Our School Leadership Team
The Yew Chung Education Foundation is based in Hong Kong and is governed by an Executive Board operating under the leadership of our Director, Dr Betty Chan.
A common Mission and Vision Statement, along with a Foundation-wide Strategic Plan, guides all areas of activity and establishes the key direction, core values, and overarching policies covering the many areas of Foundation activity. This includes a growing number of YCIS and YWIES schools, including locations in:
• Hong Kong
• Silicon Valley, USA
Each school, while operating under the auspice of the Executive Board, is encouraged to develop its own unique character, learning programmes, facilities and personnel, and to respond to the local needs of its community, in keeping with the Foundation’s Mission and Vision. The responsibility for the management of the school rests with a School Leadership Team which is itself directly accountable to the Executive Board. In the case of YCIS Beijing, the School Leadership Team consists of The Chinese and Western Co-Principals, and the Business Manager.
While the Co-Principals’ primary focus is on the learning programmes, student welfare and the leadership of the academic staff, and the Business Manager exercises oversight of non-academic areas; all three function as a unified team with overall responsibility for all areas of school operation.
YCIS Beijing is registered with the Ministry of Education as a School for Children of Foreign Nationals. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and is an authorised provider of the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education. We are also accredited by the local education authorities.
Christine Xu joined YCIS Beijing in 1997 and has been the Chinese Co-Principal of the school since 2008. Prior to her Co-Principal appointment, Ms Xu worked as a Chinese Co-Teacher and Chinese Curriculum Co-ordinator at YCIS Beijing. She was also appointed Co-ordinator of Chinese Department in 2006. As an incredibly experienced teacher she has taught external Chinese examinations in IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme.
Ms Xu holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature and a master’s degree in Education Management from Beijing Normal University.
Dr Timothy Gray
Dr Timothy Gray joined YCIS Beijing as Western Co-Principal in August 2018. Dr Gray has had a long and successful career in international education – most recently at the Seoul Foreign British School, where he served as principal since 2006. He has also been Principal of The British Embassy School in Ankara, Turkey, and Assistant Principal of Al Ain English Speaking School in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In addition to his work in international schools, Dr Gray was also Principal of Great Budworth Primary School, Cheshire, UK, from 2000 to 2006.
In January 1999, Dr Gray was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to British education overseas and in 2011, he gained his Doctorate in Education from the University of Nottingham, UK.
Fanny Du is Business Manager at YCIS Beijing. She holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Beijing Zhenhau Tourism School and has nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality and property management industries, holding various managerial positions including Director of Rooms and Deputy General Manager. Her extensive experience has provided her with strong knowledge and understanding of operations management, including strategic planning and development, team management, cost controlling and budgeting. Prior to joining YCIS Beijing, she was the General Manager of Merrill Gardens Senior Living Community in Harbin.