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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.

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Teresa Hobbs

Client Services Manager

Teresa returned to Hong Kong last year and before this was based in Oxford for the last ten years as Admissions Registrar at one of the leading girls’ independent day schools in the UK; she brings a strong background in admissions and administration to Top Schools.

Teresa has fifteen years previous experience in Hong Kong working in the fields of interiors, hotels and retail as well as experience as a teaching assistant in an international primary school.

She has two daughters who both started their education in Hong Kong before continuing at an independent girls’ school in Oxford, and recently graduating from a Russell Group university.

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Maureen Ho

Executive Assistant

Maureen is an experienced administrator and office manager with over 9 years’ experience.

She holds qualifications in Business Administration and Business Studies from the University of Wales (UK) and Charles Sturt University (Australia).

She speaks English, Cantonese and Putonghua.

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Jacqueline Yung

Consultant

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.

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Nicola Lewis

Consultant

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.

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Sarah Bowler

Consultant

Sarah has held positions as Head of Admissions and Admissions / Business Development Director at schools in Singapore.

The mother of one child in an ESF school, having previously attended a local school in Singapore, she understands both systems well.

Sarah holds a Montessori Teaching Diploma and has worked in the education field for more than 7 years. She has particular expertise in advising on special needs support and therapies.

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Sophia Liang

Consultant

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Sophia went to various schools with Mandarin, Cantonese and English as the medium of instruction. She has a degree from Hong Kong and an MBA from Warwick Business School in the UK.

Before taking a few years break from her career, Sophia worked in a bank for many years, lastly as a Relationship Manager providing consultancy services to senior colleagues.

Sophia is mother of one daughter attending international primary school in Hong Kong.

She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English at native levels and is keen on building trusted relationship with families to help their children get into the best fit schools.

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Colinna Ip

Consultant

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 involved with her children’s school – 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.

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Meishana Bargh

Senior Recruitment Consultant

With over 10 years of experience in Account Management and Recruitment, Meishana Bargh is passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality of professional recruitment services in the education sector.

Meishana has a background in Human Resource 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.

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Chelly Tsang

Consultant

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.

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Vicky Lam

Consultant

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.