Board Chairman’s Message and Welcome to new AISFL Board Members

On Behalf of your Board of Governors, I would like to take this opportunity, the final day of Term 4 2017, to express my sincere thanks to students, staff and parents as well as the many supportive members of this community for their tireless contributions to the School, and for yet another successful year.

The myriad events and achievements of AISHK throughout this year reflect a true commitment to the School’s mission. This is truly evident through events such as yesterday’s Speech Day ceremonies, which acknowledged and particularly celebrated AISHK students; our best ambassadors, both within and beyond the school walls.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Mr David Shirley (Head of Primary) and Mr Howard West (Head of Secondary) for their tremendous job in leading the School over the past year, in their role as Acting Head of School. They have worked closely with their fellow executive team to ensure our school remains true to our values and strong in our commitment to providing a premier, international education.

As we look to the year ahead, we are sure you will join us in warmly welcoming our new Head of School, Mr Mark Hemphill, as he assumes his role from the commencement of the school year.

As we do each year, your Board of Governors continues to assess the school through external reviews inviting staff and parent feedback. Though we recognise our strengths and achievements as a School, it is crucial to our growth that we identify areas for improvement as highlighted in these forums. An overview of the feedback from this year’s surveys will be shared in the upcoming 2017 Annual Review. We have also given due consideration to strategies to ensure continued representation of the different stakeholders in our network and their valuable voices and perspectives, as we move forward as a school Board of Governors.

With this in mind, I am pleased to announce two new appointments to the Australian International School Foundation Limited (AISFL) Board, whose introductions are shared below. Both bring to the Board a combination of personal and professional passion for the field of education, with students having attended or attending AISHK, paired with extensive experience in their respective fields of work. Please join me in warmly welcoming them in their new roles.

Finally, I wish you a relaxing break and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Tom Corkhill  |  AISFL Board Chairman


Tracy Gliddon | AISFL Board Governor

We welcome Mrs Tracy Gliddon as a newly appointed AISFL Board member. Tracy brings with her over 14 years of working experience in the financial and property development industry and 2.5 years of school development and stakeholder engagement experience from an international school.

With two children at the school who are currently in Year 6 and Year 8 Tracy has been active in volunteering through various school activities at AISHK, from community events and Open Days, to her Class Parent Representative role. Tracy comes with great insight into the education field, having played an integral role at an international school in Hong Kong, namely in the development and execution of a community outreach strategy to expand the school’s profile.

Prior to this, Tracy’s career started at Morgan Stanley where she completed a 4-month Graduate Trainee Program in the New York City headquarters. She stayed with Morgan Stanley for over 13 years moving from local role to regional roles within global teams, and successfully built two regional functions and teams from scratch in Hong Kong and Shanghai offices respectively when she was with the IT Compliance, Risk and Security Division. After Morgan Stanley, she joined K. Wah International Limited, a Hong Kong based property developer, to head the Operations Department focusing on internal process and operations improvement for the company.

On the academic front, Tracy received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with First Class Honor. She also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

We trust her experience in both the commercial and education field, and expertise in risk management domain will be a great addition to the AISFL board.


Ben Coxon  |  AISFL Board Governor and Chair of Facilities Committee

We welcome Ben Coxon who was appointed as an AISFL Board member in August of this year.  With one daughter who has just completed Year 7 at AISHK, and as current Chair of the Facilities Committee, Ben brings a keen interest in and passion for the importance of education, and extensive experience in Board environments with diverse cultural compositions.

Currently, Ben is the Country Manager, Greater China for Aurecon, where he has worked for 29 years in a variety of management and consulting roles including the leading, designing and delivering of significant structural engineering and multi-disciplinary engineering projects in the Built Environment space. Ben is an Executive Director on the Aurecon Group Board and several subsidiary Boards.

Ben’s previous educational Board experience also includes his tenure as Chair of the Facilities Committee at Kings College at the University of Queensland, where, in addition to overseeing regular improvements and enhancements, he played an integral role in the delivery of a new accommodation wing for the College. Ben continues his support as an active Alumni contributor in kind to educational institutions including Kings College.

Ben holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Engineering (Hons 2A) Civil Engineering (University of Queensland) and is also an Alumni of The Darden Business School at The University of Virginia, USA. A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of Engineers Australia, Ben is a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland. We look forward to welcoming Ben and his wealth of global experience to the AISFL Board.