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About Us

Our Story

Chatteris exists to support young people in Hong Kong with their English language learning.

The foundation was started in 1990 when our founding trustees launched a volunteering scheme of visits to local secondary schools to provide students with extra opportunities to practise their English.

Realising a far larger scheme was needed, the trustees formed the Chatteris Educational Foundation and started raising funds to bring English tutors to Hong Kong to be placed in schools. Although a lot has changed in this time, we have always remained true to the lessons learnt by our founding trustees when volunteering all those years ago. Offering students opportunities for authentic, relaxed, and communicative use of English transforms their views of the language, especially for those from challenging socio-economic backgrounds, and our enthusiastic and committed tutors continue to provide such opportunities to this day.

Today, Chatteris places a team of approximately 60 English tutors full time in over 30 partner schools across three different age groups: primary, secondary and post-secondary. We also run short courses for schools, experiential learning opportunities for students, and deliver multiple community outreach initiatives to serve less privileged groups in Hong Kong society.

Our Values

Compassion

Commitment

Cultural Exchange

Collaboration

Creativity

Chatteris Educational Foundation Board of Trustees

Chatteris is overseen by an experienced and active board of trustees with backgrounds in education, law, finance, and human resources.

  • Ms Sally Cheung – Retired Senior Financial Executive;
  • Dr. Gary James Harfitt – Principal of Good Hope School, Former Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong;
  • Margaret Kwee – Founding Trustee and Former Chairman of the Board;
  • SK Leung – Acting Chairman of the Board, Former Principal Assistant Secretary at EDB, Independent Professional Consultant on School Development, Mentor of Hong Kong Gifted Apprentice Programme, HKAGE;
  • Dr. Yuen Yi Lo – Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong;
  • John Ng – Management Consultant. Former Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen, and Regional Auditor and Management Executive of American Express;
  • Nicole Tavares – Senior Lecturer and MA(TESOL) Programme Director, Academic Unit of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong;
  • Isabelle Young – Treasurer, Retired Senior Tax Partner at PwC;
  • Evelyn Fergusson – Honorary Founding Trustee.

Education Committee

  • Dr. Gary James Harfitt – Principal of Good Hope School, Former Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
  • Betty Leung – Former Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Language Learning Support) at EDB. Consultant for various English Language teacher training programmes in Hong Kong and in the Mainland.
  • SK Leung – Chairman of the Education Subcommittee, Acting Chairman of the Board, Former Principal Assistant Secretary at EDB, Independent Professional Consultant on School Development, Mentor of Hong Kong Gifted Apprentice Programme, HKAGE.
  • Dr. Yuen Yi Lo – Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
  • Raymond Ng – Former CEO of Chatteris Educational Foundation, Former Senior Curriculum Development Officer at the EDB.
  • Nicole Tavares – Senior Lecturer and MA(TESOL) Programme Director, Academic Unit of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Nancy Woo – Member, Board of Governors, Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Guest Lecturer, The Education University of Hong Kong. Academic Counsellor and IMC member of HKUGA College. Former Member, Board of Governors, Centennial College, University of Hong Kong. Former Principal, King’s College.

HR and Finance Committee

  • Sally Cheung – Retired Senior Financial Executive.
  • SK Leung – Acting Chairman of the Board, Former Principal Assistant Secretary at EDB, Independent Professional Consultant on School Development, Mentor of Hong Kong Gifted Apprentice Programme, HKAGE.
  • John Ng – Management Consultant. Former Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen, and Regional Auditor and Management Executive of American Express.
  • Isabelle Young – Chairman of the HR and Finance Subcommittee, Treasurer, Retired Senior Tax Partner at PwC.

Community Engagement Committee

  • Douglas W.M. Fergusson – Chairman of the Community Engagement Subcommittee. Retired Chairman of Prudential Financial Asia, Executive Committee of the International Chief Executives Organisation, and Pacific Basin Economic Council.
  • Dr. Gary James Harfitt – Principal of Good Hope School, Former Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
  • Dr. Yuen Yi Lo – Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
  • Libby Vaughan – Senior IT Executive, Former CEO of the American Club Foundation, Board Director and Founder of the Cambodian Children’s Fund, Hong Kong chapter. Board Member of Kids4Kids and Volunteer within Asian Charity Services.

Talking to different people is one of my interests and being able to speak English in the school makes me more confident to speak. It helps me enhance my English speaking skills, and my family only speaks Cantonese at home, so it is a great opportunity to prepare for the future.”

Alex, student, Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College

What We Do

If You Are A SCHOOL...

Impact Students

Offering them
an authentic and
engaging English
environment in
their school

If You Are An NGO...

Impact The Community

Collaborating with
other charities across
Hong Kong to offer
beneficiaries English
learning opportunities

If You Are A DONOR...

Impact Hong Kong

Connecting local businesses and
organisations with schools to
grant students a chance to
overcome the growing
inequality gap

If You Are A GRADUATE...

Impact Development

Professionally developing
our team of tutors to
give them skills for life
in education or
other sectors

Chatteris Milestones

1990

Our founding trustees and volunteers visited schools during their free time, providing extra opportunities for students to practise English inside and outside of the classroom.

1992

Our founding trustees begin to fundraise and support English tutors from the UK and Canada to work in Hong Kong. Two Chatteris Tutors start work in a Hong Kong secondary school.

2001

80 English Tutors, mostly from the UK, Canada, and the USA work in primary and secondary schools across Hong Kong.

2006

Chatteris switches to only hiring university graduates as English Tutors, creating a comprehensive Graduate Development Programme.

2007

Chatteris starts to work with post-secondary schools across Hong Kong.

2015

Chatteris begins our “One for One, Adopt a School” programme for secondary schools. This involves fundraising on behalf of deserving schools with students from challenging backgrounds, allowing them access to a partnership of two Chatteris English Tutors.

2018

Chatteris places over 100 graduate English Tutors from 18 different countries across Hong Kong primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.

2019

Chatteris begins our “One for One, Adopt a School” programme for primary schools in Hong Kong.

Meet Our Team

Chatteris is a team of almost 100 people all working together to support young people in Hong Kong and fulfill our mission of empowering them with English proficiency and self-confidence. Each year’s cohort of tutors is supported by our experienced Programme Director Team, committed Programme Managers, and dedicated back office administrative support.

Our Programme Director Team

Ben Weetman
Chief Executive Officer
(BA, MA, PGCEi)

Ben began working for Chatteris in 2006 as an English Tutor, and has held various positions within Chatteris since this time across all areas of the foundation, becoming Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.

Margaret Kwan
Programme Director
(BA, MA, MSc)

Margaret began working for Chatteris in 2006 and has held various leadership positions during this time. Margaret now oversees our English Development Programme for schools and Graduate Development Programme for our tutors, and has a particular interest in increasing the use of technology in English language education.

Mariana Ganusiak
Programme Director
(BA, EdS)

Mariana joined Chatteris in January 2021. She is in charge of the management and development of school programmes at primary and secondary levels, including planning, design, implementation and evaluation.

Ioana Ciuchi
Programme Manager -
Head of Development
and Partnerships (BS, MSc)

Ioana joined the Chatteris team in November 2022. She oversees fundraising, development, communications and the flagship “One for One, Adopt a School” project.