David Ingram

David Ingram, Headmaster, Dulwich College Shanghai Minhang,
is standing for the position of At-Large

I am the founding Headmaster of Dulwich College Shanghai Minhang.  Although relatively new to Shanghai, arriving in July 2016, I bring 17 years of leadership experience in Asia having worked Tanglin Trust School in Singapore, Kellett School in Hong Kong and Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur. I am also a keen Toastmaster.  I am an active member of BritCham, sitting on the CSR Committee in addition to supporting chamber events. A key motivation for putting myself forward for election to the executive committee is the opportunity to highlight the important work of the CSR committee.  Both my students and staff have been actively involved in BritCham CSR projects, such as Bright Eyes and Cerecare and I would like to promote a higher level of member engagement in this valuable area of Chamber life.

As a Headmaster with Dulwich College International, I am part of a successful organisation that was founded here in Shanghai and has been an intrinsic part of the British community since 2003.  We are equally proud of both our 400 year British heritage and our long term commitment to China.  As such, I believe I well placed to build positive relationships to and promote brand Britain.

Personal Note

Being a good listener is one of the most important parts of my role as Headmaster.  Listening to members would be a priority for me if elected.  I am interested to know your views on what the Chamber does well and what it could do better.  I am interested to know what you want for the Chamber.  Please contact me at david.ingram@dulwich-shanghaiminhang.cn with your comments, ideas and concerns.     

I have enjoyed meeting members and listening to their feedback about the Chamber.  It is clear that members value CSR initiatives such as Bright Eyes as well as the range of social events and other opportunities for networking that the Chamber provides.  Given the changing dynamic of British business in Shanghai, members also value the British university alumni group. If elected I would want to support this development to strengthen the Chamber's position going forward.

In terms of areas for development, members would value a more up to date approach to communication and other transactions.  This would include electronic payment for Britcham services and events (convenience) as well as personalised online surveys/evaluations following Chamber events, training and services (giving members a voice). If elected, I would highlight this as an area to develop.

I am aware that members from smaller businesses value training and other corporate services.  I would make it a priority to work with the Chamber to develop this further.