Business Policy Unit (BPU)

The Business Policy Unit (BPU) acts as the ‘think-tank’ within the Chamber, co-ordinating cross-sectoral policy advocacy, comment and feedback to government, regulatory bodies and other consultative and non-governmental organisations on policy issues that are important to businesses in Hong Kong.

Membership of the group comprises senior executives from member companies right across the economy and it takes a view of Hong Kong in its widest economic context. In addition to dealing with local policy affecting Hong Kong’s business and regulatory environment, the BPU also focuses on initiatives that will affect Hong Kong’s cross-boundary investment and trade flows, including the Greater Bay Area, as well as Hong Kong’s standing as an international business centre.

Join the Committee

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.
Annette TsoBusiness Policy and Corporate Relations ManagerRead moreRead lessAnnette's role is to facilitate and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities while promoting the best interest of the Chamber. She is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations; she also looks after the Business Policy Unit, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, Financial Markets Committee, International Infrastructure Forum, and the Smart Cities Forum.
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.
Benjamin StottMemberKPMGRead moreRead lessBen joined KPMG in 2011 and is currently part of KPMGs markets team focused mainly on inbound and outbound clients between China and the UK. Ben started his career at KPMG in the Audit practise focused mainly on multi-national Real Estate and Hotel clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies with Sport and also has a Postgrad Diploma in Accounting.
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.
Kelvin LauMemberStandard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) LimitedRead moreRead lessBio pending.
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.
Kevin MooreMemberAgile8 Consulting LtdRead moreRead lessKevin Moore is the Chief Executive at Agile8 Consulting, a leading environmental manufacturing and consulting firm in Asia.
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.
Nicholas LoupMemberChelsfieldRead moreRead lessNicholas Loup is Group Vice Chairman and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark ChowdhryMemberMcKinseyRead moreRead lessBio to be updated.
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.
Peter BurnettMemberStandard Chartered Bank Read 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.
Simon BookerMemberPricewaterhouseCoopersRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Gary PowerMemberAccentureRead moreRead lessGary Power is a Senior Manager at Accenture primarily focused on digital strategy and its application across industries and contexts. Gary has been based in Hong Kong since 2015 and has recently returned from working in Rwanda on economic development strategies with both the Government of Rwanda and multilateral organizations across the African continent. Gary is keen to engage with the chamber committees on ensuring that Hong Kong remains an attractive operating environment for businesses as well as an open and forward orientated marketplace, able to cultivate, attract and retain leading businesses in the future.
Michael CamerlengoMemberKPMGRead moreRead lessMichael is a Partner, Head of Infrastructure for KPMG in Hong Kong and Head of Government in Asia Pacific. Michael advises clients primarily in respect of major infrastructure and capital projects across the Asia Pacific region. This extends to advising on project strategy, financial and commercial structuring, contract development and restructuring, project tendering and overall transaction advice. Michael has advised on over 20 successfully closed major projects of collective capital value greater than USD8bn across the health, sports, water, power, rail, ports, logistics and commercial real estate sectors.