Beijing City International School implements Head of School responsible system which is under direct guidance of the Board of Governors. With expertise and rich experience from international education, business community, finance, facilities and risk management and human resources and legal areas, the seven members on board provide direction and strategy for the sustained development of the school.
There are five committees affiliated to the board: Education Committee, Finance Committee, Communication and Development Committee, Human Resources Committee and Facilities and Risk Management Committee. Head of School sits on all committees. Each committee consists of one to two board members, with one board member as the chair of the committee, which is conducive to the timely communication channel between the board and the school.
The positive and effective relationship exists between the board and Head of School works for the best interest of all students and staff. The board convenes at least four times a year to review Head of School and Committee work reports at major board meetings. The committees provide guidance and recommendations for all sectors of the school through meetings, consultation and discussion to address concerns and promote the development of the school.
Mr. Ni Haohua
Mr. Ni established the Landgent Group in 1996 and has been President of the group ever since. Landgent Group has diversified interests in the areas of education, services for senior citizens, real estate, fixed asset management, and city investment and operations. The Landgent Group has programmes in many areas of China including Beijing, Shangdong, Zhejiang, and Hainan.
“To achieve one’s own goal while contributing to society” is both the fundamental concept underlying the Landgent Group and the mission guiding its development. In furtherance of this mission in 2003 Mr Ni decided to build a school that incorporates international-mindedness and meets international standards. In preparation for this project he visited many prestigious schools in Europe, America and Asia, and he also analyzed a large amount of data about educational institutions at home and abroad. Based on his findings he decided to use the International Baccalaureate(IB) as the core curriculum on which to found a high quality international school.
Working with colleagues from within the school, together with other educational experts, Mr. Ni finalized the school philosophy and personally directed every stage of campus design and construction. He also advocated the school philosophy to governors, embassy officials and entrepreneurial friends. All this laid a solid foundation for the smooth opening of the school.
As the investor, Mr. Ni hopes that students will be proud to study in BCIS and that teachers will be delighted to teach here. He trusts that BCIS will build on its deep Chinese roots while absorbing advanced concepts from international education to become widely respected as a model school providing an excellent international education. Mr. Ni’s aim is that BCIS will aspire towards achieving its 100th anniversary and contribute strongly to the globalization of Chinese education.
Mr. Chen Lixiang
Mr. Chen Lixiang was born in Hu Nan province. He studied in Chinese Language Department at Wuhan University and graduated in 1986.
He used to hold various positions in The State Ministry of Personnel, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
Mr. Chen Lixiang has long been engaged in strategy research, policy establishment and technology development in vocational education. He has approximately thirty years of experience in career classification and analysis, education and appraisal for technical talents etc. Through various positions, he has gained in-depth understanding and initiated methodologies in effective organization strategy management, information management, structure development and curriculum design for Educational institutions.
Mr. Chen is a board member of Yuecheng Group. In 2011, He was appointed Chairman of Board of Trustees of Yuecheng Education Management Co. Ltd. Mr. Chen is also Deputy Director of China Career Research Institute, Peking University.
Ms. An Wei
Ms. An Wei lived and studied in Beijing before pursuing further education in Macquarie, Sydney. Following that she worked in International School Singapore both in Singapore and Beijing for more than ten years, gaining extensive experience in school management.
At the end of 2004 she played a leading role in the establishment of BCIS by heading the school’s foundation team in all its preparatory work. When the school was officially opened in August 2005, she served as Head of Business and Administration. On that position she completed the establishment of the administrative and operating systems of the school.
In June 2007, Ms. An Wei was appointed Board Executive of BCIS. She facilitated the formal establishment of the school board and developed guidelines and principles for the board and the school. As the only full-time director, An Wei has served as a major channel of communication and coordination between the board, the School Head and the wider community.
In September 2011, An Wei was additionally appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yuecheng Education Management Company.
Ms. An Wei is a team member of NCCT Accreditation and has been involved in accreditation visits to many expatriate-oriented schools in China.
Mr. Wang Penglin
Mr. Wang Penglin was born in Xinjiang Province, west of China. He became a qualified lawyer in 1994. Mr. Wang has been practicing the law in Beijing for fourteen years. Currently he is one of the partners of Beijing Zhong Zhou Law Firm and he also serves as the legal advisor for different organizations. Mr. Wang joined BCIS in November 2010 as a board member concentrating on legal affairs. He is also Chairman of BCIS Board Human Resources Committee.
Mr. Tan Wee Seng
Mr. TAN Wee Seng (陳偉成), is a professional in value and business management specializing in shareholders’ strategic value creation, merger and acquisitions, ipo and advisory in risk management and corporate governance. He is a director of Renesola PLC, 7-Days Group Holding Ltd, Beijing City International School and Landgent Group Company Limited. He has been an executive director, the chief financial officer, qualified accountant and the company secretary of Li Ning Co. Ltd. from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Tan has been instrumental in bring the Li Ning to public listing in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. He has also been responsible for capital planning & allocation, and led investors relation with overwhelming success, a prime mover on good corporate governance and risk management and instilled forward financial management concept. He also held various senior management positions in a number of multi-national corporations. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Tan has been the senior vice president of Reuters China, Mongolia and North Korea regions, and chief representative of Reuters in China. Prior to that, he was the managing director of a Reuters subsidiary in Hong Kong, a major domestic equity and financial information services company, as director of its Australia subsidiary, Infocast Pty Limited and as the Reuters East Asia regional finance manager (director) respectively. He is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom and a fellow member of Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Honorary Board Members
Mr. Nick Bowley
Nick Bowley received his first degree from the University of Cambridge in 1969. A year spent volunteering as a teacher in a small Sudanese town persuaded Nick to pursue a career that combined education with travel. He met his future wife Rhona at the University of London where they both qualified as teachers before setting off to Nigeria to work in a national girls’ boarding school. Following that Nick taught in his native UK before serving for many years in international schools in Africa and the Middle East.
In 2001 Nick gained his first experience of living and working in China when he was appointed Director of the International School of Tianjin. He worked in Tianjin for six years, and it was here that he developed a keen interest in Chinese culture and the Chinese education system. In 2007 he moved to Beijing to become Interim Head of School of BCIS for one year. Following two years living in Europe, Nick returned to BCIS as Head of School. He remained here until his retirement from full-time employment in 2013. Nick now works part-time as a consultant for the accreditation service of the Council of International Schools.
Nick has served on the IB Regional Heads’ Representative Committee, Asia-Pacific region, and on the board of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools.
Nick’s appointment as an Honorary Board Member of YueCheng Education provides him with the opportunity to resume his service to education at BCIS and, through YEIC, to national schools in Chaoyang District and beyond. Nick feels deeply committed to YCE, to Beijing and to the extraordinarily vibrant people of China. He therefore sees his appointment as ‘Honorary Board Member’ as, indeed, a very great honor.
Mr. Robert Fricker
Bob Fricker is an American educator with 35 years of experience as teacher, senior administrator, Head of School, and consultant. Bob is a consultant with Carney Sandoe & Associates, which is based in Boston and consults with schools in United States and internationally. The largest consulting firm of its type, Carney Sandoe consults with schools on issues relating to organizational development, leadership transitions, strategic planning, and board governance.
Bob’s consulting is informed by his experience as a Head of School, teacher, and senior school administrator. Prior to his work in schools, Bob spent ten years as a senior administrator in American higher education, including senior leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts and the Pratt Institute in New York City.
In addition to his work with schools and colleges, Bob has served on the Boards of several organizations, including two schools in the United States. He is also the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Foundation for Children, a school reform organization that works with hundreds of public schools throughout the United States.
Mr. Hardin Coleman
Hardin Coleman has spent his career as an educator, counselor, scholar, and administrator, focused on helping adolescents become effectively engaged citizens. After starting as a religion teacher, counselor, and coach at Quaker schools in the Philadelphia area, he spent a year teaching at the Shanghai Teachers University in China. Dr. Coleman then earned his PhD from Stanford University in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on multicultural counseling. He spent 17 years as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he trained school counselors, produced research on the role of cultural identity in student achievement, and rose to the position of Associate Dean of Outreach and Multicultural Initiatives in the School of Education. Since 2008, he has served as Dean of the School of Education at Boston University. There, he has helped the school to focus on using research to improve the practice of education; preparing educators who are leaders in their schools; and meeting the needs of practicing educators through effective professional development. Dr. Coleman is currently involved in the improvement of educational opportunities within the Boston area. He was appointed by Mayor Menino to the External Advisory Council on School Assignment, and has served as well as on the advisory boards for Edvestors and FUEL – non-profits that are driving change in urban education. He serves on the Boston School Committee, the Executive Committee for the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions, is Chair-elect for the Organization of Institutional Affiliates with the American Education Research Association, the board of the Home for Little Wanderers and the Beijing City International School. He is a Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and has numerous publications. He is celebrating more than 30 years of marriage with Gail Coleman and enjoys watching his sons Jesse and Aaron emerge as the next generation of Coleman’s engaged in education.