Stoke College’s proprietor, Mrs. Zhaojie Guo (Josie), is the nominated individual entrusted with the legal responsibility to ensure regulatory requirements are met.

Josie is a member of our Board of Directors, a team deeply invested in the College’s mission to deliver exceptional education. Committed to upholding the highest standards, the Board has established an Advisory Council. This Council collaborates closely with senior management, assuming the role of a ‘critical friend.’ Their invaluable contributions include providing strategic guidance, overseeing operations, and advising the Board on fulfilling its legal and regulatory obligations.

While the Advisory Council may oversee specific matters delegated by the Board, the ultimate responsibility for decision-making rests with the Board of Directors. Advisory Council meetings are held at least once per term. 

Advisory Council


Chris Davis

Chris Davis has worked in independent education for over 20 years. He was a Housemaster for ten years at Eton College, where he taught English, before going on to become Headmaster of Sherborne School. He has extensive experience of school admissions, of guiding and supporting students through their school careers and of placing students at universities in the UK and abroad. He is currently Head of the QED Young Scholar’s Academy and is a member of the School Board of St Paul’s Girls School International, Chengdu, where he is Chair of the Board’s Education and Pastoral Committees.

Chris read English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a First. After teaching for a while at St Edmunds School in Canterbury, he worked for eight years in the City before returning to teaching in 1994 at Eton College.


Jennifer Dean

With over two decades of expertise in business management spanning marketing, sales, and research and development, Jennifer, an Old Stokian herself, brings her passion for Stoke College to the advisory council.


Adam Lubbock

Adam is a safeguarding practitioner based in Suffolk and Director of Kings River Education Ltd. With a background as a teacher Adam has held a number of key pastoral, safeguarding, boarding and leadership roles in schools.



Zhao Jie (Josie) Guo

Josie came to England in 1989 to study for a Masters in Business Administration after which she established a trading company as well as developing business initiatives in England, Hong Kong and China. She moved with her husband to Cambridge where their two children were born. Parenthood led to an interest in education and eventually to her relationship with Stoke College. Josie acquired the College buildings in 2016 and invested in the school as it underwent transition from a charitable trust to a limited company. She established Stoke’s international sixth form and expanded its summer lettings programme, all the while conscious that she needed additional partners to bring a new tier of investment and educational expertise – she has certainly succeeded in finding them. 


Mark Wang

Mark Wang is an inspirational figure in international education and an accomplished businessman. A fluent speaker of both English and Norwegian, he studied at the United World College in Norway (UWC Red Cross Nordic) and subsequently at the University of Oslo. He is the founder of the UWC college at Changshu. He was selected as a carrier in the Olympic torch relay and has been the subject of a TV series and even an opera.

A life-changing air accident in 1993 resulted in the loss of both his legs and a serious spinal injury which hospitalised him for five years. Far from being crushed by this experience, it forged Mark’s amazing resilience and zest. He won 2 gold medals at the 36th Disabled Ski Championship (1999) and wrote a multi-million selling autobiography, Hold Up the Blue Sky of Life (translation from the Mandarin title).