Meet Our Team

ESF Sports & Language (part of English School Foundation) is a registered charitable organisation and was established in 1994, and since then has provided English language and sports programmes in ESF schools and non ESF venues. Subsequently, Spanish as a foreign language was added in 2011. We offer classes in 22 ESF schools across Hong Kong and in ESF Language & Learning Centre, which opened in Wan Chai in 2016.
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Fiona Hughes
ESF Language & Learning Centre Manager
About Fiona
After gaining her teaching qualification in Ireland, Fiona has worked in Early Years for over 19 years, including 10 years in Beijing’s international schools. She joined ESF in 2015. She believes in working closely with each family to help children develop a love for learning in an engaging, creative environment.
Jonathan Tam
Programme Manager - Football, Sports Camps, and Sports Facilities
About Jonathan
Coach Jonathan joined the ESF in 2013. He has 10 years of experience and expertise in football development from grassroots to high-performance. Coming from the most renown sports university in UK to the football governing body of Hong Kong, HKFA, at ESF he is widely recognised for his enthusiasm and big smile.
Christopher Banks
Programme Manager - Basketball
About Christopher
With 10+ years expertise managing basketball teams and programmes, Chris, an MMU graduate and former player (Manchester Giants), gained professional experiences coaching/playing across UK, ZM, and NZ. Chris encourages young people in HK to reach their full potential and value the importance of persistence, commitment, and dedication.
Dickson Chan
Senior Coach, Swimming
About Dickson
Coach Dickson swam competitively for more than 10 years. He is now a professional swimming coach with over 20 years of experience. He likes to make swimming classes fun for swimmers, so they can enjoy training. He believes everyone can be a great swimmer when they enjoy swim training.
Cherrie Chan
Senior Coach, Swimming
About Cherrie
Cherrie was a former member of Hong Kong junior squad swimming team. She started her coaching career in 2002. Her mission is to bring all her experience and knowledge to the swimmers. She keeps joining swimming and triathlon competitions because they are challenging yet fun. She believes sports is a lifelong learning process.

Romelo Villar Jamero
Senior Coach, Swimming
About Romelo
Swimming for High School varsity was the start of Coach Melo's love for the sport, and this eventually led him to a career working 12 years abroad. In 2013, he focused on Swim Coaching with leading swim schools in the UAE before moving to join ESF in 2017 as Senior Coach. He loves triathlon and is passionate doing full distance ironman.
Anton Marsh
Coach, Basketball
About Anton
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Coach Anton began as an ESF student. Whilst growing up, his peers encouraged him to pick up basketball as a hobby because of his height, but he grew a love for the game. Coach Anton aims to share his love for the game to the next generation of Hong Kong ballers.
Joe Tuohy
Coach, Basketball
About Joe
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Coach Joe was an ESF student too! Growing up here, he was exposed to a range of different sports, and his passion further grew by studying Sports Science at university. Now, back with ESF Sports, Coach Joe's goal is to transfer his knowledge and love of sports to the next generation.
Andrew MacFarlane
Coach, Basketball
About Andrew
Andrew is a Basketball England Level 2 coach. He started playing basketball in 1990, whilst on a summer trip to Seattle (Go Sonics!). He played for Hammersmith & Fulham in the British Gas League for 5 years. Andrew has played many other sports, including Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union & Rowing.
Agatha Chan
Programme Manager - Swimming
About Agatha
Here is Coach Agatha. She was a competitive swimmer at the age of 11 and started a career as a development coach after her graduation. She loves to make the atmosphere and experience fun in her lessons. She believes that a healthy body comes from a happy soul.
Neetu Sharma
Playgroup Teacher and Educational Assistant
About Neetu
Neetu is a Montessori qualified teacher and has been teaching for over 10 years. She joined ESF in 2017 as an Educational Assistant and Playgroup Teacher. She has great patience and the magic touch to help children feel secure and safe as they begin their school journey.
Catherine Ho
Senior Teacher for Early Years
About Catherine
Catherine was educated in the UK and holds Master's degree and PGDE in the areas of psychology and special education. She has been working for ESF since 2008 in different settings. Her job is to manage after school classes and she teaches Pre K and playgroups. She uses her lively teaching technique to unlock children's potential.
Ania Gradkowska
Language Centre Teacher
About Ania
With over 10 years of teaching experience, Ania now focuses on sparking children’s curiosity by bringing them closer to nature. Ania graduated with a degree in English Philology and Foreign Language Teaching. She is also a qualified Forest School Leader and has her Qualified Teacher Status from teaching in the UK.
Yuki Cheng
Assistant Administrator
About Yuki
Yuki holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree and she joined ESF in 2017. She is responsible for the daily enquries and class enrollment in ESF Language and Learning Centre. She's currenly works as an Educational Assistant on Sundays and enjoys spending time with children and supporting teachers.
Chloe Chan
Senior Administrator
About Chloe
Chloe joined ESF in 2016 and holds a bachelor's degree in Hong Kong. She is responsible for the daily operation of the Language and Learning Centre and assists with the coordination of various activities including workshops. She strives to provide practical advice for parents based on parents' needs.
Cristal Mills
Language Centre Teacher-In-Charge of Afterschool classes and Camps
About Cristal
Cristal is a Playgroup Teacher for ESF. She joined in 2017. Cristal has been teaching for over 10 years and really enjoys working with the younger age-groups. She finds it very rewarding when the children achieve something on their own for the first time. Cristal holds a PGDE in Early Childhood Education and a TEFL.
Cecilia Bedoya
Senior Teacher, Spanish
About Cecilia
Originally from Peru, Cecilia has lived in HK since 2006 teaching Spanish to children at ESF and young adults at CUHK. After studying business administration and then getting a degree in Marketing Strategies, Cecilia gained her Post Graduate Diploma in teaching Spanish to children and adolescents. She is an accredited DELE examiner.
Ivy Wong
Senior Teacher, Primary
About Ivy
Ivy has been teaching primary students from local and international schools for over 10 years. She holds a PGDE in Primary Education and a CertTESOL. Before teaching, she worked in educational publishing. Ivy enjoys building the students’ confidence in English by including fun, meaningful activities within lessons.
Chris Lau
Senior Teacher, Primary Plus (Primary & Secondary)
About Chris
Chris is a Senior Teacher for Primary and Secondary. He enjoys teaching, motivating students, developing language curriculum, and helping social media campaigns. He holds a PGDE in Education, an ABA certificate, and a TESOL diploma. He also holds Economics, Economic history, and Business Management degrees from the UK.
Dennis Lo
Senior Operations Manager
About Dennis
Dennis joined ESF in 2010, and is responsible for the operational side of the Language & Learning section. He enjoys seeing students' progress and development. Dennis is always on hand to answer questions about any of the programmes and cater to the educational needs of Hong Kong's young people.
Vincent Alarcon
Director of Sports
About Vincent
Vincent Alarcon has over twenty-five years of industry knowledge and extensive experience in Recreation & Aquatics management from around the world that includes establishing swimming schools & programs in the USA, Middle East & Asia, and Directing the daily operations of recreation facilities at Ivy League & International Universities
Emma Dorrell
Director, ESF Language & Learning
About Emma
After gaining a psychology master’s degree, English language teaching certificate, and PGCE from the UK, Emma joined ESF in 2005. She has experience teaching all ages, and enjoys getting the best out of people. Emma strives to ensure the language programmes remain relevant and of the highest quality.
LaRoy Hoard
Head of Business Development & Operations
About LaRoy
LaRoy is responsible for leading ESF Sports and Languages and has been running education businesses in Hong Kong for the last 7 years. After completing his MBA at HKUST, LaRoy opened APAC offices for two different EdTech companies. A lover of all things sports and food, you can find LaRoy on the rugby pitch or in the kitchen on weekends.
Candy Leung
Office & Administration Manager
About Candy
Candy joined ESF in 1988, and is responsible for office administration, management of the student enrollment data system, and assisting with facilities bookings. She is excited to see the continuous expansion of ESF Educational Services Ltd.
Niki Ng
Marketing & Communication Manager
About Niki
Niki believes the provision of quality education is a key catalyst to inspire futures. She ensures planned marketing initiatives are implemented to maximise brand awareness, engagement, and conversions. When she’s not crunching numbers or working on analytics, you’ll most likely find her jetting off to a yoga studio or being outdoors.