HKS 2017 Past Events

Scottish Section Chinese Luncheon

Date: Wednesday 13th December
Venue: Saigon Saigon Chinese Restaurant
Time: 12 noon

I am pleased to advise that our next event will be our Annual Chinese Luncheon at Saigon, Saigon Restaurant, 14 South St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ . This will be held on Wednesday 13th December, 2017 at 12 noon for 1pm. The restaurant is very easy to find, if you have not been there before, and is very close to the Main Bus Station and also Waverley Station. Now that the trams are also running there is a stop at St. Andrew Square which is ideal for the restaurant. Saigon, Saigon is located just off Princes Street on South St. Andrew Street and if you are driving, the nearest covered parking is St. James Centre or Greenside. The cost of the luncheon this year will be £25 per head . A cash bar will be available from 12 noon.

Those of you who have attended these lunches previously are aware that this is an informal lunch and a chance to meet up with old friends. The restaurant specialises in Dim Sum and the menu will consist of a good selection of Dim Sum dishes as well as main courses and dessert. The quality of the food is excellent as evidenced by the number of Chinese who regularly use the restaurant. I would hope to see as many as possible of you on the 13th December and would ask that you let me know by 30th November at the latest if you wish to attend. Please send me your cheques at £25 per head payable to THE HONG KONG SOCIETY SCOTTISH SECTION and complete the section in the booking form with names of the attendees. As usual guests of members are most welcome.

With kind regards.


Roy Dewar

Annual Lecture with Dan Bradshaw – ‘Kindred Spirits’ – A History of the Hong Kong Club

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Time: 6.00pm Cash bar, 6.30pm Lecture, 8.15pm Supper
Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PX

Bradshaw-41346Dan Bradshaw is a name which will be familiar to many current and former Hong Kong residents. He has lived in HK for four decades as a prominent shipping lawyer – at Johnson Stokes and Master (now Mayer Brown JSM) for two decades as a partner and now as a Senior Consultant. He was involved in commissioning and production of the recently published ‘Kindred Spirits – A History of the Hong Kong Club’ by Vaudine England, an impressive hard back book which charts the illustrious history of this bastion of life for some in Hong Kong. Thanks to diligent archival research and interviews with over 180 subjects, “the picture that emerges is partly one of exclusivity and privilege but also, perhaps surprisingly, one of community-minded friendship and a commitment to HK”. Dan will discuss how the book came into being and relate some of the stories that were edited out…

2017-09-18 15 09 37The Club’s establishment dates back to 1846 but sadly its early history is, to a large extent, forgotten. As far as can be gathered, however, it was inaugurated as a “Taipans’ Club” for the convenience of, and as a meeting place for, the heads of the large “hongs” then existing in the Colony, occupying premises in Queen’s Road Central, facing what was the Post Office at the time. They obtained, and held, the property on the understanding that it should not be sold while any of them lived and, on those lines, the Club served its purpose for many years until only two of the original founders remained. They disposed of the property, which was rented by the newly formed Members’ Club, in 1886.

A cash bar will be available from 6.00 pm and for a short time after the lecture.

A two course supper with Dan Bradshaw and other participants will be organised in the same private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm.

Hong Kong as Asia’s Wealth Centre

Date: Monday 20th November
Venue: UBS, 5 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS (7th floor, room 28)
Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Format: Evening panel discussion followed by networking with canapés provided

The Hong Kong Society in collaboration with CAN-UK (Cultural Awareness Network) invites HKS Members to attend a unique panel discussion where some special guest speakers will talk about the future prospects of Hong Kong and the Far East in respect of economic development, wealth creation and finance.

With a diverse and expert panel from across a range of industries ready to take your questions, do join us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening offering valuable insights into Asian culture.

Speaker profiles:

Mark Gray, UK Export Finance
This event will be moderated by guest speaker Mark Gray in his role as Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society
Mark works in the Civil, Infrastructure and Energy department at UK Export Finance. He is formerly Managing Director, Corporate Development at Standard Chartered Bank. He had responsibility for the origination, analysis and execution of acquisitions and disposals for Standard Chartered. His career started in Hong Kong in 1994; he studied at Cambridge and SOAS.

Geoffrey Yu, Head of the Investment Office UK, UBS Wealth Management
Geoffrey Yu is Head of the Investment Office UK at UBS Wealth Management. He provides cross-asset investment and trading ideas, incorporating the House View and TAA. Before joining UBS Wealth Management in January 2016, Geoffrey served as the senior G10 FX Strategist for UBS Investment Bank for a decade in London and Zurich. Born in Beijing, Geoffrey spent the bulk of his childhood in the UK before returning to China for secondary education. He holds a double BA in Mathematics and Economics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and an MSc in Finance from the LSE.

Mr. Stephen Ball, Lead Partner, KPMG UK
Stephen Ball has served as CEO, Vice Chairman and Member of the Boards of Directors of Global Financial Institutions, Multinational Companies and leading Professional Services Firms. He practised law in the UK and USA before moving into Investment Banking in Asia-Pacific, the GCC and Europe. Stephen has 25 years of global experience of leadership and advising upon financial services, risk, strategy and corporate governance to the world’s leading global banks and companies, private equity firms, hedge funds and governments.

He has been awarded The Freedom of the City of London, Euromoney named him in ‘The Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers’ and The Lawyer listed him as one of ‘The Hot 100 Lawyers’ in the UK.

Jeffrey Lee, Senior Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys
Jeffrey is a senior associate and advises individuals, families, trustees and private banks both in the UK and abroad, on taxation, trusts and estate planning.  He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, and has a focus on clients in East Asia. Jeffrey has particular experience in advising non-UK domiciled families on pre-immigration tax planning, including the application of the statutory residence test and the remittance basis of taxation.  He also advises banks on the setting up of accounts for UK resident non-UK domiciled clients.

Pamela Kember-Tong, Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House London
Pamela Kember-Tong, is an Art Historian and Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House London, responsible for the cultural and educational programmes relating to over 40 countries of Asia and of the Asian diaspora. She grew up in Hong Kong before taking up her undergraduate studies in Art History in the UK. Ms Kember-Tong is an art advisor, art critic and former lecturer at the Hong Kong Art School, Academy of Visual Arts Hong Kong, and a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University, Department of Architecture. She is a member of the international Advisory Board of the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

Cultural Awareness Network (CAN)
CAN is targeted at all UBS employees. We want you to help us increase our reach and influence by recommending a friend/colleague at UBS to join the Cultural Awareness Network. To become a new member, please ask your colleagues to register here

Regional Supper in Tunbridge Wells

Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Venue: Dragon Tan Chinese Restaurant, 83 Calverley Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2UY

‘Regional lunches or suppers’, for members of the Hong Kong Society and those who want to maintain links with others with interests in, and connections with, Hong Kong, have worked well. These can be arranged wherever significant numbers of members live.

A supper has been recommended at the Dragon Tan Restaurant. The restaurant has been mainly well reviewed and is going to produce a ‘Hong Kong’ Menu for us. Drinks will be from a cash bar.

We will aim to finish by 9.00 pm. Car parking is not a problem.

All members who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. The aim of this supper is to have a reunion of friends and others who know Hong Kong. It will only be really successful if members encourage others to come too: please do spread the word about the event and encourage as many as possible to attend.

Festive Karaoke

Date: Friday 24th November
Venue: Firecracker, 44 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London SW1P 2AF
Time: 18:30 until 01:00 (close)

Are you a budding Adele? Can you sing like Eason? Come show off your skills at our Karaoke night on Friday 24 November 2017 from 6.30pm at Firecracker restaurant in Westminster. We have booked a private room so members and friends can show off their vocal talents in a safe environment.  At Firecracker the songlist is updated every two weeks, so you’ll be sure to find songs to suit!

Society Women’s Group Autumn Lunch
With Guest Speaker: Suzi Digby OBE

Date: Friday 10th November 2017
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 12.30 for 1.00pm
Suzi Digby 2017We are delighted that Suzi Digby has accepted our invitation as guest speaker for our Autumn lunch.

Suzi Digby OBE was born in Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in London & Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator. She has trailblazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades.

She was a judge on the BBC TV series Last Choir Standing – a competition for Britain’s favourite choir, which attracted 10 million UK fans and many more world wide. She has judged the BBC School Choir of the Year Competition, the BBC Chorister of the Year and has contributed to many other programmes.

Suzi founded and runs the following influential National arts/education organisations: The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading Primary Music Education Charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London’s finest young Chamber Choirs); Vocal Futures (Nurturing young [16-22] audiences for Classical Music); Singing4Success (Leadership and ‘Accelerated Learning’ for Corporates) and The London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all ethnic communities in London’s 33 boroughs). February 2016 saw the public launch of her professional vocal consort, ORA (commissioning international choral works as ‘reflections’ of Renaissance masterworks). ORA’s debut album came in top of the new entries Classical Music charts in the UK and the second album is released this month on the Harmonia Mundi label.

This year she received an honorary degree from University of Aberdeen.

The price includes a 2 course lunch with wine in a private room in the Oriental Club.

Hong Kong Society AGM and Supper

Date: Monday 13th November 2017
Time: AGM 6 – 6.30pm; Supper 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Oriental Club, Stratford House, London W1C 1ES

Notice is given that the Society’s Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held on Monday 13th November 2017. The agenda will be distributed later to all members and will include the election of new members of the committee. This will be a good chance to provide feedback, particularly on the programme and activities of the Society.

Entrance to the AGM is free. Members who wish to attend are asked to register with the office at

The AGM will be followed by a supper which will also be at the Oriental Club.

A Tutored Preview at Bonhams

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR


ColinSheaf PROFILE (2)As part of the annual  week of ‘Asian Art in London’, Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams (UK and Asia) and member of the Society has very kindly offered to lead a private tutored preview of its Chinese  Fine Art Auction, which is to be held two days later.

He will discuss some of the finer bronzes, ceramics, furniture and jade carvings, explaining why they in particular are ‘flavour of the month’ for the current generation of top international collectors. Up to 24 members will be able to join the very privileged tutored walk round.

Members are also invited to a talk by William Sergeant, former Keeper of Chinese Export Art at the Peabody-Essex Museum, Boston, who will discuss the exceptional ‘Loan Exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain from a major European private collection’, brought together this week for a unique display at Bonhams the following evening Wednesday 8th November at 6.00pm. The evening will close at about 7.00pm.

Space for the walk round is available to members only and is extremely limited: it is available on a first come first served basis.

Meet the Mentors Supper

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Venue: The National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2HE
Time: 6.30pm Reception starts, 7.00pm Conversation starts, 8.00pm Supper

A dinner for a maximum of 34 guests with four experienced mentors, all involved in the banking, legal and financial services industries, is being planned for the evening of Wednesday 1st November. This is the fifth in a series of the ‘Meet the Mentor’ Suppers, each one focussing on a specific sector.

A lawyer, an accountant, a strategist and one other will relate their experiences to those attending and share their views and perceptions. This supper is suitable for all those thinking of embarking on, or furthering, careers in these industries; it will be an informal and useful exchange of information and discussion.

The dinner will be in a Private Room in the historic Liberal Club.

Booking is required. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In the chair:

Carrie Waley is the CEO of Mandarin Consulting. She is a pioneer for career coaching for Chinese graduates entering international job markets. Every year, her company has helped hundreds of university students and graduates to embark on their career.

Mark Patterson retired from Standard Chartered Bank in 2013, having worked for them in Hong Kong and London since 2004. He also worked in Hong Kong for 12 years as the CEO of Deutsche Morgan Grenfel. He is currently a Consultant in Financial Services and is also a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society.

The Mentors:

Tom Burns has extensive experience of financial and corporate communications and is co-lead of Brunswick’s global Financial Institutions Group. He has advised a range of international companies on their communications in high profile and sensitive situations, including takeovers, capital raisings, IPOs, crises and litigation.

James Inglis
A Corporate Partner in Linklaters, James Inglis is a specialist in public and private M&A and equity capital transactions.

Suwin Lee
A Partner in Ernst & Young’s transaction tax practice with over 19 years experience in coporate tax, including 1 year secondment to the New York office.

Mark Winterflood
Mark has worked principally in commercial banking, trade finance and strategy in the Middle East, Asia and Europe and has been Senior Manager, Global Commercial Banking in Hong Kong and also Country CEO for HSBC in Czech Republic. Currently the Global Head of Pricing and Corporate Collaboration in HSBC Global Private Banking.

HKSYM Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner

Date: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: Lotus Floating Chinese Restaurant, Inner Millwall Dock, 9 Oakland Quay, London E14 9EA

The HKS Younger Members Group will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival at a dinner at the Lotus Floating Chinese Restaurant in Canary Wharf. The Lotus is London’s largest floating Chinese restaurant located in the heart of London’s Docklands. It is a unique venue which allows guests to dine while floating on the tranquil waters of Millwall Dock.

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There will be a quiz to win a mid-autumn festival themed prize!

The cost includes all food, but not drinks which are available to purchase from the cash bar. Places are limited, so book in advance to join

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire

Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Venue: The Royal Oak Inn, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 3DL
Time: 12.00 for 1.00pm
2189686647_c46171d8f0Last year’s Gloucestershire lunch broke all previous attendance records, and was generally reckoned to have been the best yet, so the Society has again booked The Pavilion function room at The Royal Oak Inn for this year’s event. 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. Pleasant too in the early Autumn, with the Cheltenham Literature Festival to follow and the racing season just over the horizon!

Nigel Johnson-Hill (current Chairman of the Hong Kong Society) will give us a short address

All members who live anywhere within reach are very cordially invited to attend – an increasing number come from outside Gloucestershire. And 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 attractively extended introductory membership rate: £45/couple through to December 2018 if under 60; £30 if over (in essence free membership for the rest of 2017) if they join the Society before the lunch – as well as the lower rate for the lunch itself

Included will be canapes 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 table wine 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 as soon as you can as this will aid planning. Alastair will send you the menu options and will ask you for your choices nearer the time

Look forward to seeing you

HKA Membership Lunch

The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS

Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Date: Friday 22nd September 2017
Venue: The Langham, Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost: £80 per person (HK Society Members); £95 per person (Non Members)


Mrs LAM CHENG Yuet Ngor Carrie (1) (2) 3The Chief Executive will be the Guest of Honour at the Hong Kong Association’s Membership Lunch on 22nd September.

Mrs Carrie Lam joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in August 1980 and rose to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2006. She became a Principal Official on July 1, 2007 when she was appointed Secretary for Development. She was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration on July 1, 2012.

Mrs Lam has served the public for more than 36 years in 20 public service positions including Director of Social Welfare, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands), Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Secretary for Development and Chief Secretary for Administration.

Mrs Lam was elected as the Fifth-Term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on March 26, 2017, and was officially appointed to this position by the Central People’s Government on March 31, 2017 to assume office on July 1, 2017.

Mrs Lam will speak for 10-15 minutes and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

The all-in cost of this event will include the pre-lunch reception and a 2 course lunch with wine and coffee. No tickets will be issued. Dress will be lounge suits.

With great thanks to

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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.

Younger Members Summer Drinks

Date:      Sunday 20th August
Venue:  Pergola on the Roof, Multi Story Car Park, Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7RJ
Time:     13:30 onwards
Cost:       Free!

The Hong Kong Society Younger Members (HKSYM) invites you to join us for a relaxing afternoon of alfresco drinking and dining, socialising with other young professionals who have interests in the Far East.

All attendees will receive a complimentary cocktail on arrival*.  Set on a rooftop in White City, Pergola on the Roof is Hamptons themed, so sit back and pretend you’ve got a whitewashed beach house on Long Island beside the sea.  This year’s pop-up eatery will feature food offerings from 8 Hoxton Square, Salt ’n’ Sauce from Bonnie Gull, Breddos Tacos and old faithfuls Patty & Bun.  Two bars and 600 seats make this a great place to hang out, and is situated right next to Westfield London, only a stone’s throw from Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush Market and White City stations.


Although we welcome members and non-members of HKSYM, space is very limited and available on a first come first served basis.  Past events have all proved extremely popular – be sure to book early to avoid disappointment! Contact  to join.

*Details of how to claim the free drink will be sent to all those attending.

HK Polo Match at Ham Polo Club

Date: Saturday 2nd September 2017
Venue: Ham Polo Club, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH
Time: 10.45 am – 6.00pm (HK Polo match starts at 11.00. Departure time is entirely optional)
Option A – Picnic: £5.00 per head – payable in cash at the entrance.  A mobile restaurant van (‘ChukkaTukka’) will be there. Members should bring deck chairs or rugs and waterproofs if it looks like rain.
Option B – Join the sponsored day in the Membership Enclosure (for whole day and including a five course sit-down lunch): £140 all-in.

Ham Polo 3 Members of The Hong Kong Society have had very good visits to Ham in recent years, watching this spectacular game. Only eight miles from Hyde Park Corner, Ham is the last remaining polo club in Greater London. Founded in 1926, it has an established and distinguished reputation for excellent playing and social facilities combined with a relaxed family atmosphere.

A ‘Hong Kong Team’ (British players with HK connections) is playing in the opening match of the day-long  sponsored ‘HAC Polo Day’ (nb the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters was the site of the Society’s dinner on 30th June) on 2nd September. There will be three other matches and a pretty full day of late summer enjoyment is therefore in prospect. Members can either opt to watch, sitting at groundside, providing their own seats, eating picnics or buying low-cost lunches from ‘ChukkaTukka’  or they can spend the day in comfort, sipping enjoyable drinks, eating a luxurious lunch and watch the polo from comfortable seats in a special enclosure.

A HK team is participating this year in a day which has been fully sponsored and run by another organisation but it is hoped that next year we will be able to arrange a proper HK Polo Match.

Free parking is available at the ground and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. The Chairman of the Club, Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers, is a member of the Hong Kong Society and aims to be there to welcome fellow  members.

Although access to the ground is open, it would help us if we knew that you are planning to attend. The Society will send a map, details of how to find the ground and other relevant details to those who inform us that they are coming.

If you prefer to attend the sponsors’ lunch and sit in comfort, please let us know as soon as possible and we will put you in touch with the relevant organisers.

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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