Our Teachers

Mr. Matthew John McCobb

Art Teacher
Mr. Matthew John McCobb
Matthew McCobb was born and raised in Crosby, Liverpool (Evertonian). After Secondary, he studied for three years at Southport College of Art (Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Ceramics). Mr McCobb then graduated from Middlesex University, London with a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art and PGCE from Nottingham University, UK.Mr McCobb’s teaching experience includes two years at the German International School of Abu Dhabi, designing the curriculum and examinations. He has three years' experience teaching the MYP and DP visual art programme at Emirates National School, Abu Dhabi where he also qualified as an IB Visual Arts Examiner.Mr McCobb has spent the last five years in St Andrews S107, Bangkok as a Visual Arts teacher responsible for KS3, KS4 & KS5. During this time, he also taught KS3 Design & Technology and been involved with creating units of learning for Primary students from Year 4 - 6.The opportunity and potential of creating a bespoke Visual Arts Department at Concord College International School is an extremely exciting prospect for Mr McCobb who is looking forward to working with and learning from colleagues and students.

Mr. Abdul Baqi Naeem

Physics Teacher
Mr. Abdul Baqi Naeem
Adul Baqi Naeem is a highly experienced Physics teacher from Birmingham, UK, with 14 years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc and MSc in Physics, followed by a short career in business management. He then turned his attention to teaching by initially completing his PGDE at the University of Birmingham in 2011, followed by teaching experiences in the UK, UAE and in Malaysia.Mr. Naeem is known for his passion for Physics and his ability to engage his students in the subject matter, making it both interesting and accessible. He is deeply committed to his students’ success and works tirelessly to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their studies. In his free time, Mr. Naeem enjoys playing snooker and chess. He also loves to travel.

Mrs. Rebecca Ann Kernaghan

History Teacher
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Kernaghan
Rebecca Kernaghan is a history specialist, having studied at King’s College London. She is currently completing an online masters in Global Cultures at the same university. Having worked in some of the top schools in London, including Fortismere and the Latymer Grammar School, she also spent 13 years in China. She was Head of Theory of Knowledge at BISS Puxi and then Lead Practitioner of International Humanities at the King’s College International School in Hangzhou. Beyond academics, she is passionate about creating extra-curricular activities and trips to create a holistic educational experience and has previously been Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator and Model United Nations Coordinator. Malaysia feels like a second home to her already as it is the residence of her mother-in-law.

Mr. Bryan Keith Fordham

Mathematics
Mr. Bryan Keith Fordham
Bryan Keith Fordham brings over fifteen years of dedicated experience in Mathematics education, merging a rich background in technology with his passion for teaching. Originally from Canada, Mr Fordham embarked on a career in IT before discovering a profound interest in education. This pivotal moment led him to teaching, where he has since thrived in an international setting in various secondary schools in China. Along his journey, Mr Fordham earned a PGCE and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, further solidifying his expertise and commitment to the field. Mr Fordham eagerly anticipates joining the vibrant community at Concord College International School at Malaysia. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of a new school, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a fresh perspective to the mathematics department.

Mr. Erasmus Dry

Computer Science
Mr. Erasmus Dry
Erasmus Dry, originally from South Africa, brings a wealth of teaching experience spanning two decades. Holding both Honours and Masters degrees in Education, he currently imparts his expertise in Computer Science at Tanglin Trust International School in Singapore. Before his role at Tanglin Trust, Mr. Dry worked at Crawford College, where he not only taught Computer Science but also led the Tech Integration Team, driving technological innovation in education. His global teaching journey led him to Cairo, where he played a pivotal role in the Robotics and Computer Science Department. Known for his dedication to providing practical, real-world learning experiences, Mr. Dry continually inspires his students to explore the ever-evolving field of technology. Outside the classroom, he finds solace in mountain biking and actively participates in various sports, embodying a balanced lifestyle that enriches his teaching philosophy and personal growth.

Mr. William George Pendered

Primary Class Teacher
Mr. William George Pendered
After five years spent boarding at Harrow School, William Pendered continued to study Philosophy at The University of Exeter, before completing a PGCE at Buckingham University. Having been fortunate enough to live and teach overseas in New Zealand and parts of Europe, Mr Pendered has loved being immersed in different environments, meeting new people and learning to speak French and Portuguese.In addition to being a keen sportsman, Mr Pendered is also fascinated by culture and the way it varies across the world which he passionately brings into the classroom, providing a global context for any learning. He is excited to join Concord College International School Malaysia and creating an environment within the classroom that ignites curiosity, embraces challenge and brings the learning to life.

Mrs. Shabena Begum

Primary Class Teacher
Mrs. Shabena Begum
Shabena Begum, originally from London, UK, brings with her 14 years of teaching experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Psychology and went onto completing her PGCE at the Institute of Education in London.Having taught both in the UK and internationally, including time spent in the Middle East, she has spent a total of 8 years teaching in Malaysia and has never looked back. She uses her positive, compassionate and empathetic persona to inspire young minds to believe in themselves, aim high and to become the best versions of themselves. With a holistic approach, Mrs Begum endeavors to instil a genuine love for learning in her students, fostering an environment where children can thrive and develop both academically and personally. Mrs Begum’s commitment to education and nurturing young minds is evident in her unwavering dedication and enthusiasm. In her free time, she enjoys hitting the gym or home workouts, exploring and travelling to new destinations, and playing card and board games

Mrs. Iemke Dry

Primary Class Teacher
Mrs. Iemke Dry
Mrs. Iemke Dry embarked on her teaching journey in South Africa, where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree and PGCE. Fascinated by diverse cultures and the opportunity to explore different countries, she devoted 16 years to teaching at various international and private schools across South Africa, Egypt, and Singapore. Driven by her passion for education, she pursued a master's degree in education in the United States.Mrs. Dry's expertise encompasses specialist Art teaching and Primary Class instruction, with experience in IB, the British National curriculum, as well as developing a bespoke inquiry-based curricula. Her primary goal has always been to ignite a profound love for learning within children. This commitment is underscored by her unwavering dedication to fostering a positive, welcoming, and motivating classroom environment, centred on inclusivity.

Mr. Ballber Sanghera

Primary Class Teacher
Mr. Ballber Sanghera
Ballber Sanghera graduated from Lancaster University in the UK, with joint honours in Mathematics and Economics, before going on to complete his teacher training at Leicester University. He spent several years teaching in both KS1 and KS2 in the UK before deciding to make the move to teaching internationally.He taught at a range of highly regarded international schools in the Middle East, including the British School of Muscat and Dubai English Speaking School, before moving to Malaysia where he has been teaching Year 6 at Repton International School. Although he enjoys teaching across the curriculum, the teaching of mathematics is a particular passion and Mr Sanghera has been the maths lead for primary in five of his previous schools, ensuring rigour and consistency throughout the school.“I recognise the strengths and individual personalities of each child and build on their prior knowledge to create confident, motivated and independent learners. I believe that learning is a continuous journey of exploration and discovery, and when learners are at its centre, imagination can flourish and thrive.”

Mr. Brian John Lees

Deputy Head
Mr. Brian John Lees
Brian Lees studied Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK, which included a year working as a Technical Services Engineer for British Midland Airways. A PGCE in Mathematics followed, before embarking on a teaching career in England and Wales which eventually brought him to Concord College UK in 2018. He quickly realised the uniqueness of Concord and what a truly special place it is. The harmony existing between the students of many nations in a beautiful place of learning was tangible and chimed with his global view on promoting education, kindness, tolerance and peace. The opportunity to contribute to the new Concord College in Malaysia is an incredible undertaking and he is looking forward to helping build another very special place in which students can learn and thrive. Mr Lees is a keen cyclist and enjoys the outdoors. Teaching overseas has long been an ambition and he is excited to move to Malaysia with his spouse Janet, now that their three sons are independent.

Dr. Amelia Malika Chia Lang

Primary Class Teacher
Dr. Amelia Malika Chia Lang
Dr Chia Lang was raised and educated in England, attaining a BA from UCL in Classical Studies, an MA Dist. from SOAS in Pacific Asian Studies, a PGCE in primary education and a PhD in ancient literature. Since becoming a teacher she has worked at primary and middle schools in both the UK and South East Asia. Dr Lang particularly enjoys inspiring creativity and problem solving in the classroom along with delivering colourful, fun and story-based lessons, especially for core subjects such as maths. Dr Lang believes in setting high behavioural and academic expectations along with modelling and fostering a culture of respect, empathy and kindness.In her free time Dr Lang finds joy in walking, exploring nature and gardens, needlework and knitting, arts and crafts, video and board games and visiting museums.

Mr. Eric Chan Tak Ching

Economics
Mr. Eric Chan Tak Ching
Eric was educated at a boarding school in the UK, during which time he discovered his love for Economics. He went on to read Economics at the University of Sheffield. Eric started his teaching career in 2008 upon completion of his teacher training.Eric has over a decade of experience teaching a number of Economics courses including the GCE A Level, the International A Level as well as the IB Diploma Programme gained at a number of renowned schools in Asia and the UK. Eric is also an examiner for A Level Economics.Eric currently teaches at Sherborne Girls, a leading all girls’ boarding school in the UK. Eric is excited to be joining the Concord family from August and is particularly looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for Economics with pupils at CCIS and inspiring them to become passionate learners of the subject.

Mr. George Andrew Ridley

Primary Class Teacher
Mr. George Andrew Ridley
George Ridley has been working in international education for over 5 years. Whilst studying psychology at university in the UK, he spent a year living in the Netherlands as part of an Erasmus exchange program. After completing his bachelor's degree, he moved to China in 2018 to start his teaching career. In that time Mr. Ridley taught both early years and primary children in Beijing and Shanghai. Most recently, he has served as a Head of Grade One in one of the largest bilingual schools in China. Joining Concord's new chapter will be his second time in Malaysia and it is something he is excited to be a part of.

Mrs. Krisztina Ujhazy

Music Teacher
Mrs. Krisztina Ujhazy
Krisztina Ujhazy received her master’s degree in Music Education at the Eotvos Lorand University Budapest, Hungary, and completed her teacher training at the University of East London. She also holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.After teaching strings to all age groups in New Jersey, USA, Ms Ujhazy moved back to her native Hungary, where she worked as a Secondary School music teacher and choir conductor, as well as a teacher of English as a second language. She has played in different strings and symphony orchestras, played the violin in a rock band, and conducted school and adult community choirs at countless successful concerts and competitions. She is also the composer of instrumental and choral pieces as well as rock songs.Ms Ujhazy is currently the Secondary Strings Teacher at one of the top international schools in South-East Asia, Bangkok Patana School, Thailand.

Mrs. Nikki Outram

Head of Boarding
Mrs. Nikki Outram
Nikki Outram, who completed her PGCE at the University of Cambridge, has been a Maths Teacher for almost 25 years. She has worked at Concord College UK in various roles for over 15 years. It is there that she discovered a love for working in boarding and has many years’ experience looking after international students. She has an astute understanding of their needs as they juggle their work commitments, interests and their friendships in a new environment away from home. Mrs Outram believes that in order to thrive students need structure, a healthy, balanced routine and trusted adults who will listen, support and advise. She puts the care of her boarders at the centre of what she does and is excited to lead a team of like-minded, highly trained Boarding Staff who will make sure the care of your child is their number one priority. Although working mainly in secondary schools, Mrs Outram has also worked in prep and primary as well. As our Additional Learning Needs Teacher Mrs Outram will work across both the Primary and Secondary Schools assessing and helping with any additional needs that our students may have.

Rosanna Kirkbride originates from Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in English and Political Science. She then completed her teacher training at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and is currently pursuing a master’s in education from the University of Bath.

Whilst in Australia, Mrs Kirkbride developed a great passion for education and returned to her home country to teach at a native Canadian school in Northern Ontario. Shortly after she moved to the United Kingdom where she taught at primary schools in East London and Essex. Following her time in the UK, Mrs Kirkbride then moved to an international school in Seoul, South Korea where she held the posts of Head of Year, Literacy Coordinator, Lead Safeguarding Trainer, and Extra-Curricular Activities Coordinator.

Most recently, Mrs Kirkbride has served as the Founding Head of Primary at an international school in Malaysia, assisting with the physical development of the site and successfully establishing the Primary School’s internal structures. She has also served as the Vice-Chair of Primary Heads within the Association of International Malaysian Schools. She is now the Founding Head of Primary at Concord College International School, Malaysia.

“Education serves as a pillar in the lives of children, and I consider it a privilege to contribute to the teaching and learning of young minds in an outstanding institution. At Concord Primary, we take pride in helping parents raise children in addition to educating them. We foster the growth and development of children through our ethos, Rigour, Kindness, and Creativity. It is my belief that equipping children with a set of practical life skills in line with this ethos will support their future achievements and successes. Through the delivery of a rigorous curriculum Concord Primary sets the foundation in academic subjects to prepare students for Secondary School.

Our highly dedicated team of educators reinforce values that promote kindness and creativity to develop students into respectful and responsible members of our global community. Working closely with our Concord families, we look forward to celebrating the achievements of your children.”

Dr Phil Outram read Mathematics for his undergraduate degree at Queens’ College Cambridge. He completed his Doctorate degree at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, before moving to the University of Durham where he spent six years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research focused on using large state-of-the-art surveys of distant active galaxies to probe the evolution of large-scale structure in the universe. Whilst in Durham, Dr Outram’s responsibilities included teaching and supporting the undergraduate and postgraduate students, and he took the decision to switch to secondary education, taking up a position as a teacher of mathematics at Rugby School.

He moved to Concord College UK in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere there, where students show friendship, compassion, humility, and integrity to match their passion to learn and determination to succeed. Dr Outram has been Assistant Principal at Concord College for twelve years, with responsibilities including examinations and enrichment. He has a passion for travelling and hill-walking and has taken Concord students on many expeditions to destinations including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Bolivia, and Kenya.

Dr Outram will be moving to Malaysia at the end of the academic year and taking up the position of the Founding Head of Secondary at Concord College International School.

“We live in a world of wonders where technology is revolutionising all aspects of our lives, from an explosion in social media and driverless cars, to dramatic medical advances from sequencing the human genome. For young people growing up in this exhilarating new world, the possibilities are boundless. However, they will also face many challenges, with our rapidly expanding population using resources at a rate never previously seen, and polluting our world to an extent that wildlife, habitats, and even our climate, are threatened on an unprecedented scale. Technological advances such as artificial intelligence with quantum computing could enable us to find new solutions to problems that currently seem impossible. New inventions, innovations and discoveries require curiosity and creativity, and a Concord education will embrace these values by bringing excitement and joy to the classroom and inspiring our students to always question and want to discover more. However, with ever increasing competition, I believe that a rigorous education, ensuring that our students stand out from the crowd, is more crucial than ever. Our students entering this world will become its next leaders. Kindness and international cooperation are central to the ethos of Concord College International School, and, in my view, it is most important that our education should instil these values in them, to guide them to make the best possible decisions when addressing the challenges of the mid-21st century.”

Neil Hawkins was educated at Robinson College Cambridge, where he studied History. His 34-year of career in education started in 1989 as a teacher. He has taught and led in some of the UK’s finest schools in a career that has been marked by success and high achievement. He was Principal of Concord College UK from 2005 to 2021 during which time Concord College doubled in size, clarified its ethos, transformed its measurable outcomes and became recognised as one of the UK’s Top 5 performing schools. During this time, he was also Chair of Governors of a top performing UK primary school. His record of shaping and leading success in education is clear.

Described as an ‘educational visionary’, Mr Hawkins is now the Global Principal of Concord College International Ltd and is the Founding Executive Principal of Concord College International School, Malaysia. Mr Hawkins is also the Chair of Befrienders Worldwide, one of the world’s largest emotional support networks.

“It is my honour to welcome you to Concord College International School, Malaysia.

Our children have just one chance to be young and one chance to prepare for adulthood.    This time is precious.  It is my aim to ensure that our wonderful new school maximises opportunities and prepares children for tomorrow.  Of course, this is what all schools aim to do.  However, this is not always achieved.  Here at CCIS we will educate children using the highly successful Concord ethos of Rigour, Kindness, and Creativity.   This ethos fuses the best of western and eastern global education traditions while recognising that we all thrive when we are treated with respect and with kindness.

It is my aim that CCIS will not just be a good school but will become one of the top schools in Malaysia and in the region.  This will be achieved by children, educators and parents working together to deliver the central Concord ethos, while recognising that each child is unique and is constantly changing and developing.  My experience as an educator has taught me that the quest for high standards and good discipline is the bedrock of educational success.  When this is linked with the fostering of curiosity and creative problem solving, measurable success is achieved.  If we then act with decency and in a spirit of harmony, our families, communities and societies benefit.

Welcome to Concord College International School.”