CSR STEERING GROUP
Panel Event, 08 June 2017
Simon Phipps has over 25 years’ experience within the insurance industry, and transferred to Hong Kong as CEO for one of the world’s largest insurance groups in 2006, before moving into strategy consulting in 2010. Having designed and implemented Hong Kong’s first ‘environmentally friendly junk’ in collaboration with students at HK University, as well as instigating numerous initiatives with NGOs across the HK SAR, Simon was invited to join BritCham’s Environment & Energy Committee in 2009. Whilst continuing to be a member of the EEC, Simon founded BritCham’s CSR Steering Group in 2012, which he also chairs.
Helen Ford has worked in branded goods industries for 18 years and has extensive experience in product licensing sourcing and operations and corporate social responsibility. She has worked for and advised a number of global organisations including Pentland Brands, Li & Fung and The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry. She is Director of Ashton Ford Consulting Ltd, providing commercial sustainability solutions for responsible supply chains. She has lived in Hong Kong since 2009.
Caroline has served on the British Chamber’s Women In Business Committee since 2007. Caroline has been Executive Director of HandsOn Hong Kong since September 2012. Before joining HandsOn Hong Kong Caroline worked for the UK Diplomatic Service for almost 2 decades and her most recent assignment was at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong as Assistant Trade Commissioner. Caroline was born in the UK but has spent much of her adult life in Hong Kong and first arrived here in 1996, staying until 2000. She was then based in Europe for 7 years before relocating back here in 2007. She is a passionate volunteer who has dedicated much of her spare time to helping good causes locally, mainly in the animal welfare sector. Caroline holds a Bachelor degree in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Bath and is a Practitioner of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Fiona is a long-term resident of Hong Kong, and active player in international business and the sustainability sector in particular. Having moved out of her first career in accountancy, Fiona has recovered and operated in various strategic and operational capacities in business development, including for two of the Big Four, and the economic development agencies of three countries (UK, HK and Scotland). Red Links’ current client base includes Hong Kong and Scottish enterprises either wholly or partially involved in sustainability/low carbon technology.
Gayle Donohue, Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers has 20 years experience working in the UK and Hong Kong, focused on financial assurance, sustainability assurance and Integrated Reporting. Gayle works with a number of large multi-national and listed companies. Through her work in sustainability and Integrated Reporting Gayle is passionate in helping companies to better understand and report their overall performance, including their total impact on society.
Ms Jackie Lee joined KPMG in 2007, initially working in the Marketing department. In 2009, she moved to KPMG’s Corporate Social Responsibility department where she is currently a manager, leading KPMG’s CSR initiatives in the China region. Her main responsibilities include partnership development, employee engagement, communication and project implementation under KPMG’s CSR strategy and focus. Jackie previously worked as a programme manager at a US-based international relief and development agency for four years. She focused on donor and programme management, fundraising and marketing. She developed and managed several field initiatives included the earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan and Indonesia, water and sanitation programmes in Central Asia, and microfinance poverty alleviation programmes in various areas in China.
Professor of Management at HKUST MBA. Roger is a recognized expert in leadership development, strategy implementation and CSR in emerging economies. He has a profound understanding of effective communication in ethically and politically charged cross-cultural environments. In addition to his core topics, Roger is also asked to address crisis management, presentation skills and sustainability. Professor Levermore refined his expertise at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Liverpool. Prior to offering his services to higher education Roger was a practitioner in the insurance industry. Roger has trained executives from a wide spectrum of industries in particular: textiles, retail, finance, food & beverage and sports. Clients have included: Lenovo, HSBC, MTR, CLP, Gammon Construction, HKSAR, Halton Borough Council as well as many small and medium sized businesses in Hong Kong and the UK.
Tim Lau is Head of Facilities Management Singapore, South East Asia, Hong Kong, Greater China and Thailand, a position he has held since 2007. Since joining Barclays Hong Kong in 1996, Tim has spent 10 years in Japan from 1998 – 2007, managing the Japan Facilities Management team including operations in Korea and Australia. During his tenure in Japan, Tim was also transferred to Singapore for 6 months in 2005 to manage multiple construction projects for the office. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Facilities Management and is a certified member of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Tim frequently dedicates weekends in supporting local charity organizations and carrying out community and volunteering work.