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 (Extra-Curricular & External Relationships)

Miss Nikki Woodroffe (Loughborough University) from St. Benedict’s School, England

After reading Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreational Management at Loughborough University, Miss Woodroffe completed her PGCE and worked at Bedales School for six years, in the role of Head of Girls' PE and Games.

Since then, she has worked at HMC and GSA Boarding and Day schools in the UK. After becoming Director of Sport at Sherborne School for Girls, at Kelly College, she was also in charge of the Navy CCF section, Principal of an RYA Sailing School and Assistant House Mistress of an international boarding house. She joins the School from St. Benedict's School, where she was Director of Sport, with experience in Army CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Miss Woodroffe's first job is the day to day running of the extra-curricular life here at Harrow Hong Kong, coordinating and supporting the work of the Art, Drama, Music and Sport departments as well as the charity and service life of the School. As Educational Visits Coordinator, she oversees the School's trips and expeditions. She works closely with the Marketing and Communications department and others stakeholders in the External Relationships aspect of her role.

She has played hockey for the British Armed Forces and England and enjoys all sport.  She is a snowboard instructor and enjoys offshore yacht racing, competing worldwide. She helped lead a sailing expedition to the Arctic for British Military injured soldiers injured in 2012, before completing the Northwest passage in 2014 and winning the Seascape National Championships in 2015. More recently, she became a Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor.

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.

She lives with her husband and two teenage children, who are pupils at the School.

Deputy Head of Lower School

Mrs. Anna Karacan (University of Manchester) from St. Margaret’s Prep School, England

Mrs. Karacan holds a BA (Hons) in European Theatre Arts from the University of Manchester and completed her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. She gained EYPS in 2006 from Bath Spa University and moved to Harrow Hong Kong as Head of Early Years for the opening of the School in 2012. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she worked in both maintained and independent schools in the UK as a teacher and manager in the Foundation Stage and Key Stages One and Two.

Mrs. Karacan took on the role as Deputy Head of Lower School in 2015, and has responsibility for the operational runnings of the Lower School. She line manages the Lower School Teaching Assistants, the Year Group Leaders, the Lower School's ECA and Enrichment programmes. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two daughters, who are both pupils at the 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 (Pastoral Care & Boarding)

Mr. Robert Fox (University of Bristol) from Repton Prep School, England 

After reading Geography at the University of Bristol, Mr. Fox completed his PGCE at the University of Nottingham. Mr. Fox joined Harrow Hong Kong in 2013 as House Master in Fox and then Shackleton House. Before this he was a House Master and Head of Boarding at Foremarke Hall, Repton Prep School, for seven years and Head of Geography at Nottingham High School for six years.

Mr. Fox took up the position of Assistant Head (Pastoral Care and Boarding) in August 2017. His role at the school includes responsibility for the day to day pastoral care of the pupils in the Upper School. He believes that a strong emphasis on pastoral care is essential for pupils to thrive and prosper, grow in confidence and take on the academic and extra-curricular challenges they face on a daily basis.

As a Geographer at heart, Mr. Fox has a love of the great outdoors and travel. He is a trained Mountain Leader and enjoys taking pupils to the more remote parts of Hong Kong and South East Asia.