John Kennard is a highly experienced international educator. Educated in the UK, John was awarded a Fairbridge Society scholarship to study at the University of Western Australia in Perth. As a younger teacher, John worked at Wesley College in Perth and The Leys School in Cambridge. His first headship was at St. Andrew’s Grammar (Perth) followed by headships at St. Paul’s College (Hong Kong), The British School Warsaw (Poland) and St. George’s International School (Switzerland).
John was a former Vice President of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and Chair of the Grant Schools Council of Hong Kong. He is a fellow of the Australian College of Education.
Murray Tod was educated at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College in Edinburgh, before attending Glasgow University to study Scottish History, Politics and Philosophy. He started his teaching career in 1997 at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, whilst in the early years of embarking on PhD research into the medieval readership of Latin manuscripts, before quickly recognising the benefits of boarding school life at Glenalmond College and Rannoch School in Perthshire (Scotland).
In 2002 Murray moved to Epsom College UK and over the course of the next 15 years he assumed various roles of responsibility: Assistant Housemaster (Fayrer), boys’ Boarding Housemaster (Granville), Acting girls’ Housemaster (Wilson), Head of Department (History & Politics), and lastly Assistant Head (Staff). His connection and bond with Epsomians, old and new, is strong and he is delighted to have joined the ECiM team as Deputy Head (Admissions) in January 2017. He looks forward to forging new links between the sister schools and he arrived at the College with his wife Kirsty (the former Wilson HMM and Senior Housemistress of ECUK) and their daughter Isla, who is enrolled in Year 1 in the Prep School.
Boon Soon has more than twenty five 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 Kelly Cunningham joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from The Grange School, Northwich where she had been a teacher of Business and Economics for 6 years and Head of Talented Provision for 3 years. Kelly has a degree in Business Studies from Liverpool University and a PGCE in Business Education from Edgehill University.
Kelly has specialised in teaching children from 14-18 years and is very excited to be the Housemistress for this age group. Her teaching experience had previously been in the English National Curriculum and she now enjoys delivering this within a new environment. Kelly is particularly interested in developing enterprise skills within students of all ages, especially through the involvement of local entrepreneurs and businesses.
Kelly lives on campus with her husband and daughter, who attends Epsom's Prep School. She is a keen Formula 1 fan and hopes to be involved in the establishment of an Epsom Karting team as well as assisting with girls' badminton.
Mrs Joanna Shepley Clarke (Joe) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) from the British International School, Jakarta, where she was Faculty Leader for English. Joe has a degree in English Language and Literature from Durham University and a Masters in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Epsom College is Joe's fifth school: she taught in three 11-18 schools in Manchester before moving with her family to Indonesia in 2011. Her teaching encompasses mass media, cross-curricular topics and current events . She hopes to instil in her students a life-long love of literature and the English language. Throughout her career she has been involved with many English Faculty and other co-curricular activities, in particular the International Award. She has recently returned from a Gold Award trekking expedition to Nepal.
Joe lives on campus with her husband and twin daughters, both of whom attend Epsom. She enjoys camping, photography, swimming and scuba diving.
Ms Sian Evans is the Head of the Prep school at Epsom College. Sian has a BEd Hrs degree from the University of Wales and a BCCT from Thompson River University, BC, Canada and is currently completing her Masters in Education in Spelling to Write and Read. She has a wealth of teaching experience from Nursery to Year 13. She has taught in England, Hong Kong, Canada and China.
She believes that our Prep school is characterised by its warm and nurturing atmosphere, in which every child feels secure and where each can build a firm foundation of academic skills and explore his or her talents and abilities in other areas of the broader curriculum. Sian and her staff encourage all their students to be inquisitive about the world to develop a life-long love for learning.
Through an exciting programme of lessons and activities, it is the Prep school’s aim to inspire the children to pursue to the highest standards all that they undertake and to reach their full potential.
Sian enjoys sport as a competitor and as a spectator. She enjoys running, playing hockey, softball, netball and touch rugby as well as watching a variety of sports, especially football (Liverpool) and ice hockey (The Cannucks).
She has a daughter, who graduated from the Sixth Form at ECIM in 2016 and a son graduating in 2017. Both are active members in sports teams. Her daughter is moving on to study a BA Hons in Education at Nottingham University in Malaysia.
Dr Julia Parker has a degree in history from Cambridge University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. She entered the teaching profession 6 years ago after completing her PhD research into the development of Hampton Court Palace during the nineteenth century. She has since taught the English National Curriculum to students aged 13 to 18 in a boarding school environment, balancing her time between supporting the academic development of her students and ensuring their pastoral welfare.
Dr Parker's particular historical interests include nineteenth century museums and conflict in the twentieth century. In Politics she has a particular interest in Human Rights and Realist approaches to International Relations. Outside the classroom, she is a keen rower and competed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race whilst at university. She also enjoys sailing, open water swimming and cryptic crosswords.
In the Sixth Form, Dr Parker is very keen to encourage students to look beyond the confines of the A-level syllabus and develop independent intellectual curiosity. She is working with the Sixth Form team to develop the Horizons Programme at the College, which seeks to prepare students fully for life at university and the world of work.