Alice Smith School
Alice Smith School


The Alice Smith Schools Association (“the Association”) was incorporated in 1950 as a company limited by guarantee. The principal activity of the Association is to provide a British education in an international context - focusing on high academic standards, essential life skills and a sense of responsibility to the community, through the Alice Smith School (“the School”). 

The School has an established reputation for excellence, and as a not-for-profit organisation, all the School’s resources are focused on the development and well-being of its students.

All parents of students at the School are members of the Association. The Association holds an Annual General Meeting (“the AGM”) and files audited financial statements in accordance with the Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards, the International Financial Reporting Standards and the legal requirements of the Companies Act 2016 in Malaysia.

The Council of Governors

Under its Constitution, the business of the Association is managed by the Council of Governors (“the Council”). The Council is made up of 15 to 18 governors, comprising:

  • 7 governors nominated by trustee organisations (St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Royal Society of St. George, Selangor St. Andrew’s Society, St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor, Malaysian Australian New Zealand Association, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry); 
  • Up to 10 governors, appointed following their election at the AGM or appointed by the Council (for vacant positions); and 
  • The Chair of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Click links below for details of the skills and backgrounds of each Governor. 

Marama Schnitker (New Zealand)

Marama Schnitker

- Chair of the Council of Governors 
  Chair of the Crisis Task Force
  Member of the Education Futures Sub-committee 
  Member of the Head of School Evaluation Sub-committee 
  Founding member of the Foundation Board

- 10+ years experience as corporate finance lawyer in Australia and South Africa 
  and 10+ years in governance at international schools 

- Bachelor of Commerce (Hons Finance), University of New South Wales, Australia
  Bachelor of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia
  Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales Roll of Solicitors

- Governor since 2012 and Chair since 2017

Dato' Roslan Jaffar (Malaysian)

Dato' Roslan Jaffar

- Chair of the Master Plan Sub-committee
  Member of the Education Futures Sub-committee
  Member of the Head of School Evaluation Subcommittee
  Member of the Crisis Task Force

- Deputy Group Managing Director, Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad
  Member of the Board of Trustees, Sultan Iskandar Foundation
  22+ years experience in corporate and professional services roles
  11+ years in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur

- Bachelor of Engineering, Imperial College London
  Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of United
  Kingdom Oundle School, UK
  United World College of SEA, Singapore

- Governor since 2018 and Vice-Chair since 2021

Grant Ferguson (British)

Grant Ferguson

- Chair of Finance Sub-committee
  Member of Governance Sub-committee 
  Member of the Crisis Task Force

- 30 years in Asia holding senior executive and financial management positions 
  including CFO Astro/CEO Astro International.
  Managing Director TMT Temasek Holdings. 
  10+ years served as an independent advisor and non-executive director 
  of a number of public and private organisations including Speedcast International,
  Inter Milan and UT Group/Astro.

- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accounts in Hong Kong.

- Governor since 2013 and further nominated by the Selangor St. Andrew’s Society in 2016

Joyce Simson (Malaysian)

Joyce Simson

- Member of the Council of Governors

- Certified Executive Coach with experience in professional training and 
  development and 20 years in human resources and organisational development, 
  previously at Maybank and PETRONAS.

- Business Degree, University Malaya 
  MBA, Charles Sturt University, Australia

- Nominated as a governor by St. Mary’s Cathedral in 2015

Maura Quigley (Irish)

Maura Quigley

- Safeguarding Governor
  Member of Education Futures Sub-committee

- BSc Hons Physiotherapy, University of Ulster 
  MSc Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin 
  Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists specialising in 
  Sports  Medicine
  Member of the Health Professionals Council, UK

- Nominated as a governor by the St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor in 2015

Chen Li-Kai (Malaysian)

Chen Li-Kai

- Chair of the Education Futures Sub-committee

- Senior partner at McKinsey & Company
  Formerly the global head of McKinsey’s education practice 

- MSc, University of Reading
  MBA, Harvard Business School

- Governor since 2015

Taryn Yap (Malaysian)

Taryn Yap

- Member of the Masterplan Sub-committee
  Member of the Marketing Sub-committee (previous)

- General Manager, PropSocial Malaysia 
  Head of Marketing, Ministry of Youth & Sports
  20+ years of experience in marketing and advertising. 

- Marketing, Monash University, Melbourne

- Governor since 2018

Ding Jo-Ann (Malaysian)

- Chair of the Governance Sub-committee
  Member of the Finance Sub-committee
  Member of the Crisis Task Force
Council Member

- Principal, Asia at Luminate, a global philanthropic organisation
  Formerly a lawyer and journalist
  Called to the Malaysian Bar in 2003 and formerly practised in areas including 
  medical negligence and general litigation

- Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford
  Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn)
  LLB, Manchester University, United Kingdom

- Governor since 2021

James Tan (Malaysian)

- Member of the Master Plan Sub-committee

- CEO of Suntrack Development Sdn Bhd, a multiple award-winning developer 
  with over 19 years of experience and track record in property development.
  Chairman of the Planning, Policies and Standards Committee under the Selangor 
  branch of the Real Estate Housing Developers Association (REHDA). 
  Chairman of the Retirement Village and Aged Care Subcommittee under REHDA

- Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), University of Warwick, United Kingdom 
  MBA, University of Strathclyde, Scotland 

- Governor since 2021

Marina Kramer (Croatian)

- Member of the Council of Governors
  Current PTA Chair
  Chair of the KLASS 75th Diamond Gala Ball (2021-2022)

- Project Manager in non-for-profit organisations, specialising in
  projects involving peace and conflict impact assessment, media
  development, educational cooperation, gender, work with political
  parties, governmental and inter-governmental organisations and
  development cooperation in Asia and Europe

- E.MA in Human Rights and Democratisation; European Inter-University Centre
  for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Venice, Italy & Université Libre de Bruxelles, The Perelman
  Centre for Legal Philosophy, Brussels, Belgium “Professor” (equiv. MA degree) in English Language and 
  Literature and French Language and Literature; University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia

- Governor since 2022

Kenneth Tan (Malaysian)

- Member of the Council of Governors

- Currently serving as director with financial, project management and investment 
  portfolios within the Sanctuary Lakes Global Group. Previously attached to
  Arthur Andersen & Co, specialising in small to medium sized owner-managed
  enterprises. Past President and current Chairman of the Selangor Philharmonic 

- A graduate of Upper Canada College in Toronto, Canada
  Bachelor of Commerce (Hons - First Class) from Queen’s University    

- Current member of CPA Canada and the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Ontario, with the
  designations of Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant

- Nominated as a Governor by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Selangor in 2022

Norinne Dewal (Malaysian)

- Member of the Governance Sub-committee
  Member of the Education Futures Sub-committee
  Member of the Crisis Task Force

- Partner at Sreesanthan & Co. with over 18 years of experience in corporate
  and commercial law
  Called to the Malaysian Bar in 2003
  Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2001        
- LLB (Hons), University of Bristol
  MA International Business & Management, University of Westminster
  Barrister-at-law of Lincoln’s Inn   

- Governor since 2022

Malcolm Jones (British)

- Heath, Safety & Cybersecurity Governor
  Safeguarding Governor
  Member of the Governance Subcommittee
  Member of the Master Plan Subcommittee
  Member of the Crisis Task Force

- Vice President with Shell, responsible for wells activities across East Asia
  and Australasia
  Over 26 years in the  Energy industry, holding various roles
  across Asia, Europe and North America  

- UK Chartered Engineer
  Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  MSc Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College, London
  MEng Aeronautical Engineering, City University, London

- Governor since 2022

Andrew Bowes (British)

- Member of the Council of Governors
  Sustainability Governor

- Political Counsellor (Global Issues) at British High Commission Kuala Lumpur

- 25 years in HM Diplomatic Service with roles in Africa, South East Asia and Europe

- MA (Hons) Modern History, St Andrews University

- Governor since 2022

Timur Umetayev (Ukrainian)

Marama Schnitker

- Member of the Finance Sub-committee

- Chief product and digital officer of Time dotCom
  Previously, partner with McKinsey and Company 

- Bachelor of Science in International Trade, University of Economics, Prague
  Czech Republic

- Governor since 2023

Norman Metzner (German)

Marama Schnitker

- Member of the Finance Sub-committee

- Associate Partner McKinsey & Company focusing on Digital & Analytics for   Financial Services Institutions 
  Previously IT project manager at Daimler

- Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, University of Oxford, UK
  Master in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK


All governors are volunteers and collectively give their time, skills and energy to further the long-term best interests of the School. 

Governors are not representatives of the parents who elected them or the respective trustee organisation which nominated them but instead are required by law to make decisions in the long-term best interests of the School as a whole: governing for current and future students of the School.

Decisions are made by the Council as a collective and no individual governor on their own, including the Chair, has any decision making authority.

The Role of the Council 

Council’s role is to function at a strategic level in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Association. As such, Council’s core functions are to:

Council’s sole employee is the Head of School to whom Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of the school. The Head of School is accountable to Council for the educational performance of the school and its students and the performance management of staff.

Council meets twice a term to consider strategic matters relevant to the core functions mentioned above. More detailed work takes place through the subcommittees which meet more frequently.

Council's Subcommittees

The sub-committees are made up of 2-3 governors, the Head of School (and other relevant members of school leadership) and parent members of the Association who have the specific expertise and skills required for the relevant sub-committee. Strategic agenda items and recommendations made by the sub-committees are then raised at full Council Meetings for discussion and approval as required. Role of the different sub-committees are described below.

EducationThe EFC works with school leadership at a strategic level on matters of academic achievement, curriculum, quality of learning and teaching, pastoral care, including short and long term educational planning. 
FinanceThe FSC provides financial oversight for the school, sets financial policies and monitors and advises the Council of Governors about the School’s overall financial health and its long term financial sustainability. 
GovernanceThe GSC ensures the Council of Governors operates effectively and in accordance with international standards of governance practice.
Masterplan The MPS provides strategic and consultative assistance for implementation and construction of the School’s Master plan across both campuses. The MPS also ensures that there are appropriate procedures for cost estimation, competitive tendering, administration and project management.
Foundation BoardThe Foundation Board provides strategic direction and leadership as well as oversees the governance and management of the Alice Smith School Foundation. 
Head of School Evaluation Sub-committeeThe HoSEC sets goals as well as evaluates the performance of the HoS. 

Council also has a Safeguarding Governor and a Health & Safety Cybersecurity Governor who take leadership responsibility for ensuring the school’s safeguarding, child protection and health and safety arrangements comply with international best practice.  In addition to Council’s subcommittees, task forces are used by Council to undertake specific short-term tasks.

Head of Policy and Governance

The administration of Council matters is managed by the Head of Policy and Governance. The Head of Policy and Governance has a pivotal role in ensuring the Council follows best practice governance processes and protocols and in assisting Council to achieve its annual and long-term strategic goals. The Head of Policy and Governance also acts as a key conduit between the Council and the School’s executive leadership team. 

If you have any questions about the Council of Governors or would like to get in touch about volunteering as a parent member on a subcommittee, please e-mail Ms. Karyn Khoo at [email protected].