Board members


Patrick Regis

BBGV Responsibilities: Chairman and IT sub-committee
Patrick is the President for Rolls-Royce in Vietnam. Prior to this assignment, he was the Regional Director for North America in Rolls-Royce’s Marine business segment. Patrick has been with Rolls-Royce for six years, preceded by a 22 year career with the US Navy which culminated in his appointment as Naval Attaché in Paris. He holds two Masters in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris.

CosimoVice Chairman

Cosimo Jencks

BBGV Responsibilities: Vice Chairman, HCMC Organization, heads Seminars & Business events sub-committee
Cosimo is currently the Chief Representative of Hongkong Land (HKL) Vietnam. HKL has two premier office and retail operations in Hanoi; 63 LTT and Central building and are looking at developing further commercial and residential projects throughout Vietnam.
Cosimo has been working in Vietnam since 1998 for various Jardine Matheson Companies and is married to a Vietnamese national with whom he has two boys.


Martyn Davies

BBGV Responsibilities: Social sub-committee
Martyn is the Director General of Caravelle Hotel Owing Company. He has worked overseas for  the past 30 years, managing hotel projects in locations such as  Cyprus, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Hong Kong, Saipan, Fiji, Canada and the USA. Martyn has been  in HCMC for the past 10 years having been a BBGV member for the same period. He is married to Lynne with one grown up daughter living in the UK.


Ian Lydall

BBGV Responsibilities:  Treasurer
Ian is the Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Vietnam. Ian has been with PwC for 30 years and prior to moving to Vietnam in July 2001, he has worked in the UK, the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of South Africa. He has been a board member since arriving in country and served as BBGV Chairman for 4 years stepping down December 2006, Ian is married to Jakki and they have 3 sons.


Philip Wilson

BBGV Responsibilities: SME & Business & Seminar sub-committee
Philip is currently the Business Development Manager of FCM Vietnam.
FCM are the corporate travel division of Flight Centre Limited one of the foremost global ticketing and travel agencies. He has been in the travel / tourism industry for over 20 years and has worked in the UK, Europe and Vietnam.
He has been living and working in Vietnam since 1998.


Nick Holder

BBGV Responsibilities: IT subcommittee
Nick is currently Chief Financial Officer for Prudential Vietnam. Prudential Vietnam is the largest life insurance company operating in Vietnam and are part of Prudential Plc. He has worked in accounting, audit and financial services for nearly 20 years and has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
He has been living and working in Vietnam since 2009. He is married to Stephanie and they have one daughter and one son.


Alun Thomas

BBGV Responsibilities: Charity sub-committee
Alun is Head of School of Renaissance International School Saigon and has been in Vietnam since 2002. Alun has previously worked as Head / Principal at schools in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Bahrain, Thailand, South Korea and Ascension Island.
Alun is married to Ingrid and they have two sons.


Paul Cleves MBE

BBGV Responsibilities: Charity and Social sub-committee
Paul runs Foodlines, a seafood sourcing and investing consultancy. In 1992 Paul founded the Saigon Children’s Charity which he continues to serve as a Trustee. In 2004 the Queen awarded him the MBE for services to disadvantaged children in Vietnam.


Milton Lawson

BBGV responsibilities: Lawyer
Milton has been resident in Vietnam for over 16 years, having worked in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He manages the Ho Chi Minh City office of the international law firm – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP – one of the oldest, largest and best law firms. He is a long-term member of the BBGV, and has been a member of board for the past 7 years.
He is married with two children.


Hugh Sykes

BBGV Responsibilities: Business Events and Seminar sub-committee
Hugh joined Salamander in April 2007 as General Manager. Salamander is currently operator for three exploration blocks in Vietnam and is pursuing new business opportunities.
Prior to Salamander Hugh gained seventeen years’ experience from BP across SE Asia, Australia, Abu Dhabi and the North Sea, holding positions across commercial, business development and projects from gas, LNG, pipelines to power.
Hugh’s early career includes research for Rolls Royce Aero Engines and work in UK power generation. He holds Ph.D. and B.Eng. degrees, is a chartered engineer, a member of the IMechE, the SPE and the AIPN.


Charles Gregory

BBGV Responsibilities: Business events in Hanoi.
Charles is currently CEO of HSBC Insurance, Vietnam Strategic Adviser to Baoviet Holdings. He is also a Board Member of Baoviet Life Corporation and Baoviet Securities Company.
HSBC has invested over USD 360 million in Baoviet, Vietnam’s leading and most diversified financial services company.
Prior to this role, Charles was CEO of HSBC Ireland and before that CEO of HSBC Armenia. Charles joined HSBC in 1977 and has worked in many functions within HSBC including IT, Personal Financial Services, Commercial Banking and Securities in many countries such as UK, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji Islands, United Arab Emirates, and India.
He has based in Vietnam since December 2007. He is married to Gillian and they have two daughters.


Chris Jeffrey

BBGV responsibilities: UK Alumni
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.


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