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.
Phil AldridgeVice ChairFunctionEight 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.
Tweety TamChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessTweety supports the Events and Marketing teams with the day to day running of general events functions and larger special events. Tweety 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 Chamber’s Business Angel Programme.
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.
Eric SampsonMemberConnectCommunicationRead moreRead lessEric is an experienced trainer and facilitator with a particular focus on Presentation Skills, Effective Communication, Media Training and Influencing and Persuasion. He also regularly trains in the areas of: Building Trusted Relationships, Communicating across Barriers, Consultative Selling, Negotiation and Cultural Intelligence. Eric is in demand as an Executive Coach, specializing in ‘Executive Presence’ and ‘Speaking as a Leader’, regularly working with senior management and C-Suite executives, up to Board level. He is a Certified Practitioner and Coach of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Eric was born and brought up in Hong Kong before migrating to New Zealand in 1979. He returned to Asia in 1994 after a banking career spanning 15 years in the retail, commercial and corporate banking sectors. His Hong Kong upbringing, multicultural background, local knowledge and international work experience across a broad spectrum of industries and businesses, have given him the proven ability to work with people at all levels, across cultural, language and ethnic boundaries, and across a diverse range of countries, nationalities and professions.

His recent clients include: Allergan, Bank for International Settlements, Baring Asset Management, Blackstone, Brown Brothers Harriman, Capital Group, CFA Institute, Clifford Chance, CLP Power, Credit Suisse, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Estee Lauder, Gammon Construction, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Janchor Holdings, Jardine Matheson, JPMorgan, JTI, Julius Baer, LGT Bank, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, MTR Corporation, Securities and Futures Commission, Schroders, Sullivan and Cromwell, The Hong Kong Law Society, Wal-Mart, and Wallem Shipping.
Mike MathiasMemberEYRead moreRead lessMike is a partner for Ernst and Young Financial Services in Hong Kong. A proven leader in Financial Services and Technology with over 25 years of client engagement/delivery including transformational change, integration programmes and business/IT strategy. Mike has been a financial markets trader and has managed the wholesale banking technology one of the largest global banks. He has specific expertise and experience in business and technology relating to Capital Markets, Asset Management and Securities Services. He has worked across UK, Europe and Asia supporting multi-national financial services clients for over 25 years.
Rosie HampsonMember HSBCRead moreRead lessRosie is a Digital Business Insights Manager at HSBC in the commercial banking business for Asia-Pacific, focused on partnering with external technology providers to strengthen HSBC’s service offerings. Rosie started her career at Accenture in 2013, relocating to Hong Kong in 2015 where she led the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, a 12-week accelerator programme for early stage fintech companies partnering with global banks and insurance companies. She is a highly active member of the fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong, regularly speaking at regional industry conferences. Rosie holds a BA in International Business Management with French from Newcastle University.   
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.
Eric SampsonMemberConnectCommunicationRead moreRead lessDavid is the Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Partners, a Hong Kong-based Global Management Consultancy. David has over 25 years' experience across the Financial Services, Energy, and Transport Sectors. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong for 9 years.

David's angel investing experience includes Social Media (not Facebook unfortunately!), FinTech, and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
Jonathan BerneyMemberChayoraRead moreRead lessWith over 25 years of international business, property development and construction experience, Jonathan Berney, before joining Chayora was Regional Managing Partner for EC Harris in Asia where he spent three years leading and successfully growing the company’s Asian business through a number of significant property and real estate deals.

Jonathan has worked in Asia for more than 20 years and has very strong relationships with the corporate occupier market, particularly in financial services, having previously led EC Harris’s global Corporate Real Estate and Critical Systems team. Prior to moving to Asia, he led a number of development and asset organisations through significant transformations in order to maximise their development and operational performance. These included BAA, Land Securities, London and Continental Railways, Rail Procurement Agency and the Grosvenor Estate.
Georgie McNeeMemberVarious CompaniesRead moreRead lessGeorgie is a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with 15 years professional experience in finance and strategy. She’s a Qualified Chartered Accounted of Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ) and an experience advisor in start-up and scale-up growth.

Her background in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) at publicly listed companies gives her real experience in buying and selling businesses, private equity and raising money with private investors. This experience was gained through her time at at PwC in London, Interserve Plc in the UK (UK FTSE250 UK) and at Caltex Australia Plc (ASX Australia).

Georgie’s is also an angel investor in seven start-ups globally (Australia, UK, USA and India) with 1-5% ownership.