[Review] British Chamber Shanghai Annual General Meeting 2019

Published on 2019-05-29

On Tuesday, 28 May 2019, the British Chamber Shanghai held its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the ATLAS Workplace.

It was a night to review with members the work of the Chamber in the past year and to celebrate the Chamber’s achievements in 2018.

AGM 1

Business as Usual

In 2018, the Chamber hosted more than 100 events for over 2600 attendees, held over 350 meetings with members, organsied 43 Focus Group meetings, and achieved 20% increase on WeChat followers and 10% increase on LinkedIn followers.

Another Successful Year on New Services

Since the establishment of the UK-China Hub for Offshore Wind (Offshore Wind Hub) in 2017, 2018 was another successful year of the Chamber to continuously provide support to members of the Offshore Wind Hub and explore the new services options for existing members and new members. In 2018, the Offshore Wind Hub team attended over 50 meetings and six large conferences with or on behalf of its members, connect the members with local partners and stakeholders in the sector, and explore the opportunities for British and Chinese companies to work together on projects in China. Up to the end of 2018, the Offshore Wind Hub had aided its members in establishing circa £4m GBP worth of contracts in China.

Additional Achievements

In 2018 the Chamber also launched a new Focus Group – the Scottish Focus Group, which has become one of the most active Focus Groups of the Chamber to date.

In addition, the Marketing Focus Group formally launched the ‘Live Lounge Podcast Series’, which has brought the Chamber event participation from offline, to both offline and online, for the first time.

It was also a year witnessed the transformation of the CSR Committee which evolved into the Community Outreach Committee (COC). The Committee continued its efforts supporting various CSR initiatives in Shanghai and provinces close-by, via traditional fund-raising but also with an increasing focus on engaging members to participate in activities, for example the beach clean-up events.

Strategy Day

The Chamber organised a Strategy Day session in September 2018, to review and explore what the Executive Committee, the Focus Groups and the Secretariat can do to better support the members and the community. The Strategy Day session focused on five key areas (Membership, Branding, CSR, Events, and New Services), and each area with dedicated team to continuously work on the actions and review performance after the session.

National Membership and British Chambers of Commerce in China Position Paper

Nicholas Holt, Chairman of BritCham China also attended the AGM and introduced the collaboration among four British Chambers in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Southwest). Milestones include the release of the inaugural British Business in China: Member Sentiment Survey, the launch of the National Membership, the publishment of the inaugural Position Paper and recently the 'Door Knock' outreach in London. To achieve this, lots of work was done in 2018 thanks to our members and the four British Chambers.

AGM 2

Ray Chisnall, Chair of the BritCham Shanghai’s Construction & Property Focus Group, and member of the ‘Door Knock’ outreach delegation, shared with members the key recommendations of the Position Paper which the delegation presented in London to British politicians, officials and business organisations, on the issues impacting the operations of UK companies in China and the opportunities for the UK post-Brexit.

2019-2020 Executive Committee (ExCo)

At the AGM, Rob Butler, Returning Officer and Consul Economic of the British Consulate-General Shanghai, announced the new Executive Committee for 2019-2020:

Chair

  • Rosie Hawes, Partner, Control Risks

Vice-Chairs

  • Alan Hepburn, Managing Partner, Asia, Advisory Board Architects
  • Tong Sun, Chairman, Corporate Solutions, China, JLL

Treasurer

  • John Chattock, Partner, Audit, KPMG China

At-Large Members

  • James Gathercole, Partner, Odgers Berndtson
  • Landa Guo, Partner, PwC
  • David Markham, Vice President Operations, East China, IHG
  • Linian Li, Country Manager, Modern Water
  • Blair Kelly, Individual Member
  • Rebecca Soquier, Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York, USA), Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Ex-Officio Members

  • John Edwards, British Consul-General, British Consulate-General Shanghai
  • Matt Knowles, Area Director East China, The British Council
  • Phil Roebuck, Chief Executive Officer, The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

The Chamber welcomes the new members of the ExCo and also would like to thank our outgoing ExCo members - Chairman Barry Piper, Vice Chairs David Percival and Mark Graham, and at-large member Sherry Fu. We sincerely thank them for their contributions and hard work for the Chamber during the past years.