Managing Partners


Matt McGuire

A Finance, Operations and Technology professional with experience at the American School in Japan as a Board Member, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer.  Matt was previously the Japan COO for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and spent 25 years in financial services in NY, London and Tokyo.  Matt currently resides in Tokyo.


Ayako Sugaya

A Human Resources professional with over 20 years of leadership and functional experience in banking and education sectors in Tokyo, London and Singapore. Most recently the Director of Human Resources at United World College South East Asia in Singapore. Previously the head of Human Resources at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Japan and in Singapore & South East Asia. Ayako currently resides with her family in Singapore. 

Tim Thornton

Tim Thornton

Tim has been in International schools as a teacher and administrator since 1976, most recently as Deputy Head of the American School in Japan.  His administrative specialty is Finance and Facilities.  Married to a former international school teacher with four children all of whom attended and graduated from international schools.  Tim currently resides in Devon, England.

Joni Ho

Senior Consultant

An HR professional with over 20 years of experience in various MNC's (finance, energy, manufacturing & high tech) and education sector.  Most recently the Head of HR Projects and Governance at UWCSEA in Singapore and previously the Country HR Director at Alstom in Beijing, China.  Experience in procurement, internal audit and M&A integration.  Fluent in Chinese, Joni resides in Singapore.