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BCCT Board of Directors 2019 [Terms of Reference]

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Chair ANDREW MCBEAN - DIRECTOR, CXC GLOBAL (THAILAND) COMPANY LIMITED
Vice Chair NICK SMART - CEO, EK-CHAI DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CO., LTD (TESCO LOTUS)
Director BILLY CHOMSAKORN - Country Commercial Manager Thailand, BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC
Director GARETH DAVIES - Managing Director, FLUXUS (THAILAND) CO.,LTD.
Director STEPHEN FROST - Senior Counsel, PRICE SANOND LIMITED
Director COLIN HASTINGS - Managing Director / Publisher, THE BIGCHILLI CO., LTD.
Director JANTIMA HIRAGA - Country Manager - Thailand, PEARSON EDUCATION INDOCHINA CO.,LTD.
Director MARTIN HURLEY - General Manager, LANCASTER BANGKOK
Director CARL SMITH - Managing Director - TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES (THAILAND) LIMITED
Director PINYAPA SOMPHONG - Chief Legal Officer - Southeast Asia, EVERMORE CO., LTD.
Director KELVIN TAN - Chief Executive Officer, THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED
Director CHRIS THATCHER - Group Chairman, ANGLO-THAI LEGAL CO., LTD.
Director MIKE WANLISS - Managing Director, BOOTS THAILAND
Hon.Treasurer JONATHAN FRYER - Partner - MAZARS THAILAND

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CHAIR - ANDREW MCBEAN  - DIRECTOR, CXC GLOBAL (THAILAND) COMPANY LIMITED

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I commit to be an active board director on behalf of the membership. Being active to me goes beyond turning up for meetings/networking but rather being active in committees, discussions, webinars (now!) and events, also acting as a conduit to the board of member views and feedback, and driving results through enthusiastic participation. On behalf of our members I work closely with Thailand’s Board of Trade as a Director, Foreign Chamber Association (FCA) with AmCham, AustCham, and GTCC, and also with the Joint Foreign Chambers, JFCCT to promote the interest of our members.

I am a businessman and my main interest was how to stimulate both trade for our BCCT members in Thailand, but also that of UK companies. I have always wanted to see a closer and more active trade between the UK and Thailand and particularly one that benefits BCCT members recognizing that a great many of our members are SMEs.  However, now we are in the new normal caused by COVID and now my immediate priorities are working with the staff at the BCCT office, fellow Directors, the Embassy and other British and Thai national interests to see how we can assist our members through this crisis.

In my current role I am presently Director of UiPath in Thailand which is the second fastest growing technology company in the FTSE 1000 with a market cap of $7bn. UiPath are the “magic quadrant” leaders in the space of hyperautomation.

I have been living and working in Thailand for nearly 16 years and I became a Thailand Permanent Resident in 2012. I was previously an active Board member for BCCT for 4 years, chairing the Overseas Business Networking Steering Group comprising members of the BCCT board and embassy UKTI staff and also chair of the BCCT ICT (as it was then) committee. I stepped down from the board about 3 years ago as I was studying for an Open University BSc degree and I did not feel I could commit the necessary time to the Board that it required at that time, a situation which has now changed.

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VICE CHAIR - NICK SMART - CEO, EK-CHAI DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CO., LTD (TESCO LOTUS)

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A UK citizen, Nick has lived and worked in Thailand for nearly 25 years.

Nick has been with Tesco Lotus for 15 years. He is currently CEO of Tesco Lotus Financial Services (TFS), a position he has held since June 2016. TFS is a joint venture between Tesco Lotus and Krungsri Consumer, the consumer finance arm of Bank of Ayudhya, and provides credit cards, personal loans and various insurance products to serve Tesco Lotus customers.

Nick previously held a number of senior positions at Tesco Lotus, starting in Finance, then spending several years in Retail Operations before moving to Buying. He is the only non-Thai national to have managed a Tesco Lotus store in Thailand.

Tesco Lotus serves over 15 million Thai customers a week through a network of 1,900 stores across the Kingdom, and employs more than 63,000 people.

Prior to joining Tesco Lotus, Nick spent 4 years apiece at Tara Siam, a financial research company, and CSL, a boutique corporate finance advisory business.

Nick has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme of the Association of Investment Management & Research. He recently passed the Director Certification Programme of the Thai Institute of Directors.

Nick speaks, reads and writes Thai to a reasonably proficient level.

With John Christie’s assignment in Thailand coming to an end, Nick is committed to ensuring that Tesco Lotus, as the largest UK corporate in the Kingdom, maintains an active role in the BCCT and its efforts to promote the interests of British business in Thailand.

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DIRECTOR - BILLY CHOMSAKORN - Country Commercial Manager Thailand, BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC

DIRECTOR - BILLY CHOMSAKORN - Country Commercial Manager Thailand, BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC

Billy Chomsakorn also known as Chaiyavut Chomsakorn has joined British Airways in April 2014 as a Country Commercial Manager Thailand.

Born in 1970, Billy grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. Billy has finished his secondary school in Bangkok, Thailand in 1987 then he continued his high school study in Melbourne, Australia where he has also graduated from La Trobe University in 1994. In 1998 Billy has continued his study in Tourism Management at Victoria University of Technology.

Billy began his career in the travel industry in 1994 while he was in his final year of the university and was in the same industry until 2000. During that time Billy has undertaken all the duties required and held various positions in the travel industry in Melbourne, Australia.

As Billy has always been interested in the Marketing field, in 1997 he has also explored part time event marketing career at the Melbourne Entertainment Complex, Crown Casino as well as his full time job. 

After 16 years away from home, he has moved back to Thailand in December, 2000 to joined Emirates Airline as Sales Executive until 2004 then started his new career with Etihad Airways in August 2004 as Sales & Marketing Manager for Thailand and Mekong Region until March 2014 before he has a great opportunity to joined British Airways where he is enjoying this new and exciting challenge.

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DIRECTOR - GARETH DAVIES - Managing Director, FLUXUS (THAILAND) CO.,LTD.

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Gareth is a Digital Innovation Specialist with a background in development, consultancy, and startups. He has worked with many companies, from large enterprises to start-ups. Using his technological expertise to help businesses grow, reach new customers, and find new ways to improve, he empowers businesses to become leaders in their field.

Gareth was one of the original founders of Tavolos, a data oriented start-up providing services to the F&B industry in Asia. Before this, he set up Fluxus in Asia, an enterprise focused digital agency and UX consulting firm. Prior to moving to Asia, Gareth was a UX and product consultant for Fluxus in London.

Gareth is an active member of the Global Technology scene and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world on Smart Cities, Internet of Things, AI, and software Development.

Having been a member of the BCCT for over 4 years, and a director for one, Gareth and Fluxus are looking to continue offering digital expertise to both the BCCT and its members to help them make the most out of digital, offering an advisory role to anyone looking to invest in their technology.

Gareth helped to organise and participated in, multiple technology briefings and panels for the BCCT’s technology group. As a director, Gareth has helped the chamber with its digital strategy - helping to plan for 2019 and beyond.

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DIRECTOR - STEPHEN FROST - Senior Counsel, PRICE SANOND LIMITED

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I have lived and worked in Thailand for 25 years. I am senior counsel with Price Sanond, an independent law firm. I specialise in corporate and commercial law, including many areas of concern to BCCT members: corporate set-up, joint ventures, employment, property, taxation, company takeovers, and banking.

I was a BCCT director during 2007-2011, and from October 2012 to date. My time as a board director brings me into regular contact with BCCT members, many of which are SMEs. I enjoy sharing my experience and helping to resolve legal issues that they encounter.

Specifically, I represented BCCT members’ interests during 2018 as follows:

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DIRECTOR - COLIN HASTINGS - Managing Director / Publisher, THE BIGCHILLI CO., LTD.

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Colin Hastings is the founder and Managing Director The BigChilli, one of Bangkok's leading publishing companies. Its flagship publication, The BigChilli, was launched 18 years ago as the country's first magazine focusing on the international / expatriate community.

A graduate in business studies, London-born Colin is a career journalist, working initially on local newspapers and then for the Daily Express in Fleet Street in the early 1970s before joining the Bangkok Post in 1975. In 1980, he returned to the UK where he worked for the Sunday Times and as a PR consultant for Thai Airways International. Returning to Thailand in 1982, Colin edited a number of magazines here and in Singapore before rejoining the Bangkok Post to launch Thailand Tatler. In 1999, he established his own publishing venture.

Colin is a longtime member of the BCCT and served as a Board member for three consecutive years. He is also a member of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the British Club, representing both in football, rugby, cricket and squash

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DIRECTOR - JANTIMA HIRAGA - Country Manager - Thailand, PEARSON EDUCATION INDOCHINA CO.,LTD.

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Pearson is the world’s learning company with operating in 70 countries and one of the largest UK qualifications providers. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. To help shape the future of learning.

We believe that we all need to embrace lifelong learning, continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly connected world. In Thailand, we are working closely with Ministry of Education to offer BTEC Diplomas awarded into Thailand Vocational Education and working with the EEC to develop career-focused programs.

Jantima has experienced working in Education for the past 15 years and also working across Indochina to develop on English, Assessment and qualifications frameworks and currently she has been working closely with Ministry of Education to deliver BTEC for local vocational expertise through local colleges and universities in Thailand

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DIRECTOR - MARTIN HURLEY - General Manager, LANCASTER BANGKOK

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I am proud to hold the position of General Manager at Lancaster Bangkok hotel, having worked there since September 2016. Prior to relocating here I worked in London as a General Manager for the same owning company, having worked as a General Manager in London for over ten Years for both the Intercontinental Hotel Group and Whitbread Hotels.

Having spent most of my career in England, It was always an ambition to work in Thailand. I moved to Bangkok with my two children, and my wife who works as a teacher at an international school. In January 2018 I established a Bangkok Hotel General Managers networking group; with a following of over 120 GM’s who meet regularly to discuss the issues facing the tourism industry, and enjoy industry specific business briefings.

I was delighted in 2019 to be co-opted as a BCCT Director, Chair of the Tourism group and representative of the BCCT at the Foreign Chambers Alliance, enabling me to bring a depth of experience and knowledge to the role. My commitment to the BCCT members is that I will be an active and energetic board member, representing their interests wherever possible; Hotels are the biggest member segment of BCCT, and through my GM network I have been able to help the chamber secure great venues for our T3 networking events. My plan for 2020 is to continue to arrange events for General Managers and open them up to BCCT members with an interest in travel and tourism, work with the Foreign Chambers Alliance, and support the BCCT events committee in making British Chamber events the best in Thailand.

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DIRECTOR - CARL SMITH - Managing Director, TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES (THAILAND) LIMITED

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Carl Smith Joined Triumph Motorcycles limited at their head office in the UK in 1999. This followed training as an engineering apprentice at a first tier auto parts manufacturer where he qualified and worked in the position of production engineer. During his time with Triumph he has worked in many areas of the business including fabrication, machining and quality control. His first experience in Thailand was in 2000 where he helped to develop Thai fabrication suppliers for the supply of components into the UK assembly plant. In 2002 Carl was seconded to Triumph Motorcycles Thailand as part of an expat team responsible for transferring part of the UK fabrication operation to the new Triumph facilities in Thailand. When the initial transfer was complete Carl returned to the UK. Back in the UK Carl worked in Quality Control looking after specific bike models and supply chains in Europe and Asia. Carl then took charge of the UK machining operations in 2010. In 2013 Carl returned to Thailand as the Operations Director.

Carl held the role for 4 years after which Carl was promoted to the Managing Director of Triumph Motorcycles Thailand. Triumph Motorcycles Thailand has three factories all based at Amata Nakorn, Chonburi and produces components for motorcycles  and  assembles  over 55,000 motorcycles a year of which 95% are for global export. The company at its peak employs over 1600 people in Thailand. Carl has great knowledge of engineering, manufacturing and managing In Thailand. Carl has also been actively involved with Thai government to help them understand concerns international companies face doing business in Thailand. Carl is joined in Thailand with his 4 children and his wife a Teacher at Bangkok Patana International School.

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DIRECTOR - PINYAPA SOMPHONG - Chief Legal Officer - Southeast Asia, EVERMORE CO., LTD.

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After graduating the International Trade and Commercial Law from Durham University, United Kingdom, I was practicing working as legal trainee with an international law firm in Barcelona, Spain, before moving back to Thailand in 2015, to start my career as a lawyer with an international law firm in Thailand.

I have extensive experience across the Asia-Pacific region in a broad range of areas including Foreign Direct Investment both offshore and onshore projects, commercial and corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and investment schemes and property management for both private companies and HNWIs clients.

I am currently a Chief Legal Officer of Evermore Co., Ltd., one of the fastest growing premier confectionary trading companies in Southeast Asia. I also sit on the boards as General Counsel for several financial and investment advisory private sectors in Thailand.

I am an active member of the BCCT and board after being elected to the board of directors in 2018.

I maintain an active role as a member of BCCT Legal & Taxation Committee and also a member of the BCCT Young Professionals (BCCT YP) committee. I have been a key-note speaker and a host at BCCT events and other international conferences and seminars.

I am passionate to represent the young professionals, start-ups and entrepreneurs and aim to develop and broaden entrepreneur’s ability to perceive opportunities in the market and respond to them by starting a new business venture.

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DIRECTOR - KELVIN TAN - Chief Executive Officer, THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED

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HSBC was established as the first bank in Thailand in 1888. Headquartered in London, HSBC Group is one of the largest financial services organisations in the world with an international network located in 80 countries and territories.  HSBC Thailand offers a comprehensive range of financial services to corporate customers.

Kelvin Tan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Thailand in July 2015.  He joined HSBC in 2009 and has served in positions in Singapore.  His banking career spans over two decades; with a focus on Corporates and MNCs across industries in Singapore and Asia Pacific.

Kelvin holds an MBA from Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore.

He enjoyed meeting with BCCT executives (Simon Matthews, Andrew McBean & Chris Thatcher).  He is currently working with the Board on several CSR activities, assisting in promoting CSR initiatives and EEC for BCCT. Should Kelvin be elected to the BCCT board, he will provide his insight on the financial services industry to the board and members.

HSBC has been an annual sponsor of BCCT since 2007 and will do so again in 2020. In addition, HSBC sponsored key BCCT events throughout 2019 - such as the luncheon and dinner talk by the Governor of the Bank of Thailand, the business leader dinner, the Networking event, the BCCT Christmas luncheon - and intends to continue doing so in 2020.

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DIRECTOR - CHRIS THATCHER - Group Chairman, ANGLO-THAI LEGAL CO., LTD.

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I have been a member of the Board since 2010 and have served as both Vice Chairman and Chairman.

I believe firmly that BCCT is an organisation for members and needs to continue and develop its services for members. It seems to be obvious that an organisation for members, should be serving the needs of its members but there are times when the BCCT could be doing a lot more and a lot better.

Most BCCT members are SMEs and their needs are fundamental to the core of what the BCCT should be doing and we need to work to further develop those services. The membership fee is what members pay to access our services and forms the foundation of the finances of the Chamber.

My particular interest and background is in Education - I was a Headteacher in the UK for 20 years – and in that respect there is a lot that we can do. Skills based education is crucial to Thailand’s continuing economic development and the BCCT has assisted large companies such as Pearson (known here for their BTEC qualifications) and City and Guilds (C&G) to gain traction in Thailand.

There are many other aspects of educational development that we can assist with and support. Education is the bedrock of any developing nation – not just for those wealthy enough to access private provision. Our members need access to a well-educated and qualified workforce.

No organisation can afford to stand still and the BCCT is no exception to this. Listening to, and acting upon, our members’ thoughts and comments is essential if we are to stay as a leading Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. As your Chamber you are entitled to that.

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DIRECTOR - MIKE WANLISS - Managing Director, BOOTS THAILAND

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Mike is married to Karen, they have two grown up sons, Callum, who lives in Melbourne and Jack who lives in Dubai.  Mike has many years experience in Retail in the UK with Kingfisher and for 8 years as Retail Director of the Co-operative Pharmacy, in 2011 Mike and Karen moved to Dubai where Mike led the development and growth of Boots Pharmacies in 6 Countries across the Gulf, in Jan 2019 Mike arrived in Bangkok to take on the role of Managing Director of Boots Thailand. Mike is a keen golfer and life long Stoke City supporter.

Boots have nearly 300 Stores trading in Thailand having opened the first Store 23 years ago. Stores are across Thailand and as well as exclusive products supplied by the UK we also manufacture Boots product in Thailand that are sold here and across Asia. We currently employ nearly 2000 Colleagues in Thailand. 

Boots Thailand is part of the Global Business, Walgreens Boots Alliance which trades as Walgreens in the US and Boots in the UK and other international Countries, Walgreen Boots Alliance purpose is to bring some of the best recognised Brands in Healthcare, Retail and Beauty with a purpose to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives, our heritage goes back over 170 years centred on care for our customers, for each other and for our communities.

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HON. TREASURER - JONATHAN FRYER - Partner, MAZARS THAILAND

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Having started his career and qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK, Jonathan joined Mazars in Thailand in 2008. He heads one of Thailand's leading Accounting and Payroll Outsourcing practices, managing a team of accounting and payroll specialists.

With more than 15 years of professional experience in accounting and audit in an international environment, Jonathan has a deep knowledge in international accounting, tax and business regulations as well as business operations.

He has assisted a large number of owner managed businesses and international organisations to set-up their businesses in Thailand and provided on-going advisory services to their business operations, including designing their international / domestic operational flow, review and implementation of accounting software, internal control procedures and setting up their accounting department.

Jonathan is also the Treasurer of the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy, organizer of the Ploenchit Fair.

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