Governing Body

The day to day running of the School is overseen by the Principal who, in turn, can rely on the Governing Body of the School for support and advice.

The Governing Body play a vital role in helping oversee the overall strategy for the school and the sustainability of its educational and financial practices. We are fortunate that our Governing Body is comprised of 6 experienced governors who come from a diverse range of backgrounds in the UK, Korea and the USA. This wealth of experience and expertise in many fields of industry and education, is of great benefit to us and we are extremely grateful for the supportive role undertaken by the Governing Body.

Ms Helen Stone (Chair) accordion-plus

Chair of Governors

Helen Stone was educated at NLCS, where she was Head Girl, before going on to Birmingham University to study Civil Engineering. Thereafter she entered the construction industry, gained Chartered status and worked for WS Atkins for over 20 years. In 1991 she became only the 3rd female Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the first in 19 years. She worked on a wide range of projects including the Channel Tunnel, motorways and petrochemical plants, whilst also representing British engineering on the international stage in Moscow and Beijing. She was a governor at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for 9 years before serving as the Chair of Governors at NLCS for 10 years.


Mr Josh Herlihy accordion-plus

Josh Herlihy is a business leader with extensive international commercial experience across a range of geographic and product sectors. He is a graduate of Oxford University. He worked for Unilever for 15 years in both the UK and overseas in a variety of commercial roles. His career continued in the Body Shop as General Manager Global Sales, Finance and Franchising. From the Body Shop, he moved to Eurostar as Executive Commercial Director. For the past 5 years, Josh has been Chairman and co-founder of Clarity Search Limited, a high profile and successful headhunting business focusing on the Retail and Consumer sectors.

Ms Sally James accordion-plus

Sally James was educated at NLCS and is a graduate of the University of Sussex and of the University of Chicago Law School. Sally has practised law in England and the United States and has extensive experience in international finance. She concluded her executive career as General Counsel for Europe, Middle East & Africa for UBS Investment Bank.  From 1998 to 2001 Sally was bursar and fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  Since 2010 she has held a variety of non-executive director roles in the private sector. These include UBS Limited, Bank of America Europe, Moneysupermarkets plc, Rotork plc and Hemes Investment   In the public sector she has served at board level for Barts and the London NHS Trust, the University of Sussex and the Legal Education Foundation.

Mr Sung Kyu Ko accordion-plus

Sung Kyu Ko was born in Jeju City. He studied Economics at Seoul National University and Securities Analysis in Korea University Business School. He began his career at Daewoo Group as a securities analyst and spent 5 years in Jakarta, Indonesia as a branch manager of Kukje-ICC general trading firm. He also worked as CEO for the OCI Group of companies including OCI-SNF (a joint venture with a French Company) and OCI Specialty Co. Ltd producing solar energy related materials. During his time at JDC, he was in overall charge of establishing the Jeju Global Education City Master Plan, inducing premium International schools and investment promotion of several mega projects for Jeju Free International City. As Chair of Governors of the Jeju Provincial Government Public Committees, he continued to promote the ongoing development of Jeju Island.


Mr Bongsoo Son accordion-plus

Bongsoo Son is the Chief Executive of the school operating entity that manages international schools. He is a graduate of Konkuk University where he majored in law. He is one of the founding members of JDC, a public enterprise established by the central government of Korea with the purpose of developing Jeju into a free international city.

He joined JDC the year it was founded in 2002 and has served in several key positions within the company for over 20 years. For four years, starting from 2013, he served as Head of Education City Department of JDC that oversees the Global Education City where the international schools are located, and then for over four years as Head of Planning and Coordination that manages JDC’s budget, organisation, and business plans, etc.

Currently he serves as CEO of the school operating entity JEINS (a subsidiary of JDC), that manages three international schools (NLCS Jeju, BHA, and SJA Jeju) within the Global Education City.

Ms Jiyun Kim (Parent Governor) accordion-plus

Jiyun Kim graduated from the Sungshin Women’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, obtained a Master’s degree from the same university in Education and obtained a teaching certificate for secondary school. She successfully completed a course in music education from Dalcroze Eurythmics at Carnegie Mellon University, and participated in an Artistic training course at Boston Conservatory. As a pianist and an educator, she was committed to becoming an educator. Jiyun has 15 years of teaching experience and has directed numerous student concerts as well. Moreover, as a qualified educator in reading, she is devoted to expanding her experiences in educational counselling.

She continuously participated in public and private volunteering programs and regularly sponsored various organisations which are: – WWF Korea, Good Neighbors, Isidore Hospice and institutions for people with disabilities, childcare facilities. Jiyun continues to work through non-profit organisations to protect the marine environment in Jeju.

She has been involved with NLCS Jeju since 2016 when her son joined the school.