Senior Leadership Team​

david Shinkfield


Head Master, Harrow Shenzhen

Mr Shinkfield joined the Harrow family in 2014, as Head of Harrow International School, Beijing. He oversaw expansion of the School to 1,500 students, across two campuses.

Before joining Harrow, Mr. Shinkfield was Principal of an international school in northern Australia. Prior to that, he worked for twelve years at the famous Rugby School in England. During his tenure at Rugby, he served as a mathematics teacher, Senior House Master and Assistant Principal. Mr. Shinkfield has rich experience in education management and has a profound understanding of the British educational model and philosophy.


Chinese Principal, Harrow Shenzhen

Kevin Qian holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education specialising in School Leadership. He also received offers from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, both of which are considered among the best institutions for Education. Kevin then served as residential principal for a well-renowned public high school and a top private K12 school in Boston, United States.

In the past decade, Kevin has taken up various leading positions in the international and bilingual education industry, including at a listed Education company, a private international school, and international division operated by a leading public high school in China. He is a professional school executive who has a broad range of experience in the establishment of schools, school management, academic curriculum design and overseas education counselling.


deputy head of HARROW SHENZHEN

David Foster holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Secondary Education and a Masters degree in Human Geography. He is a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a qualified inspector of international schools for the Independent Schools Inspectorate having over twenty years of teaching and leadership experience in the UK and abroad.

In his previous role as Director of Studies at Harrow Bangkok, David guided the school towards outstanding academic outcomes. He has established a reputation among colleagues, students and parents as an inspirational and effective leader and a supportive, compassionate colleague. He brings an expertise to the Harrow group in leading educational innovation and strongly values a holistic education.


Director of Digital Learning and Information Services

James Toner graduated from the University of Roehampton where he read Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. He has since gone on to obtain Master degrees in International Management at the University of Chester, and Library and Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield.  Prior to arriving at Harrow Shenzhen, James Toner was Head of Library Services for a large multi-site international school in Doha, Qatar. In addition to this, he was a Lecturer and Module Coordinator at University College London Qatar, delivering their ‘Services to Children and Schools’ module as part of the MA Library and Information Studies Programme. He is a current committee member for IFLA’s ‘Library Services to Multicultural Populations’ section, as well as being part of the ‘Information, Knowledge and Innovation Management’ research group at the University of Sheffield.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he has held a number of teaching and support positions within education and has been involved in information and library services development, most notably within higher education within the UK. As such, he brings with him a wealth of experience in supporting students and staff in developing the skills needed to succeed academically and become lifelong learners. 

As an active researcher, James’ expertise is predominantly rooted in library strategy and policy, information/knowledge exchange and application (particularly within culturally diverse environments), as well as leadership strategies, organisational learning and culture. Having written for publication and presented at national and international conferences, he is currently undertaking his PhD study, looking at the interactive potential of individual and team-based characteristics on knowledge sharing within international schools.    

Stephen Tong


Stephen Tong joined Harrow Shenzhen Qianhai in 2021 after thirty-two years’ teaching experience in six different schools in the United Kingdom. Stephen has held a rich variety of curricular and pastoral roles with over twenty-one years’ experience in a senior leadership role. Most recently he spent twelve years as Headteacher of a large secondary school in the far South West of England. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Durham where he read History.

Throughout his career Stephen has held on to some heartfelt principles to guide his work and service as an educator. His philosophy has always been that to prepare young people to be the citizens of the future; they need to be firstly known, cared for and guided and then to be championed and to have all of their successes celebrated. As a leader, he has always tried to exercise his duties with equal doses of honesty, humility, humour and hope.

Nigel Schofield


Nigel Schofield joined Harrow Shenzhen as Head of Upper School in April 2021 with multifaceted experience in leading and managing staff. Nigel firmly believes that the greatest asset of any school is its students, supported by passionate, scholarly staff, and brings to Harrow his expertise in delivering a collaborative, rich and holistic learning experience.

Having taught on 3 continents, he has held leadership positions in schools for over 20 years, internationally since 2011 within senior leadership. Nigel holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, and a PGCE in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham. He completed the UK National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2008 and his Masters degree in Education Leadership in 2015.

Timothy Hall


Timothy Alexander Hall joins Harrow Shenzhen as founding Head of Sixth Form. He graduated from Griffith University with a BEd in Drama and English and recently completed his NPQSL in Educational Leadership. He brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience having taught in several leading independent schools throughout England, Hong Kong, and Australia. Throughout his career he has assumed many distinguished roles including Director of Drama, Head of House, CCA Coordinator and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. He is a highly experienced pastoral leader, a passionate advocate of the Arts and a firm believer in holistic education. 



Andrew holds a bachelors degree in Business and masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Nottingham. He spent the first ten years of his career working in the private sector. Retraining in 2008, he gained a PGCE in Primary Education, specialising in early years. After working with a number of schools in the UK, Andrew successfully secured a place and completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Since 2015, he has been part of the senior leadership team of a large international school in Singapore. He is also a school evaluator with the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Andrew is passionate about leading teams to deliver exciting, innovative and engaging learning experiences that are impactful. This is what brought him to teaching and it is this that continues to be his driving force. He brings to Harrow his expertise along with an educational philosophy that is centred on fostering a culture of collaboration between teachers, parents and students.


harrow little lions principal, HARROW SHENZHEN

Franziska joined Harrow Beijing in 2014, she teaches both in Early Years and Key Stage One. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching Early Years and Key Stage One in the UK, Australia and China.

With experience in leading and managing staff in quality Teaching and Learning in the Early Years provision, Franziska has developed a deep understanding of the importance of pastoral care and how it positively affects pupil’s achievements.