Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

 

Dr Murray Tod. MA, PhD (Glasgow), FSA (Scot)

Headmaster

Dr 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, before quickly recognising the benefits of boarding school life at Glenalmond College and Rannoch School in the UK.

In 2002 Dr Tod moved to Epsom College UK and over the course of the next 15 years he assumed various roles of responsibility, including boys’ Boarding Housemaster, Acting girls’ Housemaster, Head of Department (History & Politics), and lastly Assistant Head (Staff). Dr Tod’s bond with Epsomians, old and new, is strong and he joined the ECiM team in January 2017 as Deputy Head (Admissions) and Second Master. From August 2019 Dr Tod is the third Headmaster of Epsom College in Malaysia.

 

Mr Lim Boon Soon. BA (Heriot-Watt), CA

Bursar

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

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

 

Mr Stephen McElhinney. BA (Kent)

Head of Prep School

Mr Stephen McElhinney took on the leadership of Epsom Prep School in September 2018. He aims to embed the seven foundations of positive learning across the school’s curriculum with the foundations of ‘resilience’, ‘gratitude’ and ‘power’ as the focus for 2019-20. Stephen wishes to develop collaborative learning and increase parental involvement in the Prep School.

Stephen has a strong understanding of international education having previously taught in Romania, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, as well as the UK. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Kent and a PGCE Primary from the University of Manchester, he now looks forward to commencing a Master’s in Educational Leadership in the near future.

 

Mr Matthew Brown. MSc (Wales, Swansea)

Deputy Head (Academic), Physics

Mr. Matthew Brown brought considerable experience to ECiM when he arrived as Deputy Head (Academic) in September 2018. Matthew’s previous roles have been as a Headteacher (three years), Deputy Head (four years), Assistant Head (two years) and Head of Physics (almost 20 years). Prior to moving to Malaysia, Matthew was the Head of Learning Services at a county authority in Wales. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea.

 

Mr Stephen Ottewell. BA (Leeds)

Deputy Head (Pastoral), Humanities

 

 

 

 

Mr Stephen Ottewell joined ECiM in August 2019 as the Deputy Head (Pastoral), from his position of Housemaster at Downside School (Bath, UK), where he had also been Acting Deputy Head (Pastoral). Stephen’s pastoral experience is extensive, having previously worked as a Housemaster at Queen Margaret’s (York) and Read School, and Ratcliffe College. As befits a former pupil of Stonyhurst (UK), Stephen brings a keen interest in many aspects of sport to ECiM, having coached seniors in rugby, football, cricket, athletics and swimming. In the course of his career, he has also been a teacher of Philosophy, English and Humanities.

 

Mr James Brewer. BSc. (Queen’s, Belfast)

Assistant Head (Learning and Data), Physics

Prior to arriving at ECiM in 2018, James was the Deputy Head of Secondary at an 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 has extensive experience in leading assessment, reporting, recording and target setting in secondary schools. He has also been responsible for the school timetable. James is also experienced as a Head of House at his school in Kent where he was also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

 

Mr Jonathan Barker. BA (Durham)

Assistant Head (Sixth Form), Geography

Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined ECiM in 2015 as Head of Geography from St Mary’s School, Ascot, in the UK. 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 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.

 

Mrs Catherine Carden-Brown. BA Hons (Wales, Swansea)

Assistant Head (Staff Development) & Head of Higher Education & Careers, French

Mrs Catherine Carden-Brown joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of French and Head 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 has a keen interest in debating and her former school was the Welsh Debating Champions. She is also now in charge of Staff Development matters.

 

Mr Ian Squires. BSc (Nottingham)

Assistant Head (Boarding), Propert Housemaster, Sport and Learning Support

Mr Ian Squires joined ECiM in 2014 from Shrewsbury International School (SIS), Bangkok. 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 his role encompasses that of Assistant Head (Boarding) and Housemaster of a senior boys’ house. 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.

 

Houses.

 

Mr Mark Loveday. BA (York)

Carr Housemaster, History & Politics

Mr Mark Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018 as the Housemaster of Carr House. He also teaches 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 boys’ House, and he was also Head of History at his previous school. Mark’s interests include skydiving, half-marathons and hiking (Kilimanjaro for example).

 

Mr Joe Daly. BA (UWE), MA (Plymouth), City & Guild Qualifications

Carr Assistant Housemaster, Head of Art & DT

Mr Joe Daly joined ECiM in August 2019 and has been a Head of Faculty at several schools in the UK, as well as holding the post of Senior Strategic Leader for 5 years. He has also worked previously, and managed in, the UK Construction Industry. In addition to his artistic and technological interests, Joe is a rugby (EnglandRFU) and football (Devon FA) coach.  He has also coordinated Duke of Edinburgh and other outdoor education programmes.

 

Mrs Sophie Hill. BA (York)

Crawfurd Housemistress, Drama

Mrs Sophie Hill joined ECiM in September 2014 from Highsted Grammar School, Kent, where she taught English and Drama and was Citizenship Coordinator for 4 years. 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. She is an avid reader and enjoys all aspects of drama involvement as well as any time she spends with her family. She became Crawfurd Housemistress in 2017.

 

Ms Nor Suhada Binti Seti. BA (UKM)

Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress, Bahasa Malaysia

Ms Suhada joined ECiM 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). In August 2019 Ms Suhada took on the position of Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress.

 

Mr John Foden. BA (Birmingham)

Granville Housemaster, Head of Geography

Mr John Foden joined ECiM in September 2018 as Head of Geography and he took on the role as Granville Housemaster in August 2019. 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. Over the years John has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and he has also guided his students in the Geography Olympiad on a number of occasions.

 

Mr Jon Cory. HND (De Monfort), PGCEi (Nottingham)

Granville Assistant Housemaster, Design & Technology

Mr Jon Cory joined ECiM when the college opened in 2014 after leaving a 20 year career as a Research and Development Engineer within the Automotive Industry. Jon studied engineering at De Montfort University in Leicester. 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.

 

Mr Darren Nichols. BSc (Stirling)

Holman Housemaster & Head of Economics/Business Studies

 

 

 

 

Mr Darren Nichols joined ECiM in August 2019 from Culford School (UK), where he was the Head of Economics & Business Studies (and Assistant HMM). He had also been the Acting Assistant Head. Darren has previously taught at Gordonstoun School (Head of Department) and at Colston’s School (Head of House and Head of Business Education). In addition to teaching and pastoral commitments, Darren has been involved in Young Enterprise groups, assisted with the coaching of U12 rugby (RFU Level 1), 3rd XI Cricket and organised football trips to Holland and France.

 

Mr Phil Pedro. BSC (Orleans), BA (Santiago de Compostela), MA (Giessen), PGCE (Leeds)

Holman Assistant Housemaster, MFL Coordinator, Head of EPQ, Business Studies

Mr Phil Pedro joined ECiM in September 2018. Phil is a teacher of European Languages and Business Studies. He is also responsible for EPQ and Assistant Head of Holman House. Previously Phil taught MFL and Business in Austria, Japan and in the UK where he obtained his PGCE. During his two Bachelor degrees in French and Spanish universities, Phil specialised in Literature and Linguistics, and Business Management and Accounting. His Master’s degrees in Literature, Languages and Business are from universities in France and Germany. Phil is a keen sportsman and an avid cyclist.

 

Ms Jenny Mitchell. BSc (Queen Margaret, Edinburgh)

Rosebery Housemistress, Biology

Ms Jenny Mitchell joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of Biology from an international school in Qatar where she taught for 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. From August 2019 she takes on the role of Rosebery Housemistress. Jenny is a keen rugby and hockey player, sporting activities that she hopes to encourage among the Rosebery girls.

 

Mrs Masako Takamiya

Rosebery Assistant Housemistress, Japanese Liaison Officer

Ms Takamiya started her career in the hospitality business in Japan, before branching into the international world with placements in Dubai and Thailand for example. Ms Takamiya combines her important role as Japanese Liaison Officer with her House duties as Assistant HMM of Rosebery. This blending of responsibilities offers essential support to the pupils in the Senior School.

 

Mr Ian Squires. BSc (Nottingham)

Assistant Head (Boarding), Propert Housemaster, Sport and Learning Support

Mr Ian Squires joined ECiM in 2014 from Shrewsbury International School (SIS), Bangkok. 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 his role encompasses that of Assistant Head (Boarding) and Housemaster of a senior boys’ house. 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 Rupert Whitty. BA (Bristol), MEd (Exeter)

Propert Assistant Housemaster, Head of EAL

Mr Rupert Whitty joined ECiM in 2017 from Dubai, where he taught EAL at an international school for three years. He previously spent two years working at a university language centre in the UK, and six years at an international school in Bangkok. His teaching experiences have enabled him to teach students from all over the world and 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.

 

Directors and Heads of Co-curricular Activities.

 

Mrs Kirsty Tod. BA Hons (London, Birkbeck)

Director of Boarding Compliance

Mrs Kirsty Tod joined ECiM from Epsom College UK (ECUK) in January 2017. Kirsty’s early teaching experience included periods at Hampton School for boys and Lampton Secondary School in Hounslow, West London. Prior to this Kirsty worked for over 10 years in a number of financial institutions in the City of London. After more than a decade helping to develop boarding at ECUK (through her position of Housemistress and then Senior Housemistress), Kirsty was appointed Director of Boarding Compliance at ECiM with the aim of preparing the College for international accreditation.

 

Mr Daniel Jeffries. BA (Southampton Solent)

Director of Sport, PE

Mr Daniel Jeffries joined ECiM as Head of PE and Director of Sport in September 2018.  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. As would be expected, Daniel is a highly trained PE specialist with qualifications in a broad range of sports including football, life-guarding, rugby and trampoline. He is also a passionate cook, embracing healthy eating with physical well-being.

 

Mr Russell Crann. BMus (Bristol)

Director of Music

Mr Russell Crann joined ECiM in April 2018 from Stanborough School in Hertfordshire, UK, where he was acting Subject Leader for Music. 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 OklahomaFiddler on the Roof and Guys and Dolls.

 

Ms Olivia Archibald. BA Hons (UCL)

Head of Co-curricular Activities, Mathematics

Ms Olivia Archibald joined ECiM as a Teacher of Mathematics in 2018 having previously taught 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.

 

Senior School.

 

ART.

Mr Joe Daly. BA (UWE), MA (Plymouth), City & Guild Qualifications

Carr Assistant Housemaster, Head of Art & DT

Mr Joe Daly joined ECiM in August 2019 and has been a Head of Faculty at several schools in the UK, as well as holding the post of Senior Strategic Leader for 5 years. He has also worked previously, and managed in, the UK Construction Industry. In addition to his artistic and technological interests, Joe is a rugby (EnglandRFU) and football (Devon FA) coach.  He has also coordinated Duke of Edinburgh and other outdoor education programmes.

 

Mrs Katie Hopkin. BA, Design Ceramics (Loughborough)

Art

Mrs Katie Hopkin joined 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 teaches Art and Design at ECiM and aims to inspire and develop creative minds through Art. Katie has a keen interest in travel and experiencing new cultures, utilising these pursuits to inspire her teaching.

 

BIOLOGY.

Mr Mohammed Aden. BSc, MSc (Wales, Bangor)

Head of Biology

Mr Mohammed Aden joined ECiM in 2014 from Plashet School in London where he was the Deputy Head of Science for 5 years. 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 Jenny Mitchell. BSc (Queen Margaret, Edinburgh)

Rosebery Housemistress, Biology

Ms Jenny Mitchell joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of Biology from an international school in Qatar where she taught for 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. From August 2019 she takes on the role of Rosebery Housemistress. Jenny is a keen rugby and hockey player, sporting activities that she hopes to encourage among the Rosebery girls.

 

Ms Denu Sankey. BSc (Oklahoma), MA (UCL)

Teacher of Science & SEN Coordinator

 

 

 

 

Ms Denu Sankey joined ECiM in August 2019, having previously taught in the UK (Coopers’ Company & Coborn School) and at Garden International School (KL). In addition to her overt interest in SEN and LS matters, Denu is especially keen in running both STEM activities and science clubs. Furthermore, she enjoys her involvement in charity fundraising events (for example with the RNLI and Oxfam).

 

CHEMISTRY.

Mr Spencer Cheng. BSc (Manchester)

Head of Chemistry

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. Spencer is a keen traveller and has been to nearly 100 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 Philip Harwood. MPharmacol (Bath)

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

Mr Philip Harwood joined ECiM in August 2019 from Kingdown School (in Warminster, Wiltshire). He holds qualifications in skiing, shooting and mountaineering, with a keen interest in outdoor pursuits and CCF activities (linked to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme).

 

Ms Denu Sankey. BSc (Oklahoma), MA (UCL)

Teacher of Science & SEN Coordinator

 

 

 

 

Ms Denu Sankey joined ECiM in August 2019, having previously taught in the UK (Coopers’ Company & Coborn School) and at Garden International School (KL). In addition to her overt interest in SEN and LS matters, Denu is especially keen in running both STEM activities and science clubs. Furthermore, she enjoys her involvement in charity fundraising events (for example with the RNLI and Oxfam).

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE.

Mr Arnol Salas. BSc Hons (London, Birkbeck)

Head of Computer Science

Mr Arnol Salas joined us in September 2018 as a Teacher of Computer Science and took on the position of Head of Department in August 2019. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Arnol worked in the ITC industry for more than 15 years, and before 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. He is also fluent in Spanish.

 

Ms Risalaichiee (Risa) Damodavam. BIT (HELP, KL)

Computer Science

 

 

 

 

Ms Risalaichiee (Risa) Damodavam joined ECiM in August 2019 from St John’s International School in KL. Risa brings a range of pedagogical and IT interests to the College.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY.

Mr Joe Daly. BA (UWE), MA (Plymouth), City & Guild Qualifications

Carr Assistant Housemaster, Head of Art & DT

Mr Joe Daly joined ECiM in August 2019 and has been a Head of Faculty at several schools in the UK, as well as holding the post of Senior Strategic Leader for 5 years. He has also worked previously, and managed in, the UK Construction Industry. In addition to his artistic and technological interests, Joe is a rugby (EnglandRFU) and football (Devon FA) coach.  He has also coordinated Duke of Edinburgh and other outdoor education programmes.

 

Mr Jon Cory. HND (De Monfort), PGCEi (Nottingham)

Granville Assistant Housemaster, Design & Technology

Mr Jon Cory joined ECiM when the college opened in 2014 after leaving a 20 year career as a Research and Development Engineer within the Automotive Industry. Jon studied engineering at De Montfort University in Leicester. 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.

 

DRAMA.

Mr Edward (Ted) Moore. BA (Manchester), PG Dip (Manchester)

Head of Drama, Music

 

 

 

 

Mr Edward (Ted) Moore joined ECiM in August 2019 from Kirkham Grammar School (Preston, UK) where he was the Head of Drama. He has also previously been Head of Department at Bedford Modern School and at a Nord Anglia School (British School of Guangzhou) in China. Edward has taught Drama and Music at Pendleton Sixth Form College (UK). Edward is a keen performer, with distinct experience in a variety of productions (in the guises of acting, writing and directing).  An enthusiastic musician, he plays the mandolin, guitar and drums.

 

Mrs Sophie Hill. BA (York)

Crawfurd Housemistress, Drama

Mrs Sophie Hill joined ECiM in September 2014 from Highsted Grammar School, Kent, where she taught English and Drama and was Citizenship Coordinator for 4 years. 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. She is an avid reader and enjoys all aspects of drama involvement as well as any time she spends with her family. She became Crawfurd Housemistress in 2017.

 

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES.

Mr Darren Nichols. BSc (Stirling)

Holman Housemaster & Head of Economics/Business Studies

 

 

 

 

Mr Darren Nichols joined ECiM in August 2019 from Culford School (UK), where he was the Head of Economics & Business Studies (and Assistant HMM). He had also been the Acting Assistant Head. Darren has previously taught at Gordonstoun School (Head of Department) and at Colston’s School (Head of House and Head of Business Education). In addition to teaching and pastoral commitments, Darren has been involved in Young Enterprise groups, assisted with the coaching of U12 rugby (RFU Level 1), 3rd XI Cricket and organised football trips to Holland and France.

 

Mr Richard Bell. BA & B.Com (Otago)

Economics & Business Studies

 

 

 

 

Mr Richard Bell joined ECiM in August 2019 from Auckland Girls’ Grammar School and has taught in a number of New Zealand and UK schools. Richard brings a wealth of teaching experience to Epsom and a committed interest in rugby, cricket, tennis and squash. He has coached both cricket and rugby, and will be involved in both sports at the College.

 

Mr Phil Pedro. BSC (Orleans), BA (Santiago de Compostela), MA (Giessen), PGCE (Leeds)

Holman Assistant Housemaster, MFL Coordinator, Head of EPQ, Business Studies

Mr Phil Pedro joined ECiM in September 2018. Phil is a teacher of European Languages and Business Studies. He is also responsible for EPQ and Assistant Head of Holman House. Previously Phil taught MFL and Business in Austria, Japan and in the UK where he obtained his PGCE. During his two Bachelor degrees in French and Spanish universities, Phil specialised in Literature and Linguistics, and Business Management and Accounting. His Master’s degrees in Literature, Languages and Business are from universities in France and Germany. Phil is a keen sportsman and an avid cyclist.

 

Ms Thevamalar (Theva) A/P Ramasamy. BEd (UNITAR)

Economics & Business Studies

 

 

 

 

Ms Thevamalar (Theva) joined ECiM in August 2019, following a number of years teaching at Nilai International School. She has taught Accounting, Business Studies, Economics and English in her teaching career, and has also held positions of leadership in these subjects. In addition to her academic focus, Theva possesses a keen interest in linguistic matters and in Malay and English literature.

 

ENGLISH.

Mr Russell Smith. MA (Aberdeen)

Head of English

 

 

 

 

Mr Russell Smith joined ECiM in August 2019, from his position as Head of Department at Taylor’s International School (KL). He has previously been a Head of Department and Head of Year at an International school in Sweden and also a classroom teacher at schools in the UK. Russell possesses a keen interest in all pedagogical matters, especially using Google Apps in education.

 

Mr Samuel Parker. BA (York), MA (Queen’s, Belfast)

English & EAL

Mr Samuel Parker joined ECiM 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 is from Cambridge, UK, and enjoys travelling, reading, eating, and laughing.

 

Mrs Katherine Loveday. BA (Leeds)

English

Mrs Katherine (Kate) Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018, and has taught English at a number of schools including an international school in Surrey and a Junior School in Japan. She has been actively involved in the organisation of Summer Camps, particularly the coordination of EAL programmes and activities. Her interests include travel, English Literature, horse riding and participation in triathlons.

 

Ms Kathryn Hargreaves. BA (Newcastle), (Durham)

English

Ms Kathryn Hargreaves joined ECiM in 2018 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 keen participant in a wide range of sports.

 

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE.

Mr Rupert Whitty. BA (Bristol), MEd (Exeter)

Propert Assistant Housemaster, Head of EAL

Mr Rupert Whitty joined ECiM in 2017 from Dubai, where he taught EAL at an international school for three years. He previously spent two years working at a university language centre in the UK, and six years at an international school in Bangkok. His teaching experiences have enabled him to teach students from all over the world and 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.

 

Mr Samuel Parker. BA (York), MA (Queen’s, Belfast)

English & EAL

Mr Samuel Parker joined ECiM 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 is from Cambridge, UK, and enjoys travelling, reading, eating, and laughing.

 

Mr Alexander Walsh. BA (Wales)

EAL

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.

 

Ms Nuraini Ahmad. MA (Malaysia Sabah)

EAL

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. She subsequently transferred into our EAL Department, providing expert guidance to our younger year groups.

 

GEOGRAPHY.

Mr John Foden. BA (Birmingham)

Granville Housemaster, Head of Geography

Mr John Foden joined ECiM in September 2018 as Head of Geography and he took on the role as Granville Housemaster in August 2019. 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. Over the years John has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and he has also guided his students in the Geography Olympiad on a number of occasions.

 

Mr Francis McGinty. BA (Keele)

Geography

Mr Francis McGinty arrived at ECiM in 2018 as a teacher of Geography and PE. Prior to moving to Malaysia, Francis taught at a school in Newcastle.  However, he has also taught English in Argentina during which time he became fluent in Spanish. An avid sportsman, Francis has a particular interest in football.

 

Mr Jonathan Barker. BA (Durham)

Assistant Head (Sixth Form), Geography

Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined ECiM in 2015 as Head of Geography from St Mary’s School, Ascot, in the UK. 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 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.

 

HISTORY AND POLITICS.

Mr James Dale. BA (York), PGDip (Bristol), CELTA (Cambridge)

Head of History & Politics

 

 

 

 

Mr James Dale joined ECiM in August 2019 from Al Khor International (Qatar), where he was Head of Humanities. James has previously worked in schools in the UK, Poland and Thailand. In addition to History and Politics, James has also taught Geography to GCSE level.

 

Mr Jake Hehir. BA (Portsmouth)

History & Politics

Mr Jake Hehir joined ECiM as a Teacher of History in 2018, relocating to Malaysia from an international school in Changzhou, China. Prior to moving into the international school sector, Jake taught in the UK. 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.

 

Mr Mark Loveday. BA (York)

Carr Housemaster, History & Politics

Mr Mark Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018 as the Housemaster of Carr House. He also teaches 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 boys’ House, and he was also Head of History at his previous school. Mark’s interests include skydiving, half-marathons and hiking (Kilimanjaro for example).

 

Mr Stephen Ottewell. BA (Leeds)

Deputy Head (Pastoral), Humanities

 

 

 

 

Mr Stephen Ottewell joined ECiM in August 2019 as the new Deputy Head (Pastoral), from his position of Housemaster at Downside School (Bath, UK), where he had also been Acting Deputy Head (Pastoral). Stephen’s pastoral experience is extensive, having previously worked as a Housemaster at Queen Margaret’s (York) and Read School, and Ratcliffe College. As befits a former pupil of Stonyhurst (UK), Stephen brings a keen interest in many aspects of sport to ECiM, having coached seniors in rugby, football, cricket, athletics and swimming. In the course of his career, he has also been a teacher of Philosophy, English and Humanities.

 

Dr Murray Tod. MA, PhD (Glasgow), FSA (Scot)

Headmaster, History & Politics

Dr 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, before quickly recognising the benefits of boarding school life at Glenalmond College and Rannoch School in the UK.

In 2002 Dr Tod moved to Epsom College UK and over the course of the next 15 years he assumed various roles of responsibility, including boys’ Boarding Housemaster, Acting girls’ Housemaster, Head of Department (History & Politics), and lastly Assistant Head (Staff). Dr Tod’s bond with Epsomians, old and new, is strong and he joined the ECiM team in January 2017 as Deputy Head (Admissions) and Second Master. From August 2019 Dr Tod is the third Headmaster of Epsom College in Malaysia.

 

LEARNING SUPPORT.

Ms Denu Sankey. BSc (Oklahoma), MA (UCL)

Teacher of Science & SEN Coordinator

 

 

 

 

Ms Denu Sankey joined ECiM in August 2019, having previously taught in the UK (Coopers’ Company & Coborn School) and at Garden International School (KL). In addition to her overt interest in SEN and LS matters, Denu is especially keen in running both STEM activities and science clubs. Furthermore, she enjoys her involvement in charity fundraising events (for example with the RNLI and Oxfam).

 

MATHEMATICS.

Dr Jonathon Gilkes. BEng (Liverpool), PhD (Liverpool)

Head of Mathematics

 

 

 

 

Dr Jonathon Gilkes joined ECiM in August 2019 from Shanghai United International School, where he was the Head of Mathematics and the academic timetabler. Jonathon has previously taught at Dulwich School (Suzhou), in Mexico and in the UK. Further to his academic interests, he is a yoga practitioner and junior rugby coach. Jonathon has also been involved in after school football and cricket in China, and enjoys long distance walking and cycling.

 

Ms Olivia Archibald. BA Hons (UCL)

Head of Co-curricular Activities, Mathematics

Ms Olivia Archibald joined ECiM as a Teacher of Mathematics in 2018 having previously taught 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 Robert Hopkin. BSc (Sheffield)

Mathematics

Mr Robert Hopkin (Rob) joined ECiM in 2015 from Endon High School in Stoke-on-Trent, where he taught for 10 years. Whilst at Endon, Rob led the Mathematics department for two years and was also Head of Year for nine years, seeing two cohorts of students through to Year 11. 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.

 

Mr Simon Hose. BSc (Durham)

Mathematics

Mr. Simon Hose joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of Mathematics, having spent 9 years teaching at a 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 courses.

 

Dr David Miller. PhD (Edith Cowan)

Mathematics

Dr David Miller joined ECiM in September 2018 with a wealth of teaching experience across the international school sector. He has held teaching posts in China, Australia, UAE, Brunei, Gibraltar and Zambia. David moved to Malaysia as a Teacher of Mathematics from a prominent international school in Zhuhai, China. David’s interests include golf, rugby and football, together with travel and music.

 

MANDARIN.

Mrs Wen Li Leighton. BA (Beijing)

Head of Mandarin

Mrs Wen Li Leighton joined ECiM in September 2014 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 enjoys using ICT in her teaching to enhance the learning experience of students.

 

Ms Chew Wei Teng. BA (Sheffield Hallam), CTCSOL (Beijing), Advanced Diploma (Malaysia)

Mandarin

 

 

 

 

Ms Chew Wei Teng joined ECiM in August 2019 from Sekolah Sri UCSI (Subang Jaya), where she was the Head of Mandarin. An accomplished linguist, focusing on Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Bahasa Malaysia, she also has a keen interest in language translation generally. She is hoping to further her interest in IT and pedagogical matters at the College.

 

Ms Chloe Lee Houi Yee. BA (UPM), MBA (UPM)

Mandarin

 

 

 

 

Ms Chloe Lee Houi Yee joined ECiM in August 2019 and is an experienced educator, having previously been an education counsellor as well as a teacher of  Mandarin. In addition, Chloe has over five years involvement with the accounting industry. Chloe is a skilled linguist, with a keen interest in Japanese as well as Mandarin and Cantonese, and she will have an input to lessons throughout the College year groups.

 

Ms Joanne Yee Jeeyean. BA (Chinese Studies), MEd

Mandarin

 

 

 

 

Ms Joanne Yee Jeeyean joined ECiM in 2019 and is an experienced teacher of Mandarin, working for nearly ten years in international schools in India and Malaysia. In addition to her academic commitments, including a previous stint as a HoD of Mandarin, Ms Joanne has attained UK Leadership & Management qualifications and has a deep interest in all languages (including learning German and Japanese).

 

Ms Peng Yuanzhen. MA (Guangzhou)

Mandarin

Ms Peng Yuanzhen, a native Mandarin speaker, joined ECiM from Rafflesia International School where she taught Mandarin for 2 years. Ms Peng has a master’s 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. She enjoys sharing Chinese culture, Zentangle, yoga and reading traditional Chinese medicine books.

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

Mr Phil Pedro. BSC (Orleans), BA (Santiago de Compostela), MA (Giessen), PGCE (Leeds)

Holman Assistant Housemaster, MFL Coordinator, Head of EPQ, Business Studies

Mr Phil Pedro joined ECiM in September 2018. Phil is a teacher of European Languages and Business Studies. He is also responsible for EPQ and Assistant Head of Holman House. Previously Phil taught MFL and Business in Austria, Japan and in the UK where he obtained his PGCE. During his two Bachelor degrees in French and Spanish universities, Phil specialised in Literature and Linguistics, and Business Management and Accounting. His Master’s degrees in Literature, Languages and Business are from universities in France and Germany. Phil is a keen sportsman and an avid cyclist.

 

Mrs Catherine Carden-Brown. BA Hons (Wales, Swansea)

Assistant Head (Staff Development) & Head of Higher Education & Careers, French

Mrs Catherine Carden-Brown joined ECiM in September 2018 as a Teacher of French and Head 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 has a keen interest in debating and her former school was the Welsh Debating Champions. She is also now in charge of Staff Development matters.

 

Ms Charlotte Townsend. BA (Bath)

French & Spanish

 

 

 

 

Ms Charlotte Townsend joined ECiM in August 2019, from her Acting Head of MFL position at Writhlington School in the UK. With a very strong pedigree in MFL, including a First Class Honours degree, Charlotte is looking to enhance the interest in French and Spanish, especially in the Prep School during the Co-curricular time slots. In addition to her academic interests, she is involved in swimming and outdoor adventures.

 

Mrs Noriza Ramli. BA (UKM)

Bahasa Malaysia

ECiM is Noriza’s third international school; she has taught a range of students from 7-17 years of age. 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.

 

Ms Nor Suhada Binti Seti. BA (UKM)

Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress, Bahasa Malaysia

Ms Suhada joined ECiM 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). In August 2019 Ms Suhada took on the position of Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress.

 

MUSIC.

Mr Russell Crann. BMus (Bristol)

Director of Music

Mr Russell Crann joined ECiM in April 2018 from Stanborough School in Hertfordshire, UK, where he was acting Subject Leader for Music. 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 OklahomaFiddler on the Roof and Guys and Dolls.

 

Mr Edward (Ted) Moore. BA (Manchester), PG Dip (Manchester)

Head of Drama, Music

 

 

 

 

Mr Edward (Ted) Moore joined ECiM in August 2019 from Kirkham Grammar School (Preston, UK) where he was the Head of Drama. He has also previously been Head of Department at Bedford Modern School and at a Nord Anglia School (British School of Guangzhou) in China. Edward has taught Drama and Music at Pendleton Sixth Form College (UK). Edward is a keen performer, with distinct experience in a variety of productions (in the guises of acting, writing and directing).  An enthusiastic musician, he plays the mandolin, guitar and drums.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

Mr Daniel Jeffries. BA (Southampton Solent)

Director of Sport, PE

Mr Daniel Jeffries joined ECiM as Head of PE and Director of Sport in September 2018.  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. As would be expected, Daniel is a highly trained PE specialist with qualifications in a broad range of sports including football, life-guarding, rugby and trampoline. He is also a passionate cook, embracing healthy eating with physical well-being.

 

Ms Nicole Gee. BSc (Southern Cross)

PE, Sport

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. 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. BSc (Nottingham)

Assistant Head (Boarding), Propert Housemaster, Sport and Learning Support

Mr Ian Squires joined ECiM in 2014 from Shrewsbury International School (SIS), Bangkok. 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 his role encompasses that of Assistant Head (Boarding) and Housemaster of a senior boys’ house. 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.

 

PHYSICS.

Ms Claudia Pinna. BSc (Lima)

Head of Physics

Ms Claudia Pinna joined ECiM in September 2016 and has over 20 years of experience in education. From 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 a form tutor, Y6 and Y7 Science Programme 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. BSc. (Queen’s, Belfast)

Assistant Head (Learning and Data), Physics

Prior to arriving at ECiM in 2018, James was the Deputy Head of Secondary at an 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 has extensive experience in leading assessment, reporting, recording and target setting in secondary schools. He has also been responsible for the school timetable. James is also experienced as a Head of House at his school in Kent where he was also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

 

Mr Matthew Brown. MSc (Wales, Swansea)

Deputy Head (Academic), Physics

Mr. Matthew Brown brought considerable experience to ECiM when he arrived as Deputy Head (Academic) in September 2018. Matthew’s previous roles have been as a Headteacher (three years), Deputy Head (four years), Assistant Head (two years) and Head of Physics (almost 20 years). Prior to moving to Malaysia, Matthew was the Head of Learning Services at a county authority in Wales. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea.

 

Mr Suhail Makda. BEng Hons (Kingston)

Physics

Mr Muhammad Suhail Makda joined ECiM in September 2017 and his international outlook was framed through his childhood upbringing in both South Africa and the UK. 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.

 

Prep School.

 

Mr Stephen McElhinney. BA (Kent)

Head of Prep School

Mr Stephen McElhinney took on the leadership of Epsom Prep School in September 2018. He aims to embed the seven foundations of positive learning across the school’s curriculum with the foundations of ‘resilience’, ‘gratitude’ and ‘power’ as the focus for 2019-20. Stephen wishes to develop collaborative learning and increase parental involvement in the Prep School.

Stephen has a strong understanding of international education having previously taught in Romania, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, as well as the UK. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Kent and a PGCE Primary from the University of Manchester, he now looks forward to commencing a Master’s in Educational Leadership in the near future.

 

Mr James Armstrong. B.Ed (Gloucester)

Year 6 Teacher

 

 

 

 

Mr James Armstrong joined ECiM’s Prep School in August 2019 as the Year 6 teacher. His previous post was as Head of English at Dedworth School in Berkshire. James is very familiar with Malaysian life and culture, having previously taught at the Beaconhouse Newlands School in KL between 2016-2018.

 

Mr Thomas Rudduck. BSc (Southampton)

Deputy Head of Prep School, Year 5 Teacher

Mr Thomas Rudduck joined ECiM in 2018 as a Teacher in the Prep School, arriving from an international school in Saigon where he was a Year 5 teacher and Key Stage 2 coordinator (Science lead). Prior to moving into the international school sector, Thomas taught at schools in Kent and Essex, UK. He also has experience catering for children with a wide array of needs (EAL & SEN). Thomas spent a year travelling the world in 2010-2011. He has been a swimming and badminton coach and his interests focus on sport, music and photography.

 

Ms Lauren Eglite. BA (Bedfordshire)

Year 4 Teacher

 

 

 

 

Ms Lauren Eglite joined ECiM’s Prep School in August 2019 as the Year 4 teacher. She has previously taught at the Ocean Divine School, Maldives, and as a Primary Teacher in the UK. Lauren’s interests include travelling and open water diving.

 

Ms Hollie Slater. BSc (Southampton)

Year 3 Teacher

Ms Hollie Slater joined ECiM in 2018 as the Year 2 class teacher from a school in Saigon where she taught Grade 1 (equivalent to Year 2 in the UK). She held responsibilities as the literacy curriculum lead and has written educational articles for a national magazine in Vietnam. Prior to this, Hollie has taught at schools in Kent, UK. Hollie spent a year travelling the world in 2010-2011.

 

Mr Stephen McElhinney. BA (Kent)

Head of Prep School, Acting Year 2 Teacher

Mr Stephen McElhinney took on the leadership of Epsom Prep School in September 2018. He aims to embed the seven foundations of positive learning across the school’s curriculum with the foundations of ‘resilience’, ‘gratitude’ and ‘power’ as the focus for 2019-20. Stephen wishes to develop collaborative learning and increase parental involvement in the Prep School.

Stephen has a strong understanding of international education having previously taught in Romania, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, as well as the UK. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Kent and a PGCE Primary from the University of Manchester, he now looks forward to commencing a Master’s in Educational Leadership in the near future.

 

Mrs Leona Squires. BA Hons (Plymouth)

Year 1 Teacher, Prep SENco

Mrs Leona Squires joined ECiM in 2014 from Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. After working as an SEN/EAL teacher in the Prep School she is now the Year 1 class teacher and also oversees the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Before entering the teaching profession Leona worked for an online learning company producing ICT-based learning materials for adults. During her time in Thailand Leona worked at Shrewsbury International School

 

Ms Ubanisha Balasubramaniam. BA (London, Roehampton)

Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher

Ms Ubanisha Balasubramaniam (Nisha) joined ECiM from Fairview International School in Kuala Lumpur.  She has experience in teaching Nursery (EYFS) through Year 4 and has specialised in teaching the Malay Language and Physical Education. Nisha strongly believes that every child should learn according to their own interest and pace. Learning through play is the best way to allow children to explore and develop themselves to meet their learning goals.

 

Ms Devinii Karun. BEd (UNISEL)

Prep School EAL

Ms Devinii Karun joined ECiM in 2017 as a teaching assistant. She started off her career at Fairview International School as a Grade 5 teacher. She then joined the Cambridge English Assessment Centre and prepared students to sit for English Cambridge checkpoint examinations. For Ms Devinii, when it comes to helping students succeed, she believes that a positive attitude is key to building confidence and achieving academic goals.

 

Library.

 

Ms Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman. BLibSc (UTM)

Librarian

Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman joined ECiM in August 2014. 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.

 

Ms Nafisah Halid BInfo. BA Hone (UiTM)

Assistant Librarian

Ms Nafisah worked at the 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 there joining before ECiM as an assistant librarian in September 2018. She loves reading, watching movies and cooking.