On the evening of 22 February, BritCham Shanghai held its 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Sukhothai Shanghai. It was a night to review with members the Chamber’s works and achievements in 2022 under our three key pillars Advocacy, Knowledge and Community.
The following were highlighted in the outgoing Executive Director’s and Chair’s Reports:
(Photo: BritCham Shanghai Chair – Ray Chisnall)
(Image: 2022 Highlights in Numbers)
For more details about the Chamber’s 2022 activities in review, please download our first Annual Review here, which shows everything that has been built and all those connected with the Chamber can be proud of.
The AGM also shared with members the Chamber’s key focuses in 2023 and the new initiatives and activities. In regards to the Advocacy works in 2023, previous Covid-related advocacy efforts will be realigned to support opportunities for UK businesses. The Chamber will work as a platform for exchange between UK decision-makers and Chinese government officials; a source of insights for Chinese policy-makers in exchange for consultation opportunities; a connector between new market entrants from the UK to local authorities and a bridge between Chinese delegations and UK headquarters and government counterparts.
(Photo: BritCham Shanghai ExCo Member – Eric Qin talked on Advocacy work)
The Chamber is also looking into further development in its localisation strategy to better engage our Chinese stakeholders in the membership and the wider community. By doing so, we aim to not only increase member engagement but also increase business opportunities for member companies through improved accessibility and awareness.
(Photo: BritCham Shanghai Vice Chair – Ted Wan talked on localisation)
Executive Committee (ExCo) Election
This year, we have received the exact number of nominations as there were open positions, therefore as per the constitution, there was no voting. The newly elected committee members are:
Full members of the Executive Committee 2023 are:
Ray Chisnall, Regional Director (Asia Pacific), Gleeds
Kirsten Johnston, Founder & CEO, JWDK
Ted Wan, President, Greater China, Smiths Group
Steven Parker, Partner, KPMG Shanghai
Alex Roberts, Counsel, Linklaters LLP
Daniel Aylmer, Managing Director, Greater China, IHG
Martin Boden, President, Greater China, Sodexo
Dr Terry Creissen OBE, Regional Managing Director, Nord Anglia Education
Grace Guan, Regional Director, China and East Asia, Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh
Gayle Lacey, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC China
Linian Li, Country Manager, Modern Water
Vicky Li, FCMA, CGMA, Regional VP, North Asia, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA&CIMA)
Co-opted At-Large Members:
Stephanie Chen, Chief Representative, Shanghai Office, John Swire & Sons (China) Limited
Siyao Jiang, China Managing Partner, ERM
Linmao Li, Chartered Insurer, ACII
Eric Qin, Partner, Shanghai Government Affairs Leader, PwC China
Nicky Wang, CEO, WE Red Bridge
Aldous Wong, Chair and President of Asia Pacific, Global Executive Board Advisor, Halma plc
Chris Wood, British Consul-General Shanghai
Cat Sinclair-Jones, Director East China, British Council; Consul (Culture and Education), British Consulate General Shanghai
James Dunn, Advisor
To learn more about the ExCo members, please visit https://www.britishchambershanghai.cn/about-us
At the AGM, the Chamber also announced its incoming Executive Director Stuart Dunn, who will be officially on board in March.
(Photo: BritCham Shanghai incoming Executive Director Stuart Dunn)
Looking forward to taking on the new role, Stuart said,
“It is a huge honour and privilege to have the opportunity to join the BritCham Shanghai team. A Chamber that has been transformed and modernised over the past three years through a turbulent time. A Chamber that combines the heritage and prestige of being China’s oldest international chamber with the structure and vision to be a partner to all of its members in not only surviving but thriving in current China today. A Chamber with a commitment and focus to support and develop the community, expand and share knowledge and lead on regional and national advocacy.
I would like to extend a heartfelt and huge thank you to the leadership and commitment by both my predecessor James Dunn, the chairpersons and ExCo members past and present.
I will endeavour to continue to sustain and support the team and Chamber to continue to develop and grow as well as look to bring a little of my own experience and style to the organisation. We will continue to grow and develop the Chamber’s existing activities with ESG being one of the key focuses, including the 3rd ESG annual summit, the 2nd ESG China Awards and a new ESG Implementation Series. We will also look to launch new activities for example a family British Day in late May/early June.”
The Chamber sincerely thank Rosie Hawes (BritCham Shanghai Chair 2019 – 2021; At-large member 2021-2022) and James Dunn (BritCham Shanghai Executive Director 2019-2022 and previous roles 2016-2019) for their unwavering dedication and leadership during their time at the Chamber and award both Honorary Membership.