HKS Past Events

Scottish Section Regional Luncheon

Date: Friday 21 July 2017
Venue: Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh
Time: 12.00 noon for 1.00pm
Cost: £23.50 per person


Our speaker on this occasion will be David Holloway, CPM.

David Holloway has recently retired as Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting, Asia Pacific in Hong Kong which is an Internationally recognized Investigations Company specializing in all types of business and financial fraud. Prior to joining FTI Consulting David served in The Royal Hong Kong Police for more than 22 years ending up in a very senior position.

He will be able to share with us his memories of more than 40 years in Hong Kong.

On this occasion a buffet lunch with a curry theme will be served but don’t worry as they are not of the hot variety and have been well tested by our sister Societies from Malaysia and Borneo. A glass of wine, a beer or a soft drink is included in the price

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Society Supper in West Sussex

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017
Venue: The Noah’s Ark Inn, The Green, Lurgashall, West Sussex GU28 9ET
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm
Cost: £30 per person members / £35 per person (non members). All welcome!

Noah’s ArkThe Noah’s Ark is a beautiful 16th century Inn situated in the picturesque village of Lurgashall, overlooking the cricket green and nestled beneath Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex.The Society has again taken a 40-seat private room in this highly recommended pub.We have been there a number of times before: the food 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 who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend.The aim of this supper as in previous years, 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.

Reception and Supper / Dance to mark

The 20th Anniversary of the Handover

Friday 30th June

at 6.30 pm – 11.30 pm


Artillery Gardens and The Prince Consort Room of the

Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4TW



The Hong Kong Society will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Handover with the theme of “20 Successful Years”. There is much to celebrate: UK-HK cultural, trade and business relations continue to thrive and Hong Kong remains a welcoming and exciting place to live and work. The historic and special relationship remains strong and the SAR is flourishing.

6.30pm: Outdoor Reception beside the Artillery Gardens (indoors if wet)
7.30pm: Beating Retreat
8.00pm: Lion Dance – Guests indoors to Prince Consort Room for supper
8.15pm: Speech by The Lord Patten of Barnes
8.30pm: Supper starts
10.00pm: Toast to The Hong Kong SAR and the future – The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn followed by Raffle Prize Draw
10.10pm: Short musical entertainment from Mary-Jess
10.25pm: Gurkha Pipers
10.30pm: DJ / dance music
11.30pm: Guests Depart

Raffle: A raffle will be run during the supper for extremely good prizes

Supper: Tables of 10 may be booked, but there will be no seating plans at the tables. Individuals/small groups will be allocated to suitable and welcoming tables.

Full evening Cost: (including drinks, supper, entertainment and dancing)


Hong Kong Society Members – £85 per person
Non Members/Guests – £100 per person
Young members – £60 per person for fully paid up HK Society members aged 10 – 25 years (limited to first 20 applicants only)

OR        Book an entire table for £850 (table host responsible for full table payment)


1. A limited number of tickets will be available for HKS members only (@£55 per person) for those who want to stay until after Lord Patten’s speech.

2.  A glossy event booklet will be produced: apply for advertising space.

3. No Society ‘Annual Dinner’ is planned this year – this is the celebration!

4. Booking is only confirmed once payment has been received and no later than 2 weeks before the event.

Hong Kong Society Sector Focussed Discussion: Fintech & Start Ups

Innovative HK: What’s next for FinTech and start-ups in Hong Kong?

Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017
Venue: Linklaters LLP, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm start

Hong Kong has become one of the world’s most popular FinTech start-up hubs: since 2014, the number of start-ups in Hong Kong has increased by nearly 50% to over 1,500 as at mid-2016. A Deloitte report last year named Hong Kong as one of the global top five FinTech hubs.

The Hong Kong Government has been strongly promoting the city as a technology “super-connector” for Asia, with an unprecedented allocation of £1.6 billion in its 2016 budget to promote technology and innovation development. Amidst the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote which threatens London’s crown as the global capital of FinTech, UK’s FCA and Hong Kong Monetary Authority entered into a Cooperation Agreement in December 2016, to foster collaboration between the two regulatory authorities in promoting FinTech and financial innovation.

In the context of such trends, this event is a timely examination of Hong Kong’s FinTech and start-ups landscape.

If you are:

  • working or investing in the FinTech or start-ups sectors;
  • have a general interest in the FinTech or start-ups; and/or
  • interested in working or investing in Hong Kong

then this is the event for you.

Join us for a panel discussion of experts and thought leaders to explore future opportunities for development and investment in Hong Kong:

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Tijssen, EMEA Head of FinTech and Partnerships at Capco

Thorsten Terweiden, Deputy Head (FinTech) of InvestHK London
Matthew Brandt, Operating Partner at SILK Ventures

Moderator: Julian Cunningham-Day, Partner and Co-head of TMT sector team at Linklater

This event is generously hosted by Linklaters LLP and will be followed by a networking drinks reception

With great thanks to


Working in Hong Kong

A Seminar & Reception hosted by Standard Chartered Bank
and organised by the Hong Kong Society

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Location:Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Basinghall Avenue, London EC2V 5DD
Time: 6.00pm Seminar Starts, 7.00pm Q&A, 7.30pm Networking and Refreshments

The aim of this seminar is to inform those who are considering work in Hong Kong, or gaining work experience there. It will cover the location, its attractions, regulatory, recreational and domestic situations, the visa and permit regulations and also the opportunities in certain key sectors.


Lise Bertelsen, China-Britain Business Council
Francis Budge, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Julia Makra, Standard Chartered Bank
David Marsden, HK Trade Development Council
Priscilla To, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
Wei Wei, Hays Specialist Recruitment

With great thanks to

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Fireside Chat

A fire-side conversation with Patti Wong, co-hosted by

the Hong Kong Society & EY Far East Network

Date: Monday 6th March 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.

We are delighted that Ms Patti Wong, has accepted the invitation to be the second guest speaker.

PattiPatti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, is one of the most experienced Asians working in the auction world today. She has extensive knowledge in dealing with clients throughout the Far East and has represented major Asian collectors at most of Sotheby’s important auctions worldwide for almost two decades. Mrs Wong was based in London for almost fifteen years and held the post of Head of Private Client Services Department before her appointment as Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia in 2004. She is now based in Hong Kong and has been instrumental in the significant expansion of the company’s client base in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, building access to some of the most powerful buyers in Asia. She was also appointed Chairman of Sotheby’s Diamonds, a global retail venture established in December 2005 providing clients with an exclusive experience to acquire important diamonds and fine diamond jewellery privately all year round globally.

Mrs Wong was educated both in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and received her bachelor’s degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics, followed by a post graduate diploma in Asian Arts at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She is a member of the committee of the Hong Kong Association.

20141223033917_17962She will be interviewed by 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. Sally has written for daily newspapers and periodicals. Her journalistic work took her to China and elsewhere in Asia as well as to the United Nations and Europe. 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.

A Classically British ‘Musical Soiree’ Co-Hosted by the HK Society and the British Consulate-General in HK

Date: Tuesday 28th February
Venue: The British Consulate-General, 1 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Time:  6.00pm – 8.00pm
6.00pm     Welcome Drinks
6.30pm     Performance
7.30pm     Drinks and Canapés

The Hong Kong Society, which is based in the UK, has in recent years organised one annual event in Hong Kong. Our great thanks to HM Consul General, Andrew Heyn, and his wife Jane Heyn, who will co-host with, the Society, this classically British ‘Musical Soiree’ which will feature light classical arias and show tunes performed by acclaimed tenor Jamie Lonsdale and soprano Mary Jess, accompanied by Lyndall Dawson on the piano.  Jamie and Mary Jess have performed together many times for charity concerts in London and at Jamie’s home, Kingston Lisle in Oxfordshire (visited in the past by Princess Diana and a young Prince Harry).

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While studying Mandarin in China in 2009, Mary Jess shot to stardom after she won ‘Min Xing Chang Fan Tian’ (China’s ‘X Factor’ TV talent show), watched by over 70 million people.  After singing for Britain at ‘The GREAT Festival of Creativity’ in Shanghai in 2015, Mary Jess was invited to become a representative of The GREAT Britain campaign promoting British music in over 144 countries. She is also a leading light of the UK-China Alumni Network; an ambassador for ‘Half the Sky’ (a charity which aids orphaned children in China) and last year conducted a teaching tour of Suzhou, Hangzhou and Lanzhou.

The performance will be followed by drinks and canapés.

With thanks to

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Hong Kong Society Chinese New Year Dinner 2016

Date: Thursday 9th February
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6:30pm Cash Bar, 7.00pm Dinner

RoosterChinese New year 2017, which falls on the 28th January, is the start of the year of the Rooster. After 12 months of the hyperactive Monkey, the New Year of the Rooster is going to bring fresh challenges requiring quick wit and practical solutions! According to Chinese astrology, the Rooster years are known to be filled with integrity and efficiency. Hard work is the key to achieving success in this Chinese New Year.

You are invited to come and celebrate the Hong Kong Society’s annual CNY dinner, which this year will be held at the Oriental Club. Although not a traditional Chinese restaurant, we have been assured by their chef that our menu for the evening will be a very authentic Chinese one! It will be in a private room and will follow the AGM.

The price includes all food and Chinese tea but not other drinks which will be available for purchase at the cash bar.

As always, seating for our CNY Dinner is very limited, so please register quickly to ensure a place.

Hong Kong Society AGM

Date: Thursday 9th February 2017
Venue: Oriental Club, Stratford House, Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6.00pm – 6.30pm

Notice is given that the Society’s Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held on Thursday 9th February 2017. The agenda will be distributed nearer the date and will include the election of a new Chairman and some members of the committee and approval of the accounts. This will be a good chance to provide feedback, particularly on the programme and activities of the Society.

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The Current Business Climate in Hong Kong

Keynote Speakers:
Priscilla To, Director General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (London)
Andrew Seaton, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Chairman: Douglas Flint, Chairman, Hong Kong Association

Andrew Davis, Head Investment Promotion, InvestHK
Dr Gerard Lyons, Committee Member, Hong Kong Association
David Marsden, Director, UK & Ireland, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, China Britain Business Council
Plus the representative of one company currently starting up in HK

Date: Wednesday 4th January 2017

Venue: HSBC, 6th Floor, 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5HQ

Time: Seminar 6.30pm – 7.45pm; Reception 7.45pm – 8.15pm

This early evening seminar is designed to be a curtain-raiser to what may well be a significant year – the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and elections in Hong Kong are going to provide added uncertainty. The Hong Kong Association, the China Britain Business Council, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will together provide authoritative assessment on the current business climate in Hong Kong and how it sits with mainland China and the wider region. The talk and subsequent discussion is intended to inform, at senior level, companies and individuals who are currently involved commercially in Hong Kong, those considering investing there and those who would gain from assessment of the extremely active cross-boundary commerce with mainland China.

The seminar will start with a brief talk, on the HK Government’s measures aimed at ensuring an open and conducive environment for business, by Priscilla To, Director-General of the HKETO. This will be followed by Andrew Seaton, the Director of the British Chamber in Hong Kong, who will give an overview of the current business scene and opportunities. Subsequent discussion and answers to questions will be provided by senior representatives from organisations deeply involved in many of the key questions.

The evening is being very generously hosted by HSBC at Canary Wharf. The seminar will start at 6.30pm and drinks will be served from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm.


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