Board Members

Kenneth M Atkinson

Kenneth M Atkinson

Chairman

Ken Atkinson started his career in international banking and after 14 years, including assignments in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, he sets up his own consultancy business. With over 40 years emerging market experience and 37 years Asian experience, Ken has undertaken corporate finance transactions in many emerging markets worldwide (Eastern Europe, the People’s Republic of China and several other countries in South East Asia). Ken has been working almost exclusively in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR during the last 25 years. He was the founding Partner of Grant Thornton in Vietnam in 1993; in 1996, he was a founding member and committee member of the BBGV and was Chairman from 1998-2001. Ken has been actively involved with the development of Operations Smile Vietnam and served as Chairman from 2002 to 2010. Ken was very pleased to stand for the BBGV Committee again last year and has contributed to the development of the finance and accounting systems and governance.

Chris Jeffrey

Chris Jeffrey

Vice-Chair

Chris is Dean of the British University Vietnam, based in Hanoi. Prior to taking up the role he was a senior teaching fellow at Cass Business School London where he taught for 15 years, specializing in Emerging Markets (Vietnam, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and China) as well as Customer Service and Satisfaction. He was also Director of the Executive MBA Programme which was taught in London, Dubai and China. Chris is also BBGV representative and Board Member of the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF).

Tom Vaizey

Tom Vaizey

Vice-Chair & Secretary

Tom is senior legal counsel with Dragon Capital Group, a Vietnam-focused asset manager. He is an English-qualified solicitor. Tom has spent most of his career in Asia, having worked in Hong Kong, India and Thailand as well as Vietnam. In addition to assisting BBGV with legal and corporate secretarial matters, Tom sits on the business and social events committee, and is occasional quiz master at BBGV quiz nights. Tom is married with two children.

Rick Yvanovich FCMA CGMA FCPA MSc

Rick Yvanovich FCMA CGMA FCPA MSc

Treasurer

Rick is British and a Chartered Management Accountant with 30 years of diverse experiences including: Hospitality, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Financial Services, High Technology, Defence, Manufacturing, Not for Profit, Breweries, Property Development, Professional Services and the Accounting Profession. Rick’s first overseas posting was as Finance Manager for BP China followed by a posting to Vietnam in 1990 as Finance Manager to BP Exploration. Rick helped established BP’s various Vietnam operations in Exploration, Lubricants and LPG and has held various Finance and Directorship roles with BP in Asia.  A serial entrepreneur and consultant he has been directly involved in hundreds of client engagements in 39 countries and founded several businesses including TRG International and Profiles International SEA. Rick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a Fellow of CPA Australia, and has an MSc in Strategic Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Fiona Nichols

Fiona Nichols

Board Member

Fiona is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City.  BIS HCMC (a member of the BIS Group of Schools) is the largest international school in Vietnam and one of the leading international schools in South East Asia. Fiona sits on the Business and Social Events sub-committee which is focused on providing a Save & Add To Library professional and comprehensive portfolio of events to its existing membership.  She is committed to ensure that the Group continues to be recognised and respected as an exceptional community and business platform in Vietnam, with a strong focus on promoting and encouraging UK-Vietnam trade and investment in collaboration with the British Government. Having lived and worked overseas for 25 years, Fiona has gained extensive international experience in Europe, United States, the Middle East and Asia, primarily in the education and business service sectors.  She has lived in Vietnam since 1996 and is married with three daughters.

Tom Nguyen

Tom Nguyen

Board Member

Tom is the Executive Director and Head of Global Corporates for Standard Chartered Bank servicing the in-bound foreign direct investments in Vietnam. Tom joined Standard Chartered (Vietnam) in November 2009 having trained as a Solicitor at Lovell White Durrant and spent much of his career working within the banking and corporate finance sectors. During his secondment with VTB Bank Europe plc (formerly Moscow Narodny Bank) in London and career with Clifford Chance (London and Moscow), he specialised in asset, commodity and project finance, acting both for borrowers and bank syndicates active in Central Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. As Chairman of The British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) and of the recently launched BBGV Business Centre, Tom actively works with The BBGV Board and its members to promote UK-Vietnam trade including the pioneering of international legal education and vocational development and cooperation between Nottingham Law School and the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam. Originally from Nha Trang but spent much of his life in England, Tom was educated in Nottinghamshire and is fluent in English, Vietnamese, Russian and French. Tom is married to Jo and have two sons age 8 and 5. In his limited spare time, Tom enjoys playing squash, tennis partake in the occasional triathlon and rides his vintage Vespa.

Alexander Falter

Alexander Falter

Board Member

Alex is the General Director for VERT COMPANY, an international garment manufacturer with production sites in Viet Nam and Myanmar. Alex has been the founding partner of the business in Viet Nam since 2009 and in Myanmar since 2013.  Alex comes form a fashion supply chain background having previously worked in the designer shoe and accessories sector across Europe, Asia, India and the US. Alex is an expert in sustainable, best practice manufacturing. Within Viet Nam he has realised the creation of a world standard garment factory employing 600 persons specialised in ethical garment production. He currently sells to all major European retailers who champion ethical, sustainable and best practice sourcing strategies. Born and raised in Switzerland, Alex spent his University years in the UK but has lived in numerous countries in Europe and Asia. Born of an English mother and German father, Alex speaks English, French and Spanish fluently with a decent command of German, Danish and basic Vietnamese.

Paul Cleves MBE

Paul Cleves MBE

Board Member

Paul runs Foodlines, sourcing frozen seafood and chilli sauces, high quality pepper and exotic spices for clients in Europe. This involves managing all aspects of the supply chain, including quality control and packaging from farm to factory to delivery into client custody and traceability of all products back to the source. As a member of the Board of the BBGV, Paul has worked on the social sub-committee organising BBGV events, such as networking evenings and the St David, St George’s Day dinners as well as Christmas parties and other activities. He is also a regular quiz master and team member at BBGV quizzes. Paul sits on the charity sub-committee helping to organise the Fun Run and then overseeing disbursement of the funds raised to charities helping to improve the lives of needy people in Vietnam.

Richard Leech

Richard Leech

Board Member

Richard is the Executive Director of CBRE (Vietnam) Co., Ltd. He is responsible for managing the company’s Hanoi Office, which is staffed by over 80 real estate professionals. He coordinates all activities for CBRE in the North of Vietnam including new business development, client relations, property management, and brokerage. In addition, Richard is also responsible for all retail activities in the Indochina region which includes Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar with a specialized staff of over 15 retail consultants. Over the last 25 years, Richard has been responsible for the development, leasing and management of many significant retail/commercial real estate projects in Southern Africa, and more recently in SE Asia. He became a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors six years ago and is Vietnams representative for the International Council of Shopping Centre’s

Tri-Mai Hoang

Tri-Mai Hoang

Board Member

Tri-Mai Hoang is Managing Director – Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia at Rolls-Royce. She is responsible for the total business performance of Rolls-Royce’s key sectors in country: Aerospace, Marine, Energy and Nuclear. Joined Rolls-Royce in 2007, as the company first established presence in Vietnam, Tri-Mai played an instrumental role in the growth of Rolls-Royce’s business in the country. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Tri-Mai served as Deputy Director of Asia Commercial Bank, where she had responsibility for overall strategy development, sales and customer satisfaction for the bank’s automated-teller-machine network. Tri-Mai has a degree in Business Economics from Reading University in the UK and a Diploma of French Language and Civilization from Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

Jane Manley

Jane Manley

Board Member

Jane is currently the General Manager of Detmold Packaging Vietnam, a leading manufacturer of paper packaging products for the food industry. Detmold Packaging supplies food grade packaging to global iconic brands such as McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Burger King amongst others. Detmold Packaging sells products both locally in Vietnam and exports products globally. Jane’s professional background is in global supply chain and operations management and her experience has been gained in large multi national manufacturing companies including Carlsberg brewing and Astrazeneca pharmaceuticals. Jane is originally from Liverpool and relocated from the UK to Australia in 2006 with her husband and two sons; the family subsequently moved to Vietnam in 2013. Jane has worked extensively in Asia, Australia and the UK during her career of more than 20 years. Jane has enjoyed a number of BBGV social events to date and would like to be able to join the board in order to support in further extending the membership base of BBGV. In particular she would like to support the group to reach out to smaller organisations and those working in the manufacturing, supply chain and import/export fields.

Nigel Piper

Nigel Piper

Board Member

Nigel is an experienced Banking professional, with over 20 years emerging market exposure in Asia and Africa after a solid foundation of Corporate and Capital Markets roles in the UK. Whilst at ABN AMRO he both chaired and was an active steering committee member of some of the most contentious debt restructuring negotiations seen in Asia. As Chief Risk Officer (CRO) in Hong Kong he was a key player in the acquisition of the Royal Bank of Scotland business in Hong Kong. As CRO in Cambodia he firmly established a robust Risk function in the country and provided overall leadership and direction to embedding a strong risk culture in all areas of the bank. Now as CRO in Vietnam Nigel has joined a dynamic team in ANZ that has established a strong and well respected presence in the country. Nigel is married and has two grown up children. He enjoys playing golf and tennis and is a keen Rugby Union follower.

Anthony Rowlands

Anthony Rowlands

Board Member

Anthony Rowlands is originally from South West Wales. In 2012 he moved to Vietnam to be Founding Principal of the British International School, Hanoi. He continues to live in Hanoi and the school is in its third year of operation. The school is a member of the BIS Vietnam Group of Schools which currently operates four schools in the country. Having lived in SE Asia in 4 different countries for 22 years, Anthony has a deep understanding of local people and the requirements of living and working in these countries. He was involved with the BBCT in Bangkok and he has a keen understanding of the politics of SE Asian countries and how to react in crisis management situations. Anthony has also developed a good understanding of the importance of British organisations and the role they play in SE Asian.

Hugh Sykes

Hugh Sykes

Board Member

Hugh has served on the Board since early 2011. He currently holds the position of President and Country Manager for Mubadala Petroleum in Vietnam. He has 25 years of experience in international oil and gas across S.E.Asia, Abu Dhabi, Australasia and the UK North Sea. Hugh has lived and worked for BP, Salamander Energy and now Mubadala Petroleum in S.E.Asia for 18 years. Hugh has four children, is married to a Vietnamese national, and has lived in Vietnam for 16 years.

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