HKS Events


Membership rates applies to existing members of the Hong Kong Society and NOT the Hong Kong Association which is a different membership. Please get in touch with the office if you have any queries on or by telephone 020 7963 9447

Event Bookings and Cancellation Policy

To make sure your bookings are definite, your payment must reach us 1 week before the event unless special arrangement is made.

A full refund will only be issued if a notice of cancellation is received at least 72 hours prior to the event (excluding weekends and bank holidays).

Upcoming Events

(Please scroll down for further details on these events or click on the links to view them individually)

Fireside Chat with Su-Mei Thompson – 16 April

Guided Tour of the John Thompson Exhibition – 3 May

Gloucestershire Regional Lunch – 4 July

Fireside Chat

A fire-side conversation, co-hosted by the

Hong Kong Society & EY Far East Network

Date: Monday 16th April 2018
Venue: Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society has embarked on a series of ‘fire-side chats’ in collaboration with the EY Far East Network (EYFEN). The idea is for a guest VIP to be invited to deliver a talk/Q&A around his or her life experiences and career accomplishments. The chat will be with an experienced questioner.

We are delighted that Ms Su-Mei Thompson, has accepted the invitation to be the next guest speaker where she will talk about:

  • Her life journey - who and what motivated and inspired her?
  • Her career which has covered professional services, blue chip corporates, education and the NGO sector – how easy/hard is it to move across sectors?
  • Her current role as CEO of Media Trust. According to the latest Edelman Trust Barometer, trust in the media is at an all time low – how can the media regain the public’s trust?


Su-Mei Thompson is Chief Executive of Media Trust, which channels the creativity and skills of the media and creative industries to benefit charities, marginalised communities and young people.

Between 2009-2017, Su-Mei was CEO of The Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, education and advocacy. In 2013, she founded the 30% Club Hong Kong, a group of chairmen and CEO leaders committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards.

Su-Mei holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD where she was the first woman to graduate on the Dean’s list. She is also a past recipient of the HBSA-HK Andy Choa Scholarship which sponsors non-profit leaders to attend the SPNM program at Harvard Business School. She started her career at Linklaters as a corporate finance associate, while also serving as a lecturer and tutor in law at Kings College London. She went on to hold senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s Asia.

Besides running Media Trust, Su-Mei is currently a council member of The Cheltenham Ladies College and serves on the board of Opera Hong Kong.

Su-Mei’s TED talk from 2015 “Dying To Be Thin” has attracted almost 100,000 views.

Su-Mei was a Judge for Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards 2017 and served as a Jury Member for the Cannes Glass Lions Awards 2016. She was the recipient of Public Affairs Asia’s 2016 Communicator of the Year Gold Standard Award. In 2015, she was the winner of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Women of Influence Award for Non-Profit Leader of the Year and the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital/Tatler Women of Hope Award for Power & Influence. She has also been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential People by Debrett’s and the South China Morning Post.

20141223033917_17962Her interviewer will be Ms Sally Patterson. Sally (who was better known in HK as Sally Blyth) began her journalistic career at the BBC after graduating from London University in Modern History. She went on to work in publishing and PR and also television and radio (RTHK and ATV) as a political journalist in Hong Kong where she lived from 1983-1997. She covered the negotiations on Hong Kong’s future up to the handover when she worked with BBC Television. She hosted her own weekly television current affairs programme and has extensive radio broadcasting and reporting experience. Her book, Hong Kong Remembers’ was launched in Hong Kong by the then Governor Chris Patten with the Foreword written by the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Sally is now working as a Senior Coach with Mandarin Consulting, an organisation giving careers advice to Chinese students studying in the UK.

This event is for members of the Hong Kong Society only. Space for this event is extremely limited and available on a first come first served basis. Please contact the office on or by telephone on 020 7963 9447 to register.

Guided Tour of the John Thompson Exhibition

A special guided tour for Hong Kong Society members of an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery|SOAS on China and Siam through the lens of John Thomson  

Manchu Bride 2

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Venue: Brunei Gallery|SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,  London WC1H 0XG
Time: 6.30pm


This is the first London exhibition of Scottish photographer John Thomson’s (1837-1921) work which encompasses his ten years in Asia.  The exhibition will run from 13th April to 23nd June and includes images from newly discovered glass negatives held at the Wellcome Library, London.

3114-0166bExhibition co-curator and Hong Kong Society member Betty Yao MBE will follow John Thomson’s footsteps starting from his photography studio in Hong Kong.  She will highlight the people and places he photographed and divulge the story, the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable collection through 150 years.

For more information on the exhibition go to  There will be other related lectures and workshops.
This event is for members of the Hong Kong Society only. Space for this event is extremely limited and available on a first come first served basis. Please contact the office on or by telephone on 020 7963 9447 to register.

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire

Date: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Venue: The Royal Oak Inn, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 3DL
Time: 12.00 for 1.00pm
Cost: £33 per person (members) / £39 per person (non-members & guests)

Royal OakLast year’s Gloucestershire lunch was held in October, and in spite of some flu-related absences, was a full and lively event. This year we revert to July, and have again booked the (now traditional) Pavilion function room at The Royal Oak Inn. For those who have not been there, The Royal Oak is situated in the delightful village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham. It is convenient, pretty, friendly and the food (and beer) is often recommended. Particularly pleasant in summer, with horse racing and the Jazz Festival just over, and the Cheltenham Music Festival just starting!

All members who live anywhere within reach are very cordially invited to attend – and an increasing number come from outside Gloucestershire. All are strongly encouraged to bring with them any friends with connections to Hong Kong. Such friends who come to the lunch will be entitled to an attractive introductory membership rate (£45/couple through to December 2019 if under 60; £30 if over) if they join the Society before the lunch – as well as the lower rate for the lunch itself. As the membership year runs from 1st Jan – 31st Dec, this will give at least 5 months free membership (depending on date of sign-up).

Included in the cost of the event will be canapés and a welcoming glass of bubbly, a two-course meal, with tea or coffee to follow. There will be a speaker and lots of opportunities to mingle. It has proved possible in the last couple of years to include a bottle of wine per table in the price too – what an offer! A cash bar for other drinks will be available throughout.

Alastair Scott is again organising this event on behalf of the Society, and bookings and questions as to details, should be directed to him. Please respond to Alastair by email ( by end-April if you hope and expect to be able to attend. No absolute necessity to send payment by then, but cheques will not actually be paid in until much nearer the time, so there is no downside to so doing (for address, see booking form below). Alastair will be in touch in May with those who have responded positively to seek confirmations and ask you to make menu choices

We look forward very much to seeing you.

Please click here to download and print the booking form


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