SME & STARTUP COMMITTEE
Phil Aldridge is the Chair of the SME Committee and is COO of FunctionEight Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with regional offices in Singapore and New Zealand, FunctionEight provides IT Managed Services and private cloud computing solutions to SME's and Regional Offices of MNC's across the APAC region. As COO Phil heads up the product, marketing and sales functions, as well as providing technical oversight. Phil has been in Hong Kong since 1991 and having worked in various firms in positions of Regional IT manager or similar he joined FunctionEight in 2006.
Anthony Hope is Asia-Pacific Head of Strategic Analysis for HSBC’s Financial Intelligence Unit. He is also a Director at MatrixVision, a virtual currency compliance company. Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Anthony served for seven years with the UK Government and held various positions with both HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs, including leading the European Finance and EU Budget 2014-2020 Negotiations Teams. He has extensive legislative, policy and project management expertise, having taken the UK’s Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill 2010 through the UK Parliament and helped to re-write the UK’s policy on residence and domicile taxation. Anthony holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Heily is part of the events team, helping to coordinate and deliver all events at the Chamber. She looks after the Emerging Leaders Committee, SME & Start-up Committee and organises all SME related events and activities.
Daniel Walker is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Law, the trusted platform to manage law online. Prior to founding Dragon Law, Daniel practised at DLA Piper, Stephenson Harwood and Clyde & Co in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of London. He is the Board Director and Founder of Lawyers Without Ties, Hong Kong’s first plain-English legal consultancy that provides business consultancy service and legal process outsourcing for startups, SMEs and global law firms.
David Dodwell is Chief Executive of Strategic Access Limited. A veteran Financial Times journalist and expert on international business, global trade and economic and political developments, particularly in Hong Kong and China, he founded the company in 2005. Actively involved in the Hong Kong business community, Mr. Dodwell is vice-chairman, government relations of the British Chamber of Commerce, and is former chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, the policy think tank arm of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is Hon Sec of the Hong Kong Forum, a public policy think tank affiliated with the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, Dodwell was appointed the Executive Director of the trade policy think tank Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, established to support the activities of the Hong Kong APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) members and to augment the voice of Hong Kong business in trade policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Dodwell spent 18 years as a Financial Times journalist, mostly in Asia, with a secondment to the China Daily in Beijing. In the decade between leaving the Financial Times and creating Strategic Access, he held three senior positions in Hong Kong combining corporate communications, government relations and public policy research. He was executive director at GolinHarris, a global communications group, director of corporate communications and public affairs of the Jardine Fleming, the Asia-focused merchant bank, and a trade policy advisor to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. An honours degree holder from the University of East Anglia in the UK, Mr. Dodwell co-authored with Professor Michael Enright The Hong Kong Advantage, published in 1997 by the Oxford University Press. He has served as a member of a number of Hong Kong government advisory committees, is a frequent lecturer of Hong Kong issues around the world, and was in 2001 awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for his contribution to the international community’s understanding of Hong Kong.
Originally from the UK, Iain has lived in in several regions of the Asia Pacific since 1989 including Thailand, Indonesia, India, Singapore and now Hong Kong. After graduating from Cambridge University he immediately set up his first Company, trading consumer goods between Indonesia and the UK. He then spent 10 years as an investment analyst for Barclays De Zoete & Wedd, Société Générale, and CLSA before leaving to found EFA in 2003, of which he is now Chairman. Iain’s role as Chairman includes acting as a brand ambassador, overseeing the financial and legal functions as well as the Consulting Services division, and business development for the group. He is currently working to diversify the group’s product range, focusing on EFAdrin. He is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, sitting on the Financial Markets, IT and SME committees and the Vice Chairman of the Angel Committee, a programme which connects entrepreneurs with angel investors in Hong Kong. He is also the founding President of TiE Hong Kong, the local chapter of TiE, which is a global non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, education and networking. Iain is an active member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong and the Asian region and is an angel investor.
Madeleine Behan is the Director of The Communication Group Ltd which is a Communication Consultancy specialising in Information Design: and Information Structure™. The Communication Group is a Small Enterprise (SE) which can react faster to new situations; is more flexible, has lower costs (and can therefore offer lower prices); and can develop closer working relationships with key clients than its larger competitors. Madeleine is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA). She regularly represents the company to speak at HKICPA, IIA and ISACA seminars in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region. She has been an active Corporate Member of the Chamber since 2002.
Raymond opened Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and Emack & Bolio’s ice cream parlour in Hong Kong, and is looking to develop these brands cross Asia. He also provides advisory services and capital to small and medium sized British businesses looking to start up in Asia. He has been in Hong Kong for 7 years, and previously worked at Jardine Matheson and KPMG.
Richard has been UK Trade & Investment’s Deputy Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong since August 2012. UKTI works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports and to encourage and support overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business. Richard’s particular areas of interest include the environment and sustainability, healthcare and infrastructure. He is also interested in further developing business to business support networks between Hong Kong and the UK.