School Leadership

Welcome to Christian Alliance International School! 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 cum School Supervisor

Senior Leadership Team

Mr. Richard Vanderpyl
Head 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 Keelty
Deputy 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 Best
Primary School Principal

BEd, MEd, EdD

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.

Mr. Daniel Schick
High School Principal

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.

Mrs. Leslie Jala
Assistant 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.

Ms. Kathy Hon
Assistant Principal (G4 - 6)

BSc, MEd

Kathy is passionate about creating a teaching and learning environment that is meaningful, relevant, and fun. Her heart for investing in young people developed at an educational nonprofit in Hong Kong and continues to grow within her time at CAIS. Growing up with team sports, she believes great things are achieved by a great team and she is constantly inspired by the group of diverse and talented educators she works with. When it comes to her greatest inspiration, Jesus, His words in Matthew 5:16 have been her guide through life. Kathy finds joy in the simplicity of good food and good company.

Ms. Ana Han
Assistant Principal (G7 - 12)

BEd (Hons), MEd

Ana is a dedicated educator who takes pride in her alma mater, CAIS. She believes that God has called her to serve as a teacher and to pass on the love and grace she received as a student to future generations. For Ana, building meaningful relationships with her students is at the heart of Christian education. As a social studies teacher, she brings her enthusiasm and curiosity to the classroom, constantly seeking to understand the world as God created it. During her free time, Ana loves to venture off the beaten path in Hong Kong and try out new spicy dishes.

Mr. Samuel Cheng
Assistant Principal (G7 - 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 cum School Supervisor
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. 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. Gary Lau
Mr. Gary Lau is a chartered surveyor with 18 years of experience in the real estate industry.  He joined KTAC in 2002 and has since dedicated his time to serving God in roles such as Board of Deacons of KTAC and School Manager of Alliance Primary School, Kowloon Tong.  He is passionate about youth development and aspires to the Bible verse “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

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. Andy Ma
Mr. Andy Ma is a professional accountant with over 20 years of experience in the finance and corporate services industries. Mr. Ma joined RMC in 2021, has been a member of the KTAC since 1998 and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Deacons of the KTAC.

Ms. Annie Ng
Ms. Annie Ng is an accountant that has been working in the tax industry for over 20 years. She has been a member of KTAC since 1994 and currently serves on the KTAC Board of Deacons. She is an experienced school manager with a desire to serve the CAIS community with God's wisdom and love.

Mr. Sammy Ng
Mr. Sammy Ng has over 27 years of civil and structural engineering experience in the construction industry and practicing in different kinds of civil, infrastructure and building engineering projects across regions. He is a Director of Operations / Executive Director of an international consultant firm and is responsible of a team of multi-disciplinary engineering profession. Sammy is a fellow member of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and serving different panels and committees of HKIE as a committee member. He serves God in KTAC through taking up various roles such as deacon of Yau Oi Chapel, supervisor of secondary school as well as committee member of Education Department of the KTAC.

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.