Directors & Staff
BCCT Board of Directors 2022 [Terms of Reference]
|CHAIR – CHRIS CRACKNELL – CHAIRMAN AT GRANT THORNTON THAILAND|
As we come to terms with the impact of COVID on the economy and society, the role of the BCCT has never been more important. At one level it is about supporting business through networking, thought leadership and lobbying. At another level it is about recognising the role of business within society, by helping to build community relationships. Here the BCCT can create awareness and promote sustainable solutions in all areas. So much good work is being done by the various BCCT Committees and members in these areas.
It is also important that the BCCT is seen to embrace the whole of Thailand, not just Bangkok. We should do everything we can to welcome more Thais and other nationalities, while also encouraging female business leaders and the next generation of professionals. We need an inclusive Chamber that looks forward even as it continues to learn from history – a Chamber that is highly relevant today for both large and small companies.
In terms of style, I believe the Board of the BCCT has a collective responsibility to lead on behalf of its members. By working as a team and involving others, the workload can be effectively shared, thus empowering the Executive to deliver on multiple fronts.
As for my background, I currently serve as the Chairman of Grant Thornton in Thailand (https://www.grantthornton.co.th/), Deputy Chairman of Mentis (https://mentisglobal.com/) and a Non-Executive Director of Clipper Holdings (https://www.rmagroup.net/). For the past 2 years I have been an Advisor to the BCCT and have spoken at or participated in BCCT events in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Previously I worked for the OCS Group (known as PCS in Thailand) for 40 years, and as its Global CEO for 20 years, leading its international expansion. Further details are available on my LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/ccracknell
|VICE CHAIR – MARTIN HURLEY – GENERAL MANAGER, LANCASTER BANGKOK|
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 2022 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.
|VICE CHAIR – CARL SMITH – MANAGING DIRECTOR, TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES (THAILAND) LIMITED|
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.
|VICE CHAIR – JANTIMA HIRAGA – COUNTRY MANAGER – THAILAND, PEARSON EDUCATION INDOCHINA CO., LTD.|
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.
Jantima is the Country Manager, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia of Pearson Education Indochina Limited, part of the world’s largest education company and one of the largest UK qualifications providers.
Jantima has experienced working in Education for the past 15 years working across Indochina to develop on English, Assessments, and qualifications frameworks.
Working with Thai Government
Jantima has been working closely with Ministry of Education to deliver BTEC for local vocational expertise through local colleges and universities in Thailand.
Running the project to development of English skill competency and Talent career guidance for SEAMEO STEM-ED project and TPQI (Thailand Professional Qualifications Institution).
In Thailand, we are working closely with Ministry of Education to offer BTEC Diplomas awarded into Thailand Vocational Education and working with the EEC (Eastern Economic corridor) to develop career-focused programs.
BCCT Board Director Activities:
I am an active member of the BCCT as Board Director and I maintain an active role as a member of BCCT Advocacy Committee and a member of the BCCT CSR Working Group Committee. I have been as speakers and representative of BCCT meeting with MOE, Government stakeholders and joint meeting with other chambers events. I am passionate to represent on the Education and aim to develop and raise UK education in Thailand.
|VICE CHAIR – JAMES TEAGUE – COUNTRY PRESIDENT AT ASTRAZENECA (THAILAND) LTD.|
James leads the strategy and implementation of commercial, medical and regulatory initiatives across Oncology, CVRM (Cardiovascular, Renal, Metabolic) and Respiratory therapeutic areas in Thailand.
James brings his wealth of over 15 years of healthcare experience across various countries and roles within AstraZeneca. Prior to joining AstraZeneca Thailand, James led our Global Respiratory franchise spanning US early clinical development to management of the Core Respiratory portfolio across Latin America, Asia and Africa markets with an estimated value exceeding USD 2 billon.
James has worked across many Therapeutic Areas and Functions within AstraZeneca including the leadership of the flu vaccine business in the UK, while serving as a member of the UK Vaccines Industry Group. In addition, James spearheaded AstraZeneca’s partnership with the UK Department of Health to implement the largest national vaccination programme update for Paediatric influenza.
James is passionate about creating partnerships that enable change in policy, national investment and health care practice that improve outcomes for patients and deliver a sustainable improvement to healthcare systems.
|DIRECTOR – AMANDA DENNISON – PRINCIPAL AT SHREWSBURY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK (CITY CAMPUS)|
I am a highly skilled school leader with over 30 years of experience working in multicultural and diverse environments and providing the vision and leadership required to ensure a high quality of education for all pupils. I have full knowledge of learning styles, pedagogy and transformational leadership. I have strong expertise in developing and sustaining outstanding pastoral layers of care and support.
I am also have much experience of successfully implementing change in challenging and demanding circumstances. I am self-driven and self-reliant and lead by example, I have a collaborative approach and excellent interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and encourage others through change. I am able to cultivate a range of partnerships particularly with parents, business and the community to enhance an organisations standing and reputation.
I have worked for Shrewsbury International School Bangkok for 11 years. For 7 years, I was Vice Principal, Head of the primary school at the Riverside campus and the Governors then appointed me to be the founding Principal of Shrewsbury City Campus which opened in August 2018.
My time working at Shrewsbury and living in Asia has given me an in depth understanding of the need for cultural sensitivity. I am confident that I possess qualities, attributes and both educational and life experiences that will be advantageous to the Board.
|DIRECTOR – ANN BELL - MANAGING DIRECTOR AT PCS SECURITY AND FACILITY SERVICES LIMITED|
Ann is a seasoned International C-suite leader with a strong technical breadth across multiple disciplines with extensive experience in Business Transformation, Business Integration, Format Development, and Portfolio Reviews. Her industry knowledge and leadership skills are both broad and deep, and she is highly adept at operating at scale and across complex businesses.
Ann joined PCS as CEO in early 2021 to spearhead the transformation of the business in this technical and digital era. She has already had a tremendously positive impact, most notably in the areas of growth, sustainability and employee engagement.
Before joining PCS, Ann was with Tesco Group for 32 years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer for Tesco Lotus in Thailand. With Tesco, she has also held the titles of Country CEO and International HR Director as well as leadership positions in the UK, Ireland, Turkey, and Hong Kong.
PCS part of OCS group, the largest privately owned International Facilities Service Provider has been operating in Thailand since 1967, is renowned throughout the country as a leader in its field. Today, PCS has 20 branches, five training centres, 30,000 colleagues, and more than 5,000 customers across Thailand.
Ann will use her knowledge to support and enhance the promotion of trade and investment between UK and Thailand and support and assist in the development of member companies.. Her knowledge of facilities management and business transformation is especially relevant in the COVID-19 era. She will actively take part in the championing of diversity, inclusivity and sustainability.
|DIRECTOR – DAVID NORCROSS - CEO & FOUNDER AT LEXICON BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS|
David Norcross was born in Manchester, England and has lived in Thailand since 2003. Today, David is the CEO of Lexicon as well as Chair of the BCCT Digital Technology committee.
David founded Lexicon in 2015, having previously worked in communication roles for KPMG and PKF in Thailand.
Under David’s leadership, Lexicon has grown from a single employee company to become Thailand’s leading Digital Storytelling agency, occupying 600sqm of office space in the Silom area.
Relationship with the BCCT
David has been an active member of the British Chamber for over 10 years. Highlights include:
● Developing the BCCT’s social media strategy. This new strategy saw the chamber more than double its LinkedIn following in less than a year and create a new way to engage with members during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of today, the BCCT has the most LinkedIn followers of any chamber of commerce in Thailand.
● Chairing the BCCT Digital Technology Working Group. In 2021, this committee held the most physical and online events of any BCCT Working Group.
● David and Lexicon were nominated for 3 awards at the BCCT Thailand International Business Awards.
● Strong relationship with BCCT members. In addition to counting many BCCT members as clients, Lexicon provides a free introductory video to all new BCCT members to help introduce themselves to the BCCT community.
While on the board, he will use his entrepreneurial experience to advocate on behalf of small businesses across Thailand, while providing representation for the digital sector and young(ish) professionals. In addition, David will leverage Lexicon’s client relationships (including the British embassy) to connect with and benefit the BCCT membership across the country.
|DIRECTOR – GIORGIO GAMBA - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED (HSBC)|
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.
Giorgio Gamba was appointed Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Thailand in August 2021. He joined HSBC in 2001 and has worked across Wealth and Personal Banking, Risk and Global Banking in the UK, India, Hong Kong and Korea. Most recently, he led the bank’s Asia-Pacific Public Sector coverage team out of Hong Kong and was responsible for the client relationship management function and the delivery of corporate investment banking services and solutions to key Asian sovereign, supranational, government agency, public sector body, local government, public pension, central banks and sovereign wealth fund clients.
Giorgio holds an MA and LLB degree in Law from the University College London.
He enjoyed meeting with BCCT executives (Chris Cracknell, Nick Smart & Khun Khemika Ratanakul). He will be working with the Board on several CSR activities, assisting in promoting CSR initiatives and EEC for BCCT.
HSBC has been an annual sponsor of BCCT since 2007 and will do so again in 2022. In addition, HSBC sponsored key BCCT events throughout 2021 - such as business leader dinner, the BCCT Christmas luncheon - and intends to continue doing so in 2022.
HSBC was one of the first companies to join the BCCT on its establishment in 1946.
|DIRECTOR – KHEMIKA RATANAKUL – PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER AT DIAGEO MOET HENNESSY (THAILAND) LIMITED|
Khemika Ratanakul is the Public Affairs Manager of Diageo Moet Hennessy Thailand, the leading importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages with an outstanding collection of premium brands, namely, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, Smirnoff, Moet & Chandon, Gordon’s and Tanqueray. Khemika has been with Diageo since October 2004 and worked in various roles in Commercial, Corporate Relations, Intellectual Property Rights protection functions across South East Asia region while based in Bangkok.
She also led the first-ever professional golf tournament in Cambodia, the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, during 2007 -2010 together with the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, Apsara Authority and Siem Reap Provincial Government.
Prior joining Diageo, she worked with several multi-national companies including DKSH Group, in the logistics function, Dainichi Color (Thailand) Ltd. (a Mutsui-Fujikura Group of Companies) as a Project Planner & Key Account Manager and the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as an officer of the Foreign Department.
Khemika was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, she studied economics at Thammasat University and Kasetsart University. She loves outdoor activities such as trekking, cycling, jogging and diving while enjoys traveling, reading and drinking responsiblye
|DIRECTOR – KIERAN TAYLOR – ASIA PACIFIC SENIOR REGIONAL CO-ORDINATOR AT PKF HOLDINGS (THAILAND) LIMITED|
Kieran is passionate about making the BCCT as open and inclusive as possible, and has worked hard to encourage younger Chamber members to get involved by creating opportunities for them to network, make connections, and be inspired about how to progress their careers.
Kieran co-founded and Chairs the BCCT Young Professionals (YP), where he has organised 18 events, welcomed over 2,000 attendees (58% Thai, ~ 50% women, 37% non-members) and secured 27 different sponsorships over the last three years. These events promote networking, career development, and topical discussions in focused areas like branding, employee rights, health and wellbeing and resume writing. He has also established an annual fundraising event for charities of disadvantaged children and cancer support, which has raised 100,000 THB in the last two years.
Kieran strongly believes that further engagement with younger BCCT members is critical for the growth of the Chamber, and by actively promoting its benefits, we can imbue the future leaders of both BCCT member and non-members companies alike with the immense value, purpose, and sense of community that the Chamber continues to invoke.
After graduating from Leeds University, Kieran moved to Asia and took up a position at the BCCT to research existing and potential future trade relationships between Thailand and the UK, and his work has since played a fundamental role in the British Embassy’s mission to strengthen its relationship with Thailand in a post-Brexit world.
Since Jan 2018, Kieran has been working for PKF as Asia Pacific Senior Regional Co- Ordinator and supports over 140 offices in 80 countries with 14,000 staff and a combined turnover of more than USD900m.
Kieran is also member of both the BCCT Events and Membership committees.
|DIRECTOR – RACHEL JONES - HEAD OF ADMISSIONS, BANGKOK PATANA SCHOOL|
Rachel Jones has worked in the international school sector for most of her career and for the past 13 years has led the Admissions team at Bangkok Patana School.
Bangkok Patana School is the oldest and largest British international school in Thailand. The organisation has been a member of the BCCT for over 20 years, and a Sterling level sponsor for just over five years. Many of the Chamber’s members are also part of the Bangkok Patana School community, which makes natural and strong links between the two organisations.
Rachel has lived in Thailand for the past 17 years, and through her various associations has long links with the British community, putting her in good stead to be a representative of the British business community in Thailand. Having lived in Thailand through both challenging and prosperous times, she understands the difficulties faced by businesses and the possibilities that can lead to success.
Under her management, enrolment at Bangkok Patana has maintained its strong growth and the School continues to be a leader in a very competitive environment. It is the most internationally diverse within its sector in Thailand, and Rachel is passionate about maintaining that diversity within the context of a British school.
Rachel is a strong believer in ethical standards, which enable all players, large or small to operate in a fair environment. She also supports diversity in all areas and is keen to promote the growing involvement of business women within the BCCT.
Rachel completed her MA (Hons) at the University of Edinburgh and then embarked upon her career, moving to Thailand in 2004
|DIRECTOR - ROBIN SPENCER - CEO, PRUDENTIAL LIFE ASSURANCE (THAILAND) PCL|
Robin joined Prudential Group in July 2018 as Chief Operating Officer of Prudential Corporation Asia, based in Hong Kong. He assumed the position of CEO Prudential Life Assurance Thailand on May 2020.
He is also Chairman of two Prudential owned Thai asset management companies in Thailand (TMBAM/TFund). Thailand is a key growth market for the Prudential Group given recent investments in bank and digital partners and the acquisition of two asset management companies.
Robin has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry across life, non-life and asset management in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Before joining Prudential, Robin was CEO International Insurance for NN Group in the Netherlands, where he was responsible for 10 European countries, Japan and the reinsurance business.
Robin spent the majority of his career at Aviva Plc. He had the opportunity to lead Aviva Canada in Toronto, Aviva UK & Ireland in London and was also Group Chief Risk Officer.
Prudential Corporation Asia (PCA) is one of Asia and Africa's leading life insurance companies with more than 14 million customers in 12 countries offering a wide range of life insurance, protection, savings and retirement products.
Our purpose is to help people get the most out of life. We make healthcare affordable and accessible and protect people’s wealth and grow their assets through our Pulse super-app. Eastspring Investments, our asset management arm, is one of the region’s largest asset managers with on-the-ground presence in 10 markets as well as distribution offices in the US and Europe.
Robin has been married to Victoria for 28 years and has 3 children who are working/school in the UK. He is a member of the British Club where he can often be found being beaten on the squash court.
|DIRECTOR – WARAPORN MUPAISAN - DIRECTOR, LAWTONASIA INSURANCE BROKERS LTD.|
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.
Bachelor of Media & Communication Arts from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
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.
|HONORARY TREASURER - BLAKE DIMSDALE - AUDIT PARTNER, MAZARS (THAILAND) LIMITED|
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.