Ruth Benny

Head Girl

The founder of Top Schools, Ruth has over 20 years’ experience in the education system in Hong Kong. She has the advantage of many years in different areas of education – as a teacher, a teacher-trainer, a parent and now advisor for both the local and international sectors.

Ruth writes and speaks about private and international schools for parents, corporations and other groups. She is a frequent contributor to local media including the SCMP, Playtimes and Sassy Mama and generally regarded as the go-to expert on this topic.

Originally from the UK, Ruth has been in Hong Kong for over 22 years and is the mother of two children.

Top Schools Team Samantha

Samantha Carrington

Marketing Communications Manager

Samantha has been living in Hong Kong for over 2 decades, working for most of her career in marketing communications roles within the hospitality and event management industries.

She brings a strong creative and content marketing background and is passionate about staying up-to-date with the technology forces of the future.

Born and raised in Derbyshire (UK), Samantha holds a BA(Hons) degree in Tourism Management from London Southbank University. She has two teenage daughters and enjoys the village lifestyle in Sai Kung.

Top Schools Team Meishana

Meishana Bargh

Senior Search Consultant, Education

With over 10 years of experience in Account Management and Recruitment, Meishana is passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality of professional recruitment services in the education sector as well as having expertise over the multitude of schools in Hong Kong to better servce her clients.

Meishana has a background in Human Resources Management and has worked at the University of Sydney for a number of years as a Client Engagement Manager for Sydney Talent. Originally from Australia, Meishana has been in Hong Kong for over 4 years.


Jacqueline Yung


Jacqui was born, and spent her primary and lower secondary education in HK. She experienced upper secondary school and University in the UK.

A keen musician, Jacqui speaks fluent Cantonese, English and Putonghua, as well as conversational Korean.

Jacqui has been at Top Schools for four years and works primarily with Chinese speaking families.


Nicola Lewis


With a legal background, Nicola has more recently been working for a multinational company specializing in school placements across Asia. She has an excellent understanding of different curricula and the challenges of moving families across continents.

Nicola has spent nearly two decades in Hong Kong and with three children she fully understands the need for proper planning to meet the individual requirements of families.

She has personal experience of navigating both the local and international schools in Hong Kong and transitioning between these systems.


Chelly Tsang


Chelly was born in Hong Kong and was educated in Hong Kong and the UK.

After graduation, she worked in Corporate Banking and Private Banking as a Relationship Manager where she worked closely with and high net-worth clients as well as several international school clients in Hong Kong.

She speaks English, Cantonese & Mandarin. Chelly works primarily with Chinese speaking families.


Vicky Lam


Vicky was born in Canada, attended Yew Chung International School for primary and secondary then returned to Canada for tertiary where she obtained her Bachelors degree.

After graduating, Vicky worked as Admissions Officer and then Admissions Manager at two international schools in Hong Kong. Vicky, with her many years of experience of working in schools looking to recruit students now works with families looking to have schools recruit their children, particularly Chinese speaking families.

Vicky speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin.


Colinna Ip


Colinna is a Hong Konger with a strong marketing background in the hospitality industry. She studied in Hong Kong and Switzerland. She is well versed in the challenges of selecting the right school for a child and has been heavily invilved eith her childen;s scho – in class and extracurricular activities – as an active PTA member. 

Her two children attend a private independent school and are both trilingual. Colinna speaks Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Indonesian Bahasa.