Business Policy Unit (BPU)

The Business Policy Unit (BPU) aims to provide comment and feedback to relevant governmental, regulatory bodies and other consultative and non-governmental organisations on matters of policy that directly or indirectly impact business activities in Hong Kong.

The group views Hong Kong in its wider economic context, and in addition to dealing with local policy affecting Hong Kong’s regulatory environment, also focuses on initiatives that will affect Hong Kong’s cross-boundary investment and trade flows and Hong Kong’s standing as an international business centre.

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Jim TaylorChairCLPRead moreRead lessJim has been with China Light & Power in Hong Kong for close to 14 years, after moving from Melbourne, Australia. Jim is Project Director – Strategic Development at CLP Power Hong Kong, where he is responsible for supporting the company's future long term strategic development and regulatory regime. Jim has extensive senior management experience of electricity, gas and environmental issues with leading companies in both regulated and deregulated energy markets in the UK and Australia. Prior to his current role in CLP, Jim has been responsible for the company's long term strategic planning and the interface with the Hong Kong Government for the operation of the Scheme of Control, with earlier appointments covering CLP’s largest customers, energy efficiency and conservation and tariff design.
Marcello De GuisaVice ChairKPMGRead moreRead lessMarcello is KPMG’s Hong Kong Government and Public Sector Leader. He has over 25 years of consulting experience, and has been based in Hong Kong for more than 12 years. Marcello specialises in policy and strategy (corporate and business) formulation and implementation, boardroom consulting, the provision of sector expertise for transactions, infrastructure procurement strategy and advice, organisation design and effectiveness, and performance improvement across both the public and private sectors. His clients include both Hong Kong and overseas government departments, statutory bodies, higher education institutions, regulators, the United Nations, justice organisations (police forces, courts, and prosecutors), trade associations, healthcare providers, insurance companies and multi-nations that are keen to influence government policy.
Hugo DeaconChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessHugo's role is to facilitate, monitor and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities, and promote the best interests of the Chamber. Hugo is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations. He also looks after the Financial Markets Committee, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, Infrastructure Forum, Smart Cities Forum, and Business Policy Unit.
Alan ChildMemberKnight FrankRead moreRead lessAlan is the Chairman of Knight Frank in Greater China. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years’ experience in the property markets. Alan is responsible for the development of Knight Frank’s business strategy throughout Hong Kong and China where he has been based for over 30 years. He has worked in both the government and private sectors specialising in areas of land resumption, development and management. Alan worked on numerous development consultancy projects and studies as well as providing advice on feasibility assessments, land grants, lease modifications, rating & valuations and other aspects of due diligence for public and private funds.
Andrew MacGeochMemberBryan Cave Leighton PaisnerRead moreRead lessA market-leader in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Project sectors, Andrew has extensive experience in dealing with infrastructure developments, mixed-use and hospitality & leisure projects. During his 25 years in Asia he has been representing developers, owners, institutional investors, governments and statutory corporations. His practice involves projects throughout Asia and he is best known for his work across Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand.
Andrew WorkMemberHarbour Times & New Work MediaRead moreRead lessAndrew Work is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Harbour Times, the flagship of New Work Media. New Work Media is a trade media firm serving industries including Hong Kong government and politics, diplomacy and the self-storage association. The firm also works with major corporations on in-house publications. He is also a Co-Founder Founder of The Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong's first economic think tank. He was the Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, instrumental in growing membership and advancing business policy objectives. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1996. He is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Victoria (MBA).
Anne KerrMemberMott MacDonaldRead moreRead lessAs Chairman of the Environment and Energy Committee (2007 – 2016), Anne has assisted in the preparation of submissions to the government on climate change, air and water quality objectives, sustainable development, the CE's policy addresses and participated in the debates on a wide range of topics of interest to Committee Members and the Community at large. She took up the Vice Chair role on the General Committee in 2016 and has continued to support various Committees including Environment and Energy Committee. In recognition of the cross-cutting nature of the smart cities agenda which is being promulgated by HK Government, Anne established the Smart City Forum which draws its membership from across the Chamber with the express intent of sharing information, informing, showing leadership and providing direction in this diverse and fast growing sector of interest, too both the public and private sectors. Her Chamber priorities for 2017/18 include focused lobbying of government in terms of ensuring an integrated approach is adopted for development initiatives and particularly those around the Smart City Agenda, as well as recognition and action on climate change and energy and water resource issues. As Managing Director Greater China and Global Head of Cities at Mott MacDonald Anne has access and engages with city leaders and officials in many parts of the globe and she works as an informal “ambassador” for Hong Kong’s achievements as well as bringing examples of best practice back to Hong Kong.
Anthony HopeMemberHSBCRead moreRead lessAnthony 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.
Christian TooleyMemberCBRERead moreRead lessChristian Tooley is a Senior Consulting Analyst with CBRE’s Workplace Strategy team in Hong Kong. His role focuses on partnering with global corporates in various sectors to design strategy and implement effective organisational change. Christian advises firms on how to align their business and real estate objectives through implementing analytics-backed creative solutions focused on enhancing employee experience. Recently, Christian founded, and now chairs, LGBT+CBRE, Asia’s 1st real estate pride network. Beyond this, he sits on both the CSR and Emerging Leaders Committees at the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.
David EllisMemberMayer Brown Read moreRead lessDavid Ellis is a partner of Mayer Brown. His work focuses on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial transactions with particular emphasis on the real estate sector.
David FosterMemberBritish Consulate GeneralRead moreRead lessBio to be updated.
Eileen O'ConnellMemberEYRead moreRead lessOriginally from the UK, Eileen moved to Asia with MCI Communications Inc. at the end of 2003, and held a variety of regional roles with the company until March 2007 when she left after 12 successful years as a senior Sales Executive, Managing Director, and member of the APAC Executive Leadership Team. Being determined to get involved with philanthropy beyond the financial contribution, Eileen began volunteering her time with the Christina Noble Childrens’ Foundation in 2007, and accepted the role of General Manager for the Hong Kong operation, which she performed until August 2011. Eileen has remained actively engaged with the Foundation as a Director on the Hong Kong board, continuing to exploit the significant opportunities for Corporate Social Development in the region. A permanent resident of Hong Kong, Eileen has made an effort to learn basic Cantonese, and has been involved in a number of local community initiatives in the Sai Kung area where she lives. She is an active member of the Women in Business Committee for the British Chamber of Commerce, and has a BSc in Biology from London University.
Frances Moffet-KouadioMemberDepartment for International TradeRead moreRead lessFrances joined DTI (now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills-BIS) as a fast-streamer in 2001, following a successful teaching career. At DTI she led on an EU Directive, wrote the Departments first Equality Impact Assessment and worked on the Business Support transformation programme, before joining UK Trade & Investment in 2004. Frances has a range of experience in different markets, including Iraq, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and has been the Director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy Abu Dhabi for the last three years.
Helen CochraneMemberMeinhardt Infrastructure and Environment LtdRead moreRead lessHelen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 27 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has nearly 20 years of experience in Hong Kong. Helen has notable expertise in directing complex multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects for both public and private clients and guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance process and is an active and prominent figure in the environmental services industry in Hong Kong.
Hilary CordellMemberCordellsRead moreRead lessHilary has over 25 years' experience in Hong Kong and Asia acting on the acquisition, funding, development and disposal of infrastructure, commercial and investment properties. These include theme parks and resorts, container terminals and other infrastructure facilities, industrial plants, retail parks and malls, high tech industrial estates, data centres and commercial and residential developments. Hilary regularly advises with regard to land grants, projects, concession arrangements, environmental and planning issues and other regulatory issues. She also has substantial experience in occupational leasing and rent valuation. Hilary’s experience encompasses many jurisdictions in Asia including, in particular, the PRC, Singapore and India. She also has experience in PRC, India, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Korea.
Jessica NamadMemberDeloitte Touche TohmatsuRead moreRead lessJessica is a Director within Risk Advisory at Deloitte, focusing on the financial services industry. Jessica was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Bahrain, Switzerland and the UK, moving back to Hong Kong 6 years ago. Within Deloitte, Jessica has led projects across Asia focused on policy development, implementation and review across some of the world's largest banks and insurance companies, as well as regulatory compliance reviews and market entry assessments. Prior to Deloitte, Jessica worked at the UK Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority in a variety of roles, including global policy making coordination, firm supervision and regulatory reform. Jessica graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bachelor's degree in Social Policy and Sociology, and subsequently earned a Master's degree from the University of Cambridge in Social and Developmental Psychology.
Jonathan BeardMemberEYRead moreRead lessDr Beard is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young. He has advised on transportation policy and related infrastructure finance and development in over 25 countries and has guided the master-planning for some of the world’s largest and most successful ports, including Shanghai, Hong Kong and Port Klang, and the logistics development strategy for several major airports, including Hong Kong and Beijing’s New Second International Airport. Jonathan has provided market and technical advisory for M&As, PPPs and privatisations, and has worked extensively in the aviation and surface transportation sectors, advising on infrastructure investment, fare regulation, competition, the application of new mobility technologies, and economic and financial impact assessments. He was previously Head of Transportation and Logistics Consultancy in Asia for Arcadis and Vice President of ICF, responsible for the company’s greater China economic and policy consultancy. Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant, and a former Director of the Management Consultancies Association of Hong Kong and former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Management Consultants.
Kelvin LauMemberStandard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) LimitedRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Kevin MooreMemberAgile8 Consulting LtdRead moreRead lessKevin Moore is the Chief Executive at Agile8 Consulting, a leading environmental manufacturing and consulting firm in Asia.
Les HalesMemberCIO ConnectRead moreRead lessLes is the Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of CIO Connect, a London based firm that provides advisory and leadership development services to Chief Information Officers. He is also the current President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society. Les has over 30 years experience in IT leadership roles including IT research with Gartner in the Executive Program practice, Asia Pacific IT Director at DHL and Director of Customer Services at Unisys. Based in Hong Kong since 1984, Les is a regular contributor to IT and executive leadership media.
Melissa GecoleaMemberPhilip MorrisRead moreRead lessMelissa Gecolea has worked as a broadcast journalist in the Philippines, Hong Kong and London covering politics, technology, and business for over 2 decades. She started as a TV presenter and daily news reporter covering defense, and later as a producer for the award winning investigative show ‘Assignment’ on the Philippine’s top network ABS-CBN. Since then Melissa has worked as producer and host for various shows in London and Hong Kong covering the telecoms industry, politics, technology and business. From 2011 she worked on several shows at ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) including the science and technology show ‘Future Perfect’ as executive producer, as well as co-host and producer of the award-winning personal finance show ‘On the Money’ from 2012 to 2014 before moving to Hong Kong. Most recently she worked as Supervising Producer and host for the weekly business show ‘Money Magazine’ and ‘Pearl Magazine’ aired on TVB Pearl. She is currently Head of Communications for Philip Morris Hong Kong & Macau.
Mark ChowdhryMemberMcKinseyRead moreRead lessBio to be updated.
Nicholas LoupMemberDymon Asia Real EstateRead moreRead lessNicholas Loup is Chief Executive Officer of Chelsfield Asia and Group Vice Chairman. Chelsfield is a leading real estate development group focused on the principal cities of Europe, Asia and the U.S. Since 1986 the business has constantly evolved to encompass and develop emerging market practices. Nick is a director of the Spinal Cord Injury Fund. He is also Chairman of the Asian Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles Limited (ANREV), of which he is a founder member; Vice Chairman of the Council of China's Foreign Trade. In 2014 he became President of the MIPIM Asia Awards Jury. Nick was Chief Executive of Grosvenor Asia Pacific with offices in Hong Kong, and a member of the Group Executive Committee and Group Board. He established operations in Asia Pacific in 1994 in Hong Kong; the company now has further offices in Tokyo and Shanghai. Previously, Nick has been a director of Asia Standard International and a non-executive director at Bridge Capital Delhi and PCD a department store business in China. He has also been a member of the World Economic Forum's Fiscal Sustainability Global Agenda Council (GAC) and on the Asia Acquisition Committee of the Tate. Prior to arriving in Asia, Nick was a director of Trafalgar House Developments, with responsibility for developments in London's West End.
Nigel SmithMemberColliers International (Hong Kong) LtdRead moreRead lessNigel has over 30 years in the property and real estate industry. Currently he is the managing director for Colliers International Hong Kong, where he oversees the development and growth of the company and its people. He is a thought leader and expert in designing, marketing, and leasing tall and super-tall buildings, as well as mixed-use projects across Asia, such as Taipei 101, 2IFC, ICC Hong Kong, Ping An IFC Shenzhen, and China World Tower in Beijing. He shares his knowledge on driving collaboration in the workplace and creating opportunities, and has become a prominent voice in the workplace strategy and wellness movement.
Paul LynchMemberPrudential Corporation AsiaRead moreRead lessPaul Lynch has been with Prudential Corporation Asia since May 2014 as Regional Director overseeing Government Relations in 13 markets in Asia Pacific. From 1992-1996 Paul served in a number of positions in the Home Office and as Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office. Paul joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1996. In his diplomatic career Paul was posted as First Secretary Science and Technology at the British Embassy Tokyo, Commercial Consul and later HM Consul General West Japan, based in Osaka; HM Consul General, Houston as the UK's most senior representative to six states in the south of the USA; and Deputy Head of Mission and Director Trade and Investment, British Consulate General, Hong Kong. Paul has a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, and a MSc. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Paul Redmayne-MouradMemberBonhamsRead moreRead lessPaul is Head of Sales at Bonhams. After graduating from King’s College London, he began working at Cartier and has since held senior positions in a number of top international jewellery houses in London, Paris and now Hong Kong in a career that has spanned over 17 years. Highly experienced with UHNWIs, his expertise lies in sales, marketing, branding and business development. Paul also sits on the British Chamber’s General Committee.
Peter BurnettMemberStandard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) LimitedRead moreRead lessPeter is responsible for Standard Chartered’s Greater China and North East Asian Corporate Finance business covering Greater China, Korea and Japan. This includes Project and Export Finance, Structured Trade Finance, Leverage Finance, Leasing and Asset Secured Finance, Principal Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions advisory (M&A). He joined in April 2013 from UBS where he had spent a career of some 24 years, including, Head of Asian Equity Capital Markets, Head of Asian Investment Banking, Chief Executive of UBS Middle East and most recently Chairman of Global Capital Markets, Asia. Peter first came to Asia in 1994 to work on a large financing in Indonesia. He settled in Hong Kong in 1996 where, apart from three and a half years in the Middle East, he has lived ever since. He has a long association with the region and has worked with a large number of Hong Kong and Hong Kong based corporate and Government entities. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Peter, who was born in India, is married with three daughters.
Richard WinterMemberChina Tonghai International Financial LimitedRead moreRead lessRichard is Senior Advisor of China Tonghai International Financial Limited, a Main Board listed financial services group. He is Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Financial Markets Committee and Chairman – Executive Committee, Outward Bound Hong Kong. He is a member of the Securities and Futures Commission Advisory Committee, Takeovers and Mergers Panel and Takeovers Appeal Committee and was member of the Stock Exchange Listing Committee member from 2007 to 2013. Richard is non-executive director of Law Debenture Trust (Asia) Limited and Concrete Canvas Technology. He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Securities Institute and Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Born in England in 1952, Richard graduated from Edinburgh University with B. Commerce Hons. (2.1) and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in 1980. After periods with Deloittes in Nairobi and Edinburgh, he arrived in Hong Kong in 1985 to work as a manager in the Corporate Advisory Service Department of Ernst & Whinney. In 1987 he joined Standard Chartered, where he worked for 12 years, to become Managing Director, Investment Banking in charge of North East Asia. In January 2000, he joined Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance Limited as Managing Director, with responsibilities to establish and develop their corporate finance capability. Richard left with his team in 2002 to become Chief Executive Officer of Quam Capital Limited and a major shareholder in Quam Limited, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which was sold in 2017 to China Oceanwide, since renamed China Tonghai Group.
Simon BookerMemberPricewaterhouseCoopersRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Steve RootMemberThe Contracts GroupRead moreRead lessSteve Root, Director, The Contracts Group, provides clients with a wide range of project management consultancy services. He has notable expertise throughout the whole project lifecycle, from business case to post completion settlement and advises private and public sector clients in business cases, planning, scheduling, risk management, project management and training, including acting as an expert programming witness. With 30 years project experience in construction, I.T., business change and capital markets clearing, Steve is passionate in raising project management standards and developing upcoming project managers and is very active in the local project management community through his Chairmanship of the Hong Kong Branch of the Association for Project Management, the UK’s Chartered Body for the Project Profession.
Tiffany LamMemberGlaxoSmithKlineRead moreRead lessTiffany Lam - External Affairs Manager, GlaxoSmithKline Limited. Tiffany has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 10 years in various functions ranging from sales, marketing, medical to external affairs which gained her solid experience and extensive network among the industry peers. She joined BPU since last year and is currently an active taskforce member of the Hong Kong Association of Pharmaceutical Industry which serves as the platform for sharing industry information and bridging the industry with different stakeholders.
Vincent ConnorMemberPinsent MasonsRead moreRead lessVincent Connor is Pinsent Masons’ Head of Office in Hong Kong and Head of Sectors – Asia. He specialises in Construction Law, providing clients with strategic advice during projects and representing them in mediation, arbitration and litigation. Asia-Pacific Legal 500 describes him as having "a top reputation" in Construction Law and he is recommended as a leading Construction Lawyer in Who's Who Legal. In addition to his British Chamber committee work, Vincent is a member of The Lighthouse Club's Committee; the NEC User's Group Steering Committee and the CIC’s Taskforce on NEC. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Vincent was appointed as a GlobalScot in 2007 by Scotland’s First Minister.