School Leadership

Welcome to Christian Alliance International School (CAIS)! If this is your first time visiting our website, we hope it will inspire you to come and visit CAIS for yourself.

CAIS is engaged in supporting young people to flourish and grow in a climate of high expectation supported by love, clarity of objective, through excellent spiritual, physical and moral education, as well as an outstanding academic challenge. Appropriately, our mission is to cultivate learners with knowledge, skills, integrity and discernment, growing in love for God and service to humanity.

CAIS has a long and distinguished history and it remains true to the guiding values of the founding members: the pursuit of excellence, the development of each student’s’ talents, the fostering of an awareness of God’s love and purpose and an understanding of the needs of others.

The school has an impressive record of academic success and is consistently one of the top performers in public examinations. Our students gain admission to competitive courses at leading universities across the world. However, pastoral care lies at the heart of CAIS as our students are cherished and nurtured to ensure they fulfill their God-given potential.

We provide our students with a rich variety of co-curricular activities. Music, Sport, Drama and many other pursuits are available. These are enjoyable in themselves, but they also help young people to develop the plethora of skills required to be successful in the demanding world of the twenty-first century.

CAIS is already an outstanding school and it is our vision that the next few years the school will become more widely and even more highly regarded as a world leader in education as we continue to ‘transform’ young hearts and minds today into the leaders of tomorrow instilled with a lifelong love of learning.

If you would like to find out more about CAIS, we welcome you to schedule a visit to our school!

Martin Lau
Chairman of Registered Management Committee

Clarence Chan
School Supervisor

Senior Leadership Team

Mr. Richard VanderpylHead of School

BCom, MEd Admin (Hons), WCF

Richard is a passionate educator with extensive experience in the development of quality international education. He’s also a trailblazer who loves to explore innovative ideas and create new opportunities. Driven by his faith in Jesus Christ, he desires to help all aspiring young people achieve their God given purpose and use their gifts in service. Richard loves to travel and treasures his international adventures with his wife and children. Cultivating the next generation of leaders and changemakers and teaching them about Christ is his life goal.

Mr. Jon KeeltyDeputy Head of School

DipTch, DipIS&T, BTchLn, IEMA (Dist)

Jon has been in education for over thirty years in a wide range of contexts. He is an experienced school leader with a desire to support growth and development in all areas of school life. He is passionate about Christian education and serving the community in Hong Kong, having lived here for 18 years. Jon previously served at CAIS as Director of IT and is excited to return to continue serving in the school. His favourite bible verse is Luke 2:52.

Dr. David BestPrimary School Principal

BEd, MEd, PhD

David left Nova Scotia, Canada for Hong Kong to embark on his international career in education in 2001. Having joined CAIS since its establishment, he loves the school because staff and students can daily recognise and share God openly with others seeking to serve and honour Him in every area of their lives. David is an avid sportsman and loves to play badminton whenever he can. His favourite bible verse is Phil 4:13.

Mrs. Leslie JalaAssistant Principal (Prep-G3)


Leslie’s passion has remained constant through her journey as an educator, which is to integrate a worldview in all subject areas of learning that includes God in everything. She believes every child is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14). Working in a Christian school gives her the privilege to partner with parents, nurturing students’ talents, gifts, and calling. Leslie values the CAIS community because they encourage each other as colleagues and believers to strive to be their best for God. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her husband and two beautiful boys.

Mrs. Samantha ZaccheusAssistant Principal (G4 - 6)


Samantha is passionate about teaching and imparting Godly values in young lives. Highlight of a typical school day is one spent in conversations with students that empowers them to be themselves.
Hong Kong, her home for the past 25 years, has provided her with the unique opportunity to partner and pastor a church in the New Territories. On weekends, she is fond of exploring the many hiking trials Hong Kong has to offer with her family.

Mr. Daniel SchickAssistant Principal (G7 - 9)

BA (Hons), BEd, MEd

Daniel has taught internationally for 15 years, and in Hong Kong since 2008. Although shaped in his formative years learning discipline through athletics, soccer, and fitness, as well as fostering a deep love for reading and literature, it was predominantly growing up in a Christian school in Saskatoon, Canada, which ignited his passion for Christian Education. He teaches English with ardour, and keeps 1 Thess. 5:12-15 posted in his classroom. He is a new father, and spends his free time reading story books with his wife to his little girl.

Mr. Samuel ChengAssistant Principal (G10 - 12)

BASc, PEng, BEd, MEd

Samuel relocated to Hong Kong from Canada in 2011. His favorite Bible verse is “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). He responded to Lord’s calling to become a Christian teacher from his former career as a professional engineer (P. Eng.) in Canada. It is his passion to provide quality education to teenagers. He enjoys outdoor and math puzzles.

The Registered Management Committee (RMC) is the School’s governing body appointed by the Kowloon Tong Church of the Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance (KTAC).  The RMC is responsible for the management and development of the School and is comprised of the following managers who serve as volunteers:

Mr. Martin Lau – Chairman
Mr. Martin Lau has more than 20 years of investment experience and is the Managing Partner at First State, a fund management company known for its expertise in Asia and emerging markets. He joined the firm in 2002 and is responsible for a team of research analysts and portfolio managers. He joined the RMC with the hope to serve the school community and listen to different stakeholders. Martin graduated from Cambridge University with Masters in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts degrees. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Clarence Chan – School Supervisor
Mr. Clarence Chan resumed as the School Supervisor in September 2016. He was qualified as a Professional Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1983 in the United Kingdom and he is a registered Professional Member of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors since 1984. He is also an active member of the KTAC and previously served as Head of Education Department.

Mr. Howard Chan 
Mr. Howard Chan has been a member of the RMC since 2010.  He is a retired civil servant and had served in various departments and bureau before his retirement.  Mr. Chan is a member of the KTAC Tai Wai Church.

Mr. Wing-Hung Lo 
Mr. Wing-Hung Lo joined the RMC in September 2019 and is currently a Senior Executive Officer at HKU SPACE Community College. He has been serving in the education sector since 2005. He also serves as College Manager of Christian Alliance Cheng Wing Chee College. Mr. Lo has been a member of the KTAC since 2000.

Mr. Alan Tang
Mr. Alan Tang joined the RMC in September 2016 and is currently a Chief Accounting Officer with a financial institution in Hong Kong. He has been an active member of the KTAC since he was at a young age. He also serves on the KTAC Board of Deacons.

Mr. Thomas Tong
Mr. Thomas Tong joined the RMC in September 2019.  He serves as Controller (Finance and Administration) of Alliance Bible Seminary.  He has been a member of the KTAC Yau Oi Church since 1986 and is currently a member of the Board of Deacons at KTAC Yau Oi Church.  Mr. Tong has extensive experience in the areas of finance and administration of faith-based organizations.

Mr. Aaron Wong
Mr. Aaron Wong joined the RMC in September 2019. He was one of the founding teachers and the Principal of Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College. He retired in August 2020. He has been dedicated to education for about 40 years, serving the local education sector with his experience in teaching, administration and management. He received the Chief Executive’s Certificate of Merit Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007. He has also been an active member of the KTAC Yau Oi Church since the early ’90s.

Professor Stephen Wong
Professor Stephen H. Wong joined the RMC in September 2018 and is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Sports Science and P.E. at CUHK. He is the VC Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Education and also serves as Co-Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research of the University. Professor Wong is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has published extensively in the areas of health and exercise science. His research interests include among others, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in schoolchildren. Professor Wong has been a member of the KTAC Yau Oi Church since 1986.

Mr. Samuel Chui
Mr. Samuel Chui currently serves as Head of Education Department of the KTAC and has been serving in the education sector for over 20 years.

Mr. Joshua Law
Mr. Joshua Law retired from the Government in 2020 having served as Principal Official and department/bureau heads. He has rich administrative and management experience in a broad range of public policy areas. Mr. Law has been an active member of KTAC since 1984 and joined the RMC in May 2021.

Mr. Ivan Man
Mr. Ivan Man is a professional project manager having served in listed Hong Kong construction corporations with substantial expertise in the management and operations of major public and private infrastructure projects in the Pearl River Delta, including Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok, Tin Shui Wai Area development and the Shenzhen Bay Bridge, among many others. Ivan currently serves as the client’s representative for the overall construction project of CAIS. He has also served God in KTAC through taking up various roles such as deacon, chairman of the Education Department, supervisor and manager of multiple schools of the sponsoring body, as well as a choir member.

Mr. Randy Ng
Mr. Randy Ng is a businessman and has been serving as a school manager for over 10 years in different positions. He is a member of the KTAC and had served in the KTAC Board of Deacons.

Professor Carmen Chan
Professor Carmen Chan joined the RMC in August 2021. She has been serving in the academic nursing field for over 25 years. She is the first incumbent of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation Professorship in Nursing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was also inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing. Over the years, her integrated scholarship in cancer and palliative care has broadly impacted nursing education, patient care, and the community health. Professor Chan has been a member of the KTAC (On Shing Church) since 2015.