Our Senior Leadership Team

Welcome to Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai).

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 shared 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 Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) and Yew Wah International Education Schools (YWIES), with locations in:

  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Qingdao
  • Chongqing
  • Yantai
  • Shenzhen
  • Rizhao
  • Guangzhou
  • Tongxiang
  • Silicon Valley, USA

Each school, while operating under the auspices 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 Shanghai, the School Leadership Team consists of the International and Chinese Co-Principals and the School Business Manager.

While the Co-Principals’ primary focus is on the learning programmes, student welfare, and the leadership of the academic staff, the School Business Manager oversees non-academic areas. Together, they function as a unified team with overall responsibility for every area of school operation.

YCIS Shanghai is registered with the Ministry of Education as a School for Children of Foreign Nationals. It is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT). The school is an authorised provider of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination by Cambridge Assessment International Education and is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) through the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

Campuses in Puxi

YCIS Shanghai Puxi Co-Principal Mr. Andrew Mellor

Mr Andrew Mellor
Ronghua Campus – ECE and Primary
Hongqiao Campus – Primary

Mr Andrew Mellor joined YCIS Shanghai as Co-Principal of the Hongqiao Campus in 2010. As of 2017, Mr Mellor also serves as Co-Principal of the Ronghua Campus. Mr Mellor holds a master’s degree in Educational Studies, a Diploma of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University of South Australia. Prior to joining YCIS, Mr Mellor gained experience in a range of different school settings in Australia, working as a teacher, an educational psychologist, and a special education consultant. In addition, Mr Mellor has held principal positions in government-run and independent private schools for the past 20 years.

YCIS Shanghai Puxi Co-Principal Ms. Isabel Xu

Ms Isabel Xu
Ronghua Campus – ECE and Primary
Hongqiao Campus – Primary
Gubei Campus – Secondary

Ms Isabel Xu joined YCIS Shanghai in 2006 as the group leader for Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL) and Chinese as a First Language (CFL). In 2013, she attained YCIS Master Teacher status for her teaching excellence. In 2014, Ms Xu was appointed as a Co-Principal of the Gubei Campus, and in 2017 she also assumed the role of Co-Principal for the Hongqiao and Ronghua Campuses. Ms Xu holds bachelor’s degrees in Chinese Language and Literature and Law from East China Normal University and East China University of Political Science and Law respectively. Prior to joining YCIS, she worked in key public schools in the UK and Shanghai.

YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus Co-Principal Richard Swann

Dr Richard Swann
Gubei Campus – Secondary

Dr Richard Swann has been a Co-Principal at Gubei Campus since 2013. During his tenure at universities, and independent and international schools in Australia, the US, Asia, and the Middle East, he oversaw the alignment of student learning with international standards, accreditation leadership, and curriculum development. Dr Swann holds two bachelor’s degrees (Music and Education), a Master of Education, a PhD (Florida State University), and Certificates of International School Leadership and Business Leadership.

Campuses in Pudong

YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Campus Co-Principal Damien Hehir

Mr Damien Hehir
Regency Park Campus – ECE and Primary
Century Park Campus – Primary

Mr Damien Hehir joined YCIS Shanghai in 2001 as a Primary Classroom and Music Teacher at the Gubei Campus. He moved to the Regency Park Campus in 2006, initially as a Primary Co-ordinator. He became a Vice Principal in 2008 and was appointed Co-Principal in 2012. Mr Hehir holds a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education from the University of South Australia, and a master’s degree in Education (Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath. Prior to joining YCIS, he spent 10 years teaching in Australia.

YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Co-Principal Mary Yu

Ms Mary Yu
Regency Park Campus – ECE and Primary
Century Park Campus – Primary

Ms Mary Yu graduated from East China Normal University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She joined YCIS Shanghai in 2000 as a Chinese Co-Teacher. Throughout her years at YCIS, her teaching experience ranged from Year 1 Chinese to Year 13 IBDP Chinese Literature. In 2005, Ms Yu was promoted to Chinese Co-ordinator, and in 2008 she became Vice Principal. In 2010, Ms Yu was appointed as the Chinese Co-Principal of the Regency Park and Century Park campuses.

YCIS Shanghai Co-Principal Century Park Campus Fred Runkel

Mr Fred Runkel
Century Park Campus – Secondary

Mr Fred Runkel joined YCIS Shanghai as the Co-Principal of the Century Park Campus in 2014. Mr Runkel has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia College in the US. After teaching for 11 years in the US, he began his international career in Germany at the International School of Stuttgart. Following his tenure there, Mr Runkel was appointed as the Director of the Franconian International School, where he served for 13 years.

YCIS Shanghai Co-Principal Century Park Campus Jane Xie

Ms Jane Xie
Century Park Campus – Secondary

Ms Jane Xie is the Chinese Co-Principal of the Secondary Section at the Century Park Campus. Ms Xie graduated from Shanghai University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. After graduation, she worked as a Chinese language teacher in a prominent high school in Shanghai. Ms Xie joined YCIS Shanghai in 2004 and was promoted to Chinese First Language Group Leader in 2008. Throughout her years at YCIS, her teaching experienced ranged from Year 4 to Year 13, including the IBDP Chinese A: Language and Literature course.

School Operation

YCIS Shanghai's Rita Chen

Ms Rita Chen
Director of School Business Operations, and
School Business Manager, YCIS Shanghai

As a member of the Executive Board (EB), Ms Rita Chen reports to the CEO and works alongside other members of the EB and corporate staff. She also serves as the School Business Manager for YCIS Shanghai, and as Director of School Business Operations she supervises the school business operations of all mainland China YCIS and YWIES schools. Ms Chen has been a member of the YCIS Shanghai staff for 22 years. In 2010, she assumed the role of Assistant General Manager, and from 2011, she took on the added responsibility as Head of Human Resources Division (HRD) of the school. In 2013, Ms Chen was promoted to the role of Deputy General Manager (School Operations), while continuing her role as Head of HRD. In 2014, Ms Chen was promoted to the position of General Manager (School Operations). Ms Chen holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Trade, and Master of Public Administration, both from Shanghai Jiaotong University. She is also a Certified Human Resource Professional.

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