Elected Members

Peter BurnettChairStandard Chartered BankRead moreRead lessPeter 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.
Anne KerrVice ChairMott 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.
Jeremy SheldonVice ChairJones Lang LaSalle LtdRead moreRead lessJeremy 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.
Paul McSheaffreyTreasurerKPMGRead moreRead lessPaul is KPMG’s Head of Banking & Capital Markets for Hong Kong and has worked with a variety of clients in Hong Kong and across Asia advising them on a range of matters. Paul’s clients comprise institutions in retail/commercial banking, private wealth management and investment banking with a particular focus on international groups’ operations in Asia. Paul regularly engages with regulators, principally the HKMA, sharing views on industry and client matters. Paul has a particular interest on advising firms on their governance, risk and control processes with a recent focus on advising on conduct and culture. Paul has been a member of the Financial Markets Committee for over five years. Paul is passionate about the promotion and continuing development of Hong Kong as the international financial centre for Asia and contributes to this, most recently with the Private Wealth Management Association in 2018 whitepaper on developing Hong Kong as an offshore wealth management hub. He has seen firsthand the ability of Chambers and industry associations to reach, and influence, policy makers and regulators on what actions are needed. Paul has been living and working in Hong Kong for nearly 15 years. He is married with two children at school in Hong Kong. Paul is active in mini-rugby in Hong Kong and is the Treasurer of the Hong Kong Football Club youth rugby section and is the team manager for the under-9s as well as being a budding referee!
David GrahamExecutive Director & SecretaryBritish ChamberRead moreRead lessDavid is the Executive Director of the Chamber and is responsible for the Chamber’s overall management, its financial status and staff. David has over 30 years of experience in legal and financial services.
Alex NewbiggingDirectorJardine Matheson Holdings LimitedRead moreRead lessAlex Newbigging was appointed Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited in October 2017, having been with the Jardine Matheson Group since 1995. He has held a number of executive positions, including chief executive of The Jardine Engineering Corporation in 2008 and group managing director of Jardine Cycle & Carriage between 2012 and 2019. He is currently chief executive officer of Jardine International Motors and a director of Zhongsheng.
Anthony DaviesDirectorBarclays BankRead moreRead lessAnthony Davies is Chief Executive, Barclays Bank Plc, Hong Kong Branch and Country Manager, Hong Kong. In addition, he covers Senior Relationship Management in Asia Pacific and is a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Forum and Global Citizenship Council, and Chair of the Asia Pacific Citizenship Council. Anthony is responsible for all aspects of business management for Barclays’ franchise in Hong Kong and also develops and manages relationship with key clients across Asia Pacific. His remit covers corporations, asset managers, hedge funds, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds. Anthony joined Barclays in 2010 as Head of Equities Generalist Distribution, Asia ex-Japan and has over 30 years’ experience in Asian financial markets, with the majority of this time spent covering financial institutions.
Catherine LiDirectorAtkins China LtdRead moreRead lessCatherine Li is Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, based in Hong Kong. Being part of the global and regional senior leadership team, Catherine leads her team to drive an ambitious growth agenda for Asia Pacific, a key strategic region for the global business. She has been involved in large infrastructure developments in UK, China and the rest of the world in Asia and Africa. Catherine is a Board Director of the China Britain Business Council (CBBC), representing the UK construction and engineering industry on trade with China. She sits also on the board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is the Vice-Chair of its International Infrastructure Forum (IIF). Catherine completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School in 2018.
David HaighDirectorEYRead moreRead lessDavid 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.
James TurnerDirectorPrudential plcRead moreRead lessJames Turner joined Prudential in November 2010 as the Director of Group-wide Internal Audit and was appointed Director of Group Finance in September 2015. James joined the Board as an Executive Director and Group Chief Risk Officer in March 2018. Prior to the demerger of M&G Plc, he led the negotiations with Hong Kong Insurance Authority on the revised capital framework for the Group and in July 2019 assumed responsibility for Group Compliance, becoming the Group Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, relocating to Hong Kong in August 2019. Prior to joining Prudential, James was the Deputy Head of Compliance for Barclays. Prior to Barclays, James led internal audit teams in UBS in both the UK and Switzerland.
Rebecca SharpeDirectorHAECO Hong KongRead moreRead lessFollowing university, Rebecca’s career began in the UK with one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms, KPMG, where she trained and qualified as a chartered accountant. She spent approximately six years with KPMG, and then decided that she would like to undertake a different type of finance role and joined Rolls-Royce plc (also in the UK). It was during her time with Rolls-Royce that she had the opportunity to come to Hong Kong and take up the senior finance position at HAESL (joint venture between Rolls-Royce and HAECO). Rebecca spent four years at HAESL and very much enjoyed the role, and her interactions with the Swire Group and life in Hong Kong. In 2008, Rebecca joined Swire. Since that time, she has held senior finance positions in China, Singapore and latterly in Hong Kong as Group Director Finance for HAECO.
Stephen KittsDirectorEversheds SutherlandRead moreRead lessStephen 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.
Stuart TaitDirectorHSBCRead moreRead lessStuart 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.
Susheela RiversDirectorDLA PiperRead moreRead lessSusheela 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.
William LauDirectorB.S.C. Group LimitedRead moreRead lessWilliam 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.

Ex Officios

Brian Davidson CMGMember - Ex OfficioBritish Consul-GeneralRead moreRead lessMr Brian Davidson CMG serves as Her Majesty’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Non-Resident Consul General to Macao, having taken up the position in July 2021. Brian joined the FCO in 1985 and has served in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai in China, and in Lithuania and Australia, before his most recent overseas posting as Ambassador to Thailand. While in the UK, Brian has worked for the Cabinet Office as an analyst on international terrorism and on secondment to International Financial Services London as Deputy Chief Executive. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Cambridge University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, some Lithuanian and Thai. Brian married his husband, Scott, in 2014 in one of the first same-sex marriages performed at the British Embassy Beijing. They are now the happy parents of three children.
Jeff StreeterMember - Ex OfficioBritish CouncilRead moreRead lessJeff 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.
Nick HeathMember - Ex OfficioDirector General Trade & InvestmentRead moreRead lessNick Heath took up the role of Director General Trade and Investment at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong in April 2021. He leads the large Department for International Trade team in Hong Kong and Macao and supports the Consul General to drive the commercial and financial relationship between the UK and the two SARs. Nick arrived in Hong Kong in August 2019 and has served as Temporary Deputy Consul-General. Between 2015 and 2019, he was Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in The Hague. Earlier in his career, Nick worked on a range of issues including EU Exit negotiations and Middle East affairs. He also served as Private Secretary to a number of UK Government Ministers. Nick has a first class degree in History from the University of Oxford. He is married with two children and enjoys cooking, cricket and reading.

Co-opted Members

David EllisCo-opted MemberMayer BrownRead moreRead lessDavid Ellis is a partner of Mayer Brown based in the Hong Kong office. His work focuses on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial transactions with particular emphasis on the real estate sector and health care sector. In his 28 years in Asia David has worked on transactions in Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Guam, Sri Lanka & Vietnam in various practice areas including aircraft finance, restructuring, technology and M&A, more recently focusing on private equity transactions.
Mary SimpsonCo-opted MemberICAEWRead moreRead lessMary is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years’ experience in project management, business development, marcomms, and member engagement. Specialising in event and project management, Mary has overseen the implementation of conferences and events in Hong Kong, Australia, Hawaii, and Amsterdam with up to 20,000 people. As Head of ICAEW’s Hong Kong office, Mary is responsible for driving growth in member engagement and ensuring the office delivers value to its several thousand local members. Previously, as Director of Events and Sponsorship for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Mary oversaw 400+ events and activities annually and worked extensively with AmCham’s Board of Governors, Committees, members, HKSAR Government officials, U.S. Government officials, trade associations and key stakeholders. As an accomplished public speaker, Mary was Master of Ceremonies for InterCham’s Annual Business Luncheon with Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and attended by 1,200+ Hong Kong business leaders and national ambassadors. Additionally, Mary was the Hong Kong Master of Ceremonies for the Asia tour of previous U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mary is passionate about volunteering her time in pastoral ministry and life coaching and currently leads a mentoring group for young professional women from Blackrock, Google, Macquarie Bank, and PMI.
Philip SwallowCo-opted MemberBT GlobalRead moreRead lessPhilip Swallow has been at BT since 2012. He is currently the Regional Managing Director for BT in North East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea) and Japan. In addition, he runs the P&L and sales team for BT’s Enterprise business across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He took on this role after successfully leading the Asia Pacific sales team for BT’s Global Banking and Financial Markets industry vertical. Focused on selling network services, managed services, financial market products and complex technology solutions to the world’s largest financial institutions. Prior to BT, Phil held a number of senior sales and leadership roles including, at Dimension Data and Orange Business Services.
Sean TuckfieldCo-opted MemberPwCRead moreRead lessSean Tuckfield is a partner in Technology, Info-Comms and Entertainment (TICE) practice in PwC Hong Kong. After six years working in the UK firm's technology practice, he transferred to Hong Kong in 1994. He has in-depth knowledge of the Hong Kong mobile and fixed line telecoms sectors. He has extensive experience in advising listed multinational companies on accounting, internal control and corporate governance matters and of telecoms related mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and capital markets transactions in Hong Kong, the USA and Europe.
Timothy Peirson-SmithCo-opted MemberExecutive Counsel LimitedRead moreRead lessTimothy has been an elected General Committee member since 2005, and was the former Chairman of the Chamber's Business Policy Unit (BPU) from 2007-2016, and he led the drafting of the Chamber's Policy Address and Budget Address submissions for that period. 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, SMEs, environment, competition policy, minimum wage, double stamp duty, English language radio, Hong Kong’s branding and strategic direction, land, planning and infrastructure development and food labelling and presented and debated these positions to the Legislative Council and their Bills’ Committee. In 2003, Timothy founded and is presently CEO of the respected corporate governance, government relations, PR and political risk/crisis management consultancy, Executive Counsel Limited. Timothy has worked in Hong Kong since 1990 and proudly calls Hong Kong his home.

Sub-Committee Chairs

Ashley HowlettSub-committee ChairGammon ConstructionRead moreRead lessAshley is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Gammon Construction Limited, the largest contractor in Hong Kong, and has held this position since joining the company in 2015. Ashley oversees Gammon's commercial, procurement, contract assurance, legal and insurance activities in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia. Gammon provides one-stop-shop services to its clients, including design, management and construction services in building, civil engineering, foundations, electrical and mechanical, infrastructure maintenance and operation, and interiors refurbishments and fit out. Ashley is involved in all aspects of the design and construction process including drafting and negotiating contract documentation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution by way of mediation, arbitration and litigation. Prior to joining Gammon, Ashley was a partner in the international law firm Jones Day and was one of the founding partners of the Jones Day Beijing office, where he spent 10 years. Ashley led the Jones Day Asia Construction Practice overseeing lawyers in the Firm’s Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei offices. Ashley is admitted to practice as a lawyer in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and New Zealand, and he has been based in China for 20 years, with 10 years in Hong Kong and 10 years in Beijing. Ashley is currently the Chair of the Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong.
Edward BeeleySub-committee ChairHolman Fenwick & WillanRead moreRead lessEdward 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.
Eileen O'ConnellSub-committee ChairEYRead 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.
Eira JarvisSub-committee ChairPret A MangerRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Elisa HarcaSub-committee ChairRed Ant AsiaRead moreRead lessElisa Harca is the co-founder & Asia CEO of Red Ant Asia, which she established in Hong Kong and Shanghai 7 years ago. Red Ant works with desirable retail brands to connect them via digital marketing to the modern Chinese consumer. Clients include: Charlotte Tilbury, Lane Crawford, Mango, LUSH, Byredo, Balmain, Giuseppe Zanotti, Botkier etc. Elisa is the Vice Chair of the British Chamber Retail Committee and a regular contributor to key industry publications. Entrepreneurial at heart, Elisa set-up a fashion events company whilst living in New York called Styleaholics, uniting independent fashion designers with international female DJs.
Hanif KanjiSub-committee ChairSinophi HealthcareRead moreRead lessHanif 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.
Helen LiSub-committee ChairHutchison PortsRead moreRead lessHelen Li is Head of Research at Hutchison Ports, the world’s leading port network with container terminal operations spanning Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. She heads up a range of market research efforts and industry analyses. Prior to Hutchison Ports, Helen held various engineering positions in the oil & gas industry and the nuclear technology industry in Canada. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical & Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Iain ReedSub-committee 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 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.
Jill WongSub-committee ChairHowse WilliamsRead moreRead lessJill specialises in financial services and corporate regulatory and compliance issues. She was previously Deputy General Counsel at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, in-house counsel at Credit Suisse and consultant at leading international law firms. Her unique experience allows her to advise on both on contentious and non-contentious issues. Jill's experience compasses all aspects of banking and securities laws and rules affecting listed companies. She regularly represents clients in regulatory (for example, SFC, HKMA, HKEx and ICAC) investigations. She is active in new areas of regulatory scrutiny such as money-laundering, sponsor liability, corporate governance, privacy, retail payment systems and competition. She is identified as a leading lawyer in legal directories and named as an External Counsel of the Year in Asian-Mena's 2013 survey of in-house counsel.
Jim TaylorSub-committee ChairCLPRead moreRead lessJim has been with China Light & Power in Hong Kong since 2001, after moving from Melbourne, Australia. Jim is Senior Director – Planning & 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 retail strategy, CLP’s largest customers, energy efficiency & conservation and tariff design.
John BruceSub-committee ChairHill & AssociatesRead moreRead lessHill & 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.
Jonathan CummingsSub-committee ChairLandor & FitchRead moreRead lessJonathan founded what is now FITCH Hong Kong in 2009. He moved to Hong Kong from London as a partner in independent experience design consultancy StartJG to develop the business in Asia having previously set up operations in Dubai and Moscow. StartJG HK quickly grew to become one of the most respected consultancies in Asia, winning Agency of the Year awards in HK in 2014, 15 and 16. In October 2016, WPP acquired a majority stake and StartJG HK became part of FITCH, the world’s leading brand and retail consultancy, with Jonathan remaining a significant shareholder. An expert in brand strategy, Jonathan has influenced many of the world’s leading brands including the Virgin Group, Chow Tai Fook, Bulgari, Dubai Airports, Genting and Swire. Amongst other voluntary roles Jonathan is a Director of CricketHK, board advisor to Ethiopian fashion brand ENZI, advisor to racing driver Dan Wells and founder of the Cambodian Children’s Fund Panda Paddlers, possibly the largest dragon boat team in the world. Jonathan is married with two children.
Les HalesSub-committee ChairCIO 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 LoasbySub-committee ChairConnect Communication LtdRead moreRead lessMark 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.
Neal BeattySub-committee ChairControl RisksRead moreRead lessNeal Beatty is a Partner and General Manager of Control Risks’ Hong Kong office. In this role, he is responsible for client relationships in Hong Kong, developing new business with multinational clients, and advising on areas of business risk that impact their operations in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Asia Pacific region. Neal also consults with clients on issues relating to strategic risk management and crisis preparedness, including restructuring and reputational issues. He has assisted clients dealing with sensitive internal compliance and business continuity issue and regularly conducts crisis management workshops with senior management groups. A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Neal regularly gives presentations to both MNC and Chinese companies on a range of business risk-related issues. Before his appointment as General Manager of Control Risks Hong Kong, Neal was based in Control Risks' Shanghai office. During that time, he was the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai (April 2013 – May 2015)) and has spent most of the last 25 years living and working in Greater China. Before joining Control Risks, Neal worked as head of security in China for a large US financial institution, based in Beijing. Prior to this, Neal worked in Shanghai as a manager for a risk management consulting firm and in Taiwan for the Swiss group Société Générale de Surveillance. Neal holds a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds and a BSc in chemistry from Warwick University, both in the UK. Neal is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Pat WooSub-committee ChairKPMGRead moreRead lessPat is a Partner of Strategic Development at KPMG who oversees Corporate Social Responsibility as well as being a core member of the KPMG China Steering Committee on Climate Change & Sustainability (“CC&S”). He is also a member of the KPMG Global CC&S network. He has been active for over 9 years in the field of sustainable development in his previous capacity as a director at Central Textiles. Through his leadership Central Textiles was the first textile company in Asia to issue a Sustainability Report under the Global Reporting Initiatives (“GRI”) Guidelines in 2008. The report subsequently received an award from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”). Through his initiatives Central Textiles subsequently won the Gold Award for the Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Award in 2012 and the Hong Kong Award for Environmental Excellence – Manufacturing Sector in 2013. For his contribution to the textile industry with regards to sustainability, Pat received the Young Industrialist of the Year award from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2009. Pat currently serves on the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) on their Sustainable Business Network Task Force on Banking and finance. He was also previously the founder and Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, which he continues to sit in the executive committee to push the sustainability agenda in the textile and apparel industry.
Phil AldridgeSub-committee 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.
Rebecca Dance-ShukerSub-committee ChairLaureus Sport for GoodRead moreRead lessOriginally from UK, Becky and her young family arrived in Hong Kong in 2014. Becky was CEO of Interactive, a Disability Rights charity set up in partnership with the Mayors Office in London. It was established to make sport and physical activity more inclusive. Becky has a wealth of experience in the social responsibility and corporate shared value space as well as a passion and drive for a fairer, diverse and more inclusive society. She has extensive experience working in premier league football club foundations, linking commercial and community together. She has also worked on both the Olympic and Paralympic London 2012 legacy programmes and has directly supported local community organisations in both Argentina and North America. Becky is currently APAC Senior Development Manager for Laureus Sport for Good where she leads on business development and partnerships with institutional funders, corporates, and philanthropic donors. The outcome of her role is to give back to some of the most vulnerable children and young people, all of which links directly to sustainable development objectives. In addition to her Laureus role as Chair of the chambers CSR committee, Rebecca sits on various leadership groups in APAC including the Richemont DEI committee leading the Disability agenda.
Vincent ConnorSub-committee ChairPinsent 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.