Peter Burnett is responsible for Standard Chartered’s Greater China and North Asia Corporate Finance business covering Greater China, Korea and Japan. This encompasses all Term Lending, Loan Syndications, Leveraged and Structured Solutions, Shipping and Aircraft Finance, M&A and Project & Export Finance. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd, and serves as the Chairman of the “One Belt, One Road” Committee for the Hong Kong Association of Banks. Peter was Vice Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce from 2016, and became Chairman in 2018. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in April 2013, he spent a career of some 24 years with UBS, 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.
As 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 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.
Rupert Hogg is Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Chairman of Air Hong Kong and Cathay Dragon. He is also a Board Director of John Swire & Sons (HK) Limited, Cathay Pacific Airways and Air China Cargo Company Limited. Mr. Hogg joined the Swire Group in 1986. He has held various management positions in the group’s operations in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Pacific Airways in May 2017, Mr. Hogg served as the Chief Operating Officer of the airline for three years. Mr. Hogg, who holds a Masters degree from Edinburgh University (MA Hons), is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport HK. He is enthusiastic to serve as a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and is confident that the many leadership roles he has played in numerous corporate and professional bodies will benefit the Chamber if he is elected to the General Committee.
Simon is a partner in KPMG in Hong Kong where provides audit, deal advisory and regulatory advice to clients in the financial services industry. Simon is KPMG’s regional lead for several of KPMG’s global clients and KPMG’s regional lead for the insurance industry. Simon joined KPMG in London in 1988 after a short stint in the family construction business. He moved with KPMG to Bangkok in 2000 and then to Hong Kong in 2002. Simon is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and a CPA (Practicing) in Hong Kong. As honorary treasurer Simon contributes to the Chamber by overseeing all the Chamber’s financial matters. Simon is married with four children, three of whom are at school in Hong Kong.
Andrew is the Executive Director of the Chamber and is responsible for the Chamber’s overall management, its financial status and staff. Andrew took over as Executive Director in April 2015 and has extensive experience of living and working in Hong Kong and China from his previous career in the UK Foreign Office.
Benjamin Birks joined Jardine Matheson in 2000. He has previously held senior positions within the retail, automotive, business outsourcing and IT businesses of the Group. Benjamin took up the role of Chief Executive of Zung Fu on 1 January 2016. Prior to his appointment at Zung Fu, Benjamin was Chief Executive of Jardine Pacific. Jardine Pacific holds a number of the Group’s businesses including its construction and engineering businesses, restaurant interests, as well as its information technology, and aviation and transportation concerns. Benjamin is originally from the UK, although he has lived in Asia since 1996. He was educated in St Andrews, Scotland and Harvard, USA.
Mr. Dodwell is a public policy consultant and former Financial Times journalist who has worked in Hong Kong for over three decades. As such, he has deep roots into the Hong Kong Government, into the Legislative Council, and the media community which can be of help to the British Chamber as it reaches out to inform and influence local policy making. He is intensively involved in think-tank work for government agencies and pro bono organisations, and has sat on a number of Government advisory bodies, positioning him well to reflect business views in general, and the views of British business in particular, in a wide range of policy areas. As Executive Director of the HK-APEC Trade Policy Group he maintains on behalf of Hong Kong Business intensive involvement in APEC-wide policy discussion on trade and investment liberalization and protectionism.
David has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 2011 and in Asia since 2008 having previously being based in Singapore. He is married with two children studying in Hong Kong. David is responsible for EY’s consulting practice in Hong Kong as well as being the lead Asia-Pacific partner for one of the firms’ largest global clients. David was responsible for EY’s admission to the Chamber as a Sterling member and is passionate around ensuring that EY contributes positively to the Chamber’s agenda across multiple fronts. He sees strong alignment between EY’s strategy in Hong Kong and Asia - Pacific and the Chambers broader aims to serve its membership.
Chris Harvey joined Accenture in June 2016 after a 15 year career at Deloitte and with 25 years’ experience of serving clients in Financial Services across the world. At Deloitte, Chris was the Global Head of Deloitte’s Financial Services business for 5 ½ years, the last 3 of which he has spent in Hong Kong spearheading their growth in the AP Region. In addition, Chris was the Global Lead Client Partner (CAL) for Deloitte’s largest global client. Chris specializes in Business and Operational strategy with a particular focus on the impact of disruptive technology on Financial Services and has worked in over 30 countries and lived in 6. Prior to Deloitte, Chris worked in consulting at Gemini Consulting and Capco following an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He also has an MA in Jurisprudence (Law) from Oxford University and spent 10 years as an officer in the British Army.
Stephen Kitts is the Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland in Asia and a corporate M&A lawyer. Stephen lives in Hong Kong having arrived in November 2012. He quickly recognised the valuable contribution made by the Chamber to business life and is an enthusiastic supporter of its “doing business” ethos. Eversheds Sutherland is recognised as a progressive international law firm with an ambitious agenda to build its business in Greater China. Stephen believes there is real alignment between the strategic objectives of the Chamber and his firm that resulted in Eversheds Sutherland becoming a Sterling Member in 2013. Stephen sits on the Financial Markets Committee and has a keen interest in how the Chamber facilities strategic interactions between stakeholders in Hong Kong and fosters meaningful relationships with businesses in the UK. If elected, Stephen will proactively contribute to the Chamber’s activities and work with members to ensure their interests are best served.
William Lau is the Chairman of the B.S.C. Group of Companies. B.S.C. is a global supplier of kitchen and bath products, lighting and furniture, also an interior fitting out contractor. He has been past Chairman of Howden Asia (Howden is a London listed company),past Chairman of Hochtief Asia (Hochtief is listed on Xetra Germany) and past Non-Executive Director of Sands China Limited (HK Listed). He is at present Chairman of Manhattan Shower UK, Manhattan Bath Hong. William has more than 40 years of Hong Kong and China experience.
Susheela Rivers is head of the Real Estate Group and the Hospitality & Leisure Group for DLA Piper in Asia Pacific. She is a solicitor of England and Wales and also admitted in Hong Kong. With 25 years' experience in real estate investments and developments, hotel, retail and mixed use sectors, Susheela has been instrumental in advising on landmark developments throughout the region including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. With a focus in real estate acquisitions/disposals, financings, developments, leases, hotels and private funding initiatives, Susheela advises international and regional private equity real estate funds, property companies, hotel groups, investment banks, retailers and hospitals on aspects of real estate transactions from structuring the investments, developments, project and investment management, real estate operation to the exit strategies. She transacts also on deals in England. Susheela has been acknowledged as Best in Real Estate by the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014. She was also named as a leading individual in the area of Real Estate by Asia Pacific Legal 500. Asia Pacific Legal 500 went on to note that Susheela "is a hospitality sector expert with deep knowledge of the real estate market". In addition, she was acknowledged as a leading lawyer in the area of Real Estate by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers Asia Pacific. Under Susheela's leadership, DLA Piper's Real Estate group is ranked as Tier 1 for Real Estate in China, Hong Kong and Thailand by Asia Pacific Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and Tier 1 for Real Estate Funds in Hong Kong by IFLR1000. Clients say of Susheela Rivers: "She understands the issues very well and has a very commercial point of view on matters which helps get the deal done." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
Timothy is elected General Committee member and former Chairman of the Chamber's Business Policy Unit (BPU) from 2007-2016, and has led the drafting of the Chamber's Policy Address and Budget Address submissions for since 2007. Timothy was the founding Chair of the Chamber's Environment and Energy Committee and chaired this committee 2005-2007. In addition, Timothy has authored, led and contributed to hundreds of important Chamber submissions to the government on Hong Kong’s business competitiveness, environment, competition policy, minimum wage, double stamp duty, English language radio and food labelling and presented and debated these positions to the Legislative Council and their Bills Committee. Tim has also organised a wide array of speakers to address Hong Kong's key local, regional and global challenges. In 2003, Timothy founded and is presently CEO of the respected corporate governance, public affairs/government relations, public relations and political risk consultancy, Executive Counsel Limited. Timothy has worked in Hong Kong since 1990 and proudly calls Hong Kong his home. In addition to leading the drafting of the Chamber's Policy Address and Budget Submission in 2016-2017, his Chamber priorities for the coming year will include focused lobbying of government on behalf of the business community on issues including Hong Kong's medium term regional competitiveness, an overarching strategy for Hong Kong, the HK2030+ consultation and standard working hours. In 2017-2018 he hopes also to continue to contribute meaningfully to the General Committee and also the betterment of Hong Kong's corporate governance through the Chamber’s involvement.
Jeremy is the Managing Director of the Markets Business in Asia Pacific for Jones Lang LaSalle. He is presently the Chairman of the Chamber's Real Estate Committee. Jeremy has lived in HK for over 25 years, and in the property industry for over 31 years. In this time he has been based in Europe, the US but most significantly 23 years in HK. He brings a global perspective to the challenges faced by both occupiers and developers in HK, as China and more broadly APAC competes on the world stage. He believes that his experience and ongoing regional /global interaction with all manner of companies, as they look to set up/ rationalise their operations in Hong Kong and Asia will benefit the Chamber in its mission. He will continue to focus on the concerns/ issues that affect the Chamber members, especially as they relate to the HK Property market but also across the broader HK business environment. He is facilitating this through his active participation in the various property professional bodies of HK, such as the RICS General Practice Board, the HKIS and government relations through the daily course of business.
Stuart Tait, Group General Manager and Regional Head of Commercial Banking Asia Pacific for the HSBC Group, responsible for relationships with large corporate, medium and small business clients in Asia-Pacific. Joined HSBC in 1984 and has held various positions in Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Risk and Human Resources. Previous assignments with HSBC have been based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Phil Aldridge is the Chair of the SME Committee and 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.
Edward is an Associate in Holman Fenwick Willan's Energy & Resources department. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Durham University, where he specialised in manufacturing and logistics. After graduating in 2008, Edward worked as a project manager at a Danish Forbes 150 multinational, including a year posted to their Netherlands headquarters. Having decided to pursue a legal career, Edward obtained a postgraduate LLB in 2012 and relocated from London to Hong Kong in 2014. As a qualified lawyer, Edward draws on his technical background and commercial experience to advise leading trading houses, logistics providers, insurers and financiers on international trade.
Hill & Associates is a leading, Hong Kong headquartered, Asian based risk consultancy. John has headed up the gaming portfolio at Hill & Associates since 2003 and has significant experience in assisting both operators and investors in understanding the convoluted nature of the Asian gaming business and the individuals and corporations involved in it.
Gerard Byrne is AMEA Chief Operating Officer at BT Global Services, responsible for operations across 99 countries and in excess of 5,000 employees. Gerard also heads the Indirect Channel business line and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to BT Global Services, Gerard was COO at Barclays Capital in Hong Kong, leading large scale transformational projects, focusing on capital, tax and funding projects, encompassing all infrastructure disciplines. Before coming to Hong Kong in 2008, Gerard spent over 17 years in Japan, working as Chief Financial Officer at HSBC, Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital. Gerard’s academic qualifications include first class under graduate and post graduate awards in commerce and management respectively from University College Dublin. Gerard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. His hobbies include hiking and golf.
Helen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has over 22 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.
Sheila is a Senior Financial Planner with The Fry Group Hong Kong Limited and has worked in financial services for more than 30 years. Prior to moving to Hong Kong Sheila worked in the UK for a number of large insurance/investment companies both in an advisory and a managerial capacity. She specialized in providing taxation and estate planning advice and managed both private client and corporate client investment portfolios. Sheila holds the Advanced Pensions and the Advanced Taxation & Trust Specialist certificates. Sheila has worked in Hong Kong since 2006, and was Hong Kong’s Best Financial Planner of the Year 2008 at the prestigious IFPHK/SCMP Financial Planner Awards. The Awards are co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Financial Planners and the South China Morning Post. Winning this accolade attests not only to Sheila’s dedication and discipline when it comes to taking care of her clients but also to her ability and professionalism.
Les 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.
Andrew Heyn OBE, British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao, took office in October 2016. Andrew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989 and served in Caracas, Lisbon and Dublin before his most recent overseas posting as Ambassador to Burma.
Hanif is the founder and CEO of Sinophi Healthcare, a company which invests in and manages hospitals in China, focusing on public general hospitals and selected specialty hospitals. Sinophi works in partnership with hospitals in China’s rapidly growing urban areas to deliver improvements in the delivery of healthcare. Sinophi brings to hospitals in China international hospital expertise and technology, and builds partnerships with leading UK and international healthcare service and product partners. Earlier in his career, Hanif qualified as a doctor and practiced in the UK. He then spent eleven years in investment banking in corporate finance, derivatives and asset management with financial institutions including Prudential-Bache in London and New York, and Société Générale (SocGen) in Paris and Hong Kong. Returning to healthcare in 2000, Hanif undertook (as COO for Hong Kong) the restructuring of then HK-listed ehealthcareasia.com which he turned from loss to profit in nine months. This included the development of an innovative, web-based, combined medical claims processing and clinic management software and its implementation to Hong Kong’s largest physician group of over 700 doctors. Hanif graduated in medicine from Cambridge University and received his MBA from The Wharton School, USA.
Kate Kelly founded K2PR Limited in 2006 to focus on providing first hand advice to a small number of clients at Chairman and CEO level, drawing on over three decades of experience in Hong Kong with international PR agencies as well as senior in-house positions with companies such as The Honking and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (Peninsula Hotels). She has advised C-suite executives in multinational companies and local conglomerates in sectors as diverse as aviation, airlines, automobile, construction, culture, design, education, finance, hospitality, luxury retail, news, property, technology, tourism and trading. She chaired the Chamber’s SME Committee from 2000-1013, and is a founding and still serving member of the Scottish Business Group.
Mark has spent most of his career in differing forms of education. Currently the Managing Director and founding Partner of Connect Communication, he has spent the last 19 years facilitating workshops and seminars here in Hong Kong and throughout Asia Pacific. Whilst most of his training has been with large financial, legal, and corporate organisations, he has also run numerous programmes for the Hong Kong Government and various educational establishments. This includes the Hong Kong University, The HKUST, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The ESF, and The Chinese International School. Prior to his present position, Mark was a teacher. Starting off in an Inner London Comprehensive School (many years ago!), he went on to work in a special needs school in Zimbabwe, a state school in New Zealand, and finally was the Principal of a small private school in Hong Kong. Mark has been living in Hong Kong for 29 years. A graduate from Queens University, Belfast, he holds a Masters degree in Educational Management. He is married with 4 children. Three of them went through the ESF, from Primary 1 to Secondary 13, before going on to universities in England, Australia, and the USA. His fourth child is currently enjoying life at Bradbury.
Paul McComb is Director General of Trade and Investment in Hong Kong and Macau in the Department for International Trade; with responsibility for trade promotion, inward and outward investment, trade policy and market access arrangements. Prior to this, Paul was the Department’s Director of Transition, with responsibility for establishing the new Department after the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Paul is a career civil servant and has held a number of senior positions including four years on the Operations Board of the UK’s Jobcentre Plus, Managing Director at UK Trade & Investment and Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Paul holds an MA (Social Policy) from York University, an MSc (Crime Risk Management) from the University of Leicester and BSc (Computer Science) from the Open University. He is married and has two children.
Author of the widely acclaimed book Global Supply Chain Ecosystems, Mark Millar delivers knowledgeable insights and independent perspectives which help empower clients to make better informed business decisions. Mark’s enlightening and informative briefings address the supply chain and business implications of key trends that are impacting almost every business, including The Asian Century, the E-commerce Frenzy and Disruptive Technologies. Acknowledged as an engaging and energetic presenter, clients have engaged Mark as Speaker, Moderator, MC or Conference Chairman at more than 450 corporate events, management briefings, customer functions and industry conferences across 26 countries. A Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2012, Mark has also delivered guest lectures at Georgia Tech (Atlanta), RMIT (Ho Chi Minh City), SP Jain (Dubai and Singapore), HKU SPACE (Hong Kong) and Warwick University WMG (UK). His commitment, passion and active industry contributions have earned many accolades, with Mark being recognised as “One of the most Progressive People in World Logistics”, in the “China Supply Chain Top 20”, as one of “Asia’s Top 50 Influencers in Supply Chain & Logistics” and in the USA Listing of “Top Pro’s to Know in Supply Chain”. www.markmillar.com
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.
Paul is the Asia-Pacific head of the London high-jeweller David Morris. 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 is the Chairman of the Luxury and Retail Committee.
Alison is a partner of KPMG China and is the Head of KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice in Hong Kong. Alison joined KPMG in London and has been living and working in Asia Pacific for 14 years and in Hong Kong since 2009. Alison is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Accounts in Hong Kong. Alison has over 20 years’ M&A experience, advising investors and leading some of the landmark transactions in the region including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and significant inbound and outbound investment activity with China. Alison has a strong interest in promoting and furthering the interests of the Chamber and its members in Hong Kong and China as well as with businesses in the UK and looks forward to chairing the China Committee and supporting the the British Chamber’s strategy.
Jeff was born in Devon in the South West of England, growing up on a farm many miles from the nearest town. He went on to study English Literature and Language at the universities of Oxford and East Anglia in the UK before starting an international career with the British Council. He has worked in North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. All of his postings have involved engagement in education as a teacher, lecturer, project leader or adviser. Most recently, he was Country Director of the British Council in Egypt, based in Cairo. He takes up the post of Director Hong Kong on 3 April 2018.
Jim has been with China Light & Power in Hong Kong for 15 years, after moving from Melbourne, Australia. Jim is Director – Strategic Development Project 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 & conservation and tariff design.
Tricia Weener is Global Head of Marketing for HSBC Commercial Banking as well as Asia Head of Marketing for HSBC Commercial Banking and Global Banking & Markets. Prior to HSBC, she founded and was CEO of Intelligent Marketing. Tricia started her career at BAe, before moving into a number of senior marketing roles, client and agency side, working in industry sectors including: retail, FS, drinks, FMCG, travel and sport. She graduated with a 1st class (Hons) degree in Business Studies prior to completing her professional Diploma in Marketing with the CIM. Married with two children, Tricia is Chair of the Marketing Society Asia, a Sustainability Leader for the HSBC Group and is on the Marketing Committee of Britcham in HK. She currently lives in HK, but spent much of her career in London and has also worked in Paris and the US.
Nigel became a member of the Company in 2004 when Balfour Beatty's Hong Kong operations merged with Gammon's. In 2011, he was appointed Executive Director with responsibility for the commercial function of the Gammon Group.
Richard Winter, Executive Director of China Oceanwide International Financial Limited, a Main Board listed financial services group, and Chief Executive Officer of Oceanwide Capital, the corporate finance business of the group. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in the industry and 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 from 2007 to 2013. He is Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Financial Markets Committee.