HKS Past Events

Fireside Chat with Colin Sheaf, Chairman, Bonhams Asia

Date: Monday 10th June 2019
Venue: HSBC Private Bank, 8 Cork Street, London,W1S 3LJ
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society has embarked on a series of ‘fire-side chats’. 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.

ColinSheaf PROFILE (2)We are delighted that Mr Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia, has accepted the invitation to be the next guest speaker.

Colin Sheaf has been Group Head of Asian Art at Bonhams since 2001, and Group Deputy Chairman since 2005. An Exhibitioner in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, he has enjoyed a distinguished 40-year auction-world career as an authority on Chinese Art, based variously in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Currently he oversees Asian Art specialist teams on four continents, with departments holding sales in London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sydney. Under his leadership, Bonhams has held many record-breaking auctions, including selling an 18th-century Chinese vase in London (£9 million), and a collection of archaic Chinese jade in Hong Kong (£17 million). In Autumn 2011, he successfully auctioned Europe’s two biggest-ever sales of Asian art, respectively Chinese art totalling £25 million, and Japanese art totalling £4.5 million.

Since 2005, as Chairman of Bonhams Asia he spearheaded Bonhams’ drive into Asia, opening Bonhams auction business in Hong Kong in January 2007, with satellite offices in Beijing, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. His pro-bono activities outside Bonhams include chairing the Trustees of The Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, the world’s pre-eminent private collection of Chinese ceramics; chairing the Board of London’s gold-medalwinning Grade 2-listed private garden, Warwick Square; and lecturing and writing in Europe and Asia about Asian art and the China Trade.

His interviewer will be Mr Peter Hill. Born and raised in Yorkshire,  Peter worked in a woollen mill before gaining Press experience as a journalist with local papers in Yorkshire and the North West. He was a sub-editor on The Daily Telegraph in London by 1969,and then joined the newly-launched Daily Star newspaper as a sub-editor. Appointed Editor of the Daily Star in October 1998, he increased the Star‘s circulation from 540,000 to 928,000, launched Daily Star Sunday, and became the What the Papers Say ‘Editor of the Year’ award-winner in January 2003.

Peter Hill was a member of the Press Complaints Commission from September 2003 until May 2008. Appointed editor of the Daily Express in December 2003, he very successfully returned the newspaper to its traditional affiliation supporting the Conservative Party after its flirtation with New Labour under Lord Hollick and during the early years of Richard Desmond’s ownership. He retired from the Daily Express editorship in 2011, but continued to write a weekly guest column for several years.

Society Supper in West Sussex

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Venue: The Noah’s Ark Inn,The Green, Lurgashall,West Sussex GU28 9ET
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm
dsc_2330The Sussex regional supper will be held again in the picturesque village of Lurgashall, overlooking the cricket green and nestled beneath Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex. We will be returning to The Noah’s Ark, a beautiful 16th century Inn,where we have booked a private room at this Michelin and AA guide recommended pub.We have been there a number of times before: the food and service is very good.

There will be a two course meal (three choices for each course will be offered to those attending plus coffee).

A cash bar will be available throughout.

All members (and friends of Hong Kong) who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. As in previous years, the aim of this supper is to have a reunion of friends who know Hong Kong. It will only be really successful if members come along if they can and also encourage their friends from HK to come too. Please do spread the word about the event and encourage as many others as possible to attend.

Trooping the Colour – Major General’s Review plus Dim Sum Lunch

Saturday 25th May 2019

Members Only Event

FinTech in 2019: inbound and outbound investment in the UK and Hong Kong

Date: Thursday 16th May 2019
6pm for 6:30pm
Charles Russell Speechlys, 5 Fleet Pl, Farringdon, London EC4M 7RD


Following our well-received panel discussion on fintech and innovation in Hong Kong in April 2017, the Hong Kong Society (HKS) Younger Members Group invites you to a panel discussion and drinks reception to discuss the landscape, and future, of inbound and outbound investment in FinTech in the UK and Hong Kong.

Investment in FinTech globally continued to accelerate in 2018, to hit a record $39billion in global FinTech investment; FinTech businesses are still attractive for investors, and they are certainly here to stay.

Investment remained particularly strong in the UK and Asia too, with the UK seeing more than $1.7billion in capital investment and Asia almost $20billion, $349million of this from Hong Kong. The UK and Hong Kong have certainly remained major players in the global landscape for FinTech investment and the celebration of the first anniversary of the UK FinTech Bridge with Hong Kong only further highlights the importance both governments are placing on FinTech.

With 2019 predicted to be another explosive year, our panel will be discussing what the future holds for inbound and outbound investment in FinTech in the UK and Hong Kong.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Davis – Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
  • Sean Tai – Global Fintech Founder/CEO
  • Dora Ziambra – Chief Compliance and Strategy Officer at Azimo
  • A speaker from the FinTech team at the Department of International Trade

Chaired by Mark Bailey, Co-Head of Fintech at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

NE Regional Dinner

Date: Thursday 25th April 2019
Venue: Liu Dining, 5-7 Old Bonded Warehouse, The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RJ
Time: 7pm

The North-east Region will host a major dinner in Newcastle upon Tyne at 7pm on Thursday 25 April.

Liu DiningThe venue will be at Liu Dining on the Newcastle Quayside. There is free parking opposite the restaurant in the Copthorne Hotel.

The Guest of Honour will be our good friend Andrew Seaton, former British Consul General in Hong Kong and now Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He will update us on business opportunities and other recent developments there.

Also present will be senior representatives from the NE Chamber of Commerce and InvestHK, who are generously co-sponsoring.

“The way we were” – Photographs and talk by Keith Macgregor

A journey through the Hong Kong of the 70’s and 80’s

with some contrasting images of what it is today

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, Marylebone, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6.30pm Cash bar, 7.00pm Lecture, 8.00pm Supper

Keith Macgregor comes from a merchant family which made its home in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the early 1860s. He has been photographing Hong Kong for nearly 50 years. After living  there as a teenager during the school holidays he went to Oxford University and then to New York to be a management trainee. On the untimely death of his father he arrived back in 1969 and set up as a portrait photographer. This led to industrial and advertising work and then the creation of his publishing business, Cameraman Limited.

His photographs of Hong Kong were first made public in the form of a solo exhibition at the Excelsior Hotel in 1974 and this resulted in the publishing of his well-known Hong Kong calendars a year later. The success of these and the exhibition led him to create his own collection of black bordered postcards, which were sent out all over the world in millions. After this he has also published many sought-after books, such as 6 editions of “An Eye on Hong Kong” (1997 to 2009) and “Neon City, Hong Kong, at Night”.

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Despite having lived in London for the past 26 years, he returns frequently to take photographs of Hong Kong’s ever-changing landscape.

Keith will speak about his experiences and show some of his photographs. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and reminisce

A cash bar will be available from 6.30 pm and for a short time after the lecture. A two course supper with Keith Macgregor and other participants will be organised in a private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm.


Hong Kong Society Chinese New Year Dinner

Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Venue: Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, 37-38 Gerrard St, London W1D 5QB
Time: 6:30pm Cash Bar, 7.00pm Dinner

Chinese New Year 2019, which falls on the 5th February, is the start of the year of the Pig. After the serious, conscientious year of the dog in 2018, there will be a more relaxed feel in the air for 2019. Astrologers claim that the peaceful and balanced pig year is the perfect time for establishing diplomatic relationships and reconciliation. And according to the Chinese calendar, 2019 will be full of optimism, joy and wellbeing.

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with the HK Society at the annual CNY dinner. This year, we are returning to Chinatown, where we have booked a private room at the Golden Phoenix Chinese restaurant. They have organised a very special Chinese banquet for us.

The price includes all food and Chinese tea. Other drinks will be available for purchase from the cash bar. Our CNY Dinner is very popular and places tend to sell out quite early on, so do register as soon as possible to confirm your place.

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