Meet The Team

Scott Bryan, International Director, WCI

Scott has a thorough understanding of the UK independent sector coupled with a wide range of international experience from more than 20 years working in education. His school leadership experience includes three successful Headships; in the UK, UAE and more recently as a founding Head in Switzerland. He was also Strategic Director at a leading UK Independent School, including responsibility for developing international business. Scott is responsible for developing WCI’s schools’ business and critically to support our current partners as they develop successful Wellington College schools, as well as to ensure the reputation and quality of our establishments overseas.

Chris Woolf, International Director WCI

Chris has spent more than 20 years working in a range of UK and international schools. He trained as a teacher at the University of Cambridge, after studying at the University of St Andrews, including a year at the University of California. His first steps as a teacher came at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. This led to further experiences around the world, most recently in China and the UK, where he was the founding Head of a north London school. Chris completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2012, and is now a facilitator on the UCL/IoE NPQH course for aspiring Headteachers. He has written for the Times Educational Supplement, ‘Sec Ed’ magazine and ‘Teach Secondary’ magazine. He is a Governor of a Harrow primary school and a member of the Department for Education Star Chamber Scrutiny Board.

Clare Hillman, Director of Licensing, WCI

With a background in licensing and franchising, Clare comes from outside the education sector, and joined WCI from Starbucks Coffee Corporation in 2018. There for over 7 years, she led development of the UK franchise business and previously developed licensed relationships and concept co-operation solutions with major businesses in the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors throughout Europe. Clare is responsible for developing WCI’s schools business, as well as developing and expanding our support capabilities and network strength.

Fiona Carter, Director of Education (Primary and Early Years) WCI

Fiona started her educational career as a Primary school teacher in Sheffield and then joined Forces Education in Germany. She joined School Improvement teams, eventually going onto lead Early Years in Reading to implement large scale government improvement projects in the area. A keen interest in education overseas prompted a move to the specialist early years and primary consultancy company, Early Excellence as their International Business Development Manager to lead on training, consultancy and interior classroom design in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Europe. The last four years have seen Fiona based in Shanghai as a Director of Academics for Wellington Colleges China. Fiona has now joined the Wellington International team as their Director of Education to specialise in supporting the Early Years and Primary schools within the group. Speaking at international events and researching high quality and innovative practice across the world by visiting and collaborating with other schools will further enable the Wellington family to be of the highest standard.


Monica Bassan, Wellington College International Office Manager and Project Manager, WCI (currently on maternity leave)

Monica has a professional background in politics, having worked in Parliament for the past 10 years supporting MP’s and most recently a member of the House of Lords – notably known as the President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer – Lord Karan Bilimoria. Monica worked as his Chief of Staff and Parliamentary Researcher and previously studied International Politics at City University, London. Monica is responsible for the overall office management of WCI, leads communications and PR to promote WCI dynamically and effectively on the global stage and supports in market research and business development.

Iain Henderson, Deputy Head Educational Developments and Partnerships (Science), Wellington College

Iain has taught at Wellington since 1993, and now leads on all aspects of Partnership work, locally, nationally and internationally.  He works very closely with WCI to develop programmes ranging from student and staff collaboration and exchanges to CPD and events, to grow the distinctive Wellington DNA and ethos in a context-sensitive way in all of our schools.  This will bring greater connection and consistency in the recognisably Wellington culture and international outlook of our schools. Iain is co-director of the Festival of Education, delivering this fantastic annual event not just in the UK (now in its 12th year and the very best of its kind in the UK) – but also in Tianjin, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Iain is also a leading expert in Coaching in Education, and the courses that he delivers to all of our schools allow us to build up significant and distinctive strength in this key area.

David Wilson, Academic Director, International Partnership Programmes, (Science), Wellington College

David graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Chemistry. He then studied for a postgraduate degree in Education. He has over 20 years experience of teaching in state and independent schools in the UK. He was appointed to Wellington College in 2004 as Head of Chemistry and subsequently as Head of Science. For the past 9 years he has been International Academic Director and his role has been focused on International activities, particularly China. He is an IB examiner and school inspector of international schools.

Edwin Wai, Estates Bursar, Wellington College

Alongside his role as Estates Bursar for Wellington College, Ed supports WCI and our Partners with all aspects of the design and construction of our schools, and ongoing facilities and services matters. Ed is an architect by background, having been a Partner in John Rowan & Partners, London. He has an MSc in Construction Economics & Management from University College London, as well as a first degree in architecture from the University of Hong Kong. On leaving commercial practice, he became first Estates Bursar at Cheltenham Ladies’ College before moving to Wellington in 2019.

Stephen Crouch, Chief Operating Officer, Wellington College

Following an early career with PwC and Ernst & Young, Stephen had roles as FD and Managing Partner in a global consultancy. Stephen joined Wellington College in 2010 and has worked across the UK independent schools and sponsored state academies as well as being involved with Wellington’s international schools since the opening of Tianjin in 2011. Stephen is based at Wellington College UK, acting as Bursar for the College and also as Clerk to the Governing Body.

The team is also supported by Wellington College staff including

James Dahl, 15th Master, Wellington College

Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head Safeguarding (PE) – Safeguarding

Katherine Baker, Director of Legal & Compliance – Legal

Lisa Thompson, Bursary Assistant – administrative and Wellington College co-ordination

Vicky Williams, Head of Marketing – Marketing

Murray Lindo, Director of Wellington Community – alumni and community

as well as many others, to all of whom we are very grateful


We are also privileged to have the invaluable support and guidance from our very active Wellington College International Governors, Helen Stevenson, Felicity Kirk, The Right Honourable Lord Strathclyde and Jill May.

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