Mei Sim Lai-Peters OBE DL (right) and Ex Co-Chair Merlene Toh Emerson MBE
The Trust is currently served by Mei Sim Lai OBE DL as Chair and a strong and diverse Board of Trustees consisting of 8 members. The Trustees bring to the Board the experience, understanding and skills which are vital for realising the Trust's goals. Since 2012, a part-time outreach housing support officer has been employed to work with a number of housing associations and Chinese community organisations across London and in the UK. The Trust is also supported by patrons and advisors from business and political spheres who assist with fundraising and in informing policy on health, welfare and ageing societies.
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.
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.
Eddie Chan has been a founding member of London Chinese Community Network and the Chinese Welfare Trust and chairs of both organizations for many years. He is also a chartered civil and structural engineer and chartered manager with a MBA degree, and has over 20 years’ experience of working in consultancy on infrastructure development worldwide. In 2003, with the then Labour government, Eddie established the British Chinese All-Party Parliamentary Group and also became the prime promoter to encourage the Chinese community to participate in voting. Before retiring Eddie was the Director of the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre from August 2000 and February 2019. This role has earned him a lot of recognition and praise as an effective change-maker: he transformed the Centre into a highly regarded organisation. Eddie has been a member of various UK government departments’ ministerial advisory groups and was a Steering Group member of Westminster LINK (Local Involvement Network) from 2009 to 2013 and Committee Member for Westminster Healthwatch between 2013 to 2018. He also chaired the BME Health Forum in London for the last 10 years.
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.
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.
Fang Min MACDONALD
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 Yeow POON
Yeow is the Managing Director of People and Organisation Ltd with 25 years’ experience of a wide range of governance, capacity building, management and leadership development projects in the United Kingdom and internationally in Vietnam, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, South Africa and other countries.
Yeow is the Chair of the Chinese Community Centre in Birmingham, the President of England China Business Forum, Secretary of Birmingham Business Focus, Treasurer of Arts in the Yards and a trustee of Chinese Welfare Trust. Yeow is also the Chair of Policy for West Midlands Liberal Democrats and the current acting Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats.
Yeow is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Corporate member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences. He was named the 2018 Business Desk Award for Midlands Leader for the Public and Third Sector.
Dr Mark LIM
Mark has worked in the NHS for 15 years, specialising as a public health doctor in 2007. Mark currently works in Suffolk where he has been the lead for commissioning various health services for the past seven years, including those aimed at improving care for the frail elderly, those with dementia, patients with mental illness, and sufferers of stroke, diabetes, chronic bronchitis and heart disease. He was the Conservative Candidate for Islington South and Finsbury at the 2015 general election.
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.
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.
OUTREACH 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