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.

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.
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
Brigitte Holtschneider
British Chamber Of Commerce
DID: +65 6718 0531 Email:

Brigitte's core responsibilities concentrate on leading and running the Chamber's Office in an efficient and effective manner to the benefit of the membership. Her primary focus is ensuring to meet members' needs and expectations in a dynamic and fast changing business environment.

Prior to joining the Chamber Brigitte worked at Imperial Tobacco - the world's fourth largest tobacco company - where she held several senior executive positions leading to extensive experience and knowledge about doing business in Asia.

Brigitte is a permanent resident in Singapore and has been living here for 12 years. Born and raised in Hamburg, work led her to live in Moscow before moving to Singapore. Based in Asia she became a keen yoga practitioner and keeps otherwise fit with running to compensate for her love of good food and wine.
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
Richard Ellingham
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Ian Horsburgh
The Fry Group
Although born in Singapore, Ian grew up in Scotland before returning to Singapore in his late teens when he attended United World College before studying Management at both degree and post-graduate levels. Ian is a fully qualified Wealth Management Consultant working for The Fry Group here in Singapore: The Fry Group offer a holistic financial planning service – guiding on investments, UK tax planning and retirement planning as well as wills, trusts and estate planning.

Ian joined the YBC in August 2010 as one of the founding committee members and has helped drive the business group over the years with the aim to bring together likeminded, younger professionals working in Singapore across all sectors and nationalities.
Group Representative
Lina Peck
Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
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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
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.
How to get connected
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