ESF - English Schools Foundation

Road to reform

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 April, 2006, 12:00am

December 2002 Education minister Arthur Li Kwok-cheung calls for review of English Schools Foundation finances, criticises its governance and says subsidies depend on review

June 2003 Jonathan Harris resigns as chief executive for unspecified reasons

February 2004 Former chairman Jal Shroff and other senior executive committee members resign after the rejection of insurance director Mike Haynes as chief executive

February 2004 Jonathan Harris letter leaked to media, detailing management weaknesses

March 2004 Felice Lieh Mak elected chairwoman. Invites Director of Audit to review operations

November 2004 Audit Report criticises governance and financial management, saying the foundation is too large to make effective decisions

December 2004 ESF votes on direction of governance reform, sets up taskforce to work on amended ordinance

January 2005 Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee calls for governance reform

February 2005 Heather Du Quesnay takes up post of chief executive with agenda to implement reforms

May 2005 Three taskforce members quit, accusing management of standing in the way of reform

September 2005 Consultations held on ordinance

October 2005 Staff and benefit cuts of 9.2 per cent agreed by executive

April 24, 2006 Draft of ESF ordinance proposed amendment bill released to members