technology

Ms Leah Skellam
Ms Leah Skellam
Head of Department, Head of Co-Curricular

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 Jonathan Cory
Mr Jonathan 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, Cover Manager
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.
Ms Kathryn Hargreaves
Ms Kathryn Hargreaves
Ms Kathryn Hargreaves joined ECiM as a Teacher of English. Her previous teaching posts have been in the UK where she taught English Literature, English Language and Media Studies. Kathryn also has international (TEFL) experience working in Argentina in 2014.
 
Kathryn is a graduate of Newcastle and Durham Universities.
 
She was actively involved in Creative Writing workshops at her previous school.
 
Kathryn is a keen participant in a wide range of sports.
Mrs Katherine Loveday
Mrs Katherine Loveday
Mrs Katherine Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018. Kate is married to Mr Mark Loveday, the new Housemaster of Carr House.
 
Kate has taught English at a number of schools including an international school in Surrey and a Junior School in Japan.
 
Kate is a graduate of the University of Leeds.
 
She has been actively involved in the organisation of Summer camps particular the coordination of EAL programmes and activities.
 
Her Interests include travel, English literature, horse riding and participation in triathlons.
 
Mr and Mrs Loveday have two young daughters and will be residing in Carr House.

EAL

Mr Rupert Whitty
Mr Rupert Whitty
Head of Department, Asst. Housemaster of Propert House

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.

Mr Samuel Parker
Mr Samuel Parker
Mother Tongue Programme Coordinator, Teacher of English & EAL

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 Mother Tongue Programme, and coaches the World Scholars’ Cup debate teams.

Samuel holds a Master's degree in English: Speech and Language from the Queen's University of Belfast, and a Bachelor's degree in English Language, Linguistics, and Psychology from St. John's, York. In 2018 he graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

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

Mr Alexander Walsh
Mr Alexander Walsh

Mr. Alexander Walsh joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of EAL. Alexander has been living and working in Malaysia for a number of years in the private sector and also at university level. His specialisation has been in English, EAL, IELTS and Business English.

Prior to moving to Malaysia, Alexander taught at a number of schools in South Korea.

Alexander is a graduate of the University of Wales. He also holds a CELTA qualification.

Mrs Leanne Jeffries
Mrs Leanne Jeffries

Mrs Leanne Jeffries joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of EAL. Her last position was in the Special Needs department at a school in St. Ives, UK.
 
Leanne has also been the Deputy Head of Girls’ Boarding at a well-known boarding school in Bournemouth, UK.
 
Leanne is a graduate of the University of Bournemouth.
 
Leanne is married to Daniel Jeffries, the new Head of PE and Director of Sport.

Geography

Mr John Foden
Mr John Foden
Head of Department

Mr John Foden joined ECiM in September 2018 as Head of Geography. For the past nine years, John has been the Head of Social Sciences at a well-known boys’ school in Auckland New Zealand.
 
John brings to ECiM extensive teaching experience at notable schools in Auckland, Winchester and Southampton.
 
John is a graduate of the University of Birmingham.
 
Over the years John has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. He has also involved his students in the Geography Olympiad on a number of occasions.
 
John is married to Rachel and they have three young children. The family will be living on campus.

Mr Jonathan Barker
Mr Jonathan Barker
Head of Sixth Form

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 Francis Mcginty
Mr Francis Mcginty

Mr Francis McGinty comes to ECiM as a Teacher of Geography. Prior to moving to Malaysia, Francis taught at a school in Newcastle.
 
However, he also taught English in Argentina during which time he became fluent in Spanish. 
 
Francis is a graduate of Keele and Durham Universities.
 
An avid sportsman, Francis has a particular interest in football.

History and Politics

Mr Tony Shelley
Mr Tony Shelley
Head of Department

Originally from Scotland, Tony grew up the son of a school master at Glenalmond College, which he also attended. He read European Politics at University of Leeds and graduated in 2004, before studying the Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School and embarking upon a career in commercial law where he previously worked as a solicitor. Changing careers in 2009, he studied the PGCSE in Secondary History at Exeter University. He since enjoyed working in a variety of educational, teaching and co-curricular roles in various UK schools including Millfield, Sexey’s Bruton and later Felsted, where he met his wife, Fenella, who is also a teacher. They have a one year old daughter, Georgiana, who turned two in April. For the previous four years, Tony and Fenella worked at a leading Swiss International boarding school, Insitut Montana in Zug, where Tony was Head of Department for the Humanities Faculty.

Tony firmly believes in life-long learning and is keen to keep abreast with pedagogical developments. He is currently studying towards an MA in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the UCL’s Institute of Education. Tony believes avidly in the benefits of the British boarding school philosophy and the positive values we as educators try to instil on the younger generations to be thoughtful, analytically-minded, risk-taking, well-rounded global citizens. For Tony, boarding offers an extra holistic and educational dimension in terms of support to students and opportunities for teamwork and leadership through co-curricular experiences, an excellent way to build relationships.

Tony enjoys a range of sports including basketball, jogging, fitness, squash and hill-walking/fell running. He also hold coaching qualifications in a number of sports: rugby, football and cricket. Before moving Switzerland, his under 14-rugby team were ranked 2nd nationally in the 2013 season. His junior basketball team at his previous school won the district championships in 2015 and finished 11th at the National Swiss Schools Championships. Tony also has qualifications as a Padi Open Water Diver Certificate; Scottish Canoe Association Level 2 Certificate in canoeing (and once canoed across Scotland in 2 days(!), in 2005); and Boating Skipper’s Licence (2017). Tony was part of the winning Leeds University squad at National University Breakdance Championships; he has had a continuing interest in performing and has taught breakdance at school. Tony has good conversational French and Spanish and a working knowledge of Portuguese. He is qualified EAL practitioner (Trinity CERT, 2009) with an interest in travel: he was once awarded a ‘Charles De Gaulle Bursary’ from French government to undertake historical project in France about the Spanish Civil War, one of many periods of historical interest for him.

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 joined the ECiM team as Deputy Head (Admissions) in January 2017, before assuming his current role of Second Master of the College. His wife Kirsty (the former Wilson HMM and Senior Housemistress of ECUK) is ECiM's Director of Boarding Compliance and their daughter Isla, is enrolled in the Prep School.

Mr Jake Hehir
Mr Jake Hehir

Mr Jake Hehir joined ECiM as a Teacher of History. He is relocating to Malaysia from an international school in Changzhou, China.

Prior to moving into the international school sector, Jake taught in the UK.

Jake is a graduate of the University of Portsmouth.

He has experience working with students with special needs, particularly students with physical disabilities. For two years he volunteered his time to work with students in Australia, SE Asia and Brasil.

Jake has a keen interest in school-based fitness programmes and CAA.

Mr Mark Loveday
Mr Mark Loveday
Housemaster of Carr House

Mr Mark Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018 as the new Housemaster of Carr House. He will also teach History and Politics.
 
Mark’s previous post was as a Housemaster at a well-known boarding school in Surrey where he had responsibility for a Junior Boys’ House. This experience will be invaluable in his new role as Head of Carr House.  Mark was also Head of History at his previous school.
 
Mark is a graduate of the University of York.
 
Mark’s interests include skydiving, half-marathons and hiking (Kilimanjaro for example).

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 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 Olivia Archibald
Ms Olivia Archibald

Ms Olivia Archibald joined ECiM as a Teacher of Mathematics having previously been teaching at a top Academy in London. 
 
Olivia is a graduate of University College London, where she was awarded a First Class Honours degree in History. However, it was her passion for mathematics that saw her pursue a career as a teacher of Mathematics. 
 
Olivia is a keen footballer and an all-round sportswoman particularly as a marathon runner and triathlete. She also plays the tuba.  Olivia is an avid traveller with extensive visits to India, New Zealand, South America, Europe and the USA.

Mr Simon Hose
Mr Simon Hose

Mr. Simon Hose joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of Mathematics. Simon has spent the past 9 years teaching at a well-known international school in Qatar.

Simon has extensive experience in teaching A Level and IGCSE Mathematics. He has also taught Mathematics to adults through night and weekend course.

Simon is a graduate of Durham University.

Dr David Miller
Dr David Miller

Dr David Miller brings to ECiM a wealth of teaching experience across the international school sector. He has held teaching posts held posts in China, Australia, UAE, Brunei, Gibraltar and Zambia.
 
David moves to Malaysia as a Teacher of Mathematics from a prominent international school in Zhuhai, China.
 
David has been a Head of Mathematics & Physics over the course of his career. He holds a Doctorate in Applied Information Technology from Edith Cowan University, Australia.
 
David’s interests include golf, rugby and football, together with travel and music.

Mr Robert Hopkin
Mr Robert Hopkin

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!

Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs Veronique Hanique
Mrs Veronique Hanique
Head of Faculty

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 is  the Head of Modern Languages Faculty (Bahasa Malaysia, French, Mandarin and Spanish) and is currently teaching French up to A Level and Spanish to Year 7. 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. Véronique was also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee in her previous school 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 14 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 Year 12  tutor in Crawfurd 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 Granville House, and their two daughters, both of whom attend Epsom College.

Mr Fabien Hanique
Mr Fabien Hanique
Housemaster of Granville, Teacher of French, Head of PSHE

Mr Fabien Hanique, a French native speaker, joined Epsom College in Malaysia when it opened 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 in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Fabien started as an Assistant Housemaster in Granville House before moving to Carr House (Junior House) where he was Housemaster for three years. Since September 2018, he has returned to Granville House and feels that it is a real privilege to look after the Senior boys, follow their progress and see them develop as learners and as (young) adults. Fabien is also deputy Safeguarding Officer and the Head of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), a subject through which students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

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 learners as well as increase their opportunities in life.

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. Fabien 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.

Fabien loves sport, particularly running, basketball and football. He supports Norwich City, loves to play in the staff team when possible and remind his colleagues that France are the current World Champions.
He lives on campus with his wife Vero, Head of Languages, and his 2 daughters who both attend Epsom.

Mr Phil Pedro
Mr Phil Pedro
Teacher of French, Spanish

Mr Phil Pedro comes to ECiM as a Teacher of Spanish and French.
 
Phil joins us from an international school in Tokyo where he taught French and Spanish
 
Phil is a graduate of the University of Orleans, France.

Mrs Catherine Brown
Mrs Catherine Brown
Teacher of French, Head of Higher Education & Career

Mrs Catherine Carden-Brown joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of French and Coordinator of Higher Education. 
 
She is a highly experienced educator. At her last school in Wales, Catherine was the Head of Sixth Form, a post she held for three years, following six years as Head of Year 13. Catherine led the UCAS process and also coordinated the post-16 Careers programme.
 
Catherine is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea, where she was awarded a double First Class honours.
 
Catherine has a keen interest in debating. Indeed, her former school was the Welsh Debating Champions.
 
Catherine is married to Matthew Brown the new Deputy Head (Academic). They have two teenage sons who will be entering Years 10 and 12 at ECiM.

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 Ava McElhinney
Mrs Ava McElhinney
Prep Mandarin Teacher

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 she is currently studying the PGCEi course with University of Nottingham.
 
Originally from Taiwan, Ava has been living and working abroad for the last 5 years. Ava joined Epsom College in Malaysia as the Prep School Mandarin teacher in 2017 and she is now providing lessons for both Prep and Senior Schools.
 
Ava lives with her husband, who is the Head of the Prep School. They have travelled to over 20 countries in the last 5 years. She loves travelling, playing badminton, reading 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.

Ms Nor Suhada binti Seti
Ms Nor Suhada binti Seti
Teacher of Bahasa Malaysia

Ms Suhada joined Epsom College in Malaysia in 2017 from Nilai International School where she taught Islamic Studies and Malay Language for two years. She started her teaching career as an Arabic teacher at International Tahfiz & Science Academy. Ms Suhada has an honours degree in Arabic and Islamic Civilization from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 

Music

Mr John Mann
Mr John Mann
Director of Music, Asst. Housemaster of 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.

Mr Russell Crann
Mr Russell Crann
Assistant Director of Music

Mr Russell Crann joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) in April 2018 from Stanborough School in Hertfordshire, UK, where he was acting Subject Leader for Music. He has a degree in Music from University of Bristol and completed his PGCE at the University of Suffolk. Russell has Grade VIII on the French Horn, the Piano and the Violin and developed his enthusiasm for music as a young child while a Chorister at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

He is passionate about promoting music to young people and is currently the Course Director for the English Schools’ Orchestra, a national orchestra for young people in the UK. He was Musical Director for a youth theatre company in Bristol for 13 years and has used this experience to support productions in his previous school of Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof and Guys and Dolls.

He loves all types of music and has the strong belief that the key to appreciating music is to understand it- something that he promotes with his students. Together with his wife Ellen, he enjoys travelling, wildlife photography and watching sport.

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.

Physics

Ms Claudia Pinna
Ms Claudia Pinna
Head of Department
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 James Brewer
Mr James Brewer
Director of Studies

Mr James Brewer joined ECiM as a Teacher of Physics and Director of Studies. 
 
Previously, James was the Deputy Head of Secondary at a well-known international school in Qatar, a post he held for five years. He has also been the Head of Physics at a school in Kent.
 
James is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast.
 
James has extensive experience in leading assessment, reporting, recording, target setting in the secondary school. He has also been responsible for the school timetable.
 
James also brings experience as a Head of a Boarding House at his school in Kent. He was also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
 
James is an avid sportsman, coaching and organising overseas tour for rugby, football, cricket, skiing and archery.
 
James is married to Jenny Mitchell, a new Teacher of Biology. They have two young children.

Mr Suhail Makda
Mr Suhail Makda
KS 4 Coordinator

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.

Sport

Mr Daniel Jeffries
Mr Daniel Jeffries
Director of Sport

Mr Daniel Jeffries joined ECiM as Head of PE and Director of Sport. Daniel’s last teaching post was at a prominent school in Bournemouth, UK, where he was also Head of Years 7 and 8. He also has boarding school experience.
 
Daniel is a graduate of Southampton Solent University.
 
As would be expected, Daniel is a highly trained PE specialist with qualification in a broad range of sports including football, lifeguard, rugby and trampoline. He is also a passionate cook, embracing healthy eating with physical well-being!
 
Daniel is married to Leanne who joins the staff as a part-time Teacher of EAL. 

Ms Nicole Gee
Ms Nicole Gee

Ms Nicole Gee joined ECiM in September 2018 as a teacher of Physical Education. Nicole has a broad range of experience in international schools in the UAE, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
 
A graduate of Southern Cross University in Queensland, Nicole worked in local schools prior to moving to the international sector.
 
At her previous schools, Nicole has been responsible for the planning, implementation and teaching of Physical Education in the across the year groups. She has also coordinate the Health curriculum across the school.
 
During her career, Nicole has been an Athletic Director and a Head of Health and Physical Education.
 
Nicole has Level One coaching accreditations in netball, swimming, track and field, volleyball, touch rugby and sports first aid.

Mr Ian Squires
Mr Ian Squires
HMM Propert, KS 3 Coordinator

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.

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 Melissa Ang
Ms Melissa Ang
Swim Coach
Melissa has competed for Malaysia in swimming and is a certified Life Saver holding the Bronze Medallion. She has been teaching swimming for the past 8 years. Melissa swims for her university and has joined competitions to compete among other Malaysian Universities. Previously Melissa worked in a finance department. Swimming is Melissa's passion; she is therefore very glad to be at Epsom College and is looking forward to swimming developments.  
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.

Mr Stephen Vethan Chandrasekr
Mr Stephen Vethan Chandrasekr
Intern
I represented the Malaysian Youth Team in football the Harimau Muda in 2011 and also the Negeri Sembilan state football in 2016. I continue to pursue personal training and coaching in bodybuilding and sports recovery which I love to bring to Epsom to improve and strengthen the sports here.
Mr Muhammad Amirul Hakim Bin Muhamad Alias
Mr Muhammad Amirul Hakim Bin Muhamad Alias
Intern

I just finished my undergraduate studies in Bachelor Degree of Sports Science (Hons.), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam. My interest in sports and science started when I played rugby during my secondary school. I have been selected to play for my university rugby team in Malaysia Varsity Games in 2016. Before I focused on coaching, I worked as a replacement teacher for a year at SMK Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (SSAAS) Shah Alam in 2014 and I have worked as a volunteer Youth Manager in XSSAAS Rugby Club and as a rugby coach at SMK SSAAS Shah Alam for three years since 2015.

I was also working as a sport therapist for UiTM Lions Rugby Club for the last season of Malaysia Rugby League 2017 elite division and as medical crew for COBRA International Rugby 10s (2016) and COBRA 10s School (2016). I also work as a freelance sport therapist for sports events such as basketball, tennis and football.

I am keen to teach and coach young people to develop their sports skill into another level and introduce to them the benefits of science in sport- thus increasing their performance in play.

Sixth Form

Mr Jonathan Barker
Mr Jonathan Barker
Head of Sixth Form

Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as the 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.

Having run the Geography department at ECiM for two years, Jon took on the role of Head of Higher Education and Careers, before becoming Head of Sixth Form in September 2018. He works closely with Mrs Catherine Brown in encouraging students to reach their full potential during their time in the Sixth Form. He strongly believes 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, especially when it comes to assisting them in future-proofing themselves for their future careers. 

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 participating in downhill skiing. He has an enthusiasm for travel, enjoying transforming all trips into a geography fieldtrip, whether with school or not. 

Mrs Catherine Brown
Mrs Catherine Brown
Teacher of French, Head of Higher Education & Career

Mrs Catherine Carden-Brown joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of French and Coordinator of Higher Education. 
 
She is a highly experienced educator. At her last school in Wales, Catherine was the Head of Sixth Form, a post she held for three years, following six years as Head of Year 13. Catherine led the UCAS process and also coordinated the post-16 Careers programme.
 
Catherine is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea, where she was awarded a double First Class honours.
 
Catherine has a keen interest in debating. Indeed, her former school was the Welsh Debating Champions.
 
Catherine is married to Matthew Brown the new Deputy Head (Academic). They have two teenage sons who will be entering Years 10 and 12 at ECiM.

Science Lab Technician

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”.

Ms Syanaz Shazmira Zahidi
Ms Syanaz Shazmira Zahidi
Science Lab Assistant

Ms Syanaz joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Science Lab Technician.

A graduate of Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Physics Majoring in Instrumentation Science from
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

She has a passion in astrophysics/astronomy. Previously, she had experience working at
Teluk Kemang Observatory, Port Dickson where the biggest telescope in Malaysia is located.
In the observatory, she works with telescopes and other observatory instruments.

Librarian

Ms Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman
Ms Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman

Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman has 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 clearer now when she worked for 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. She started working at Epsom College in Malaysia in August 2014 and has been instrumental in the setting up and establishing of the new library with ex librarian, Marion Prickett.

She’s taking over library as a new successor being a College Librarian and working closely with her officer, Nafisah Halid.

Ms Nafisah Halid
Ms Nafisah Halid

Nafisah Halid graduated with Bachelor Degree with first class honours in Information Studies, majoring in Library and Information Management field, from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). She is currently doing her Master Degree in Computer Networking at the same university.

Nafisah have been working at National University of Singapore (NUS) library before coming back to KL to work as an IT Officer at an audit firm in KL. She spent six years working there before deciding to join ECiM as an assistant librarian in September 2018. She loves reading, watching movies and cooking.

Exams Office

Mrs Natalie Whitty

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