Board of Directors

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The UK-ASEAN Business Council Board of Directors consists of representatives from influential UK companies with vast experience of doing business in ASEAN. They are all keen to share their knowledge and to promote the incredible range of opportunities available to UK businesses.

Kevan Watts

Kevan Watts is Vice Chairman, Banking, HSBC. He is based in London but travels regularly to China and Asia generally, maintaining and developing HSBC’s corporate and banking relationships at a senior level drawing on 20 years of experience of business throughout Asia and 35 years of experience in Investment Banking. Kevan is also Chairman of The UK ASEAN Business Council, a member of the Advisory Board of the UK India Business Council, a member of the International Advisory Council of Huawei Technologies, a large Chinese telecom equipment company headquartered in Shenzhen, a non-executive director of Tottenham Hotspur plc, the English Premier League football club, and a member of the Advisory Board of Corsair Capital, a long standing private equity firm exclusively investing in financial services.

 

Kevan Watts

  • Chairman
  • UK-ASEAN Business Council

Martin Hatfull

Martin has extensive experience of working in and with countries in SE Asia, notably as UK Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste (2008-11). Moving to the private sector, as International Public Affairs Director for Diageo plc (2013-16) he was heavily involved in the company’s major businesses in the region. As well as his role on the UK-ASEAN Business Council he is also a member of the Board of the UK-India Business Council and advises the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.

 

Martin Hatfull

  • Vice Chairman, UK-ASEAN Business Council

Paul Smith

Paul Smith, Executive Chairman of Harvey Nash Outsourcing, Vice Chairman of UK-ASEAN Business Council, Vice Chairman of Vietnam-UK Network and Board Member of Roehampton University.  Paul who has been with Harvey Nash for 16 years, founded three software businesses, subsequently acquired by international technology companies prior to founding Harvey Nash Outsourcing, who now employ over 2,000 English and Japanese speaking software developers and BPO staff in Vietnam.

He served as a main board member with a UK Stock Exchange listed companies, as a non-executive Director of FPT Software, a Vietnamese listed technology business.  Paul has received an important award for outstanding services to Vietnam’s trade and culture, an award for services to Vietnam’s ICT and software industry and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce Medal for his contribution to Vietnam’s economic growth.  He has chaired a number of trade missions to Vietnam on behalf of UK Trade & Investment, London Chamber of Commerce, and is a regular speaker on ASEAN and Vietnam business opportunities for the UK government.

 

Paul Smith

  • Vice Chairman, UK-ASEAN Business Council -- Executive Chairman
  • Harvey Nash

Philip Bouverat

Philip has travelled extensively on a global basis and has dealt with numerous hands-on international trade and finance scenarios, specializing in infrastructure solutions. Philip joined JCB in 2002 to bring the Chinese market into JCB’s global strategy.  Currently based in London covering international diplomatic liaison, with particular emphasis on India and global account relations.

 

Philip Bouverat

  • Director, External Affairs
  • JCB

Graham Cartledge CBE

Graham Cartledge CBE joined Benoy in 1974 and became Chairman in 1992. Under his leadership, Benoy has experienced remarkable international growth. From its 11 strategically located studios, its global reach extends to over 75 countries and  Benoy is now a recognised architecture and design brand in its markets around the world.

 

Graham Cartledge CBE

  • Chairman
  • Benoy

Matthew Cavanagh

Matt Cavanagh joined Prudential in March 2013 and took up the position of Director of Group Government Relations in October 2013.

Prior to joining Prudential he was Head of Public Affairs at the John Lewis Partnership.

From 2003-2007 he worked as a special adviser in the Treasury, Home Office, and Ministry of Defence, and then from 2007-2010 in Downing Street.

Previously he spent several years at the Boston Consulting Group, and as a Lecturer in Philosophy at St Catherine’s College Oxford. He holds an MA, BPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford.

 

Matthew Cavanagh

  • Director of Group Government Relations
  • Prudential

Alex Hannon

Alex studied Japanese & International Marketing in Ireland and Japan before beginning her career as a marketing professional at Ernst & Young in London in the early nineties. Later she worked as marketing manager at Yakult UK Ltd where she launched the then innovative probiotic drink onto the UK market. Following the successful launch of Yakult, she worked at the advertising agency CDP in Soho, London for a short while.

However, with a passion for green tea and having been inspired by the healthy octogenarians she’d met in Asia during her studies, Alex ventured out on her on own and set up the MangaJo Drinks Company in 2002. The company has developed a premium range of healthy, all natural, sugar-free iced tea drinks based on high anti-oxidant ingredients such as green tea, rooibos tea, acai-berry and goji-berry. The MangaJo drinks range is now sold at premium retailers, café bars, delis, hotels and restaurants in 21 countries throughout the world including some countries across the ASEAN region. The company is a winner of the Queen’s Award for export and has recently started selling their drinks in Indonesia and hopes this year to make inroads into the Malaysian market.
Her passion for sustainability is witnessed by MangaJo’s ongoing support of Tree Aid, a wonderful charity that provides sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa by helping women there to support themselves and their families by setting up and running small export led indigenous businesses.

 

Alex Hannon

  • Managing Director
  • Mangajo

Ross Hunter

Ross was appointed Executive Director of the UK-ASEAN Business Council in September 2013. Prior to taking up this position he has held a variety of roles across government including: heading up UK Trade & Investment’s Sponsorship Team; serving as a diplomat in Kuwait, Iraq and South Africa; and working as a Private Secretary for two different government ministers.

 

Ross Hunter

  • Executive Director
  • UK-ASEAN Business Council

Andrew Jeffreys

Andrew Jeffreys is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which produces an authoritative series of annual country reports across 35 countries and territories in Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa.

An internationally regarded analyst, he is a regular guest on television and radio, including the BBC and CNN, and writes often for the regional and international media. He travelled with Prime Minister Cameron as a Delegate on several overseas trip, including ones to Asia, Mexico and India.  In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of the UK-Asean Business Council.

He founded OBG in 1994 after leaving Oxford University, where he graduated from St Catherine’s College with an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Over the last 20 years the firm has built up a staff of almost 250 across four continents.

 

Andrew Jeffreys

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Oxford Business Group

Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy is the Head of Corporate Banking for HSBC in the UK. Amanda’s career has spanned across the globe, undertaking key roles for HSBC in Hong Kong, the UAE and Indonesia before returning to London for her current role.

 

Amanda Murphy

  • UK Head of Corporate Banking
  • HSBC

Anthony Nightingale

Anthony Nightingale was Managing Director of the Jardine Matheson Group from 2006 to March 2012. Today he is a non-executive director of Jardine Matheson Holdings and of other Jardine Matheson group companies, Dairy Farm, Hongkong Land, Jardine Cycle & Carriage, Jardine Strategic and Mandarin Oriental, and a commissioner of Astra International.

 

Anthony Nightingale

  • Director
  • Jardine Matherson

Margaret Manning

Adelphi Digital is a UK digital consulting company trading mostly in Asia Pacific. It was set up through an MBI of the Singapore and Australia offices of Reading Room, one of the UK’s largest digital agencies, and nowhas offices in Australia, Thailand and Singapore and works with clients from the USA, the Middle East and across the Asia Pacific region. Our clients range from large multinationals such as Fuji Xerox and BHP Billiton to cool brands such as Banyan Tree and Anantara.

My lifelong pursuit of online gaming, degree in psychology (specialising in artificial intelligence), and management consultancy background with PWC have led to a special interest in online communications. In particular, I enjoy exploring how this communication is changing how business works in some very fundamental ways. The increasing acceptance of agile business being one clear example that the old ways are changing.

The OBE I received in June 2015 was for services to export to Singapore and the wider Asia-Pacific region and I remain committed to helping SME’s from any region to expand both nationally and internationally. I was lucky enough to have great mentors over the years and it’s a favour I would like to pay back to young business leaders.

 

Margaret Manning

  • CEO and Founder
  • Adelphi Digital Consulting

Amanda Selvaratnam

Following a scientific career in research and industry, Amanda moved into business intelligence with Glaxo SmithKline prior to joining the University of York in 1999.

Amanda is responsible for the engagement of the University with business with a special focus on the development and delivery of professional development and executive education courses for organisations across the world.

Through her work with UK Trade & Investment, much of Amanda’s work involves promoting the UK Higher Education and Corporate Training sector to overseas governments and corporations and she regularly speaks to audiences of UK businesses on export and international business.

Amanda is also Founder and Director of the Training Gateway a FREE brokerage service providing a quick and easy way for any organisation wishing to source corporate, vocational and executive training and educational partnerships from UK universities, colleges and private training providers.

Amanda has worked extensively across the MENA region with both governments and the private sector and regularly takes UK education and training trade missions to the region and sits on the UK-ASEAN Business Council representing Higher Education and SMEs.

 

Amanda Selvaratnam

  • Director
  • The Training Gateway

Sean Winnett

Prior to joining Shell in 2015, Sean was private secretary to the foreign secretary, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, international security and multilateral policy.

Sean joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2005. He worked as deputy head of the G8 Team during the UK and Russian presidencies and in the UK mission to the UN in Geneva. He studied Mandarin at Peking University before working in the political section of the British Embassy in Beijing. On his return to London in 2011, he was seconded to the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office as a senior policy adviser on the Middle East and North Africa. In 2012 he was made an MBE.

 

Sean Winnett

  • Head of Government Relations, UK
  • Shell International