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BCCT Board of Directors 2024  [Terms of Reference]

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PROFILES:- Office Bearers

CHAIR – GARETH DAVIES - PARTNER, DDX

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Gareth is the Chief Technical Officer of DDX, an award-winning consultancy specialising in sustainability, smart cities, and mobility. He has a decade of experience in managing technical consulting firms, including eight years in Asia. Gareth has successfully directed numerous multi-year digital transformation and enterprise smart services projects for a roster of blue-chip clients, including Nikkei, BMW, and True, as well as recent, large-scale smart city projects.

Highlights:

  • Actively involved in the Thailand tech scene
  • Travelling between London and Thailand since 1992
  • Living in Thailand since 2015
  • Working in Tech since 2005
    • Set up and ran Fluxus for 10 years before exiting to build DDX
    • Been involved in multiple startups in Thailand covering renewable energy funds, data & analytics, F&B, and ecommerce
  • BCCT board member from 2018-2022
  • Chairs 2 BCCT groups – Digital Technology & SME

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VICE CHAIR – CHRIS CRACKNELL – CHAIRMAN AT GRANT THORNTON THAILAND

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I am delighted to have served as both a Director and Chair and now Vice Chair for the past 3 years. It has been a pleasure and honour to meet so many members of the BCCT and to hear their views on the Chamber and how it supports their businesses. Becoming Chair during the Covid years was interesting as our focus turned to vaccinations, online events and general help for members. During my second year as Chair, we saw a return to a more normal profile of face-to-face events, online activities, new Working Groups and travel around the country. In my 3rd year, during which I served as a Vice Chair, we saw membership engagement at an all time high.

It has been particularly pleasing to see the growth and level of activity over the 3 years of our Working Groups structured in direct response to member needs. We have also continued to build a strong relationship with the DIT, now DBT and British Embassy.

In terms of style, I believe the Board of the BCCT has a collective responsibility to participate in and lead on behalf of its members. By working as a team and involving others the workload can be shared thus empowering the Executive to deliver on multiple fronts for its members whilst making it fun.

One of the key roles of the BCCT is to recognise the role of business within societies and communities. Again, this is something the BCCT does well.

As for my background, I currently serve as the Chairman of Grant Thornton in Thailand (https://www.grantthornton.co.th/) along with other similar roles with both local and international companies. Further details can be found on my LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/ccracknell/

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VICE CHAIR – PINYAPA SOMPHONG – MANAGING PARTNER – TWLS COMPANY LIMITED

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Pinyapa (Aime) has extensive experience in advising multinational corporations and local companies across various industries on project financing, Foreign Direct Investment, corporate structuring and restructuring, the establishment of business in Thailand and cross-border transactions matters.

With years of experience, in both legal and business practices, I have a pool of knowledge and great understanding in business model concept and the existential needs for successful and sustained business and investment.

After graduated my Master’s Degree in International Trade and Commercial Law from Durham University, United Kingdom, I moved back to Thailand in 2015.

As of now, I am a Managing Partner of TWLS Company Limited, Thailand branch office of TWL Law Group. TWL Law Group, which is headquartered in Taiwan, has successfully assisted with innumerable multi-jurisdictional projects and transactions of Southeast Asia. We have offices and affiliate teams in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia and India.

Giving a BCCT members’ business support has always be one of my passions and key commitments, in 2022, I co-founded and Chair BCCT Advocacy Working Group. As a voice and on behalf of BCCT members, Advocacy Working Group has been actively engaged in public private dialogue and private sector advocacy to influence government policies, laws, regulations, and administrative arrangements, which are or possibly affecting BCCT members.

I will continue my active involvement in BCCT working groups, events, and contributing to the agenda, the promotion of the Chamber and members as well as bringing further diversity and dynamic into BCCT to adding value to our members.

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VICE CHAIR – DONNA MOOLMAN – HEAD OF FINANCE SE ASIA & DIRECTOR, LUCY ELECTRIC (THAILAND) Limited

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Donna is an experienced Finance Director and General Manager with 15 years’ experience operating at board level within the Lucy Group, which is a well-established British company founded in 1760. She has a sound financial background developed over 30 years in finance, accounting and operational roles across a diverse range of industries.

After 14 years of working within the Lucy Group in the UK, Donna seized the opportunity in 2018 to join Lucy Electric in Thailand (LET) as a Director to take on a new role as Head of Finance South East Asia responsible for APAC plus China and more recently Australia.

Donna has been Chair of BCCT’s Eastern Seaboard Working Group for the last year leading the BCCT’s renewed and increased activity in the area recognising that further engagement with ESB BCCT members and potential members is critical for the growth of the Chamber.

Donna is a driven, forthright and tenacious individual who enjoys solving business problems, isn't afraid to challenge the status quo and values integrity above all.

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VICE CHAIR – DAVID NORCROSS - CEO & FOUNDER AT LEXICON BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

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David Norcross is Founder & CEO of Lexicon: Thailand’s leading digital storytelling agency. Originally from Manchester, England, David has been living in Thailand for around 20 years. Prior to founding Lexicon in 2015, David worked as a journalist, as well as in communication roles for KPMG Thailand & PKF International.br

He has been serving as a BCCT Board Director since 2022 and is Vice Chair for the 2022-2024 period

David is an active board director and is Chairman and founder of the BCCT Marketing & Communications working group, having previously acted as Chairman for the BCCT Digital Technology group.

His presence on the board provides a healthy counterbalance to the larger multinational corporations on the board and allows him to use his independent voice to advocate for expanded ways that the BCCT can help small businesses and business in the digital space.

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DIRECTOR – TEE BALE - DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, OPERATIONS AT BRITISH CLUB

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A successful General Manager in the HORECA sector who has consistently added value to businesses Internationally, currently into year 7 at the British Club Bangkok.

My current role includes working closely with many embassies, chambers, international schools, hospitals, and a cross section of all expat businesses in Thailand. The British Club Bangkok currently has over 3,500 members made up from 48 different nationalities, this makes my social and business network one of the largest in Thailand.

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DIRECTOR – ANN BELL - MANAGING DIRECTOR AT PCS SECURITY AND FACILITY SERVICES LIMITED

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Ann is a seasoned C-suite leader with a strong technical background and extensive experience in Business Transformation and Business Integration. Her industry knowledge and leadership skills are broad and deep, and she is highly adept at operating at scale and across complex businesses.

Ann joined PCS as CEO early 2021 to spearhead the transformation of the business. Her resilient and positive leadership steered the business during the Covid period, and with vision and drive takes the business to a new level focusing on increased social mobility, technology, digitalization, sustainability and governance.

She has recently led a successful integration of 2 businesses under the new ownership of OCS Group. Ann has been a BCCT Board Director since 2022.

Before joining PCS, Ann was with Tesco Group for 32 years, latterly as the Chief Operating Officer for Tesco Lotus in Bangkok. With Tesco, she held the positions of Country CEO, International HR Director and leadership positions in the UK, Ireland, Turkey, and Hong Kong.

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DIRECTOR – ANNEMARIEKE DE HAAN - GENERAL MANAGER HOME CARE SOUTHEAST ASIA AND HEAD OF COUNTRY THAILAND, UNILEVER THAI TRADING LIMITED.

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Annemarieke de Haan, Dutch citizen, is General Manager for Home Care in Southeast Asia, Head of Country in Thailand, and leads the Unilever teams in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Singapore. She is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Annemarieke has served Unilever for more than 24 years in various roles across categories and countries. Prior to her current role, she was Executive Vice President for Unilever Benelux (2020-2022), Managing Director for Unilever Malaysia and Singapore (2017-2020) and Vice-President for Personal Care at Unilever Indonesia (2015-2017). She has worked in different countries, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan.

Annemarieke is a strong advocate for talent development, workplace diversity and sustainability goals. She has been the chairperson of the Dutch Food and Drink Federation FNLI, board member of the Dutch employers’ association VNO/NCW, member of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, board member of the Malaysian Dutch Business Council and board member of the Netherlands Thai Chamber of Commerce.

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DIRECTOR – GIORGIO GAMBA - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED (HSBC)

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HSBC was established as the first bank in Thailand in 1888. Headquartered in London, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest financial services organizations with an international network located in 62 countries and territories. In 2023, HSBC was named Asia’s ‘Best Bank’ and Asia’s ‘Best Bank for Sustainable Finance’ by Euromoney. In addition, HSBC Thailand has been recognized as the ‘Best International Bank’ in Thailand by both Asiamoney & FinanceAsia for the last three years.

Giorgio Gamba was appointed CEO of HSBC Thailand in August 2021. He joined HSBC in 2001 and prior to Thailand has held various roles in Wealth, Risk, and Global Banking across the UK, India, Hong Kong, and Korea. He holds an MA and LLB degree in Law from the University College London.

Giorgio is a strong advocate of promoting investment and trade between Thailand and the UK which aligns with BCCT's own mission as well as being focused on the development of sustainable finance and the digital economy in support of the Thai national plan. With the BCCT he has been actively engaged with the Advocacy working group and represented the Chamber in engagements with the UK’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Thailand’s Minister of Commerce and Minister of Finance as well as the Ambassador of Thailand in the UK. Giorgio also contributes to the BCCT CSR initiatives, including taking an active role in the mentoring programme.

HSBC was one of the first companies to join the BCCT upon its establishment in 1946 and has been a sponsor of BCCT since 2007. In addition, HSBC sponsored key BCCT events throughout 2023 and intends to continue doing so in 2024 and beyond.

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DIRECTOR – BUNDIT JIAMANUKOONKIT - CEO AT PRUDENTIAL LIFE ASSURANCE (THAILAND) PCL

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Kenny joined Prudential Thailand as CEO at the start of 2023, bringing with him strong experience in both life and non-life insurance sectors from his experience as Country Manager at Generali Life & Non-Life Insurance, Samsung Life Assurance, and SCB-New York Life. He is known for being innovative in business dealing and performance delivery, and is committed to deliver the company’s vision to help Thai people get the most out of life.

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DIRECTOR – RACHEL JONES - HEAD OF ADMISSIONS, BANGKOK PATANA SCHOOL

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Rachel is Head of Admissions at Bangkok Patana School, Thailand’s oldest and largest British international school. She has been serving as a BCCT Board Director since 2022.

Bangkok Patana School has maintained a strong partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand for over 20 years, including seven years as a Sterling level sponsor. This enduring collaboration reflects the school’s deep engagement with the BCCT community.

Over two decades of working in Thailand, Rachel has established close ties within both the expatriate and Thai community, making her an effective representative of the British business community in Thailand. Her role as a BCCT Board Director has allowed her to actively support and advocate for the interests of British businesses.

Rachel is a strong advocate for fair and inclusive practices across all sectors. Her active participation in the BCCT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) working group highlights her commitment to promoting diversity and equal opportunity, and to supporting BCCT member companies with their work in this area.

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DIRECTOR – NAVARERK KAEWPHAKDEE  – VICE PRESIDENT - GLOBAL CORPORATE AND INVESTMENT BANKING, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.

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Boat is a Vice President in the Global Corporate and Investment Banking Department, with the responsibility of supporting the bank’s relationship with some of the largest multination corporations in Thailand through a wide range of financial solutions across treasury services, trade finance, funding, foreign exchange, and capital markets.

Aside from his work, Boat also leads the young professionals working group and has hosted several networking events and panel discussions on issues that are relevant to the professional development of those that are in the early stage of their careers. He is also the Vice Curator for the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Bangkok Hub, a group of volunteers who believe that positive change can take place through thoughtful collaborations, practical applications, and - most importantly - meaningful connections with the community and people around us - be it in Thailand, ASEAN, or beyond.

Boat holds a Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Business Management, with a concentration in Finance, from Brigham Young University Hawaii, where he also received the Outstanding Student in Finance Award (top student of the graduating class) .

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DIRECTOR – WARAPORN MUPAISAN - DIRECTOR, LAWTONASIA INSURANCE BROKERS LTD.

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Waraporn has 24 years experience in the Thai insurance industry and currently handles group employee benefits insurance for large corporate clients. Her responsibilities also include oversight of LawtonAsia’s insurance ethics and compliance, and she is the company’s main liaison with the insurance regulator.

LawtonAsia is Thailand’s leading British-Thai independent insurance broker and takes an active part in the local business community. They were heavily involved in the setting up of the Irish-Thai Chamber and the EABC — European Association for Business and Commerce — and have representation on each of their Boards.

While pursuing her career in insurance Waraporn has found the time to bring up a family — a daughter who recently graduated from Cambridge and a son currently attending college in America on a golf scholarship. In her spare time she has actively organized charity events for LawtonAsia, raising money for Sister Louise’s Good Shepherd Foundation for young underprivileged women in Thailand.
Now that her children have both left home Waraporn is eager to become fully involved with the Chamber and to use her energies to help drive the Chamber forward and promote its activities, especially to those in the Thai business community and international companies where she has extensive contacts as a result of her work with LawtonAsia.

Waraporn is a member of The Chartered Insurance Institute as well as the Thai Insurance Brokers Association.

Education: Bachelor of Media & Communication Arts from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Work experience: Waraporn worked for both French and Korean multinational companies in Bangkok before co-founding LawtonAsia Insurance Brokers in 1997.  Her drive and initiative have helped the company grow into what it is today.

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DIRECTOR - PHINNIPHA SURIYONG - MANAGING DIRECTOR, APLUS CAREER

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Phinnipha Suriyong, who has over 15 years of experience in executive search and recruitment team leadership, serves as the Managing Director of APlus Career. Phinnipha's extensive experience in the field of fostering inclusive communities and driving organizational development renders her an asset in her current position.

After three years of active participation with the British Chamber of Commerce, BCCT, Phinnipha is now a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) working group and chair of the Women in Business Working Group. Her active participation has had a substantial influence on the endeavors of BCCT, particularly in the expansion of mentoring programs and events. Notably, the Mentoring Program has witnessed a surge in participants from seventeen to 57 in the span of two years.

Her establishment of APlus Career Recruitment Co., Ltd. in May 2022 exemplifies Phinnipha's entrepreneurial zeal. Her independent entrepreneurial endeavor highlights her dedication to the collective achievement of goals, reflecting the collaborative ethos of BCCT.

Furthermore, Phinnipha, in her capacity as a female entrepreneur and proponent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is committed to fostering the development and prosperity of entrepreneurs in the BCCT region. She is enthusiastic about utilizing her abilities and enthusiasm to promote BCCT's mission and cultivate an atmosphere that values opportunity and inclusiveness.

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HONORARY TREASURER - BLAKE DIMSDALE - AUDIT PARTNER, MAZARS (THAILAND) LIMITED

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Blake qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK with PwC, prior to moving to Thailand in 2004 and joining Mazars in 2009. Mazars in Thailand is a leading audit, accounting, tax, legal, and financial advisory practice, with over 280 professionals combining the benefits of an integrated global partnership and the local experience of the Partners.

Blake leads the Mazars audit department managing a team of around 100 financial, IT and internal audit specialists and is the Mazars Partner responsible for firm Human Resources management. With over 20 years of professional experience in auditing and financial advisory services, Blake has a broad knowledge of international and Thai accounting, business regulations and the challenges faced by international companies in Thailand.

Blake is also a member of the Mazars in Thailand Executive Committee and has completed the Thai Institute of Directors Certification Program and Diploma examination.

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