Business Angel 

The British Chamber’s Business Angel Committee is a well-respected and leading source of advice and conduit to funding for young Hong Kong enterprises looking for initial or growth investment from our growing network of Angel investors. Since its inception, the committee has reviewed applications from hundreds of enthusiastic Hong Kong entrepreneurs, introducing many of them to a wealth of Angel Investors and Professional Advisors drawn from the membership of the British Chamber.

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Neil OrvayChairEvolution-URead moreRead lessNeil 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 one of Hong Kong's leading spa brands with six locations and multiple industry awards. Neil also owns Evolution-U, a corporate training consultancy focusing on NLP Communication, Influence, Profiling, Sales & Negotiation skills. He has trained over 4,000 executives across sectors including banking & finance, government, consultancy, luxury retail and manufacturing. Neil holds a BSc (hons) degree in Accountancy and Financial Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Executive Masters in International Negotiation and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. From 2013-2018 he was a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University. Neil is a Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP), a Time Line Therapy Trainer (TLTA), and an ICF Accredited Coach.
Iain ReedVice ChairEFARead moreRead lessOriginally 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 LauChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessMarian 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 TaylorMemberAT Associates Hong Kong LtdRead moreRead lessAlan 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 RossMemberBaker Tilly Hong KongRead moreRead lessAndrew 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.
Peter BullockMemberKing & Wood MallesonsRead moreRead lessPeter Bullock is a partner in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons. Peter acts for major information technology and telecommunications brands and for investors in and users of TMT systems and services. He advises on regulatory areas such as cyber risks, data law, FinTech and the digital economy, as well as employment and competition law matters. He also has extensive experience in conducting litigation, arbitration, mediation and investigations. He is also an HKIAC Accredited Mediator.
Phil AldridgeMemberFunctionEight LtdRead moreRead lessPhil 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.
Philipp von dem KnesebeckMemberK5 Advisors LtdRead moreRead lessBased 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 PhippsMemberThe Digital InsurerRead moreRead lessSimon 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.
Tim ProudlockMemberSt. James's Place Wealth ManagementRead moreRead lessTim 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.