Board of Directors


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.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG

Lucy has had 3 careers, in politics in business and in the civil service.


Currently, she is a Conservative peer, sitting on the Lords EU Committee (and its Financial Services sub-committee), is Chairman of Crown Agents (a not for profit business dating back to 1833) and is a non-executive director of Capita plc, Secure Trust Bank Plc, Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company and Health Data Research UK.


Lucy became a peer in 2013 and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Minister for Intellectual Property from 2014-2016. She represented the UK on the Digital Single Market and in the EU Competitiveness Council. From 2016-2017 she was the Minister of State responsible for Energy and then Commercial Secretary at the Treasury.


Lucy’s main career was at Tesco from 1997-2013, as Director for Corporate and Legal Affairs, and she served on the Main Board from 2006-2013.


Lucy has previously been a non-executive director of ITV, PwC, Metro AG and other companies. She was President of EuroCommerce, the Brussels retail and wholesale Trade Association, and served on the China Britain Business Council, the UK India Business Council and the CBI Economics Committee.


Before her career at Tesco she was a civil servant and a member of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit in Downing Street, having spent her earlier career in what is now DEFRA.


Lucy is an honorary fellow of her old college, Somerville College, Oxford. She is married with four sons and is interested in the arts, cricket, racing and gardening. She lives in Southwark and Wiltshire.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG

  • Chair, UK-ASEAN Business Council

Ian Gibbons MBE

Ian was appointed CEO of the UK-ASEAN Business Council in September 2020. Prior to taking up this position he had held a variety of roles across government including: British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Deputy Consul General and Director of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in Dubai, Deputy Director of UKTI India, Senior Private Secretary to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Secretaries of State (Alistair Darling, Alan Johnson and Patricia Hewitt) and Director of Business Development with the MWW Group in New York working in public relations. Prior to this he spent – 4.5 years – also in New York – as head of Invest UK’s Regional Inward Investment Team (the British Government’s agency responsible for attracting inward investment from the United States to the UK).

Ian Gibbons MBE

  • Chief Executive, UK-ASEAN Business Council

Patrick Nolan

Global Head of Corporate Banking, Global Banking, HSBC


Patrick is one of HSBC’s most experienced bankers, responsible for developing business with some of our largest global clients.


In his role as Global Head of Corporate Banking, Patrick oversees all flow banking activity in collaboration with GLCM, GTRF, Global Markets and other areas of the Group, and works closely with Regional Banking Heads on client prioritisation and leadership of GRB and Multis teams across all sectors and product roadmaps to support client needs.


He has worked for HSBC in corporate and investment banking roles since 1987. Prior roles include Vice-Chairman, Global Banking; Chief Executive Officer, Global Banking and Markets, Americas; Global Head of Credit and Lending and Head of Coverage Europe, Global Banking; Head of UK Corporate and Institutional Banking; and Head of HSBC’s Corporate Finance and Advisory business in Canada.


Outside of HSBC, Patrick is Vice Chairman of the UK ASEAN Business Council and a member of the board of BQF (The British Quality Foundation), a not for profit membership organisation which supports continuous improvement within the UK and overseas businesses. In this capacity, he has served as Chairman of the Risk and Investment Committee.


Patrick is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and holds a degree in History from the University of Manchester.

Patrick Nolan

  • Vice Chair, UK-ASEAN Business Council

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

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

Philip Hawkins

After studying geography at Oriel College, Oxford, Philip joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London in 1974 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining the Jardine Matheson Group in Hong Kong in 1980. He has served in a number of senior management roles across the Group in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. He was appointed finance director of Matheson & Co., Limited in 2006.

Philip Hawkins

  • Director, Matheson & Co Limited

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 trips, 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

Margaret Manning OBE

Partner, EY Digital Advisory ASEAN


Margaret has been associated with technical innovation and creativity since 1996 when she founded Reading Room growing it to become one of the UK’s largest digital agencies with offices across the UK, ASEAN and Australia. After the sale of the UK business in October 2015, she led a management buy-in for the Asia-Pacific business, rebranded as Adelphi Digital and selling to EY in 2018.


Margaret joined EY, strengthening the digital consultancy practice across the Asia-Pacific Area. At the EY organization, Margaret focuses on creating a better digital experience for customers and staff, delivered by the Digital Experience squads through strategy, design, build, enhancement and support services.


Her lifelong pursuit of online gaming, a degree in psychology (specializing in artificial intelligence) and management consultancy background has led to a special interest in online communications. Margaret continues to explore how the Internet is fundamentally changing the way business works, an example being the increasing acceptance of agile business.


In June 2015, Margaret received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services provided to British exports to Singapore and the wider Asia-Pacific region. She remains committed to helping small and midsized enterprises from any region to expand both nationally and internationally.


Margaret has won numerous accolades, including the SBR Management Excellence Awards in 2015, the Stevie International Business Awards in 2013 and the Best CIO Awards in 2012.

Margaret Manning OBE

  • Partner, EY Digital Advisory ASEAN

Sam Myers

Sam joined the UK’s Department for International Trade in April 2019, where he is responsible for the trade and investment relationship between Southeast Asia and the UK. He is based in Singapore and leads a team of 90 staff across ASEAN based in British Embassies and diplomatic missions. Before joining DIT, Sam was on secondment to the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where he was head of UK Science Policy and Relations.


Sam’s Civil Service career began in 2001 as a graduate in the Business Department, where he ran a Minister’s Private Office before becoming Head of External Relations leading the Department’s relationships and engagement with business operations. He has also spent 6 years in Asia with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, boosting science and technology partnerships with Southeast Asia and China. Sam has a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Bath and his structural biology research at Mount Sinai, New York, was published in the journal Science.

Sam Myers

  • Deputy HM Trade Commissioner-ASEAN Board Observer

Cindy Rampersaud

Cindy is the Senior Vice President at Pearson Plc, a FTSE 100 company specialising in education, employing over 24,000 people in over 70 countries with a group turnover of circa £4.1b. Cindy has over P&L responsible for the BTEC & Apprenticeships business which supports over one million learners a year, employs circa 650 and generates revenue of £135m (UK and International). She is responsible for developing and managing the vocational product offer which is sold into over 70 markets and also has responsibility for managing the sales channel in the UK with colleges, training providers, employers and consumers. Since joining the business Cindy has led a transformation program to reverse declining revenues and has repositioned the business to respond to an increased demand for career focussed education supporting learners from 14 into adulthood and beyond.


Prior to joining Pearson, Cindy was appointed a Deputy Commissioner at the Department for Education responsible for undertaking reviews and interventions across a number of colleges in the UK. Before this, she held the position of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College leading the Corporate Services and the commercial arm of the business.


Before moving into the education sector in 2011, Cindy held a number of senior finance roles in the entertainment media sector including EMI, Warner Brothers and Virgin. At EMI, Cindy had full financial accountability for UK division (revenues circa £220m) and was also responsible for the management of the international digital hub which serviced 32 markets and saw rapid growth from £250k turnover in 2004 to c. €80m turnover by 2009. She started off her career by training as a Chartered Accountant with BDO after completing her Economics degree.


Cindy is an accomplished executive with Board level experience in global and UK-based organisations within the education, commercial and third sectors. She has a strong track record of delivering strategic outcomes and change in organisations. She has a passion for developing talent – sponsoring on a number of employee groups and mentoring a number of people throughout her career.


Cindy is passionate about the vital role education and skills-based learning can play in helping individuals make progress in their lives but also in driving economic growth and productivity. She has a particular interest in the increasing role of technology in providing access to education and lifelong learning including how it can innovate what we learn and how we learn.


Cindy sits on the Board of Pearson Education Ltd. She was a member of the Commission on sustainable learning for life, work & a changing economy in 2018. She currently sits on the Board of Speakers Trust and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of The Children’s Society having served 9 years as a Trustee. She was listed on the EMPower Involve – Top 100 BAME Inspirational Role Models in 2019 and in November 2018 was invited to be a TEDx speaker where the title of her talk was ‘a future yet to be imagined’. In September 2019 Cindy won the WeQual Award in the Finance and Commercial category recognizing the achievements of women working in FTSE companies one level below the Exec Committee.

Cindy Rampersaud

  • Senior Vice President, Pearson Plc

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