The Institute of Learning aims to contribute to the development of education in China and beyond through high impact professional learning.
As a passionate and experienced team of experts, the Institute of Learning has a proven track record in China through its work with Wellington College China and Huili schools in supporting high standards of practice in education and operational functions.
Dr Ahmed Hussain is currently the Senior Director of Academics for Wellington College China and Huili Group. This position involves leading the Institute of Learning in addition to working across the group on all academic related issues and providing outreach support. Before the appointment, Ahmed served as the Director of Schools at Wellington College China for three years. Following an initial career as a research scientist at the University of Nottingham, Ahmed trained as teacher of science. Following many teaching and leadership positions, Ahmed was appointed as a Lecturer of Education at Durham University.
Fiona, Director of Academics (Early Years) at Wellington College China. Fiona has thirty years of experience in education and specialises in Early Years. After rising to the position as Head of Early Years in local government in the UK, Fiona led many of the high impact improvement projects and was instrumental in the successful implementation of the new curriculum and assessment developments in Early Years.
Fiona’s values and vision are to support the creation of conditions which maximise learning in this unique age group whilst ensuring that solid foundations are in place to develop independent, communicative and creative thinkers. Fiona graduated from The University of Sheffield with a bachelor’s degree in education.
Simon Ruscoe-Price is currently the Director of Academics (English) for Wellington College China. Simon has over twenty-five years’ experience in education as a school leader, teacher trainer and as a leader in education reform. After having served nine years as Director of language, culture and diversity at a high school in Suffolk, Simon took his first step into international education as Deputy Director of a national school improvement programme for an overseas government in the United Arab Emirates. Simon has a PGCE teaching qualification from the University of Reading.
Suisui Yu is the Director of Academics (Chinese) for Wellington College China. With over 17 years’ experience in education, Suisui has worked as a school leader, teacher trainer and education inspector. She has recently played a central role in leading a bilingual school from start up to maturity. As an education inspector, Selina was responsible for evaluating teaching quality in public schools in China. Selina was actively involved in the second phase of Shanghai curriculum reform programme and led mathematics teacher training in Shanghai.
Basia joins Wellington College China in August 2019 as Director of Academics (ITE).
Basia has over 25 years in education, having held international and UK Headship positions since 2007, in both established and new school builds. Basia has worked extensively in the Middle East and Europe and more recently opened schools in London, Prague, Amsterdam, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Basia’s expertise lies in start-ups where she thoroughly enjoys the thrill of being part of a start-up team with contractors and educationalists, switching seamlessly from hard hat to high heels.
Basia has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education from the University of East Anglia and has been an ISI inspector for over 5 years. Basia is also an Associate of Karen Ardley Associates and has travelled the world facilitating leadership programmes. Basia strongly believes in distributed leadership and empowering young teachers to engage effectively in middle leadership roles. Her work as a Counsellor for ChildLine and as a Safeguarding Lead has helped to shape her work on establishing and embedding Values programmes in schools. She has also worked closely with UK universities as a mentor of PGCE students and is excited to continue this work in China, being a strong believer in supporting student teachers to be aspirational and brave in their approach to teaching.
Coco Li is the Director of Facility for Wellington College China. She is a specialist of construction industry with over 17 years’ experience. Within depth knowledge of the overall lifecycle of construction business, from land obtaining, project planning, architect design/blue print, to construction planning and large-scale construction project management/implementation, handover till property/facility maintenance and management. Many large-scale multi-function projects were delivered successfully through her strong project management skills and leadership. Coco decided to join in Wellington College China and devote herself to build the first-class educational space with high quality and standard.
Nicole Graduated Shanghai Jiao tong University with Master degree in Public Administration. She started her career in well-known international hotel group. Following many human resources leader positions in property level, Nicole was appointed as Head of Recruitment in Greater China Region, leading senior leadership positions recruitment for more than 160 properties across china. With great passion and strong believe in wellington educational values, Nicole joined Wellington College and she is committed to making Wellington College China as one of the best employers among International schools worldwide.
Matt Lind is the Director of IT for Wellington College China. Matt spent most of his professional life in Asia where he led large scale technology projects as a VP for Citibank in Singapore and managed Chinese software development teams building enterprise solutions in Shanghai. Having enjoyed an international education Matt very much believes in the value of an international education for achieving life success and happiness which is what drew him to join Wellington. Matt holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Sunny Chen is the Project Manager for Wellington College China. She has rich working experience both in private and public sectors. She worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch at the beginning of her career and then joined the British Consulate Shanghai providing services for both UK and Chinese financial institutions. Sunny has led various financial services projects including the 2018 UK Prime Minister visit and 2019 China International Import Expo. Sunny graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, majoring in Civil Engineering. She continued her overseas study at University of Sydney and obtained master’s degree in International Business.