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BCCT Board of Directors 2019 [Terms of Reference]

 

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Chair CHRIS THATCHER - Group Chairman, ANGLO-THAI LEGAL CO., LTD.
Vice Chair SIMON MATTHEWS - Country Manager, MANPOWERGROUP THAILAND
Vice Chair ANDREW MCBEAN - Chief Executive Officer, PKF HOLDINGS (THAILAND) LIMITED
Vice Chair SARAH SMITH - General Manager, JAMIE'S ITALIAN
Director CALLIE BANGYEKAN - Business Unit Director, Director Of Communications & Government Affair, GLAXOSMITHKLINE (THAILAND) LIMITED
Director BILLY CHOMSAKORN - Country Commercial Manager Thailand, BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC
Director DAVID CUMMING - Regional Vice President Operations, Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos, ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP (AMARI WATERGATE BANGKOK)
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 - Associate Director, HLG (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
Director NICK SMART - CEO, EK-CHAI DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CO., LTD (TESCO LOTUS)
Director CARL SMITH - Managing Director - TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES (THAILAND) LIMITED
BCCT Treasurer JONATHAN FRYER - Partner - MAZARS THAILAND

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

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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.

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VICE CHAIR - SIMON MATTHEWS - Country Manager, MANPOWERGROUP THAILAND

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

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VICE CHAIR - ANDREW MCBEAN -  Chief Executive Officer, PKF HOLDINGS (THAILAND) 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, and events, also acting as a conduit to the board of member views and feedback, and driving results through enthusiastic participation. I am a businessman and probably my main interest is how to stimulate both trade for our BCCT members in Thailand, but also that of UK companies. This is especially important as we head in to some profound changes both globally and in the UK and Thailand. I would like to see 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.

In my working role in Thailand I am the Thailand CEO of the global accounting firm PKF. Our offices are in Chong Nonsi and we are also the only global accounting firm with an active branch in the Eastern Seaboard. Previous to working at PKF I was a Partner at Grant Thornton, Senior Vice President at dtac and General Manager of Microsoft Thailand.

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 - SARAH SMITH - General Manager, JAMIE'S ITALIAN

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Siam JI Co Ltd is the JV company who operates the franchise of Jamie Oliver Restaurants in Bangkok. I arrived in Thailand in 2016 after moving to Asia in 2014 to join the Singapore Jamie’s Italian operations team, and also the opening team in Bali. Since leaving the UK I have won several company awards, for ‘International Rising Star 2015/16’ and ‘International General Manager of the Year 2016/17.’ I have been responsible for helping the brand to adapt to the Asian market and have 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 in the UK and internationally, I worked for the Whitbread group’s Premier Inn, Cote Brasserie and Chiquito restaurants. I attended Plymouth High School for girls and Cardiff University, but left studying to pursue a career in hospitality as found my passion for the industry after working part time while studying.   

Since moving to Thailand, I have been amazing by the strength that personal connections have when doing business and how important this is for all business who want to achieve constant growth. The BCCT has been of great benefit to myself and the business I operate over the last two years.

I am an active member of the BCCT and board after being co-opted to the board of directors in April 2018. I am a regular at Bangkok networking events, particularly the Young Professionals events and am a member of the BCCT Young Professionals (BCCT YP) committee. I am passionate about helping other young professionals succeed in their careers. The YP’s are the future of the BCCT and I believe it is important that the YP’s are well represented on the board to allow the BCCT to go from strength to strength now and into the future, while adapting to the most up to date ways of making connections and contacts and growing the business community here in Thailand.

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DIRECTOR - CALLIE BANGYEKAN - Business Unit Director, Director Of Communications & Government Affair - GLAXOSMITHKLINE (THAILAND) LIMITED

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is one the world leading pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare companies. A well-respected leader of the Thai pharmaceutical industry, GSK has been operating in Thailand since 1964, and actively involved as a key contributor to public and non-profit organizations. Our initiatives support GSK Global policy'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.

Callie is an experienced global leader with over twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.  Prior to returning to Thailand and assuming her current role as Business Unit Director, Respiratory, Allergy & Antibiotics Porfolios, and Director of Commercial Excellence, and Communications & Government Affairs at GSK Thailand, Callie held a variety of commercial roles at GSK and several other companies at an international level, based in the US, UK, Belgium and France.  

Callie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of California San Francisco, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Stern School of Business, New York University. 

She has an avid interest in drawing, watercolor and oil paintings and caricature. She is also very keen on discovering the world and other cultures.

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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 - DAVID CUMMING - Regional Vice President Operations, Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos, ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP (AMARI WATERGATE BANGKOK)

DIRECTOR - DAVID CUMMING - Vice-President & Area General Manager, Bangkok, 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.

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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 - Director, BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES LTD.

DIRECTOR - STEPHEN FROST - Director, BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES LTD.

I have lived and worked in Thailand for 25 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 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:

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.

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR - SIMON LANDY MBE - Shareholder, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL THAILAND

VICE CHAIRMAN - SIMON LANDY MBE - Executive Chairman, 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.

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DIRECTOR - PINYAPA SOMPHONG - Associate Director, HLG (THAILAND) CO., LTD.

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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.

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DIRECTOR - 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 - 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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BCCT 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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