As a private and independent school, Canadian International School of Hong Kong is governed by a Board of Governors whose activities are prescribed by Hong Kong law and good practice guidelines set by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). Board members volunteer their time, are not compensated, and do not receive any financial benefit from the School.
Fiduciary responsibility rests with the Board of Governors as they are responsible for the overall stewardship of the School, including establishing the School’s direction and priorities and overseeing its financial and administrative functions. The Board of Governors works closely with the Head of School to ensure the overall success of the School. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head of School and the Senior Administration Team.
The Board is comprised of 15 elected Governors from various community stakeholder groups including alumnae and current parents. Board members are selected based on their capability to dedicate time and energy to the school, their representation of school and community stakeholders, and the match between their skills and resources and those needed for effective governance of the School, including expertise in education, facilities development, finance, fundraising, human resources, information technology and law. The Board holds monthly meetings during the school year, and special meetings as required. In addition to the standing committees of Audit, Development, Finance & Administration, Governance, Parent Liaison and Premises, ad hoc committees form at the Board’s discretion.
As guiding principles, the Board has adopted the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Boards and for Individual Trustees. These principles provide common views on the responsibilities of private independent school boards as well as those of the individual trustees.
Board of Governors 2017/2018