Kellett School in Hong Kong has appointed Paul Tough as its new principal and CEO.
Mr Tough is currently the principal at The British School in Tokyo, Japan, and will join Kellett in April 2024, taking over from Mark Steed. Prior to his post in Japan, Mr Tough was the principal at Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) in Hong Kong, an independent not-for-profit school similar to Kellett in ethos and educational philosophy, also following the English curriculum.
Current head Mark Steed is returning to Britain where he plans to launch an education consultancy, Steed Education, in the autumn.
Rebecca Findlay, currently head of primary at The International School, Kuala Lumpur, will join Kellett as head of Kowloon Bay Prep in Summer 2024, taking over from Samantha Steed.
Ms Findlay is also a Council of British International Schools (COBIS) Peer Accreditor, and prior to her time in Malaysia, was deputy head teacher at The British School in the Netherlands.
Chair of the board, Dr Silvia Pezzini, said: “We very much look forward to welcoming Paul Tough and Rebecca Findlay to Kellett, and have every confidence they will further cement the school’s position as one of the leading British international schools in the world, whilst ensuring each and every student develops a love of learning and confidence for life.”
Diana Vernon, Kellett’s recently appointed educational advisor, will step in as interim principal and CEO from August 2023 to April 2024.
Ms Vernon was principal of Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading schools, for nine years until December 2022, and prior to that headmistress at City of London School for Girls, one of the UK’s leading independent schools.