the HCMC board nominees


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Kenneth M Atkinson FCPA – Executive Chairman Grant Thornton Vietnam


I have worked in Vietnam for 27 years and am the founding partner of Grant Thornton Vietnam.
I was a founding member of the BBGV when we first were allowed to formalise our association through the VCCI in 1996. I served on the committee from 1996 to 2001 holding positions as Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman.
I held the position of Chairman of Operation Smile Vietnam from 2001 to 2011 and have been heavily involved in the Tourism and Hospitality sector serving as Chairman of the Tourism Advisory Board under the VBF until last year but continue as Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board. I am also currently Chairman of Newborns Vietnam an NGO working to reduce neo-natal mortality.
I was re-elected to the committee in 2013 when I was elected as Treasurer and I have held the role as Chairman since 2015. I have attended all committee meetings except 1 and have been an active member of the Business Centre committee. I spend on average over 10 hours per month on BBGV meetings and other matters.
I am committed as I always have been to seeing a strong and sustainable BBGV and have committed a lot of time working with the Executive Director to ensure the success and sustainability of the Business Centre.
I would like to stand for a further year to further support the Business Centre and also to review our structure to ensure that we can add value to British Business post Brexit.

Rick Yvanovich FCMA CGMA FCPA MSc


Entrepreneur, Techie, Brit, bean counter, baby boomer, Chairman AMCHAM HCMC ICT Group, ex-Chairman Eurocham ICT Sector Committee, member of school advisory committee RMIT University Melbourne, first CIMA member in Vietnam, CIMA assessor (since 7/2013), Member of CIMA SEA Regional Board (SEARB) since inception in 2011, vice-chairman of SEARB 2014-15, Chairman SEARB 2015-16.
Board Member of BBGV since 6/2014 and Treasurer since 12/2014. BBGV core strategic themes for Governance & Finance and the Business Centre and the recently formed Marketing.
Rick’s worked for 30+ years in supermarkets, accounting profession, breweries, newsagents, defence manufacturing, IT, property development and BP, in the UK, China, Singapore, Switzerland and Vietnam.
Posted to BP China as Finance Manager then relocated to BP Vietnam in 1990 making him likely the longest Brit in Vietnam he was one of the ‘group of 4’ responsible for the “BP Compound” and was co-founder of the Saigon Hash House Harriers.
Founder & CEO of TRG International:
• TRG IT – accounting, ERP, BI and Cloud solutions to 1,000+ customers in 80 countries
• TRG Talent – people science for selection and management / leadership development
• TRG F&B – consulting, education and franchise development including PJ’s Coffee Vietnam and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Vietnam
Rick’s an active promoter of CIMA and a regular speaker on multiple topics including: Accounting, ICT, Talent, Project Management, UK-Vietnam / US-Vietnam trade and inward investment.

Alexander Falter



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 Viet Namese.

TRINH THI THANH HA – APAC CFO & Director of Strategic support NashTech and Harvey Nash Vietnam


Ha Trinh is the APAC Chief Financial Officer at Harvey Nash Vietnam, where she manages the company’s finance function in Asia Pacific and is the Board member of IT Outsourcing division of the business. Ha has more than 19 years of experience directing financial operations, strategic planning, Tax & compliance, due diligent, M&A ranging from big four to a global listed company and to entrepreneur company including PricewaterhouseCoopers, BP Exploration, Navigos Group/Vietnamworks & ILA Vietnam.

Tom Vaizey

I joined the BBGV board in mid-2014.
I am currently Vice Chair (HCMC), standing in for the Chairman when he is unavailable for events, seminars or meetings in HCMC, and working closely with him on a number of board-related matters.
I serve on the Events Committee, helping to organise among other events, the Christmas parties and the Spring ball functions in HCMC, as well as other business and social functions, including conceiving and organising the Brexit debate in 2016.
Given my legal background, I have also assisted the BBGV with legal and constitutional matters, as well as conceiving and helping to organise the Loseby Lectures on the Rule of Law, under the auspices of the BBGV, now entering their third year.
I hope to continue to serve the BBGV in the above capacities for the coming year.

Mr. Bill Watson, Managing Director Coats Vietnam, Cambodia & Korea Cluster. 



I am the Managing Director of Coats Phong Phu, and have been employed by Coats Group plc, a UK based FTSE 250 company, since November 2010. I received a degree in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and prior to my employment at Coats spent 24 years working in the textile and chemical industry with Milliken & Co. There I specialized in plastics and plastic applications areas, working extensively in the commercial arena in the USA and abroad. I have extensive experience managing diverse, multicultural teams and specific expertise in change management, building corporate culture, empowerment and teamwork, manufacturing productivity, and compliance. In the last 23 years I have worked and lived throughout Asia. I have lived in Ho Chi Minh City for 7 years.

With manufacturing being such an important element of the growth story in Vietnam, I believe I can bring my experience to the BBGV in order to further highlight this area, to showcase the opportunity in Vietnam to more British companies, and to help raise the level of performance of companies currently operating here. I have a strong belief that collaboration among companies with similar values can help everyone raise their game, whether it is compliance, health and safety, productivity, management skills development, or others. My vision for the future of Vietnam, and the BBGV, is that our organization be a place where companies can come to help build those capabilities and that we be an enabler to their future success.

Matthew B Martin  ACIB – CIO Asia Commercial Bank, HCMC, Vietnam



• Experienced Managing Director and C-level executive in banking technology and operations.
• Strategic thinker and visionary with track record of delivering organizational change and business development.
• Inspirational leader who has directed and developed senior leaders as well as operational teams to business excellence in emerging and developing markets.
• Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.
• Experienced and persuasive presenter and communicator with a calm but reassuring demeanor.
• An effective manager with the skills necessary to direct, train, and motivate staff to their fullest individual and team potential.
• Seasoned traveler, culturally fluent across South East Asia and the Middle East regions.

Tony Chisholm – PULLMAN Saigon Centre GM



The opportunity to be on the board of one of Vietnams most prestigious business groups is an opportunity that just could miss. Using the history of the business group and the vast array of established members is a resource that I will keenly tap into in terms of the direction the BBGF group should take over the next 2 – 3 years. In the short time that I have been a board member I have experienced the passion that the board, committee members have to make the BBGV successful but at the same time not difficult to access. There is clearly a strong patriotic passion to enabling small medium and large business enterprises in Vietnam to knowledge and know how so that they may become further successful in there endeavors. With great government and trade support I have no doubt that the future is bright in terms of deploying a refreshed integrated marketing and brand approach to the group using my Masters of Business majoring in Marketing. With 22 years’ experience working in leading strategic hotels of which the last 13 have been with Accor in Asia Pacific my passion for business success mixed with over six years of life in Vietnam is a toxic combination that can hopefully work for the better of the community.

Nick Mahon- Head of International Subsidiary Banking, HSBC Vietnam


Nick has been in Vietnam since August 2016 where he heads up the FDI / MNC banking team for HSBC. With offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Nick’s team of bankers provide coverage to the subsidiaries of global multinationals across a variety of industries.
Nick joined HSBC in 2000 and has done a variety of roles across Commercial and Retail Banking in the UK, China, USA, Hong Kong and now Vietnam. In his spare time Nick is into playing and watching most sports, travelling to new countries and consuming as much politics news as possible. Nick earned his bachelors degree in Modern History & Politics from the University of Liverpool.
Nick is passionate about British business and would bring great energy and determination to help British businesses to grow and thrive in Vietnam. He would also be able to leverage his very strong business community network through his HSBC client connections at CEO, CFO & GD level. He is excited about the prospect of serving the BBGV and helping to take it to the next level in Vietnam.

Anthony Rowlands



As Principal of BIS Hanoi for five years and becoming the Principal of BIS HCMC in August 2017 I have a deep understanding of the requirements of living and working in Vietnam. The key part of the BBGV Mission Statement, in my opinion, is “value-added business links to the UK, whilst building a local reputation as a responsible community organisation”. That really does mirror what our schools – BIS Hanoi and BIS HCMC are striving to achieve as an UK oriented organisation. Not only do we educate Vietnamese and International students, using a British curriculum, we also develop their understanding of supporting community projects. I fully concur that the BBGV will continue to develop its business links but my vision would focus on the further development of community projects by being an increasingly “responsible community organisation”.
During my tenure on the BBGV Board I have been involved with increasing membership, community and organising events. This year we have continued running several key events in Hanoi such as the Fun Run and football tournament which had even larger numbers participating. I supported the organization of the event and BIS Hanoi were diamond sponsors. I have been a BBGV Board member since 2015 and this year I attended 17 out of the 22 Local and National Board meetings. I am totally committed to the BBGV and will give as much time as possible to ensure that it continually achieves its mission.