Senior Leadership Team

The Head

Ms. Ann Haydon (University of Surrey) from Surbiton High School, England

Ms. Haydon took up her position as Head of Harrow School Hong Kong on 1 August 2017. She is the first woman to lead a Harrow School.

After reading Economics and Geography at the University of Surrey, Ms. Haydon completed her PGCE at the University of Nottingham. In 2007 she gained the National Qualification for Headship from the University of London. In 2013 she was awarded a distinction in the Pearson UK. Headteacher of the Year Awards and has gained national recognition for work in leadership, governance, teaching and learning and marketing in Schools. In 2012, Ms. Haydon and her Senior Leadership Team won the Independent Schools ‘Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year’ and in 2013 received the accolade of ‘Outstanding Governing Board of the Year’.

Ms. Haydon has held the position as HMC London Division Secretary and was a member of the HMC Sports Committee. She was a member of the United Learning Heads Reference Group working on strategic developments across a group of Independent Schools and Academies and she has sat on the Governing Body of several Independent Schools in London.

Ms. Haydon was Deputy Head at Guildford High School before taking up the position as Principal of Surbiton High School in 2008, an independent, HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) and IAPC (Independent Association of Prep Schools) School with circa 1500 pupils aged 4 to 18, both of which are consistently placed in the Top Ten Schools in the Times League Tables. Ms. Haydon now has the privilege of leading Harrow Hong Kong.

As a leading educator, Ms Haydon is committed to getting the very best out of young people and preparing them for top universities across the world.

Ms. Haydon’s interests include travel, sport and the arts.

Principal Deputy Head (Curricular)

Miss Annabel Davies (Royal Holloway, University of London) from Surbiton High School, England

Miss Davies graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a B(Mus) degree in Music and then went on to do a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London.

On gaining her teaching qualification Miss Davies started at Ravens Wood School in Kent where she spent time as a Head of Year before becoming Head of Music. She then went to Surbiton High School where she was Assistant Principal in charge of the co-curricular programme and the operational running of the school. She has also worked in both schools on developing teaching and learning and it is something she is very passionate about. 

In her spare time Miss Davies enjoys playing in groups and also teaching on summer music courses. 

Miss Davies is thrilled to be part of the Harrow Hong Kong team its dynamic and thriving community.

Principal Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Mr. Barney Durrant (University College, London) from Stowe School, England

After reading Geography at University College London, Mr. Durrant completed his PGCE at Cambridge University. He spent a year at Sedbergh School in Cumbria, before taking on the role of Deputy House Master at Stowe School in Buckingham, UK. He taught there for fourteen happy years, progressing to Head of Geography and, for the final seven years, took on the role of House Master. Whilst there, he coached the School 1st XV Rugby team and was a coach/selector for the U18 South West England team. He was also a Team Manager and the Secretary of the County Schools Athletics team.

Mr. Durrant joined Harrow Hong Kong when the School opened in September 2012 as the Director of Pastoral Care and Boarding, and in August 2017 he took on the role of Principal Deputy Head (Pastoral). Mr. Durrant has oversight of all of the pastoral matters throughout the School. His main responsibilities include being Chair of the Pastoral Support Committee, coordinator of the Facing Challenges Programme, having a responsibility for discipline and also being the designated person responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding within Harrow Hong Kong.

Mr. Durrant's wife, Charlie, works in the Lower School and his three children are educated at the School. They love being immersed within the School and being a part of the strong community that has developed within it. He coaches rugby at the Hong Kong Football Club and enjoys competing in triathlons and duathlons. He has run the London marathon twice and completed in a half-ironman. However, his main passion is cycling and Mr. Durrant has completed the Etape (stage of the Tour de France) twice and the Marmotte endurance cycling event.

Deputy Head (Academic)

Mrs. Gemma Gibson (University of Glasgow) from North London Collegiate School Jeju, South Korea

‚ÄčMrs. Gibson took up the post of Deputy Head (Academic) at Harrow Hong Kong in August 2017. Her role is focused on the academic life of the School and ensuring all pupils meet their potential.

After reading History at the University of Glasgow, Mrs. Gibson completed further studies in Law (PgDL and LPC) at the University of Law. Her first professional role as a lawyer was at CMS Cameron McKenna in London, a large City firm, where she specialised in Construction Law. In 2005, Mrs. Gibson joined the teaching profession; obtaining a PGCert and training at Finchley Catholic Boys’ School. Two years on, she joined St. Ignatius College as the Head of Law and would later become Assistant Headteacher there for just over five years, before becoming Deputy Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School in 2013. Most recently, she took up her first international senior leadership position at North London Collegiate School, Jeju, South Korea, where she remained for two years before taking up the post in Hong Kong.

Mrs. Gibson has two children who are in the Pre-Prep School and she enjoys leisure pursuits with them such as baking, swimming and cycling. She has travelled the world: studying for a Licence Histoire at the Université de Caen and working in Brussels, North America and Australia; learning Spanish and travelling around South America; and visiting several countries in Asia since living on the continent. She also spends as much time as she can reading and has found the Kindle a revelation for reading on the go.

DEPUTY HEAD (Pupil Wellbeing)

Mr. Ed Nightingale (University of Cambridge) from Dulwich College Beijing, China

Mr. Nightingale grew up in Hong Kong, attending Kellett and Peak Schools at primary level. He was subsequently educated at Port Regis Prep School in Dorset, followed by Eton College in Berkshire. He then read English Literature at Cambridge University.

After graduating, he worked in London as a management consultant for a few years before studying for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education, London University. He then taught for four years in a London comprehensive before moving to Beijing as Head of Sixth Form at Dulwich College, where he coached tennis, led the Model United Nations programme and oversaw university applications.

He joined Harrow Hong Kong when it opened in 2012 and, after seven years as House Master of Churchill House, he took on the role of Deputy Head (Pupil Wellbeing) at the School.

Mr. Nightingale's wife, Bella, is Assistant Head (Academic) at Harrow Hong Kong and their three sons attend the Harrow Early Years and Lower School.

Assistant Head (Academic)

Mrs. Bella Nightingale (University of Reading) from Dulwich College Beijing, China

After reading Film and Drama at the University of Reading, Mrs. Nightingale worked in film production and script development for various companies in Los Angeles and South Africa. She then completed her PGCSE in English at the Institute of Education, University of London and taught at Mill Hill County High School for four years, where she became Deputy Head of English. Since then she has worked at Dulwich College Beijing in the role of Head of English for three years and continued in this post at Harrow Hong Kong for five years.

In her role as Assistant Head Academic, Mrs. Nightingale’s main responsibility is on enriching the quality of teaching and learning across the Upper School. She works in collaboration with all Upper School teachers to ensure Harrow Hong Kong’s curriculum is rich, rigorous and enables all pupils to thrive.

Mrs. Nightingale places great importance on working with those less fortunate; she has taught refugees and asylum seekers English in London and worked for an NGO in Ethiopia. She enjoys travel, reading, running, hiking and being a mother of three little boys.

Assistant Head (Co-Curricular & Organisation)

Miss Laura Yandell (University of London) from Ark Greenwich Free School, England

Miss Yandell graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting, now known as The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a BA Honours degree in Acting. She then went on to do a PGCE in Drama and a Masters in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Miss Yandell worked as a Head of Department at Ravens Wood School in Kent and Sydenham High School in London before becoming Deputy Headteacher in charge of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum at Ark Greenwich Free School in South London.

Miss Yandell has a keen interest in the topic of women and leadership and has read and conducted a lot of research in this area. She is a keen member of the #WomenEd educational movement and has spoken at various conferences regarding the global in-balance of females in leadership roles in the workplace and how this can be changed.

Miss Yandell enjoys travelling, visiting the theatre and reading. She is delighted to be joining the senior leadership team at Harrow International School Hong Kong as Assistant Head Co-curricular and Organisation.

Associate Assistant Head (Data & Tracking)

Mr Darren Bastyan (University of Warwick) from Trinity School, England

Mr Bastyan holds a Mathematics degree from The University of Warwick, a PGCE from Exeter University and a Masters degree in Teaching from The Institute of Education, University of London. He has been teaching Secondary Mathematics and Further Mathematics for more than 10 years, starting at Trinity School, Croydon, where he was appointed Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Scholars' Mentor as well as Head of Cross Country. 

Mr Bastyan was then appointed as Head of Mathematics at Harrow Hong Kong in August 2015 and in August 2019 additionally took on the role of Associate Assistant Head (Data and Tracking). His main responsibility in this role is to empower teachers and house pastoral teams to provide the best education and support for each individual through intelligent use of data. He is excited to be developing this area of the Upper School.

Head of Lower School

Mrs. Kate Gower (Greenwich University) from The Pines School, England

Mrs. Gower holds a BSc. degree in Environmental Earth Science from the University of Greenwich, TEFLA from the British Council Hong Kong and PGCE from King Alfred's, Winchester. She gained her NPQH in 2008 from the NCL UK. Her teaching career to date has included posts in Hong Kong, the Middle East and the UK.  

Mrs. Gower was appointed as Head of Lower School at Harrow Hong Kong in August 2015. She is the Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding at Harrow Hong Kong and sits on the Pastoral Support Committee.

Deputy Head of Lower School (Teaching & Learning)

Mr Gary Hancock (University of East Anglia) from Bangkok Patana School, Thailand

Mr. Hancock holds a BA degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Sports and and PGCE and has been teaching in Lower Schools for over ten years.

Upon graduation, he worked in schools in the East of England before venturing abroad to teach internationally. He has worked in British international schools in China and Thailand where he held a variety middle leader positions, both academically and pastorally. He joined Harrow Hong Kong in August 2015 from Bangkok Patana School.

Mr. Hancock will lead the Lower School on all matters of Teaching and Learning.

Deputy Head of Lower School (Pupil Wellbeing)

Miss Serena Clark (University of West Coast of Scotland) from Ark Globe Academy, England

Ms. Clark holds a BEd degree in Primary Education with a specialism in English and Psychology and a distinction in teaching. 

After graduating, she worked in Bordeaux, France for a period of time before returning to the UK to hold teaching posts in Scotland and England. 

Ms.Clark has relocated to Hong Kong from London; having lived and worked there for the past ten years. Her most recent post was of Vice Principal at Ark Globe Academy, where she was part of a team that gained distinction in the 2014 parliamentary review for raising standards in education. 

Ms.Clark, will lead on all matters of pastoral care and pupil wellbeing in the Lower School. 

Associate Assistant Head of Lower School (Pupil Progress)

Miss Lauren O’Flynn (University of Sheffield) from Discovery Schools Academy Trust, England

Miss O’Flynn joined Harrow Hong Kong in August 2017 and has worked within the Year 2 team, temporarily taking on the position of Year 2 Leader. In August 2019 she took on the role of Associate Assistant Head Pupil Progress. Miss O’Flynn is excited to be developing the use of data in the Lower School to support Teaching and Learning.

Miss O’Flynn holds a BA (Hons) in Primary Education from Sheffield University and qualified as a teacher in 2006. She gained a Masters in Teaching and Learning at the University of Leicester. After teaching across the primary age range, Miss O’Flynn pursued her interest in Inclusion and completed the National Award for SENDCo’s. She has worked as part of the Senior Leadership Team at two schools in Leicestershire, much of this time was focused on pupil wellbeing and inclusion. Miss O’Flynn has also completed the NPQSL with the National College and became a Specialist Leader of Education in 2015, supporting and advising schools on a range of priorities.

Miss O’Flynn lives in one Harrow’s senior boarding houses (Sun House) with her partner, Mr Berner, who has recently taken up the role of Assistant House Master.