Leadership, Talent & Professional Development

The Leadership, Talent and Personal Development Business Group (LTPD) seeks to engage, inspire and educate members to develop their businesses effectively by providing events, content and insights in three main areas: 

Leadership: including managing colleagues in agile and complex working environments; leading millennials and young professionals; and motivating and engaging teams.
 
Talent: including recruiting effectively in Singapore; retaining and developing talent; and encouraging diversity.  

Personal Development: including providing networking opportunities; developing future-ready skills; and sharing leadership experience through mentoring. 

MEMBER PROFILE
Chairperson
Chris Reed
Black Marketing - enabling LinkedIn for you
 
Chris J. Reed is the Founder & Global CEO of Black Marketing, a global marketing consultancy that specialises in enabling LinkedIn for C-suite executives & Entrepreneurs across the world. He has miraculously taken the company from 1 person in 1 country in 2014 to a full listing on the NASDAQ in 2016 as part of The Marketing Group plc where he is the Global President of LinkedIn Marketing. He has been named as an Official LinkedIn Power Profile 2012-2016, has one of the world's most viewed LinkedIn profiles with 55,000 followers, and is No.1 in Singapore. He is also a No. 1 International Best Selling Author with his book "LinkedIn Mastery for Entrepreneurs".
Co-chair
Mark Chowdhry
Baxters International
 
 
Co-chair
Joe Tofield
British Council
 
Joe is a young professional who has broad experience in retail, marketing, purchasing, advertising and business development. He currently works at the Professional Development Centre at the British Council supporting a range of clients with their learning and development needs in both the private and public sectors. He is also the diversity lead for the country heading up a team that organise events for staff as well as making sure that diversity is mainstreamed across the business. Joe has previously worked in Amsterdam and London.
 
Group Representative
Cecilia Leong - Faulkner
British Theatre Playhouse
 
Cecilia Leong-Faulkner is the principal founder and Managing Director of the British Theatre Playhouse incorporated in Singapore with a branch office in London. She has worked with social causes and organises high profile charity gala events through the British Theatre Playhouse to help raise funds for the less fortunate and those in need.

Cecilia has worked in a cross-cultural environment having worked for American Express in Malaysia, Wembley Stadium PLC in the UK and the luxury Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts based in Singapore. After leaving the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, she started her Marketing and PR consulting firm in 1998 and since, worked as a consultant for various clients including the Six Senses Resorts & Spas and on fashion events with the Singapore Tourism Board.
 
Group Representative
David Gardner
St. James's Place
 
David graduated in 2002 with an Honours degree in Business Economics. He spent over 6 years as a Financial Planner in the UK before moving to Singapore in 2011. David specialises in assisting International Investors, particularly professionals, higher net worth individuals, senior management & executives in their Financial planning while living and working in Singapore.
Group Representative
Sue Anne Lee
Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte. Ltd.
 
Sue Anne is currently the Head of Talent & Leadership for APAC in Rolls-Royce, based in Singapore. She brings perspectives from both consulting and corporate HR - with more than 16 years’ experience over consulting, talent management and leadership, employee engagement, organizational development and strategic HR business partnering in MNCs and the government sector. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, she was the Vice President of HR in Volvo Trucks Sales (Asia Oceania), playing a strategic role in shaping the people and talent agenda. She has worked in both Singapore and Hong Kong and managed consulting projects across Asia while working with Hewitt Associates. She is also a trained CTI Co-Active Coach, ICF member, and currently pursuing CPCC certification (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach).
 
 
Group Representative
David Wijeratne
PricewaterhouseCoopers
 
David leads PwC’s Growth Markets Centre, which is a global team focused on supporting companies enter and expand into the growth markets. This team brings companies the full benefit of PwC’s global expertise, including Strategy, Operations, Deals, Talent and Tax, to support them successfully navigate these volatile markets throughout their growth markets journey.

David has over 16 years global experience in Management Consulting, Sales and Marketing, having previously worked with leading firms such as ICI and Accenture, before joining PwC.
Group Representative
Kate Holgate
Brunswick Group
 
Kate is Head of Brunswick Singapore, the leading global corporate reputation and communications consultancy. She is responsible for the development of the firm’s Southeast Asia practice and chairs the Brunswick’s regional talent committee in Asia. Kate advises leading international and regional corporates on reputation building and protection, including crisis preparedness and response as well as on major mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. In Southeast Asia her focus has been on helping clients devise and implement communication and stakeholder engagement programmes to support market entry strategies, capital raisings and business transformation. Before joining Brunswick, Kate spent six years in corporate finance at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where she worked on a number of capital market transactions including flotations, mergers and recommended offers and hostile offers. Kate joined the British Diplomatic Service and served as at the British Embassy in Ankara after graduating with a First class degree in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.
 
Group Representative
Christopher Short
Dover Court International School (Pte) Ltd
 
Christopher Short has been the Principal of Dover Court International School since August 2016 having moved to Singapore from Vietnam, where he helped found the British International School, Hanoi. Prior to this he was a Headteacher in Dubai and on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. In these countries and territories Chris has had to work creatively to ensure not only his own continued professional development but also those of this teams. He worked with HTI in Dubai to develop leadership programmes for emerging and aspiring school leaders and has worked within his current parent company (Nord Anglia Education) to help promote their philosophy of internal development and promotion - ‘Growing your Own’
 
Group Representative
Dhirendra Shantilal
Fircroft Pte Ltd
 
Dhirendra Shantilal is the Board Director of the Fircroft Group. He oversees Fircroft’s operations in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions which comprises nearly 20 countries. Headquartered in the UK, Fircroft is one of the world’s leading providers of engineering and technical recruitment services with offices in over 45 countries and an annual turnover exceeding US$1.4 billion. Fircroft focuses on mid to senior level engineering and technical positions across key sectors of Oil & Gas, Petrochemical & Chemical, Power Nuclear & Utilities, Mining & Minerals, Automotive, Infrastructure & Construction and Information & Communications Technology. Dhirendra has over 35 years’ experience in Recruitment and Talent Management. He was one of the founding partners of Business Trends, which was established in Singapore in 1979, and was instrumental in growing the recruitment firm from a small local staffing agency to a well-known regional player operating in 6 countries. In 2000, he led the strategic integration of Business Trends with Kelly Services. At Kelly Services, Dhirendra was the Senior Vice President and a member of the global leadership team. He was responsible for the company’s Asia-Pacific operations that spanned 12 countries and territories. Under his leadership, Kelly expanded to 85 offices across the region, with a strong presence in India and China. He also managed Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico as well as Europe during his tenure at Kelly Services. As an active member of the community, Dhirendra was one of the key founding members of the Singapore Staffing Association when it was established in 1989, and served as its president. Currently he is the Co-Chairman of APSCo Asia which is a chapter of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies UK and which recently merged with the Singapore Professional Recruitment Organisation (SPRO). In addition, he continues to serve on numerous human resource committees providing ideas and thought leadership on global workforce and talent management issues.
 
Group Representative
Dominic Salomoni
Robert Walters
 
Dominic is the Associate Director - Commerce Finance, HR & Business Support for Robert Walters (Singapore).

He has worked for well-known global recruitment businesses based in the UK, Australia & Singapore.

The markets he has covered includes Commerce & Industry, HR & Business Support, Practice and Upstream Oil & Gas and he has focussed on recruiting mid-market to C-Suite accounting roles across a variety of sectors.
Group Representative
Terry Kisling
Furen International School
 
Terry Kisling comes from the United States and has been living in the Asia region since October 2011, having worked in South Korea and now in Singapore. As a manager of both educational and corporate systems, Terry presently holds the position as Vice Principal and Education and Career Guidance Manager in Furen International School. Terry specializes in preparing students from O and A level courses relating to topics from in International Etiquette to transit from high school to University setting. At the same time, because he is also qualified by TESOL’s Leadership Management training, he helps in coaching and training teachers to educate students with premium lessons in the classroom. In Southeast Asia his focus has been on helping educational institutes provide quality educational and engaging programmes, to support a strong business transformation. Terry aims to teach, inspire and help others succeed personally and professionally, in educational needs and overall personal well-being.
 
 
Group Representative
Cris Lu Shujun
Berry Bros & Rudd Singapore Pte Ltd
 
A Hospitality Management graduate from Temasek Polytechnic, Cris started her career in events management and her interest in wines developed further when she joined the wine trade in 2008. Armed with WSET Level 3, Certified Specialist of Wines (CSW), and French Wine Scholar from the Society of Wine Educators, Cris now manages Berrys’ Singapore office and has been with the company since its inception in 2012. Outside the world of wines, Cris loves soaking up the sun and is an avid scuba diver. She enjoys the Arts and is a great fan of Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali.
Group Representative
Naomi Herman
Clifford Chance Pte Ltd
 
Naomi Herman is the Regional Training Manager at Clifford Chance where she covers legal technical training across 8 offices in APAC. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, who started her career as a US lawyer, working with White & Case in Miami and later on with Milbank and Linklaters in Singapore. She has extensive experience in legal training and professional development. Naomi was an Adjunct Professor at SMU Law School for four years after which she founded her own training company, focusing on effective communication for lawyers and business people.
 
Group Representative
Bharath Vijaya Varadhan
British High Commission
 
Bharath is a Trade & Investment Manager at the UK Department for International in Singapore. He works with UK companies in the infrastructure space to increase exports from the UK to Singapore. He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Power Management and MSc in Environmental Management. He has been in Singapore since 2014 and loves to travel whenever possible. Bharath is keen to increase the visibility of the committee through constructive contributions.
 
Group Representative
Matthew Bousfield
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
 
Matthew is a Senior Associate in the Corporate team of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, an international law firm. Based in London before relocating to Singapore six years ago, Matthew combines international expertise with local knowledge to assist on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and a range of commercial matters across South East Asia. He also advises on employment law and data privacy.

Matthew heads the Pro Bono and Citizenship activities of the Singapore office, advising pro bono and entrepreneurial organisations, as well as organising fundraising events. He studied Law at the University of Warwick before completing the LPC at Nottingham. Matthew joined the Young British Chamber in 2015 after becoming involved in YBC events, hoping to reach out to young professionals in Singapore and expand the community. He lives on the East Coast with his wife, son and family dog, Tiger.
 
Group Representative
Adrian Sham
Grant Thornton Singapore Pte Ltd
 
Group Representative
Viveananth Krishna
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
 
 
 
Group Representative
John Holden
Mind Odyssey Pte.Ltd.
 
Group Representative
Sudeshna Chatterjee
Aggreko (Singapore) Pte Ltd
 
 
Group Representative
Sarah Dunleavy
CIPD Asia
 
 
Group Representative
Anne Morgan
CPM Asia Sales & Marketing
 
 
Group Representative
Anil Scott
St. James's Place
 
Group Representative
Abigail Browne
Michael Page International Pte Ltd
 
 
 
Group Representative
Don Rapley
Transform Your Conversations
 
Group Representative
Ishita Dhamani
Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
 
 
Group Representative
Nicholas Anscombe
HSBC Bank
 
 
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