Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

A fire-side conversation, co-hosted by the

Hong Kong Society & EY Far East Network

Date: Monday 4th September 2017
Venue: Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society is embarking 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.

maiden-speech-e1482493091859-225x225We are delighted that Mr Richard Graham, MP, has accepted the invitation to be the next guest speaker.

Richard Graham has been MP for Gloucester since 2010. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to two Ministers of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is now the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the ASEAN Economic Community, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. He is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on China, Indonesia and Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons and is a Director of the Great Britain China Centre.

He previously lived in 8 countries including China and Hong Kong as an airline manager, diplomate and investment manager, and was British Trade Commissioner China and founder Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. Richard speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

20141223033917_17962His 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. She is married to recent Society Treasurer, Mark Patterson.

Space for this event is extremely limited, is opened to staff of EY and members of the HKS only and is available on a first come first served basis. To register please contact

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