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 joy and connection as the focus for 2018-19. 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 new future.

 

Mr Matthew Brown. MSc (Wales, Swansea)

Deputy Head (Academic)

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 James Brewer BSc. (Queen’s, Belfast)

Director of Studies, 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, 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 where he was also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

 

Mr Jonathan Barker. BA (Durham)

Head of Sixth Form, Geography

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

 

Mr Shilen Tanna. BA Hons (Cardiff)

Head of Art & Design, Head of CPD & Staff Development

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 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 enjoys playing most sports, however has a particular interest in hockey with 17 years of National League experience both as a player and coach.

 

Houses.

 

Mr Ian Squires. BSc (Nottingham)

Propert Housemaster, KS 3 Coordinator, Sport

Mr Ian Squires joined Epsom College in Malaysia (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 he takes all this experience into his role as the Housemaster for 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.

 

Mr Mark Loveday. BA (York)

Carr Housemaster, History

Mr Mark Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018 as the new 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).

 

Mrs Masako Takamiya

Carr 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. More recently, Ms Takamiya combines her important role as Japanese Liaison Officer with her House duties as Assistant HMM of Carr. This blending of responsibilities offers essential support to the younger year groups in the Senior School.

 

Mr Fabien Hanique. BA (Bourgogne)

Granville Housemaster, French

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).

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.

 

Mr John Mann. MA (Oxon)

Granville Assistant Housemaster, Director of Music

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. 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.

 

Ms Kirsty Lowery. BSc Hons (Nottingham)

Rosebery House Mistress, Chemistry

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. Kirsty is a keen traveller who spends most of her holidays in foreign climates usually exploring and enjoying the wildlife.

 

Ms Jana Perold. MA (Stellenbosch)

Rosebery Assistant Housemistress, Business Studies

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. 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.

 

Mrs Sophie Hill. BA (York)

Crawfurd Housemistress, Drama

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. 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.

 

Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg. BSc (UCL)

Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress, Biology

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.

 

Mrs Katie Hopkin. BA, Design Ceramics (Loughborough)

Wilson Housemistress, Art

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 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.

 

Ms Lauren Maskell. BA (York)

Wilson Assistant Housemistress, Year 6 Teacher

Prior to her appointment, Ms Lauren Maskell worked in both the state and independent sector. Within the boarding community in pastoral roles, she has worked at Headington School, Oxford and Stowe School, Buckingham. In her spare time, Lauren is an avid theatre goer and live music fan. She has a passion for travel and food. She continues to enjoy immersing herself in the local culture and exploring all possible travel opportunities that this part of the world offers!

 

Directors and Heads of Co-curricular Activities.

 

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

Director of Studies, 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, 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 where he was also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

 

Mrs Kirsty Tod. BA Hons (London, Birkbeck)

Director of Boarding Compliance

Mrs Kirsty Tod joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from Epsom College UK 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, Kirsty has been 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

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. As would be expected, Daniel is a highly trained PE specialist with qualifications 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.

 

Mr Paul Butt. BSc (Leeds)

Head of Computer Science, Director of Digital Infrastructure

Mr Paul Butt joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from a successful school in County Durham. He has a BSc Hons degree from the University of Leeds, and gained his PGCE with QTS in Secondary ICT. As a previous leader of Key Stage 4 and 5, Paul has experience of teaching and leading the ICT and Computing curriculum across the school, and has worked on implementing the new curriculum and courses that have developed within the subject area lately. During any holidays, Paul enjoys getting out of the country to relax and gain new experiences.

 

Mr John Mann. MA (Oxon)

Granville Assistant Housemaster, Director of Music

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. 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.

 

Mr Russell Crann. BMus (Bristol)

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 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 Leah Skellam. BA (Northumbria)

Head of Co-curricular Activities, Head of Design & Technology

Miss Leah Skellam joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis. Leah has previously worked in the UK, teaching and supporting students with a range of special needs and learning abilities. 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.

 

Senior School.

 

ART.

Mr Shilen Tanna. BA Hons (Cardiff)

Head of Art & Design, Head of CPD & Staff Development

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 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 enjoys playing most sports, however has a particular interest in hockey with 17 years of National League experience both as a player and coach.

 

Mrs Katie Hopkin. BA, Design Ceramics (Loughborough)

Wilson Housemistress, Art

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 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 Epsom College in Malaysia (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)

Biology

Ms Jenny Mitchell joined ECiM 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. Jenny is a keen rugby and hockey player.

 

Ms Martha Armstrong Twigg. BSc (UCL)

Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress, Biology

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.

 

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.

 

Ms Katie Paske. MChem (Leeds), MEd (Cambridge)

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.

 

Mr James Thorpe. MChem (Bath)

Chemistry

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. 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.

 

Ms Kirsty Lowery. BSc Hons (Nottingham)

Rosebery House Mistress, Chemistry

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. Kirsty is a keen traveller who spends most of her holidays in foreign climates usually exploring and enjoying the wildlife.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE.

Mr Paul Butt. BSc (Leeds)

Head of Computer Science, Director of Digital Infrastructure

Mr Paul Butt joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from a successful school in County Durham. He has a BSc Hons degree from the University of Leeds, and gained his PGCE with QTS in Secondary ICT. As a previous leader of Key Stage 4 and 5, Paul has experience of teaching and leading the ICT and Computing curriculum across the school, and has worked on implementing the new curriculum and courses that have developed within the subject area lately. During any holidays, Paul enjoys getting out of the country to relax and gain new experiences.

 

Mr Arnol Salas. BSc Hons (London, Birkbeck)

Computer Science

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, 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.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY.

Ms Leah Skellam. BA (Northumbria)

Head of Co-curricular Activities, Head of Design & Technology

Miss Leah Skellam joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis. Leah has previously worked in the UK, teaching and supporting students with a range of special needs and learning abilities. 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 Jon Cory. HND (De Monfort), PGCEi (Nottingham)

Design & Technology

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. 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.

Ms Alice Coleman. BA (Sheffield Hallam)

Head of Drama

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. 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.

 

Ms Miggi Nesfield. BSc (Leeds Metropolitan)

Art, Drama, EAL

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 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.

 

Mrs Sophie Hill. BA (York)

Crawfurd Housemistress, Drama

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. 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.

 

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES.

Mr Thomas Fletcher. BSc (Loughborough)

Head of Economics & Business Studies, Granville Resident Tutor

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 experience of teaching pupils aged from 11-18 but has concentrated most widely at teaching A levels to the 16-18 age range. After university he travelled extensively around South America for 7 months and, as a keen traveller he has also visited Thailand, Laos and much of Europe.

 

Ms Jana Perold. MA (Stellenbosch)

Rosebery Assistant Housemistress, Business Studies

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. 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.

 

ENGLISH.

Mr Craig Leather. BA Hons (Leeds)

Head of English

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, a day school which has a long heritage of independent education and shares many of the values evident at ECiM. He then worked in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) teaching English to both adults and secondary age pupils. He has a passion for the carmaker Saab and has owned several of the classic models from the 1980’s.

 

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

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

 

Mrs Katherine Loveday. BA (Leeds)

English

Mrs Katherine Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018. Kate 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 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 is from Cambridge, UK, and enjoys travelling, reading, eating, and laughing.

 

Mrs Leanne Jeffries. EAL (Bournemouth)

EAL

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.

 

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

 

GEOGRAPHY.

Mr John Foden. BA (Birmingham)

Head of Geography

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. 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 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)

Head of Sixth Form, Geography

Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (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 Tony Shelley. BA (Leeds)

Head of History & Politics

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. Tony worked at a leading Swiss International boarding school, Insitut Montana in Zug, where he was Head of Department for the Humanities Faculty.

 

Mr Jake Hehir. BA (Portsmouth)

History

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.

 

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

Headmaster, History

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 Mark Loveday. BA (York)

Carr Housemaster, History

Mr Mark Loveday joined ECiM in September 2018 as the new 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).

 

LEARNING SUPPORT.

Ms Ilona Wroblewska. MS (Silesia)

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 has over 15 years of experience in both Polish and British schools and has taught in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. 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. In her free time Ilona enjoys trekking, climbing and skiing.

 

MATHEMATICS.

Mrs Fiona Leather. BSc (Manchester)

Head of Mathematics

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 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.

 

Dr David Miller. PhD (Edith Cowan)

Mathematics

Dr David Miller brings to ECiM a wealth of teaching experience across the international school sector. He has held teaching 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’s interests include golf, rugby and football, together with travel and music.

 

Mr Rob Hopkin. BSc (Sheffield)

Mathematics

Mr Robert Hopkin (Rob) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) 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.

 

Ms Kas Kumanan. BSc (Southampton)

Mathematics

Ms Kasthoorie Kumanan (Kas) joined Epsom College in Malaysia from St George’s College, Weybridge in Surrey where she taught for 2 years. 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.

 

Ms Olivia Archibald. BA Hons (UCL)

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.

 

MANDARIN.

Mrs Wen Li Leighton. BA (Beijing)

Head of Mandarin

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 GCSE and A level curriculum. She enjoys using ICT in her teaching to enhance students’ learning experience.

 

Ms Peng Yuanzhen. MA (Guangzhou)

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 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.

Mrs Veronique Hanique. BA, MA (Dijon)

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

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. Véronique loves dancing, yoga, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

 

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

French, Head of Higher Education & Careers

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 has a keen interest in debating and indeed,  her former school was the Welsh Debating Champions.

 

Mr Phil Pedro. BA (Orleans)

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

 

Mr Fabien Hanique. BA (Bourgogne)

Granville Housemaster, French

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).

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.

 

Mrs Noriza Ramli. BA (UKM)

Bahasa Malaysia

Epsom College 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)

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. MA (Oxon)

Granville Assistant Housemaster, Director of Music

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. 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.

 

Mr Russell Crann. BMus (Bristol)

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 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.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

Mr Daniel Jeffries. BA (Southampton Solent)

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. As would be expected, Daniel is a highly trained PE specialist with qualifications 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.

 

Ms Nicole Gee. BSc (Southern Cross)

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)

Propert Housemaster, KS 3 Coordinator, Sport

Mr Ian Squires joined Epsom College in Malaysia (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 he takes all this experience into his role as the Housemaster for 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 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 form tutor, Y6 and Y7 Science Program Coordinator. She holds a Licenciature of Education degree from the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon of Lima and earned a degree in Physics (emphasis in Mechanics). She is currently completing her Masters in Cognitive Development at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

 

Mr Suhail Makda. BEng Hons (Kingston)

Physics, 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 upbringing, he believes, has shaped him into being a mature individual who speaks various languages with the aptitude to deal with different people and cultures. Outside of school Suhail enjoys building customised PCs for family and friends. He is a keen sports aficionado who has played cricket at amateur level and football as a recreational activity. Suhail also enjoys travelling with his family and makes lifelong connections with the people he meets.

 

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

Director of Studies, 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, 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 where he was also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

 

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 joy and connection as the focus for 2018-19. 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 new future.

 

Mr Chris Lapping. BA Hons (Dunelm)

Deputy Head of Prep School, Year 5 Teacher

Prior to joining Epsom, Mr Chris Lapping held the post of Assistant Headteacher in a school in the North East of England where he taught across Key Stage 2, with responsibility for assessment. Chris believes that happy children make for successful learners and aims to create a supportive, friendly environment where they feel empowered and safe to take risks to challenge themselves (so they can be the best they can be, both in and out of the classroom). Equipping children with the confidence, skills and thirst for knowledge for a life-long love of learning, Chris aims to help the children transition smoothly into the senior school.

 

Ms Lauren Maskell. BA (York)

Wilson Assistant Housemistress, Year 6 Teacher

Prior to her appointment to ECiM in 2017, Ms Lauren Maskell worked in both the state and independent sector. Within the boarding community in pastoral roles, she has worked at Headington School, Oxford and Stowe School, Buckingham. In her spare time, Lauren is an avid theatre goer and live music fan. She has a passion for travel and food. She continues to enjoy immersing herself in the local culture and exploring all possible travel opportunities that this part of the world offers!

 

Mrs Laura Tanna. BSc (Wales Institute, Cardiff)

Year 4 Teacher

Mrs Tanna has taught across a range of Primary year groups during her career, as well as undertaking curriculum leader responsibility for a number of subjects. Laura moved to Malaysia in 2014, when the school opened, and started teaching at the school in April 2016. Laura is a qualified SENCO and holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Laura loves travelling and is a keen sportswoman who will try her hand at most things. Although her main loves are hockey and running, she has been branching out into open water swimming, duathlons and triathlons.

 

Mr Thomas Rudduck. BSc (Southampton)

Year 3 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 Hollie Slater. BSc (Southampton)

Year 2 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.

 

Mrs Leona Squires. BA Hons (Plymouth)

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Leona Squires joined Epsom College 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

Ms Ubanisha Balasubramaniam (Nisha) joined Epsom College 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 Epsom College in Malaysia (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.

 

Mrs Ava McElhinney. MEd Tech (Manchester)

Prep School Mandarin

Ava McElhinney, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, joined ECiM in 2017 from Kazakhstan where she taught Mandarin and English. Originally from Taiwan, Ava has been living and working abroad for the last 5 years. Ava joined as the Prep School Mandarin teacher and she is now providing lessons for both Prep and Senior Schools.

 

Library.

 

Ms Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman. BLibSc (UTM)

Librarian

Nor Atiqah Abd Rahman joined Epsom College in Malaysia 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

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 ECiM as an assistant librarian in September 2018. She loves reading, watching movies and cooking.