Directors & Staff
BCCT Board of Directors 2021 [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 39 years, and as its Global CEO for 19 years, leading its international expansion. Further details are available on my LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/ccracknell
|VICE CHAIR – NICK SMART – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FINANCIAL SERVICES AT EK CHAI DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (CP GROUP)|
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.
|VICE CHAIR – PINYAPA SOMPHONG – CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER – SOUTHEAST ASIA AT EVERMORE CO., LTD.|
After graduating the International Trade and Commercial Law from Durham University, United Kingdom, I was practicing working as legal trainee with an international law firm in Barcelona, Spain, before moving back to Thailand in 2015, to start my career as a lawyer with an international law firm in Thailand.
I have extensive experience across the Asia-Pacific region in a broad range of areas including Foreign Direct Investment both offshore and onshore projects, commercial and corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and investment schemes and property management for both private companies and HNWIs clients.
I am currently a Chief Legal Officer of Evermore Co., Ltd., one of the fastest growing premier confectionary trading companies in Southeast Asia. I also sit on the boards as General Counsel for several financial and investment advisory private sectors in Thailand.
I am an active member of the BCCT and board after being elected to the board of directors in 2018.
I maintain an active role as a member of BCCT Legal & Taxation Committee and also a member of the BCCT Young Professionals (BCCT YP) committee. I have been a key-note speaker and a host at BCCT events and other international conferences and seminars.
I am passionate to represent the young professionals, start-ups and entrepreneurs and aim to develop and broaden entrepreneur’s ability to perceive opportunities in the market and respond to them by starting a new business venture.
|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 2020 is to continue to arrange events for General Managers and open them up to BCCT members with an interest in travel and tourism, work with the Foreign Chambers Alliance, and support the BCCT events committee in making British Chamber events the best in Thailand.
|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.
|DIRECTOR – GARETH DAVIES – MANAGING DIRECTOR, FLUXUS (THAILAND) CO.,LTD.|
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.
|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 – 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
|DIRECTOR – 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.
We believe that we all need to embrace lifelong learning, continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly connected world. In Thailand, we are working closely with Ministry of Education to offer BTEC Diplomas awarded into Thailand Vocational Education and working with the EEC to develop career-focused programs.
Jantima has experienced working in Education for the past 15 years and also working across Indochina to develop on English, Assessment and qualifications frameworks and currently she has been working closely with Ministry of Education to deliver BTEC for local vocational expertise through local colleges and universities in Thailand
|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 – KELVIN TAN – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED|
HSBC was established as the first bank in Thailand in 1888. Headquartered in London, HSBC Group is one of the largest financial services organisations in the world with an international network located in 80 countries and territories. HSBC Thailand offers a comprehensive range of financial services to corporate customers.
Kelvin Tan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Thailand in July 2015. He joined HSBC in 2009 and has served in positions in Singapore. His banking career spans over two decades; with a focus on Corporates and MNCs across industries in Singapore and Asia Pacific.
Kelvin holds an MBA from Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore.
He enjoyed meeting with BCCT executives (Simon Matthews, Andrew McBean & Chris Thatcher). He is currently working with the Board on several CSR activities, assisting in promoting CSR initiatives and EEC for BCCT. Should Kelvin be elected to the BCCT board, he will provide his insight on the financial services industry to the board and members.
HSBC has been an annual sponsor of BCCT since 2007 and will do so again in 2020. In addition, HSBC sponsored key BCCT events throughout 2019 – such as the luncheon and dinner talk by the Governor of the Bank of Thailand, the business leader dinner, the Networking event, the BCCT Christmas luncheon – and intends to continue doing so in 2020.
|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 – 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 – CHRIS THATCHER – GROUP CHAIRMAN, ANGLO-THAI LEGAL CO., LTD.|
I have been a member of the Board since 2010 and have served as both Vice Chairman and Chairman.
I believe firmly that BCCT is an organisation for members and needs to continue and develop its services for members. It seems to be obvious that an organisation for members, should be serving the needs of its members but there are times when the BCCT could be doing a lot more and a lot better.
Most BCCT members are SMEs and their needs are fundamental to the core of what the BCCT should be doing and we need to work to further develop those services. The membership fee is what members pay to access our services and forms the foundation of the finances of the Chamber.
My particular interest and background is in Education – I was a Headteacher in the UK for 20 years – and in that respect there is a lot that we can do. Skills based education is crucial to Thailand’s continuing economic development and the BCCT has assisted large companies such as Pearson (known here for their BTEC qualifications) and City and Guilds (C&G) to gain traction in Thailand.
There are many other aspects of educational development that we can assist with and support. Education is the bedrock of any developing nation – not just for those wealthy enough to access private provision. Our members need access to a well-educated and qualified workforce.
No organisation can afford to stand still and the BCCT is no exception to this. Listening to, and acting upon, our members’ thoughts and comments is essential if we are to stay as a leading Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. As your Chamber you are entitled to that.
|HON. TREASURER – ACCOUNTING AND PAYROLL OUTSOURCING PARTNER AT MAZARS (THAILAND) LTD.|
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.