Generations Christian Education is a registered not-for-profit organisation governed by its Board of Directors. The day-to-day management of Generations is led by the Executive Staff in collaboration with the Principal of each member school.
Board of Directors
James was born in Hong Kong but shortly after being born, his parents moved to the U.K where his father pursued postgraduate studies. He subsequently grew up in the UK and proceeded to set up a simple family life in Birmingham whilst living out his childhood dream of being a secondary school teacher. After 7 years of teaching, James and his wife Christina were called into full-time ministry and left their careers to serve their home church and a few years later, God called James and his family to Hong Kong in December, 2018.
He had never imagined to be living in the city that his parents grew up in, and now, he is here with his own family! James is an Advisory Pastor at Kong Fok Church and also Executive Director of Hong Kong Young Life (a missions organisation focused on introducing Jesus to the next generation). Having spent most of his life abroad, he now embraces the calling to serve the city that is in deep need of God’s love and leadership.
James and his wife Christina have two beautiful, crazy and goofy children: Reuben-Joel and Alicia-Jay.
Rebecca currently serves as COO at Mother’s Choice, a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong, overseeing the internal organisation including frontline services, finance and operations. She joined the Mother’s Choice Executive Leadership team in 2016 to lead the finance team. Prior to Mother’s Choice, Rebecca had nearly two decades of experience in the finance industry including serving as a Managing Director, Head of Asia Commodities at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Previously she ran the corporate strategy function at HKEx looking after strategic planning and acquisition strategy.
Prior to joining HKEx in 2010, Rebecca worked in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College, a master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics, and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. A passionate believer in social engagement, she consults for a variety of NGOs on their fundraising, strategic planning. In 2016, Rebecca received the “Asian Women’s Leadership Award” from China Daily. Rebecca has lived in Hong Kong for over 15 years, is married to Damien, and has a young son and daughter.
Philip is a partner of a real estate development company, focusing on developing entry-level homes and pursuing urban renewal opportunities. He received his BSc from the Statler School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he concentrated in real estate finance. Prior to taking on his current role in 2010, Philip worked in investment banks in New York City, Tokyo and Hong Kong for 13 years, with a focus on originating and structuring real estate-related private equity investments, formulating investment strategies for real estate investment funds, and restructuring distressed assets in Asia.
Philip joined the Board of Generations Christian Education in 2014. He was baptised when he was a teenager, but it was not until 2009 when Philip fully committed himself to Christ through the Alpha course. Since then, Philip and his wife have been passionate in sharing the gospel, first by organising small home group gatherings with friends and relatives, and later through leading small groups in the Alpha Course. He is a fervent roof-top farmer, is married to Genevia and has three young children, all of them are currently attending a Generations school.
Dr. Szeto Wing-fu Ricky has been the General Manager and Executive Director of Hung Fook Tong Group Holdings Limited since 1999. Dr. Szeto is currently a Practice Professor of the School of Accounting and Finance, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dr. Szeto has won numerous accolades during his career, including a Capital Leaders of Excellence 2007 Award. He is appointed by the government and its agencies to serve a member of various public service committees, including the Committee on Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board, the Advisory Committee on Enhancing Employment of People with Disabilities, the Committee on Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Industry Training Advisory Committee. Dr. Szeto is currently a Member of the Executive Committee, and the Chairperson of Committee on Social Enterprise and Employment of the Society of The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation. He is also the chairman of the Hong Kong Professional and Educational Service (HKPES).
Gail Maidment is an advisor to the board of Generations Christian Education. Originally from Australia, where she received her teaching qualifications, Gail came to Hong Kong with the organisation Youth With A Mission (YWAM), pioneering Small World Christian Kindergarten with a small team in 1986. As Executive Director, Gail led the development of Small World into the organisation now known as Generations Christian Education for 34 years until her retirement in 2020, maintaining excellent relationships with multiple generations of children and families who have attended Generations schools.
Gail has been involved in teacher training at all levels, both locally and internationally, and has invested into the community by providing her expertise as a consultant on the establishment of new schools throughout Hong Kong and Asia.
She earned her Diploma in Teaching from University of Wollongong; a Bachelor of Education from Christian Heritage College; and a Masters in Education from Hong Kong University. Gail’s heart is to train up current and future generations through the vehicle of education.
Terri Appel stepped into the role of Executive Director at Generations in August 2020 following five years as Director of Advancement at the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Terri previously served Generations as Director of Business Development between 2010 and 2015, and was instrumental in the establishment and early success of Island Christian Academy.
Terri has an extensive background in not-for-profit organisational and strategic leadership, arriving in Hong Kong in 1997 from New York City where she worked in the health care sector with a variety of not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Terri earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. She is an active member of Union Church Hong Kong, where she serves as a deacon, and is also a board member of a number of charitable organisations. Terri is married to Nick, and they have two wonderful children.