WOMEN IN BUSINESS
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 specialised 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.
Originally 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.
Krystyna is the Events & Sponsorship Manager overseeing the British Chamber's active events programme of briefings and seminars, as well as managing major events and series. She is also responsible for sponsorship and partnerships, working with sponsors to create stand out events and content driven series that enrich the Chamber's events offering. Krystyna is also the Chamber's representative on two committees: The Strategic Supply Chain Forum and the Women In Business Committee.
Owner and Managing Director of Health Nation HK, Alison Middleton is a passionate wellness ambassador. With a background in HR, training and development for blue chip multinational organisations, including most recently, Global Group Head of Talent & Development for Nord Anglia Education’s 56 schools across the world, Alison is on a mission to help educate others to make healthy lifestyle choices. An IIN accredited health coach, student at the School of Applied Functional Medicine and trained hypnotherapist, Alison’s unique approach combines these different elements into her practice. Originally from the UK this is Alison’s 8th year in Hong Kong and she fully embraces life here, serving previously on the Steering Committee of the TWF Mentoring Programme and on Union Church Committee of Management. Alison also served as a JP in the UK for 6 years.
Hannah Carmichael is the Programme Director for the Financial Times' Non-Executive Director Diploma and other FT executive education programmes, in Asia. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and development of FT NED in the region and manages the programme day-to-day. Prior to joining the FT, Hannah was Development Manager for Criticaleye Asia, the Peer-to-Peer Board Community, supporting growth and expansion of the business in the region. Before this, she was a Senior Commissioner in Adult Social Care across three inner-London councils, where she worked in partnership with the NHS and Public Health. Hannah is passionate about equality and strives to ensure the FT NED Programme produces board-ready candidates who represent a wide demographic. Hannah believes FT NED has an important role to play in increasing the number of women on boards in Asia and she works alongside organisations such as The Women’s Foundation and the 30% Club to support this goal.
Kathryn Weaver is an Employment Partner and Head of Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience of advising multi-national employers in the Asia Pacific region on international employment law matters, including acting as in-house employment counsel to several global companies whilst on secondment. Her work spans both contentious and non-contentious matters, such as implementing partnership programmes and equity schemes, coordinating litigation, carrying out contract, policy and compliance reviews, advising on restructuring and terminations, and negotiating settlements. Kathryn also provides UK employment law advice, including on gender pay gap reporting obligations in the UK and on the GDPR. She sits on the Women in Business Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and contributes to www.futureofworkhub.info on legal tech stories.
Kirti is the Executive Director of Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Limited and created by the leadership team of Harvey Nash APAC. She has worked in Executive Search for over 20 years. Kirti is the pioneer behind the Women's Directorship Programme, a joint-venture with The University of Hong Kong, a corporate governance programme to help women prepare for board responsibilities. Kirti also leads the Meraki Network, an Executive Women's network in the region and is an active member of the Women in Business Committee at the British Chamber in Hong Kong. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Kirti was named as one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry by the Economist Magazine. In 2013, Kirti was featured in the South China Morning Post's annual Women Of Our Time magazine as one of Hong Kong's 25 most inspirational and influential women who have contributed to the city's success over the past year. She is married and has two young children, Roy and Ava.
Linda is a skilled professional with over 30 years of healthcare experience. Prior to arriving in HK she held senior positions in Europe and the Middle East and volunteered as a nurse/midwife in Indian and Nepal. She is actively involved in healthcare in the region and an honorary professor at HKU. Linda enjoys giving back to the community and in addition to hands-on participation she sits on the board of several HK charities.
Suzanne is Regional Counsel, Asia for Rabobank based in Hong Kong. She has lived and worked in Asia for 22 years and practised law in the banking industry for 27 years starting off in The City of London at Allen & Overy in the late 1980’s. During this time she has worked both as a partner in international law firms as well as Regional Counsel for two international financial institutions. Her career has allowed her to see both sides of the “legal” coin, private practice and in house together with experiencing a growing awareness of the challenges faced by women in their career progression. To this end she is actively engaged in diversity initiatives.