Teaching Staff

  • Betty Yao (MBE)
  • Carol Michaelson
  • David Crombie
  • Grace Chung
  • Dr. Frances Wood
  • Professor Jonathan Liu ​
  • Professor Roderic Whitfield
  • Xuhua Zhan

Betty Yao (MBE)

Betty Yao is currently the managing director at Credential International Arts Management. In 1992, she established the first Chinese language television channel in Europe, CNE, to bring China to a mainstream European public. Yao then became the program director at Asia House, a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom that promotes the understanding of Asia in Europe. In 2007, she was awarded by the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her efforts to promote Asian culture in the UK.

Yao first saw John Thomson's negatives on a visit to London's Wellcome Library with the Asia House in 2006. She was struck by the geographic and social diversity of the beautifully composed images, as well as the photographer’s respect for his subjects. When Yao discovered that the photos had never been seen outside China, she determined to curate an exhibition of the digital prints to tour of China. The exhibition opened in April 2009 at the Beijing World Art Museum and toured to Fujian and Guangdong. The 2010 European tour opened at the Liverpool Maritime Museum, and traveled to the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, the Museum of East Asian Antiquities in Stockholm, and the Chester Beatty Collection in Dublin. Since then, the exhibition has returned to China for a second tour in Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.

Carol Michaelson

Carol has degrees in Western history and Chinese language from the University of London and worked at the British Museum from 1991 where she was a curator in the Department of Asia, responsible for looking after all early material, all jades and snuff bottles. Carol is now semi-retired but continues to work part-time at the Museum and for one of its patrons. She has written catalogues and many articles on Chinese art. In 1999 she curated and wrote the catalogue of an exhibition of loan objects from China: GILDED DRAGONS: Buried Treasures from China’s Golden Ages which was opened by the President of China, Jiang Zemin, and Her Majesty the Queen.

More recently Carol has been involved in exhibitions in the British Museum, including The First Emperor in 2007, and in 2009 an exhibition of jades and bronzes from the Shanghai Museum. In 2010 she helped organize an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasty (221 BC –AD 220) material in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm and wrote part of the catalogue and 2013 curated and wrote the catalogue of an exhibition on the Terracotta Army and Treasures of the First Emperor and the Han dynasty in Finland.

Carol frequently lectures abroad on Chinese history and art. She is also a trustee of private ivory and jade collections and was President of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 2003-6.

David Crombie

David teaches on the Marketing Pathway. David has a wide-ranging experience of the UK.s creative and cultural industries. After leaving the South Bank Centre as Head of Press and Publicity he pursued a successful career as an arts marketing consultant and internet entrepreneur working for Virgin Airways and M&S. Rejoining the arts sector as Director of Communications at the Crafts Council, he later moved to the National Lottery and recently led a successful cultural development programme at King.s College and Imperial College London.

Other postings include Director of Digital Services at the Creative and Cultural Skills Council and work for the British Council. He has been lecturing in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College since 2000 and Ming-Ai ( London ) Institute since 2016. 

Grace Chung

Grace Chung is a Management Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands. Having spent nearly two decades working in Management for multimillion Dollar brands her experience encompasses Leadership development and Team management. In addition to her extensive experience in management, Grace is also a trained Business and life coach.

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Grace’s two great passions are The Art of teaching and Cultural Heritage of the World and are currently working as a consultant for a UK company to design and develop exclusive tours of the 31 Cultural Heritage sites in the UK. Grace holds an MA in International Business and BA in Business Studies with a major in Consumer Behaviour.

Dr. Frances Wood

Frances Wood studied art at Liverpool Art School and Chinese at the University of Cambridge. She spent a year at the Beijing Languages Institute and Peking University, before completing her PhD work on traditional domestic architecture in the Beijing area. She worked in the School of Oriental and African Studies Library at the University of London before moving to the British Library in the early 1980s.

She retired in 2013 after more than 30 years there as curator and head of the Chinese collections at the British Library. Dr Wood is well published in Chinese culture and history; her books include Did Marco Polo Go To China? (1995), The Blue Guide to China (2002), The Silk Road (2003), The Forbidden City (2005) and Picnics Prohibited: Diplomacy in a chaotic China during the First World War (2014) and Betrayed Alley (2107)

Professor Jonathan Liu ​

Jonathan is Professor of Global Business Management. He is the Faculty’s lead on research and scholarship and is responsible for developing and supporting initiatives in the field of Business and Management to promote research, enterprise and scholarship engagement. Jonathan teaches and researches in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management. He started his academic career as lecturer at Aston University and moved to Middlesex University as a senior lecturer.

In 2002 he became Middlesex University’s Professor of Chinese Management, and researched in performance management and managerial development. He joined Newport University in 2006 and was their Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise as well as Professor of Management. Jonathan is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Business Performance Management with Inderscience Publishers. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Marketing and book review editor of the Journal of Technology Management in China.

Jonathan publishes extensively and has over a hundred articles and ten books published in subject areas relating to Business and Management. Jonathan is on the Council of the National Conference of Universities Professors, a Council member of the Universities China Committee in London, a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Jonathan is a trustee and Chairman of the board of the Directors of Ming-Ai (London) Institute.

Professor Roderic Whitfield

Roderick Whitfield is Percival David Professor, Emeritus, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied with Cheng Te-k’un 鄭德坤 and Denis Twitchett at Cambridge, and with Wen Fong 方聞 and Shujirō Shimada 島田修二郎at Princeton. From 1968 to 1984 he was Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities, The British Museum, and from 1984 onwards Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology and Head of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art. Currently he is a Fellow of the Palace Museum, Peking, and Fellow of the Dunhuang Academy.

He has written extensively on Chinese art (In Pursuit of Antiquity: Chinese Paintings of the Ming and Chʻing Dynasties, from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Morse. Jerusalem, 1974; Chinese Traditional Painting, 1886-1996: Five Modern Masters. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1882; The Problem of Meaning in Chinese Ritual Bronzes. London: SOAS, 1993; Fascination of Nature: Plants and Insects in Chinese Painting and Ceramics of the Yuan Dynasty, 1279-1368. Seoul: Yekyong Publications, 1993) and on the Buddhist art of Dunhuang (The Art of Central Asia: the Stein Collection at the British Museum. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 3 vols. 1982-85; Dunhuang: Caves of the Singing Sands, London: Textile and Art Publications, 1996; Cave Temples of Mogao, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2000). With Professor Youngsook Pak, he has also written on Korean art (Korean True-View Landscape Paintings by ChŏngSŏn (鄭敾, 1676-1759), London: Saffron Korea Library, 2005; Handbook to Korean Art series, London: Laurence King Publishing, 2002); co-author with Yu Hui 余輝 and Chia-Ling Yang of Classical Chinese Art: Selected Catalogue of the Paintings and Calligraphy, Wou Lien-pai Museum, Hong Kong: Orientations and Wou Lien-pai Museum, 2011; co-edited with Wang Tao of Exploring China’s Past: New Discoveries and Studies in Archaeology and Art, London Saffron, 2000; and co-editor with Chia-Ling Yang of Lost Generation-Luo Zhenyu, Qing Loyalists and the Formation of Modern Chinese Culture, London: Saffron, 2012.

Xuhua Zhan

Since moving to the UK in 2004, Xuhua Zhan has been working for the art heritage industry.

She has developed specialist skills and knowledge in collection care and arts conservation, gaining working experience at such institutions as the Tate Gallery, ICON, IIC, the British Postal Museum & Archive, V&A, and Guangzhou Museum of Arts. Alongside this Xuhua has worked in a number of arts environments that have offered her valuable skills in curation, project management, developing education programs, art management and communication.

Xuhua has lectured in China and is coordinating an International cultural communication project, the CHINDEU project for the European Commission, and ICON. Xuhua Zhan received a Masters degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Conservation from the University of the Arts London and a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China.