Speaker's Forum

Harrow Hong Kong is proud to welcome inspirational and thought-provoking speakers from a variety of sectors to address pupils, staff and parents on topical issues at its popular Speaker's Forum.

programme for spring term 2019:
Date & Time Venue Speaker
Wednesday 9th January 
Lecture Theatre

Richard Gardener & Phyllis Marwah
Mother's Choice
Mother's Choice is a Hong Kong charity that has provided and promoted loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes, and for single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies since 1987.

Richard Gardener is currently Assistant Director and Head of Volunteer Engagement at Mother’s Choice. He also acts as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Mother’s Choice Limited. Between 1994 and 2002, Mr Gardener was a full time volunteer with Mother’s Choice, returning to take up the post of Director, Operations in April 2012. He held this position until 'retiring' from the Executive Management team and taking on responsibility for Volunteer Engagement in November 2017. Prior to rejoining Mother’s Choice in 2012, Mr Gardener was General Manager of the Oasis Group of Companies based in Hong Kong. He has an extensive background in banking, finance, operations and administration gained over 40 years. He worked for a major international bank for 24 years in the UK, Europe, USA and latterly Hong Kong. Originally from the UK, Mr Gardener has been a Hong Kong resident for the past 32 years. Married to Sheila, they have four children and three grandchildren.

Phyllis Marwah is a co-founder of Mother's Choice. She grew up in Taos, New Mexico, and studied education at Grace College, the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington. She has lived in Hong Kong since 1974. Ms Marwah has helped to grow Mother's Choice from a small group of concerned friends to an organisation that has impacted thousands in Hong Kong and inspired sister organisations in India, China and Cambodia. She is also a mother to seven children, and grandmother to ten grandchildren. Ms Marwah's children live in Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles, and have been inspired by her work with women and children in Asia.

Wednesday 16th January


Lecture Theatre Stan Shea
Bloom HK

Stan Shea is the Marine Programme Director of BLOOM Association Hong Kong (BLOOM HK). He holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Oxford Brookes University and an M.Phil in Ecology and Biodiversity from the Swire Marine Institute of Science (SWIMS) from HKU, where he completed a Master's thesis on the abundance and diversity of corallivorous chaetodontid (butterfly fish) species as an indicator of coral reef health in Hong Kong.

BLOOM HK is a marine conservation organisation dedicated to independent research, education and lobbying work related to shark and marine protection. As BLOOM’s resident marine scientist, Mr Shea has given seminars to more than 4,000 people in Hong Kong, the audience ranging from schoolchildren to corporate leaders and government officials. Internationally, he is deeply involved with the work of combating the unsustainable trade of threatened shark species through enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulations.

Locally, Mr Shea conducts underwater dive surveys to identify and record the reef fishes of Hong Kong. He has also been involved for many years as a Team Scientist of the Hong Kong Reef Check, and co-authored in a published book documenting seven years of local reef fish records. Other research projects currently overseen by Mr Shea include Mobulid gill plate trade dynamics and shark fin trade species composition in both Hong Kong and mainland China.

Wednesday 23rd January


Lecture Theatre

Sara Garner

Retykle is Asia’s first online consignment platform for buying and selling outgrown high end children’s fashion. They aim to keep kids clothing in circulation for longer, and provide a great way for eco-conscious parents to reduce waste in the fashion industry without compromising on quality. Sarah Garner started Retykle in 2016 after having her first son, Henry, and seeing the need for a better way to minimise the waste of outgrown/unused children’s clothes. Retykle was born to make parents’ lives easier and be an eco-conscious platform that helps minimise waste within the fashion industry. They now buy and re-sell both pre-loved and new children’s clothing and accessories.

Wednesday 27th February 

Lecture Theatre

The Girl Behind the Face HK
Celebrating resilience, Confronting prejudice
The Thomas Family will share their family story of resilience with pupils, staff and parents at Harrow Hong Kong.
The Thomas Family talk raises awareness of visible differences, cyberbullying and commitment. Through the family’s
actions and experiences, they hope to empower others and challenge attitudes.