The Trust is currently headed by Co-Chairs Mei Sim Lai and Merlene Emerson, members of a strong and diverse Board of Trustees. The Trustees bring to the Board the experience, understanding and skills which are vital for realising the Trust's goals. Since 2012, Joe Hung has been employed to work with Soho Housing Trust and other housing associations and Chinese community associations across London and in the UK. The Trust is also supported by partner organisations such as Chinese National Healthy Living Centre, patrons and advisors from business and political spheres who assist with fundraising and in informing policy on health, welfare and ageing societies.
Co-Chairs Mei Sim Lai-Peters and Merlene Emerson
Merlene Toh EMERSON MBE
Merlene was a City solicitor and former partner at a Singapore law firm. She is a C.E.D.R. accredited commercial mediator, a Restorative Justice Practitioner and has been a volunteer mediator for CALM Mediation, for the last 12 years. She was on the board of social landlord, Richmond Housing Partnership between 2006-2012 and is currently on the board of Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association and is Chair of Lien Viet Housing Association. Merlene stood as a Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Hammersmith in 2010 and for the London Assembly in 2008 and 2012. She co-founded Chinese Liberal Democrats in 2006 and now works part time at the House of Lords, serves on the executive of Liberal International Great Britain and campaigns on behalf of the Chinese community and on equalities legislation.
Mei Sim LAI OBE DL FCA FCCA
Mei Sim is founder and Principal of LaiPeters & Co and Managing Director of the management and consulting firm LaiPeters Limited. She is deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Brent. Born and educated in Malaysia, Mei Sim came to London in 1970 to train as a Chartered Accountant. In 1979 she became the first Chinese and female Partner at the leading firm of City Chartered Accountants, Pridie Brewster, established in 1914. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant. Since 1991,Mei Sim holds and has held several Non Executive and Board appointments in the Public, Private, City, International business and Charity and Voluntary sectors.
Stephen runs his own business as well as being Chairman and Managing Director of the 48 Group Club, which has a long history of promoting positive relations between China and the UK. Additionally he is vice-chairman of the China–Britain Business Council, an organisation that helps UK companies grow and develop their business in China. Stephen has spent his whole working life working with China and during that time he has developed many friends in the British Chinese community. This has led to an understanding of the unique nature of the Chinese in the UK, and the challenges they face. His involvement brings contacts with China, including Hong Kong, and the British business community. Stephen is a fellow of University College London, where he studied law.
TRUSTEE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
After graduating from Harrow School as a scholar, Geoffrey Yeung went on to majoring in economics with honours at University College, London. He spent the next ten years working as a human rights lawyer with a passion for immigration, ethnic communities and civil liberties.
Over the years, he campaigned with various charities including Care4Calais where he volunteered in "the Jungle" refugee camp, as well as speaking on numerous mainstream media, such as BBC News, LBC Radio and China's Phoenix TV as a UK immigration expert.
Geoffrey founded the widely acclaimed British Chinese Food Awards® (www.britishchinesefoodawards.co.uk), which celebrates the entrepreneur spirit, hard work and talent of Chinese restauranteurs across the UK every year. The first ever UK Chinese food competition of this scale brought together hundreds of participants across the nation and the sold out event served as an excellent platform to celebrate the achievements of those ambitious business people in the industry.
Having developed a knack for business development and marketing, Geoffrey's focus as Director of Communications at the Chinese Welfare Trust is to deliver our vision and clear communication campaigns to all our stakeholders. He works closely with our dedicated team to launch highly successful events and continues to raise awareness for those who are most vulnerable and needy amongst the Chinese community in the UK.
Chris is currently Commercial Manager at Civil Service College responsible for business development and operational delivery. He works closely with both UK and overseas Ministries in designing and developing training programmes for their respective senior civil service. He has worked with delegations of government officials from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Prior to Civil Service College, he has worked in campaign and community engagement projects for local government and NHS bodies. Chris read political theory at University of Warwick and London School of Economics. He now sits on the Executive Committee of Chinese for Labour as Secretary and is an active member of the Labour Party.
With a background in business and law, Hongyi now teaches Mandarin and legal Chinese (Chinese law) at LSE Language Centre. As CEO of Link China, she organises tailored training programs, corporate and cultural events and international business forums.
Mr Kam Yee Lee was born in Hong Kong. He migrated to UK in 1982. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 and set up his professional practice in Central London in 1991. He was invited to join the then newly formed Chinese Conservative Group as its Vice Chairman in 1992. The Chinese Conservative Group was the first political group of its kind established by British Chinese in this country in 1991. In 2002, Mr Lee was invited to take over as Chairman of the group. He had then re-organized and expanded the group to build up a national network with branches in many cities all over the country.
David Chao He WEI
David Wei is a well-known and respected figure in the UK Chinese community and in China as an expert in Real Estate investment. He came to the UK over 20 years ago to study and completed his law degree and finance degree and an MBA in International Business. David then spent his early career at The Shanghai Foreign Investment and Development Board, followed by the Chinese Civil Service.
David is currently President of the Chinese Landlord Association (CLA), an organisation created to protect the interests of Chinese Landlords and Investors in the UK. The CLA has a membership of approximately 1,500.
David is the Managing Director of Affinity Sunny Way, which deals with overseas investment and fund management, and Chairman of Affinity Home Construction which deals with construction projects in the UK. He is also a regular columnist in a number of publications in the UK and Chinese media.
Fang Min MACDONALD
TRUSTEE, DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING
Fang Min began her career as a banker at UBS Head Office in Zurich, later moving to UBS Hong Kong where she was also responsible for the opening of UBS' representative office in Shanghai. During her career at UBS Fang Min led many important client conferences and events. In 1998 Fang Min moved to London with her new family and since that time has been involved in promoting projects in the creative industries, with a focus on fine art and music.
Fang Min is delighted to join the Chinese Welfare Trust as she believes the charity has a vital role to play in our society. She looks forward to doing more to help the elderly and disadvantaged in the Chinese community in the UK.
Dr Lisa YEUNG-DONALDSON
Lisa holds a doctorate degree in Sociology from the University of Sussex and was the recipient of Sir Run-Run Shaw Scholarship for two years during her studies.
She has previously worked for the Chinese Information and Advice Centre as well as for the Southwark Citizens Advice Bureau where she had helped to launch an outreach advice service.
She has returned from a stint living abroad, where she volunteered as a campaigner for Amnesty International Schweiz based in Zurich Switzerland.
FLOATING SUPPORT WORKER
Joe Hung started to work for the Chinese Welfare Trust as a support worker for the clients of Soho Housing Association and had extended his service to other Chinese elderly live in Camden and Westminster.
Joe Hung speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, has a long and distinguished career working for various Chinese community centres as an experienced community worker