Academic leadership team

Lily Chua
Head of Kindergarten
Lily Chua graduated from Edith Cowan University, Australia, with a bachelors degree in childhood and family education. Read More
Melissa Biglands
Deputy Head of Kindergarten
Specialising in early childhood education and hearing impairment education, Melissa Biglands was educated in Adelaide, Australia. Read More
Liya Zhang
Head of Elementary and Junior High school
Liya Zhang has worked as an educator for more than 35 years. She joined the Middle School Affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ) in Beijing in 1982. Read More
Daniel Boyd
Deputy Head of Bilingual School
Daniel Boyd graduated with honours as a bachelor of education from the University of Wales, Bangor. His career in education has spanned 17 years. Read More
Yynda Thomas
Head of International School
After gaining a bachelors of science (BSc) from Staffordshire University in 2000, Yynda Thomas completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Manchester Metropolitan University. Read More
Hailian Zou
Assistant Head of ICC and Head of Maths
After attaining a bachelors degree in mathematics and applied mathematics from Jiangsu Normal University, Hailian Zou pursued a masters degree in probability and statistics in Zhejiang University. Read More
Tom Banyard
Director of Co-Curricular Programme
Tom Banyard joins RDFZ King’s as director of the co-curricular programme following a very successful period at King’s College School, Wimbledon. Read More
Hélène Compain-Holt
Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care
At her previous school, St Mary’s in Cambridge, Mrs. Compain-Holt has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team with particular responsibility for all matters concerned with boarding. Read More
Laurence Skelding
Director of Studies
Laurence Skelding attended Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire, England, before studying history at the University of Cambridge from 1985 until 1988. He qualified as a teacher in 1993 and has 25 years’ teaching experience. Read More
Mxolisi Valashia
Head of Science
Mxolisi Valashia graduated from the University of Botswana with a bachelors of science in biology, with minor study in chemistry, before gaining a postgraduate diploma in education from the same university. Read More
Javier Hernandez Stalder
Head of Expressive Arts
In recent years, Javier held a number of roles at Raha International School in Abu Dhabi, including director of arts, Middle Years Programme teacher and deputy principal of theatre arts. Read More
Mark Culverhouse
Head of Physical Education
Mark Culverhouse joins RDFZ King College School Hangzhou from King’s College School, Wimbledon, where he was director of senior football. Read More
Daniel Gunn
Head of Computer Science
Prior to joining RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou Daniel Gunn was head of maths and computer science at Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University. Read More
Cristina Paredes
Head of Technology
Cristina began working in education more than 10 years ago, firstly with the SHARE Foundation, a non-profit family maths organisation associated with the University of California, Berkeley. Read More
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