A message from our Chairman - Peter Burnett

I am honoured to have been elected as Chairman and delighted that Anne Kerr and Rupert Hogg have agreed to become Vice Chairs and Simon Donowho to continue as Treasurer. The Chamber is one of the most active and respected business chambers in Hong Kong. We, together with the newly-elected General Committee, look forward to working with you to drive forward the Chamber’s work and programmes.

I would like to record my thanks to the outgoing Chairman, Mark Greenberg. I have had the honour of working with Mark, as one of his Vice Chairs, over the last two years and I have seen first hand the rigour and discipline with which he has chaired meetings and events, and his passion for our purpose. We owe Mark a real debt of gratitude for his outstanding leadership of the Chamber

The Chamber is an organisation run for the benefit of its members. I have been struck by, and am truly grateful for, the great engagement from so many members. It is the key to the Chamber's success. Please do come to our events, join our committees and make your voice heard, to ensure the Chamber continues to develop and deliver as an effective network and voice for its members. We need more, not less, of this.

Looking at the year ahead, we will see the UK’s exit from the European Union. This will have implications for many Chamber member companies, and with UK business looking to new opportunities in this region, will put the importance of Hong Kong as a business centre in the spotlight. Taken together with opportunities flowing from the Greater Bay initiative, Belt and Road, and the extraordinary pace of innovation and technological change, this will all add up to a very full agenda for the Chamber.

Once again – thank you for entrusting me with this role and I look forward to meeting and getting to know more of you as the year ahead rolls out.

Peter Burnett
Standard Chartered