Jakki Lydall
Executive Director

Bich Tran
Office Manager

My Chi
Admin Assistant

Thu Hoai
BBGV Manager Hanoi
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Patrick Regis – BBGV Chairman

Patrick Regis is the President for Rolls-Royce in Vietnam. Prior to this assignment, Regis was the Regional Director for North America in Rolls-Royce’s Marine business segment.

Regis 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 was awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” by President Chirac of France for his work on special assignment with the NATO Commander in Kosovo.

Regis 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.

Martyn Davies – BBGV Vice Chairman

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.

Khalid Muhmood

Khalid took over the BBGV Chairman role in December 2006. He has been in Vietnam since 1995 and is the Co-founder and Chairman of Apollo Education & Training, Vietnam’s first 100% foreign-owned training organization. Before moving to HCMC, Khalid was Chairman of the BBGV in Ha Noi. Khalid is married to Arabella and in his free time he enjoys playing football for the Saigon Raiders. In 2008, he was awarded an MBE for services to education in Vietnam.

Ian Lydall

Ian is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Partner of Vietnam. Ian has been with PwC for 28 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 will continue to act as treasurer. Ian is married to Jakki and they have 3 sons.

Milton Lawson

Milton has been resident in Vietnam for 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 6 years. He recently married, and has one daughter.

Alun Thomas

Alun is welsh speaking and has a home in Lianelli, South Wales. He has been in the role of principal at the Renaissance international School Saigon and has been in HCMC since 2002. He has previously worked on Ascension Island , Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Bahrain, Thailand and South Korea. Alun is married to Ingrid and they have 2 sons. Alun is working within the Charity sub-group for the BBGV.

Cosimo Jencks

Cosimo Jencks is Chief Representative of Hongkong Land a leading Asian property developer and member of the Jardine Matheson Group. Cosimo is located in HCMC where he has been residing on and off for the last 10 years and is married with two young Children. He is currently responsible for assisting in the organizations of business lunches.

Paul Cleves MBE

Paul runs Foodlines, consultants to buyers of and investors in Vietnamese fish and seafood.
In 1992, while Head of Geography at Eton College, Paul founded the Saigon Children’s Charity which he ran until 2007. He continues to serve the Charity as a Trustee. He serves on the BBGV Charity and Social sub-committees. In 2004 the Queen awarded him the MBE for services to disadvantaged children in Vietnam.

Matthew Powell has been working in the Vietnam real estate market for over five years and has been based in Hanoi for that period.


Matthew is the Hanoi Branch Director for Savills Vietnam Ltd. with responsibility over all agency and consultancy business lines covering clients from Danang to Northern Vietnam. As Branch Director Matthew is responsible for North Vietnam business operations, business development and key client management. Working closely with the National Directors of each business line, Matthew coordinates implementation and delivery of works to clients.


Prior to taking the post of Branch Director, Matthew held the position of Head of Agency with responsibility for the leasing departments (residential, retail, office, industrial) and residential sales.


Matthew has worked with most of Vietnam’s major real estate players including key local and foreign developers, investment funds, as well as a full range of investors, tenants and international organizations.  

Charles B Gregory


CEO of HSBC Insurance, Vietnam

Strategic Adviser to Bao Viet Holdings

Charles Gregory was appointed to this position in December 2007 to lead the Groups USD 360 million investments in Bao Viet Holdings. HSBC Insurance Vietnam is a division of HSBC Insurance Asia Pacific. In this role Charles is responsible for the Groups relationship with Bao Viet and, specifically, for implementing the Technical Services Agreement between HSBC Insurance and Bao Viet Holdings. He is a Board Member of Bao Viet Life Corporation and Bao Viet Securities Company.

Prior to this Charles was Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Ireland, based in Dublin, between 2003 and 2007 and was responsible for five lines of business, growing the business from 65 colleagues to over 600. Over 2001 to 2003, Charles was Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Armenia, living in Yerevan.

Charles joined HSBC in 1977 and trained in London and Germany. Since then he has served with the Group in many functions including IT, Personal Financial Services, Commercial Banking and Securities and lived in the following additional countries for postings of between 2 and four years: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Hong Kong (3 tours), Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji Islands, United Arab Emirates (Ras Al Khaimah), India (Mumbai) and two years in Group Head Office in London.


He is married with two girls aged 24 and 22.

Nick Holder


Nick Holder is the Chief Financial Officer for Prudential Vietnam, a position he has held since December 2009. Nick has previously held senior financial and internal audit positions in Prudential in the UK, Hong Kong and Malaysia and, most recently, Prudential Thailand. Prior to joining Prudential, Nick had ten years of experience as an accountant with the National Audit Office, the London Stock Exchange and UBS’s investment bank. He is married to Stephanie and they have one daughter and one son.

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