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

 

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

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. 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.

 

Mrs Alice Stokes. BA (UKC), MA (Bath)

Head of Prep School, Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Alice Stokes graduated from The University of Kent in Canterbury with a BA in Drama and the Theatrical Arts. Her Post Graduate Certificate of Education was awarded by Brunel University in West London and her MA in Education was completed at The University of Bath. She also has a Diploma in Public Relations and two qualifications to teach Dance. Alice began her teaching career in the London Borough of Ealing before moving to Notting Hill Preparatory School, in which she performed the role of Head of House. Following this Alice moved into International Education as a Grade 4, then Grade 1 teacher before becoming Curriculum Coordinator at The International School of Dusseldorf, Germany. Before her final move to Epsom College in Malaysia, Alice taught at a Dutch International School in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she delivered and directed Dance and Drama lessons and performances alongside general teaching.

 

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)

Deputy Head (Academic), 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.

 

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 James Carson. BA (Manchester), RSA Cambridge DELTA, RSA Cambridge TEFL, IELTS Examiner BSC

Carr Housemaster, EAL

 

 

 

 

Mr James Carson (re)joined ECiM in August 2020 from Sherborne International School (UK), where he has been teaching Cambridge Key, Preliminary and First specifications, as well as IELTS. James was also the previous Head of EAL at Epsom and his career has also experienced placements as a Boarding Housemaster, in the UK, and Head of Whole School EAL (for 5 years) at the British International School in Shanghai. He has extensive international experience, with previous posts (in addition to the UK, Malaysia and China) in Japan and Saudi Arabia. James has a keen interest in all international affairs and cultural issues, with sporting activities (both watching and playing) featuring highly in his leisure interests.

 

Mr James Armstrong. B.Ed (Gloucester)

Carr Assistant Housemaster, 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.

 

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 Charlotte Townsend. BA (Bath)

Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress, 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.

 

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 Mohammed Aden. BSc, MSc (Wales, Bangor)

Granville Assistant Housemaster, 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.

 

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.

 

Senior School.

 

ART.

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

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 Nikolai Lugovoi. BA (Ukraine), MA (Ukraine)

Art

Mr Nikolai Lugovoi joined ECiM in August 2020 from the Mutiara International Grammar School in KL. In addition to Art and related disciplines, Nikolai has also been involved in cross-departmental pursuits (between Art, Science and Music for example), whilst fostering his interest in a range of co-curricular activities including chess, football, rugby and school productions. He is also a talented creative director, responsible for organising a number of exhibitions in both Malaysian and Ukraine.

 

BIOLOGY.

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

Granville Assistant Housemaster, 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).

 

Dr Muniswaran A/L Sivanathan. B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry (University of Malaya), M.Sc. Environmental Engineering (University Putra Malaysia), PhD (International Medical University, Bukit Jalil)

Sciences

 

 

 

 

Dr Muniswaran joined ECiM in January 2020 from the Research Development Unit at the University of Malaya, having previously taught Science at Sri KDU and KDU College. He has also published a number of scientific articles, in addition to authoring reference books for science students. Dr Muniswaran remains a member of various scientific organisations (such as the Malaysian Scientific Association) and enjoys passing on his knowledge of Taekwondo to students, in which he is a Black Belt 2nd Dan and certified instructor.

 

 

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).

 

Mr Subash A/L Loganathan. B.Sc. (Hons) Oleochemistry (National University of Malaysia), Masters in International Business (University of Wollongong).

Chemistry / Sciences

 

 

 

 

Mr Subash Loganathan joined ECiM in January 2020 from INSPIROS International School, where he was the Head of Science and also involved in the Mathematics Department. He has also taught at INTI International College (Subang), and he has 10 years’ experience of teaching Chemistry Cambridge A-levels, IB Diploma, Pre-University courses and also IGCSE Chemistry. Further to his teaching responsibilities, Subash has acquired great experience in the orchestration of Science Departments and in the formalisation of data setting & assessments. He brings this range of skills to the Science portfolio at ECiM.

 

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

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.

 

DRAMA.

Mr Ian Schoeman. BEd (University of South Africa), TEFL (Columbia)

Head of Performing Arts

Mr Ian Schoeman will join ECiM (full-time) in December 2020 from Taylor’s International School in Puchong, where he has been Head of Performing Arts since January 2017. Ian has overseen a number of recent school productions, including Footloose, Hairspray, Peter Pan and, most recently, The King and I, whilst also having oversight of the Music Department. He has previously been a Head of Department in South Africa and, as a teacher, also experienced an exchange year at the prestigious King’s College in Taunton (UK).

 

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 Denise Tan. Bachelor of Music (University of Malaya)

Music

Ms Denise Tan joined ECiM in August 2018 as a Visiting Music Teacher (VMT) and we are delighted to welcome her in August 2020 as a full-time Music teacher in the department. Denise has been instrumental in organising our school ensembles and in assisting pupils’ preparation for examinations. She has a proven track record in teaching pupils the basic principles of ‘music making’ (such as melody, beat and tempo for violin & piano), and has proved proficient in establishing these tenets at the Prep School level too. Denise has also proved very successful in encouraging musical participation during our annual Summer Camp at ECiM.

 

Ms Catherine Chin. BA in Music Performance & Pedagogy (Universiti Sains Malaysia), MA in Music Performance & Pedagogy (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Music
Ms Catherine Chin joined ECiM in April 2020 from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, where she was programme leader in Sound & Music Design. Catherine has also gained excellent experience as a piano teacher at the KL Conservatory and The Music Professional Academy. In addition to her music responsibilities, she also has a concerted interest in Event Management, with involvement in orchestrating events at the Georgetown Festival and the Piano Extravaganza at the School of Music in Universiti Sains Malaysia.

 

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES.

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

Head of Economics/Business Studies, Head of MFL & Head of EPQ

Mr Phil Pedro joined ECiM in September 2018. Phil is a teacher of European Languages and Business Studies. He is also responsible for EPQ. 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.

 

Mr Liam Moulton. MA (University of Sunderland) BSC (Cardiff University)

Economics /Business Studies

 

 

 

 

Mr Liam Moulton joined ECiM in August 2020 from JKFZ Cambridge International School (Nanchang, China), where he was the Director of Humanities & Computer Science (and Examinations Officer). Liam has previously taught at the Singapore National Academy, as well as teaching Economics & Business in two further international schools in China. He is also an experienced mentor of teaching colleagues, has previous involvement in marketing and recruitment events, and enjoys ‘Business Simulation’ competitions (in which he has twice acted as a judge in China).

 

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.

 

Ms Rahja Raajeswary. BA (Hons) Accounting (Multimedia University Melaka), MBA (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Business Studies / Accounting

 

 

 

 

Ms Rahja Raajeswary joined ECiM in January 2020, having previously taught at the School of Accounting & Finance in Asia Pacific University (in association with Staffordshire University). She holds a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and has acquired considerable experience through studying & living in the UK also. Ms Rahja has been employed in a number of corporate and management fields, and she brings this experience to the classroom at ECiM.

 

ENGLISH.

Dr James Phillips. MA (Edinburgh), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Birmingham)

HoD English

 

 

 

 

Dr James Phillips joined ECiM in August 2020 from the English School of Kyrenia (Republic of Northern Cyprus), where he was both the Head of English and IB Extended Essay Coordinator. In addition to the IB, James has taught Cambridge IGCSE and A-level English Literature, across all Key Stages. Furthermore, his previous posts have involved eight years at Exeter College (UK) where, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, James acted as Tutor to Years 12 and 13. He also has a keen interest in the Model United Nations (MUN) and journalistic activities, enhanced by his previous experience in creative writing enterprises.

 

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.

 

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

English, KS 3 Coordinator

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 James Carson. BA (Manchester), RSA Cambridge DELTA, RSA Cambridge TEFL, IELTS Examiner BSC

Carr Housemaster, EAL

 

 

 

 

Mr James Carson (re)joined ECiM in August 2020 from Sherborne International School (UK), where he has been teaching Cambridge Key, Preliminary and First specifications, as well as IELTS. James was also the previous Head of EAL at Epsom and his career has also experienced placements as a Boarding Housemaster, in the UK, and Head of Whole School EAL (for 5 years) at the British International School in Shanghai. He has extensive international experience, with previous posts (in addition to the UK, Malaysia and China) in Japan and Saudi Arabia. James has a keen interest in all international affairs and cultural issues, with sporting activities (both watching and playing) featuring highly in his leisure interests.

 

Mr Adam Kanonczyk. BA in Communications (Ohio), TEFL (Chiang Mai, Thailand), MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (Charlotte, North Carolina)
EAL

 

 

 

 

Mr Adam Kanonczyk joined ECiM in September 2020 from Raffles American School (Johor), where he was a leader in the English Immersion Programme. He has previously taught in the USA and, between 2012-2014, in South Korea. In addition to his interest in languages, including learning Spanish and Bahasa Melayu also, Adam brings to ECiM keen previous experience in volunteer work (through stints in this sector in Nicaragua, USA, Korea and Guatemala). Although he will be involved in EAL pursuits across the whole school, Adam will have particular responsibilities in the Prep School and we look forward to benefitting from his previous international experience.

 

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, KS4 Coordinator

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 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), CPAH

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. 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.

Mr Simon Hose. BSc (Durham)

Head of 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.

 

Mr Oliver Presland. BSc (University of Newcastle), PGDE (University of Northumbria)

Mathematics

Mr Oliver Presland joined ECiM in August 2020 from St Peter’s College in Middlesbrough (UK), where he has been a key member of the Mathematics team. Having obtained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics and Psychology, Oliver obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education & Leadership in July 2020. He has also been heavily involved with the Teach First organisation, both at university and as a Brand Manager. Oliver brings a range of talents to ECiM, including keen musical interest (trumpet and piano) and a clear sporting pedigree (Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and squash).

 

Mr Kumar Sukumaran. BEd Hons (University Tun Abdul Razak), Masters in Educational Management (University of Malaya)

Mathematics

 

 

 

 

Mr Kumar Sukumaran joined ECiM in January 2020 from Sunway College, where he was a Mathematics teacher/lecturer (specialising in teaching for Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)). Prior to this, Kumar has also held positions at Taylor’s International, Adroit College and Sri Nobel Private School. Kumar has 10 years’ experience in teaching Mathematics and also has a discernible interest in student-centred learning (and accompanying pedagogy).

 

Miss Ong Yoke Eng. BSc Hons (University of Malaya), Diploma in Education (University of Malaya), MSc (University of Warwick)

Mathematics

Miss Ong Yoke Eng joined ECiM, on a part-time basis, in August 2020 and she will bring her expertise to the A-level Further Mathematics programme. She has enjoyed a most impressive, and varied career, including roles as Vice-Principal and Principal of the prestigious Wesley Methodist School in Seremban.

 

 

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 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.

 

Ms Gow Wai Yee. BA (National Taiwan University)

Mandarin

Ms Gow Wai Yee joined ECiM in August 2020 from Cempaka International School (Cheras), where she has been involved in the teaching of all secondary classes preparing for Mandarin examinations as a First, Second and Foreign Language). She has also taught in Indonesia and at other schools in KL, and has a great deal of experience in conducting IGCSE Mandarin Oral assessments (as an Examiner also).

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

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

Head of MFL, Head of Economics/Business Studies & Head of EPQ,

Mr Phil Pedro joined ECiM in September 2018. Phil is a teacher of European Languages and Business Studies. He is also responsible for EPQ. 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 Charlotte Townsend. BA (Bath)

Crawfurd Assistant Housemistress, 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)

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.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

Mr Robert de Wet. BEd (University of South Africa)

Head of PE

Mr Robert de Wet joined ECiM in August 2020 from Raffles American School (Johor Bahru), where he was the Head of Senior Boys’ Boarding. Robert has previously taught at Treverton College in South Africa, where he was Housemaster and overall Sports Coordinator for the school. Robert can teach English and Geography to KS3 Level, and of course PE. He holds qualifications in a number of sports (for example, World Rugby Level 2) and is experienced in coaching a range of activities, such as water polo, swimming, cricket and tennis (in addition to rugby). In addition to teaching and pastoral commitments, Robert also has a keen interest in photography and hiking.

 

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)

Deputy Head (Academic), 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 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.

Mrs Alice Stokes. BA (UKC), MA (Bath)

Head of Prep School, Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Alice Stokes graduated from The University of Kent in Canterbury with a BA in Drama and the Theatrical Arts. Her Post Graduate Certificate of Education was awarded by Brunel University in West London and her MA in Education was completed at The University of Bath. She also has a Diploma in Public Relations and two qualifications to teach Dance. Alice began her teaching career in the London Borough of Ealing before moving to Notting Hill Preparatory School, in which she performed the role of Head of House. Following this Alice moved into International Education as a Grade 4, then Grade 1 teacher before becoming Curriculum Coordinator at The International School of Dusseldorf, Germany. Before her final move to Epsom College in Malaysia, Alice taught at a Dutch International School in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she delivered and directed Dance and Drama lessons and performances alongside general teaching.

 

Mr James Armstrong. B.Ed (Gloucester)

Carr Assistant Housemaster, 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.

 

Ms Karen Selva. BA Hons (Roehampton University, London)

Year 5 Teacher

Ms Karen Selva joined ECiM in August 2020 as the Year 5 class teacher from Cairo English school in Egypt. She also has experience in teaching the IB in schools in Qatar and Malaysia, and is in the process of completing her Masters degree. Karen is an active sportswoman, with interest in badminton, bowling, climbing and hiking.

 

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.

 

Mrs Alice Stokes. BA (UKC), MA (Bath)

Head of Prep School, Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Alice Stokes graduated from The University of Kent in Canterbury with a BA in Drama and the Theatrical Arts. Her Post Graduate Certificate of Education was awarded by Brunel University in West London and her MA in Education was completed at The University of Bath. She also has a Diploma in Public Relations and two qualifications to teach Dance. Alice began her teaching career in the London Borough of Ealing before moving to Notting Hill Preparatory School, in which she performed the role of Head of House. Following this Alice moved into International Education as a Grade 4, then Grade 1 teacher before becoming Curriculum Coordinator at The International School of Dusseldorf, Germany. Before her final move to Epsom College in Malaysia, Alice taught at a Dutch International School in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she delivered and directed Dance and Drama lessons and performances alongside general teaching.

 

Ms Meaghan Roshetar 

Year 2 Teacher

Ms Meaghan Roshetar joined ECiM’s Prep School in November 2020 as the Year 2 teacher. This is Meaghan’s fifth year teaching in Asia, after 2 years at Raffles American School in Johor Bahru and 2 years teaching at international schools in Japan. Meaghan is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree of Special Education from George Washington University in the United States.

 

Mrs Leona Squires. BA Hons (Plymouth)

Year 1 Teacher, Prep SENco, Early Years and KS1 Coordinator

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.

 

Mr Andrew Parris-Boyle. BA Hons (Roehampton University, London)

Teacher

Mr Andrew Parris-Boyle joined ECiM in August 2020 from Reddam House International School (UK). Andrew has worked and lived in Italy for two years also, and has previous experience of Malaysia through his time at BSKL in 2014-2015. Andrew brings a wide array of interests to ECiM, including previous experience in such diverse pursuits as ice hockey and chess. He regards himself, as befits a student of Mindfulness, as open to new challenges and cultures, and is very interested in experiencing new international environments.

 

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.