BCCT Board of Directors 2018 [Terms of Reference]
|Chairman||CHRIS THATCHER - Group Chairman, ANGLO-THAI LEGAL CO., LTD.|
|Vice Chairman||SIMON MATTHEWS - Country Manager, MANPOWERGROUP THAILAND|
|Vice Chairman||DAVID CUMMING - Regional Vice President Operations, Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos, ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP (AMARI WATERGATE BANGKOK)|
|Vice Chairman||CARL SELLICK - Global Sales Director, Regional Managing Director, LUCY ELECTRIC (THAILAND) LIMITED|
|Director||ALI ADAM - Executive Director, ARCADIA (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
|Director||BILLY CHOMSAKORN - Country Commercial Manager Thailand, BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC|
|Director||VIRIYA (BOYD) CHONGPHAISAL - General Manager, GLAXOSMITHKLINE (THAILAND) LTD|
|Director||GARETH DAVIES - Managing Director, FLUXUS (THAILAND) CO.,LTD|
|Director||STEPHEN FROST - Director, BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES LTD.|
|Director||COLIN HASTINGS - Managing Director / Publisher, THE BIGCHILLI CO., LTD.|
|Director||SIMON LANDY MBE - Shareholder, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL THAILAND|
|Director||PINYAPA SOMPHONG - Attorney at Law, HLG (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
|Director||NICK SMART - CEO, EK-CHAI DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CO., LTD (TESCO LOTUS)|
|Director||SARAH SMITH - General Manager - JAMIE'S ITALIAN|
|BCCT Treasurer||BCCT TREASURER - JONATHAN FRYER - Partner - MAZARS THAILAND|
|CHAIRMAN - CHRIS THATCHER - Group Chairman, ANGLO-THAI LEGAL CO., LTD.|
I have been a member of the Board for some while now and firmly believe the members are the reason that the BCCT exists. Their needs and expectations lie at the heart of everything that the Chamber does. Board members carry the responsibility for ensuring that this is translated into action. Although often elected from larger companies the quality of the Board comes from the individuals who serve the BCCT. It is, in my view, important to keep a balance between the larger companies and the majority of BCCT companies that are in the Micro or SME community.
During my time on the Board I have attended most BCCT events and Board meetings as well as representing the BCCT from time to time at other events.
I have lived in Thailand since 2003 and came here to run a World Bank Education project working for the government of Thailand. Previously, I was a Head teacher in the UK for 20 years and became the National President of the National Association of Headteachers in 1999. I am now the Chairman of Anglo-Thai Legal and am currently one of the Vice Chairs of BCCT.
Additionally, I chair the Events Group and am also a member of the Legal Group and the D&T Group as well as offering support to the newly established Young Professionals Group.
Members are at the heart of the BCCT and, as a membership organisation, it exists primarily for the benefit of its members. No organisation is perfect but neither should it be complacent and the BCCT Board should always be striving to make the Chamber even better. With your support, I will seek to assist in ensuring that the chamber continues to find ways to improve in whatever way that it can.
I seek your vote to allow me to continue working for members and I assure you that I will continue to represent your views within the Board of Directors if you re-elect me.
|VICE CHAIRMAN - SIMON MATTHEWS - Country Manager, MANPOWERGROUP THAILAND|
Simon has worked in Thailand for the past 25 years and is currently the Country Manager of ManpowerGroup, the world’s leading HR solution provider with more than 3,000 offices in 82 countries.
He was responsible for the startup of Manpower Thailand in 1998 and currently the business has over 16,000 associates supported by over 300 permanent staff in 12 locations across Thailand.
BCCT activities during 2017
• As Chairman of the BCCT Board for the last four years, have focused on continuous improvement to our members; promoting the Chamber's advocacy role both independently and in collaboration with other bodies and ensuring sustainable financial health for BCCT
• Member of the Overseas Business Network Steering Committee
• Represented the BCCT as Director of the Board of Trade attending there quarterly meetings and events
• As Chairman represented the BCCT at external events with Government, British embassy and member functions
• Worked on BCCT HR Policy and KPI’s
• Attended numerous networking events, breakfast and luncheon meetings both in Bangkok and ESB
• Sponsorship of events as well as being a Supporting partner for the past four years
If re-elected, Simon will continue his involvement as above as well as ensuring BCCT strategies are aligned to adding value to our members
I seek your vote to allow me to continue working for members of the BCCT and I assure you that I will work hard to represent your views within the Board of Directors if I am re elected
|VICE CHAIRMAN - DAVID CUMMING - Regional Vice President Operations, Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos, ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP (AMARI WATERGATE BANGKOK)|
The Amari Watergate Bangkok, part of the Onyx Hospitality Group which is privately owned by the family behind the Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited, one of Thailand’s leading companies with a wide range of commercial interests including construction and trading. David has been in Thailand for over 15 years, previously as General Manager of the Amari Pattaya before two years as VP Operational Development for Onyx where he amongst other duties was overseeing the pre-opening process for the company’s new properties. Currently he is Regional Vice President Operations Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos. Previously, David had worked in the Middle East with the Inter-Continental Group in a variety of countries.
With over 24 years’ experience as an expatriate, David has developed an understanding and knowledge for the importance of dealing with both expatriates and local business leaders alike. David is committed to developing this further and to helping drive the requirements of the BCCT and its members in Thailand.
While being in the tourism sector and a regular attendee of such trade shows as World Travel Market in the UK, David is promoting Thailand to travel agents or corporate business in a bid to further enhance the destination. If re-elected to the board, amongst other things, David would wish in 2018 to continue to drive the Travel and Tourism committee, for which 2017 was again a very encouraging year with a number of well attended high profile events. It is vital that the needs of this ever-growing sector are being correctly met for the benefit of our members.
David was elected to the board in 2012 and previously headed the BCCT Eastern Seaboard Group before in 2013 re-establishing the Travel and Tourism committee. David was a regular attendee at networking evenings, events and often supports other Chambers in Bangkok.
|VICE CHAIRMAN - CARL SELLICK - Regional Managing Director, LUCY ELECTRIC (THAILAND) LIMITED|
Carl Sellick is the Regional Managing Director of Lucy Electric (Thailand) Ltd. He brings to the BCCT: direct experience of setting up and running a successful manufacturing business in Thailand; a region-wide perspective including the practicalities and effectiveness of ASEAN trade agreements; and close working ties with the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) and the Customs Department. During his tenure on the board, Carl has initiated several projects including the initiation of a Manufacturing Group which, in co-operation with the Eastern Seaboard Directors’ Club attempts to focus on key issues facing manufacturers. He is also Chair of the Steering Group which oversees the project part-funded by the UK Department for International Trade for which BCCT provides business support services to British SMEs. Carl is a regular attendee at events in Bangkok and the Eastern Seaboard.
Carl Sellick has lived in Thailand for almost 4 years. He has specific responsibility for the Asia Pacific region for all Lucy’s commercial and operational sites including businesses in China and Malaysia. In addition Carl is responsible for sales of Lucy Electric products and services from all sites globally. Carl has been with Lucy Electric for almost 20 years including in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia where he set up commercial operations before relocating to Thailand in 2014. Carl has been involved in the electricity supply industry for over 30 years in senior positions working for French and German multi-nationals before joining Lucy Electric.
Lucy Electric is a global leader in switching, protection and automation solutions for electrical distribution systems, with over 100 years’ industry experience. Today the company is a specialist in secondary power distribution, engineering high-performance medium voltage switchgear for utility, industrial and commercial applications, overhead line equipment and providing retrofit and automation solutions to customers internationally. Lucy Electric (Thailand) Limited with over 150 employees is located in the Eastern Seaboard, in Rayong at Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Free Zone. The factory produces a range of Medium Voltage Switchgear Ring Main Units and associated products which are sold to customers throughout the world. In addition there is a commercial office located in Bangkok serving the needs of customers in Thailand and the region.
|DIRECTOR - ALI ADAM - Executive Director, ARCADIA (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
Arcadia is an international professional services firm headquartered in Bangkok, providing engineering, design, procurement, project and construction management services for all aspects of the built environment. As executive director of strategy, I am responsible for the operations, strategic plans and providing the vision and dynamic leadership to the company as a whole and to ensure a commercial culture is developed and maintained to complement the technical activities.
Prior to co-founding Arcadia, I worked for Halcrow Group Ltd for 25 years in a variety of technical and management roles in Asia, North America and Europe. I moved to Thailand 14 years ago to assume the position of Regional Director Thailand and was a member of the Asia regional management team.
I maintain an active role as Chairman of the BCCT Property and Infrastructure Group. I have been a key-note and panel speaker at BCCT events and other international conferences and seminars.
My involvement over the last two years has been to attend 26 BCCT events, including 21 Board meetings and meetings with Thai and UK government ministers and officials.
If re-elected I will continue my active participation in BCCT events, meetings, sponsorship and contributing to the agenda and the promotion of the Chamber and its members. I am passionate and committed to the BCCT and business in Thailand and will provide the leadership for the development of British interests in Thailand.
|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.
|DIRECTOR - VIRIYA CHONGPHAISAL - General Manager, GLAXOSMITHKLINE (THAILAND) LTD|
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one the world leading pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare company. GSK is a well-respected leader of the Thai pharmaceutical industry, has been operating in Thailand since 1964, and actively involved as a key contributor to public and non-profit organizations. Our initiative support GSK Global policyy's Access to Medicine framework, aiming to increase access to quality, innovative medicines and vaccines for all people, including those at the lower end of the economic spectrum.
Prior to joining GSK, Boyd has experiences cover fast moving consumer goods, consumer healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. He held a variety of commercial roles and was based in the US, China before moving back to Thailand.
He is currently the Board of Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), and the President of the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers Association (PReMA). He is the member of the Institute of Directors of Thailand.
|DIRECTOR - GARETH DAVIES - Managing Director, FLUXUS (THAILAND) CO.,LTD|
Gareth is a Digital Innovation Specialist with a background in web development and consultancy. Working with many companies, from large enterprises to startups. 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 holds a strong belief that those who embrace new technologies today will become the most successful business of tomorrow. He is interested in working with businesses that will shape Thailand 4.0 with cutting-edge innovations. Further to having consulted for many of the UK’s top technology startups, Gareth was a founding member of Fluxus Co. Ltd., and has also founded two startups in Asia.
Gareth brought UK-based consultancy Fluxus to Thailand in 2015, opening up the digital expertise and experience of the UK team to businesses in SouthEast Asia. In the UK, Fluxus has worked on large-scale projects for clients like BBC Worldwide, TES Global, and Cancer Research UK.
Since setting up in Thailand, Fluxus has built Asia’s largest digital media project, worked with one of Thailand’s largest property and land developers, several SET listed companies, and has established itself in the ecommerce market. In his role as Managing Director of Fluxus Thailand, he has led and overseen several large scale web development projects, user experience design, digital marketing, and also offers his expertise through technological consultancy services.
Having worked alongside teams that have been involved with some of the world’s largest and most complex enterprise web-development deliveries, Gareth and Fluxus are in their third year of membership with the BCCT, and are looking to offer Gareth’s 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.
|DIRECTOR - STEPHEN FROST - Director, BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES LTD.|
I have lived and worked in Thailand for 23 years. I am a director of Bangkok International Associates, 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 served BCCT members as a 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 knowledge and helping to resolve legal issues that they experience particularly.
More particularly, I represented BCCT members’ interests during 2016 as follows:
• the revision of the BCCT constitution.
• conducting a survey concerning the Immigration Bureau Additional Information Form required when making a 90 day reporting, or renewing a visa
• as Chairman of the BCCT Legal & Taxation Group. We arranged events during 2016 on visas/work permits, employment, taxation, corruption and the Business Security Act. For 2017, we already have events planned on arbitration, visas/work permits, and a discussion on the legal aspects of the Supreme Court judgment on the UK’s serving notice to terminate its membership of the EU.
• as an active member of the BCCT Events and Property & Infrastructure Groups,
• as a member of the European ASEAN Business Centre (EABC) Advocacy Group on Cross-Sectoral issues: I updated the commentaries on legal issues that formed part of the annual EABC Position Paper submitted to the Thai Government, and
• at meetings with the Board of Investment and other relevant organisations.
If re-elected, I will ensure that BCCT members are regularly advised of legal developments that affect their businesses through events, and writing articles for the BCCT website and Link magazine.
|DIRECTOR - COLIN HASTINGS - Managing Director / Publisher, THE BIGCHILLI CO., LTD.|
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.
He is a family man with five daughters. Colin looks forward to rejoining the BCCT Board and to continue its good work promoting British interests in Thailand.
|DIRECTOR - SIMON LANDY MBE - Shareholder, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL THAILAND|
A resident of Thailand since 1981, I have mostly been working as a property consultant for the last 30 years, most recently as co-founder and Executive Chairman of Colliers International Thailand, until my retirement in 2017. I am currently an independent director of Charn Issara REIT Management and the Vietnam Property Fund. I have held a number of professional roles in the Thai and international property market, including past chairman of RICS Thailand and a member of RICS Asia Pacific Board, of the UK-based International Valuation Standards Board (the global standard-setter for business and property valuation) and of the Thai SEC sub-committee on property fund/REIT regulation. I served as Chairman of the BCCT Board from 2012-14 and since then as Vice-Chairman.
My main role is representing the BCCT on the Board of Trade of Thailand (BOT), where I am advisor and sit on various committees (including Foreign Chambers of Commerce and Property), and on the Thai-UK Business Leadership Council (TUBLC), where I am co-chairman of the Ease of Doing Business Working Group. I also sit on the Strategy Committee for BCCT’s Overseas Business Initiative Project. For services to Thai-UK trade and investment, I was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2016.
I am standing for another term on the Board where I hope to contribute by supporting the continuation of ongoing projects and developing some new initiatives. In particular, I have been asked to participate as an advisor to the government committee looking to eliminate or reform over 1,000 business licences within 2018.
|DIRECTOR - PINYAPA SOMPHONG - Attorney at Law, HLG (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
After graduating with Merit in Law from Durham University, United Kingdom, Pinyapa (Aime), moved back to Thailand to start her career as an attorney at law with Harvey Law Group (HLG).
HLG is an international law firm with offices all over the world including in Thailand. The firm was founded in 1992 and has quickly evolved into a leading and multinational law firm with a worldwide reputation amongst discerning businesses, individuals and governments across Canada, Asia and South America.
HLG combine world-class acumen with local insight to deliver exceptional legal advice to assist clients. Amidst a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment, HLG has consistently proven itself to embrace change and deliver results for its clients across the world.
Aime has 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, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and investment schemes and property management for both private companies and HNWIs clients.
Aime is a young, ambitious and highly motivated professional, who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any given task.
Aime is part of the BCCT Young Professionals (BCCT YP) committee, which aims to encourage and support the career development for young professionals in Thailand. Her recent accomplishments include hosting the first launch of BCCT YP in November last year, where she continues to encourage other young professionals to get involved and participate in the activities and events organised by the BCCT, to bring further diversity into the Chamber.
Aime’s passion is to represent the young professionals, start-ups and entrepreneurs and aim to develop and broaden the insights of the BCCT Board of Directors to appreciate that
|DIRECTOR - NICK SMART - CEO, EK-CHAI DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CO., LTD (TESCO LOTUS)|
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.
|DIRECTOR - SARAH SMITH - General Manager – JAMIE’S ITALIAN|
Sarah is the General Manager of Siam JI Co Ltd who operates the franchise of Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Bangkok. She arrived in Thailand nearly two years ago after moving to Asia in 2014 to join the Singapore Jamie’s Italian operations team, and also the opening team in Bali.
She has also won several company awards, for ‘International Rising Star 2015/16’ and ‘International General Manager of the Year 2016/17.’ She has been responsible for helping the brand to adapt to the Asian market and has a passion for developing the local team to be able to carry the brand forwards into the future.
Prior to working for Jamie’s Italian Sarah worked for the Whitbread group for Premier Inn, Cote Brasserie and Chiquito restaurants. She attended Plymouth High School and Cardiff University, however left without graduating to pursue a career in hospitality.
Sarah, particularly the Young Professionals networking events. Sarah is a member of the BCCT Young Professionals (BCCT YP) committee and passionate about helping other young professionals succeed in their careers, with a strong awareness of the importance of mentoring and investing in the professionals of the future.
|BCCT TREASURER - JONATHAN FRYER - Partner - MAZARS THAILAND|
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.