Senior Leadership Team​

max caruso

HEAD MASTER HARROW INNOVATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY ZHUHAI

Dr. Max Caruso holds a Doctor of Education degree with a focus on leadership development and agency. As a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in education, Dr. Caruso has held senior positions in various schools across Austral-Asia. His diverse journeys through Australia, Dubai and China have strengthened his understanding of educational dynamics in Asian countries and, in particular, for Chinese families.  His experience has embedded an educational values system that is underpinned by integrity, excellence, unconditional respect, equity and service—values which closely match those of Harrow.

In 2013, Dr. Caruso was awarded the Leadership for Learning Award by Australian Council of Educational Leaders in recognition of his leadership in schools, and in 2020, he was recognized as one of the most influential educators in the UAE. He aims to make a difference for all students in his care, through servant and authentic leadership and to create a learning community that places students at the heart of all thinking, recognizing and nurturing their unique geniuses, gifts, and talents.

Ms. ELISE LI

CHINESE PRINCIPAL

Ms. Li graduated from the University of Sunderland with a master’s degree in International Education and holds a Chinese English Teaching Certificate and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). With more than 10 years’ experience of teaching and management in international and bilingual schools, she has led the establishment of a bilingual secondary school and a Sixth-form center as a founding member. Before taking up the position of Chinese Principal at Harrow Zhuhai, she was Assistant Principal at a bilingual school in a highly regarded education group in Shanghai. She considers herself privileged to have worked in an IBDP school, an A-level school and bilingual schools in and outside Shanghai, gaining understanding, knowledge and appreciation from both international education and Chinese education in the context of ongoing transformation in private schools in China.

Ms. Li will be overseeing the development of bilingual education, teaching and learning, and community relations. She is very proud to be a member of the Harrow family and is committed to embedding the world-class Harrow education and its legacy of education excellence in the academically rigorous Chinese education. She is looking forward to building a vibrant learning community together with a passionate team of educators in Harrow Zhuhai to provide premium bilingual bicultural learning experiences for students and families in the Greater Bay Area.  

Ms. Kirsty Lowery

Head of boarding and pastoral care

A graduate of the University of Salford, Ms. Kirsty Lowery holds a PGCE from Nottingham University. With great enthusiasm for teaching and pastoral care, Ms. Kirsty Lowery has held senior positions in schools in the UK and in many renowned international schools across Asia, recently at Harrow Hong Kong.  Ms. Kirsty Lowery’s teaching career spans over 27 years in which she has developed strong dedication and commitment, as an educational leader, helping students of all abilities achieve their full potential. She seeks to make a positive contribution to the learning experience of young people enabling them to take their place as good moral citizens in a 21st century society.

Ms. Helen Bowen

Head of Upper School

Ms. Bowen is a Master of Arts graduate from The University of Nottingham, UK. She has been working in the education sector for over 20 years specialising in Creativity, Leadership, and Innovation. Ms. Bowen has been employed in many countries including Thailand, Tanzania, Eritrea and most recently in Togo, where she took on the role of Deputy Head and Head of Secondary. It is Ms. Bowen’s guiding principle to maintain the academic excellence of a Harrow Innovation Leadership Academy and to provide a holistic environment, where students become innovative global citizens, and confident leaders capable of affecting change in a dynamic evolving world, becoming committed to making a difference. 

MR. Jack Benstead

Head of Lower School (Acting)

Jack Benstead is a founding member of Harrow ILA Zhuhai and has extensive experience teaching across the primary phase as well as obtaining various leadership roles and qualifications. Mr. Benstead qualified from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, UK with a BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS. Mr. Benstead believes strongly in developing each child holistically, nurturing their talents and providing individualized support to encourage and motivate students to fulfil their potential.