Young British Chamber

This BritCham group is exploring ways to encourage and engage with under 40’s professionals in Singapore. Companies are provided with the opportunity through Chamber activities and networking to develop the skills of their up and coming employees by encouraging Chamber involvement. In doing so, the group is providing a forum for ‘young professionals’ to connect and learn from each other.

MEMBER PROFILE
Chairperson
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.
Co-chair
Gemma Tresser
Specialized Group Pte Ltd
 
Gemma has been living in Singapore since 2012. She is currently a Consultant at Specialized Group, an Executive search firm working closely with the multinational business community in Singapore and Japan. Previously she was part of the in-house legal team for a group of private equity funds based in Singapore. She read Politics at the University of York and then attended BPP Law School where she completed her GDL and LPC.

Gemma has been active within the Young Professional Jews of Singapore group since her arrival and in 2015, excited by the opportunity to meet more like-minded young professionals, she joined the YBC. She is eager to help the YBC continue to grow its community.
 
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
Sara Campbell
British High Commission
 
 
Group Representative
Chew Jia Ying
Baxters International
 
Caroline Chew is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. She is majoring in International Business and Management from University of Adelaide. Her passion in Human Resources was developed while she was doing her Diploma in Business Management. She has worked with dynamic multinational corporations in Singapore. She continues to grow with Baxters International (Singapore) as a HR Executive, where she is widely exposed to a full spectrum in HR, Business Management and Market Research. She joined the British Chambers of Commerce, Singapore to engage closely and exchange experiences while building immediate relationships with the other members.
Group Representative
Richard Ellingham
KPMG LLP
 
 
 
Group Representative
Lina Peck
Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
 
Group Representative
Katie Smith
Barclays Bank PLC
 
Born in the UK, Katie has lived in France and New Zealand before moving to Singapore in 2013. Her professional experience has covered resourcing, corporate relationship management, risk management, executive coaching and organisational development. She is the Organisational Development Partner supporting the leadership, learning and talent management needs of 7,000 colleagues across the Corporate, Investment Banking, Wealth, Barclaycard and the Retail Bank in APAC.

Katie joined the YBC in June 2015 and excited to be bringing her people development and networking skills to the group. Her passions include travel adventures, yoga, helping people to pursue their ambitions and quality time with family and friends.
 
Group Representative
Hugo Wheatman
JLL
 
Having been born and raised in Hong Kong, Hugo was educated in the UK before going on to study Hospitality Management in Lausanne, Switzerland. Working for JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, the global leader in real estate services across hospitality properties, Hugo is a part of their Investment Sales team who provide clients with advice on the disposal of their hospitality assets across Asia.

Recently relocated from Bangkok, and a new member to the committee, he is looking to grow his network in Singapore among other young professionals, as well as to learn from the many members of the Chamber. Hugo is a budding yogi and mediocre tennis player.
 
Group Representative
Thomas Woods
Standard Chartered Bank
 
Thomas is a Relationship Manager in the International Banking team at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. He supports the Bank’s affluent priority banking expat customers living in Singapore as well as the wider ASEAN region, providing wealth management expertise in banking, insurance and investment. Thomas previously worked for the Islamic and private banking arms of a regional bank in Singapore, after moving to the region in 2014 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he worked for a local asset management firm.

Thomas studied Arabic & Middle East Studies at the University of Exeter, which included a year studying Arabic language at the University of Damascus in Syria, before completing a Master’s in Islamic Finance at Durham. He is a keen footballer and is looking forward to expanding the Chamber’s membership base of young professionals in Singapore.
 
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