BUSINESS ANGEL PROGRAMME
Neil is the Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce Angel Investment Committee. A Capital Markets Investment Banker of 13 years, Neil worked in London, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong before establishing his first entrepreneurial venture with spa 'Sense of Touch' in 2002, which is now a top internationally recognised spa brand with nine locations in Hong Kong and multiple industry awards. Neil also owns Evolution-U, a training consultancy focusing on NLP Communication, Influence, Profiling, Sales & Negotiation skills. He has trained over 2,000 executives from sectors including banking & finance, government and manufacturing. Neil holds a BSc (hons) degree in Accountancy and Financial Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow of Edinburgh Napier University. He is a Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP), a Time Line Therapy Trainer (TLTA), Master Hypnotherapist (ABH) and an ICF Accredited Coach.
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.
Marian supports the Events and Marketing teams with the day to day running of general events functions and larger special events at the British Chamber. Marian is responsible for putting together all our event flyers and the e-newsletters that are sent out, as well as keeping our Social Media pages up to date with the latest Chamber news and activities. She also looks after the Chambers Business Angel Programme.
Alan Taylor is a management consultant specialising in financial markets. Since founding AT Associates in 1993, he has completed projects for a range of financial organisations, including banks, insurance companies and asset managers. These have covered areas such as business strategy, fund administration, outsourcing, new product development, and product pricing. He has also undertaken technical assistance projects sponsored by international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He was previously Head of Global Custody for Swiss Bank Corporation. After graduation, he gained experience in British Telecom and has held senior positions in a number of financial institutions including National Westminster Bank, County NatWest, and First Chicago. He has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University, is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA).
Andrew Ross is the managing director of Baker Tilly Hong Kong and manages a portfolio of local and international audit clients. He has extensive experience auditing publicly listed companies, in corporate structuring and in providing expert opinions on various accounting and auditing issues. Andrew is an independent non-executive director and Chairman of the audit committee of Global Tech (Holdings) Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and principally engaged in the mobile telephone market. Andrew sits on the Asia Pacific Regional Board of Baker Tilly International which is focused upon the expansion and development of the Baker Tilly brand in the region.
Dominic started his career in manufacturing and spent 8 years in business management within large, global corporations. Dominic then started his first internet based business in 2000 and has subsequently built Vendigital into a global software and consulting business. He understands the vital role and influence that supply markets play in creating a healthy profit line and driving top-line growth. His passion for delivering strategy through robust yet pragmatic execution has shaped Vendigital and many of its clients. As CEO, Dominic is now based in Hong Kong running Vendigital’s Asia business. As an entrepreneur, Dominic has experience in successful fundraising from Angel level, through VC to Private Equity financing rounds. His business expertise is in sales and running companies. Dominic is a chartered engineer and holds a masters’ degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK.
Peter Bullock is a Partner with international law firm Pinsent Masons. He has been based in the firm's Hong Kong office since 1997 and before that worked in the firm's London office. Peter’s background is in risk management and litigation, for clients in the IT and telecommunications sectors. He has acted in numerous disputes for hardware manufacturers, suppliers of software systems, government bodies using IT systems and in relation to outsourcing. He is an accredited mediator with Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, as well as a domain name arbitrator. He leads the firm's Technology & Dispute Resolution practice in Asia Pacific. His team also deals with IT mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, licensing, intellectual property enforcement and trade marks.
Phil Aldridge 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.
Based in Hong Kong, Philipp is a Managing Partner of Blue Future Partners, a private equity firm investing in real estate and technology assets. Previously he founded and ran K5 Family Office for 5 years. Beforehand, he was in the Leveraged Finance Division of UniCredit Bank for 9 years based in London and Hong Kong. Philipp holds a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School and a BSc in Economics.
Simon had his first exposure to start-ups in the late 90s, helping design and launch one of the UKs first online property portals, and subsequently led eStrategy for one of the world’s largest insurers before moving to Hong Kong in 2006 as CEO. He decided to take a break from industry and move across to strategy consulting in 2010. With a professional focus on insurance innovation he is passionate about helping build ‘the digitally-enabled, customer-centric insurers of the future’, Simon is an active member of the InsurTech ecosystem in Asia: a frequent conference speaker and; mentor to numerous start-ups within and outside the insurance sector. Simon has been a member of BritCham’s Environment & Energy Committee since 2009 and founded BritCham’s CSR Steering Group in 2012, which he currently chairs.
Longtime resident of Hong Kong and Macau, Suzanne is Managing Director of Ambiente Macau Limited. Ambiente provides consulting services for property purchase, sales and management services for local and overseas investors and the housing and settling-in needs of expatriates arriving to live and work in Macau. Suzanne’s early career was spent in the hospitality and leisure industry. She was General Manager of the Dubai Country Club, the Ladies’ Recreation Club in Hong Kong and the Tanglin Club in Singapore. It is in her role as associate with Connect Communication, a premier training, coaching and consulting company specialising in communication and presentation skills that Suzanne is involved in the Angels programme. Connect supports this important British Chamber initiative by providing provide pro bono presentation skills coaching for the finalists.
Tim has over 10 years’ experience in Financial Services in Asia and the UK, with a focus on founding organisations and departments. He is currently the Area Head of Transition (Asia) at St James’s Place Wealth Management, where he is responsible for the transition and development of new Partners in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. Before joining St James’s Place, Tim worked on the establishment of SHK Private, a subsidiary of Everbright Securities Company Limited, and as such have a great depth of experience working in the local high-net-worth space in Hong Kong. He received his BSc (Honours) at Kings College, University of London, and The University of New South Wales.