The Board is supported by the Leadership Team. The delivery of first-class learning experiences and pastoral care to MIS students is fully supported by our experienced members from the academic and business leadership teams.
Head of School
Murray Tod was educated at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh, before attending the University of Glasgow to study an MA in History, Politics and Philosophy, and later a PhD in Scottish Medieval History. He started his teaching career in the mid 1990s at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, before securing teaching posts at Glenalmond College and Rannoch School in the UK. In 2002 Dr Tod moved to Epsom College UK and over the course of the next 15 years he assumed various roles of responsibility, including boys’ Boarding Housemaster, Acting girls’ Housemaster, Head of Department (History & Politics), and lastly Assistant Headmaster. He moved to Epsom College in Malaysia in December 2016, as Second Master and then Headmaster, before arriving at MIS as Head of School in April 2021. A committed boarding schoolmaster, Dr Tod is proud of his twenty years of experience in boarding schools and is proud to uphold the distinct values of a Merchiston education. He is married to Kirsty and they have one daughter (Isla). Further to his educational interests, Dr Tod is fascinated by all strands of global Politics and, whilst no longer able to compete, he is a passionate rugby union and squash enthusiast.
Head of Seniors
Daniel completed his first degree and PGCE courses in Mathematics at Birmingham University, with further research in the Teaching and Learning of Algebra. His UK career involved promotion to a series of leadership roles, included an Assistant Headship at Southfield Technology College and Workington Sixth Form College. Daniel taught Mathematics at Kellett School in Hong Kong, prior to which he was Assistant Head teacher responsible for Data and Organisation at Dulwich College, Beijing, where he was also lead teacher for Higher Mathematics. Daniel is an active member of Mensa and enjoys sharing the many resources that this provides with his students. Daniel can therefore offer a wide range of challenging extra-curricular activities, including Logic & Spatial Reasoning, Cosmology and Higher Order Problem Solving. Daniel enjoys taking his family anywhere in the world where life is simple and the trappings of modern society are not close to hand. His own interests include cosmology, culture, travel, geology and cricket. Daniel is married to Gabriella, a piano teacher and they have five sons, Dominic, Patrick, Xavier, Hektor and Ryker.
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Houseparent (Rogerson South)
Sonia was born, raised and educated in Scotland. She moved to China in 2008 with her family and has worked and lived in Asia for the majority of her working career in Beijing, Singapore and Shenzhen. Sonia is one of the founding members of the MIS family having joined the project when the school was still in the construction stage. Sonia is married to Alex and they have two children. Their eldest Joseph is a proud Merchistonian having recently graduated from Merchiston Castle School, before starting his Aeronautical Engineering Degree at Glasgow University. Lili Mei their daughter studies in MIS. With a strong background in international education, Sonia is a fluent Chinese speaker and calls China her home and welcomes all families to MIS.
Head of Juniors
Sabrina joined MIS in August 2018 and, after her responsibilities as the Academic Deputy Head in Juniors, she assumed the Head of Juniors position in August 2021. She is responsible for the teaching and learning of the Juniors curriculum. Sabrina previously served as the Assistant Head Teacher at Churchfield Primary School in England. She studied for her degree in Primary Education at the University of Brighton and is currently completing the COBIS (Council of British International Schools) Aspiring Heads professional qualification. A committed sportsperson, Sabrina has played netball to a high standard in the UK and enjoys sharing this experience with the students. Sabrina is a mother to a 10-month-old son (Luca). She is relishing motherhood and enjoys spending quality time with her family. She enjoys yoga, travelling and tasting the culinary delights that China has to offer!
Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Nick completed his BA Hons (Exon) in History at the University of Exeter. Following this, he finished his PGCE in Secondary History and has since worked in the field of education, holding a range of leadership positions. He has also completed his master's degree in Education (M.Ed.), also studying for this at the University of Exeter, with a focus on student engagement and development.
Nick has worked in education for over fifteen years and this journey has taken him to Thailand, Canada, Egypt and now China. He was previously Senior Deputy Head at the British School, Alexandria, a world-class High Performance Learning school.
Nick is very active and enjoys playing golf and football. He also has always wanted to work in China and is very excited about this current opportunity.