Meet the Executive Committee

Bernard Coe - Honorary President

Born in Essex and educated at the Royal Liberty School and Selwyn College Cambridge, Bernard did military service in Hong Kong and then joined Shell in 1957. During his 30 years with Shell, he spent 22 years overseas in Venezuela, Nigeria, Jamaica, Kenya, Sudan, Zambia, New Guinea and Thailand and many Gulf countries. In Thailand he was Chairman of the various Shell Companies and also of the British Chamber of Commerce. He helped organise the Festival of Thailand in London in 1987 and in the 90's was Chairman of the Society for six years.

Steve Buckley - Chairman

Steve is a Career Diplomat who spent much of the latter half of his career promoting British Trade/Investment interests in Asia. This included postings in Seoul (87-92), KL (96-00), Beijing (00-05), Bangkok (05-10) and on Secondment to the OCS Group as their London-based Asia Pacific/Adviser (2010-15). The latter included attendance of quarterly Board Meetings in Bangkok where the OCS/PCS operation not only has its Regional HQ but - with over 30,000 employees - is the second largest local British employer. Steve retired from the Diplomatic Service in 2015 and now has his own company (SBB Business Advisory Services Ltd) which still enables him to pay regular visits to Thailand.Regional Visits. A keen golfer, Steve became Chair in October 2017.

Narisa Chakrabongse - Vice Chair

Narisa, who is quarter Thai, quarter Russian and half British, was born in London but spent the early years of her life in Cornwall and Bangkok, attending school in both countries and is bi-lingual; speaking Thai and English. She has a degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London University, and a Masters in Southeast Asian Area studies from SOAS, London University. She founded River Books in 1990 and has published over 200 titles on the art, history and culture of Mainland Southeast Asia, in particular Thailand. She has a small boutique hotel in the grounds of her Bangkok home, Chakrabongse Villas. Her husband, Gee, is half Thai and she has two sons.

Adrian Keeling QC - Vice Chair

Adrian Keeling QC grew up in Warwick and after reading Law at Trinity Hall Cambridge was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple. He has  practised as a barrister since, and was appointed one of her Majesty’s Counsel (QC or “silk”) in 2011. He has also been elected as a governing Bencher (or Master) of the Inner Temple. Adrian is Deputy Head of Chambers at No5 Chambers, the biggest set of barristers chambers in the UK with offices in London, Birmingham, Leicester and Bristol. He has a life long passion for south east Asia - Thailand in particular and has recently hosted visits by both the Thai Constitutional and Appeal Courts.

Trevor Knox - Treasurer

Trevor read Physics at Imperial College and spent his career working in Research and Development in the Steel Industry. Following retirement he has done occasional lecturing at Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities. He joined the Society in 1986, and became Hon. Secretary in 1997. Although Trevor has never worked in Thailand, he has travelled extensively in the country, and for many years supported a Thai child in the rice growing area near Khon Kaen, through the charity 'World Family Plan'. He is also Hon. Treasurer of the South Yorkshire branch of the Art Fund.

Andrew Scadding - Secretary

Andrew was the Director of Thai Children's Trust, a UK charity which raises funds in Europe for Thai children's charities. During seventeen years in the job he visited Thailand many times and has developed a deep affection and respect for the country and the Thai people. He is currently Chair of Trustees of Child Rescue Nepal , Secretary of the Anglo-Thai Society, and a Board Member of pointB – a charity which focuses on rebuilding education systems and community governance in Myanmar.

Dr. Angela Cleary BSc MEd PhD NPQH TESO

With a background in UK Secondary Education (Independent and State sectors). Angela held the post of Deputy Principal prior to joining the Office of Educational Affairs (OEA), The Royal Thai Embassy, in 2003. She is Education Advisor and Head of the Privately funded Student Section. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the challenges faced by Thai postgraduates studying in the UK. She joined the Anglo-Thai Society in 2003 and was elected to the Executive Committee in May 2016. She is Chair of the ATS Educational Awards.

Dr Susan Conway

Susan is a member of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She previously taught Southeast Asian art and culture at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York. She has curated exhibitions on the culture of Southeast Asia in the UK and Thailand.

In 2003 she curated Power Dressing (2003) an exhibition to launch the opening of the James HW Thompson Museum in Bangkok. Her list of publications, books, articles and papers can be viewed on her web site (www.susanconway.com).

Angela Daniel

Angela lived in Thailand for 20 years and returned to the UK in 2009. In Bangkok she worked for the advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi and was also elected to the General Committee of the British Club Bangkok where she served as Chairman for 2 years.

During her time in Bangkok she helped to run the theatre group ‘Bangkok Community Theatre’ and also directed and produced a variety of plays and shows for the local community. She joined the Anglo-Thai Society in 2009.

Orapin Dawson

Graduating with a PhD from Bedford College, University of London, Orapin is a former Assistant Professor of Geology at Chulalongkorn University and an Honorary Research Associate for Geological Research at Royal Holloway College (1987-1996). Subsequently she provided educational counselling for overseas students and then joined the Royal Thai Embassy, Office of Educational Affairs as Student Adviser, Head of Government Scholars Section (1998-2004). Orapin also set up an Educational Consultant company and was former president of Thai-UK Business Forum from 1995-1997. She is also a founder member of ASEAN-UK Business Forum which started in 1998. She became a member of ATS in 1994 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 1999. She became Vice-Chair in 2007 and was Chair from 2012 to 2017.

Charlie Drury

Charlie graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Thai and furthered her studies by completing a Master’s degree in Thai Disability Rights and Education Policy in 2011. Charlie attended Chiang Mai University in 2007 and later lived in Bangkok. In 2010, Charlie won the Saranrom Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Thai Studies, presented by the Royal Thai Embassy and was later awarded a scholarship to continue her research into the field of education and disability policy in Thailand. Since returning to the UK, Charlie has worked for the Royal Thai Embassy as a researcher and for the Thai Office of Educational Affairs. More recently, Charlie’s path has led her to the non-profit sector, where she has worked with two charities, For Life Thailand and Safe Child Thailand, where she is now Head of Programmes. She has been a member of ATS since 2010 and joined the Executive Committee in 2015.

Dr Chinnapat Panwisawas

Chinnapat is EPSRC UKRI Innovation Fellow (Senior Research Fellow) in Department of Materials, University of Oxford since June 2018. Previously, he worked as a Research Fellow in Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, University of Birmingham. He received his PhD in Metallurgy and Materials from University of Birmingham, and his BSc in Physics from Chulalongkorn University. Chinnapat was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award from Rolls-Royce plc and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, for his doctoral study in 2009-2012. His professional qualifications include Chartered Engineer; Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Member of the Institute of Physics; and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Chinnapat is an Advisor to the Samaggi Samagom and helps the Royal Thai Embassy, London promote academic relationships between Thailand and UK. He won an ATS Educational Award in Engineering in 2012, and was elected to the Executive Committee in March 2018.

Quinton Quayle

Quinton was a member of HM Diplomatic Service from 1977-2010. In London, he served as International Director of UK Trade and Investment. His overseas postings included Bangkok, Paris, Jakarta and Bucharest. He served as British Ambassador to Romania from 2002-06 and British Ambassador to Thailand from 2007-10. Since retiring from Diplomatic Service, Quinton has pursued a career in the private sector. He currently serves as Senior Adviser to the President of Thai Beverages and is on the board of Cottsway Housing Association and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. He also serves on the HS2 Hardship Panel and works as an advisor to Sindicatum Sustainable Resources and Prudential Plc. Quinton lives in the Cotswolds with his wife Alison and visits Thailand regularly. He is a fluent Thai speaker.

Mike Springate MA (Oxon) Phd, LBS, FCILT, RAeS

Mike spent 33 years with BOAC/British Airways, mainly in overseas management positions, including 6 years as Regional Manager based in Thailand and then as an Aviation Consultant.  

He has kept busy since his retirement in various capacities including Treasurer, Association of European Journalists; Lay Chair, Richmond & Barnes Deanery; Deanery Representative to Southwark Diocese Synod; Secretary, Southwark Diocese InterFaith Group; several other 'churchy' responsibilities; Volunteer Guide, London Wetland Centre; Barnes and the Anglo-Thai Society.

Angela Stafford

Angela’s first visited Thailand when she became the project manager of the Sprinter Railcars project in 1989. She married Khun Vutinun (Jack) in 1991 and moved to live in Thailand in 1995, working on a railway signaling project between Bangkok and Chachoengsao. Sadly Jack passed away in 1997. Angela remained in Thailand for nearly 20 years  working for the Bangkok Hospital, the British Embassy and BNH Hospital. She volunteered on the British Club, British Women’s Group and Ploenchit Fair committees and was president of the Bangkok St George’s Society. She organised the BNH Bed Push parades for the Thai Red Cross and the BNH Let’s Knit project which provided 450 blankets to children in the north of Thailand. She has been a volunteer for the Thai charity People Eye Care Foundation since 1998 and was appointed International Development Coordinator in 2016. Since it was founded PECF has restored eyesight to over 35,000 poor people in Thailand by providing free cataract operations.

Ekachai Thapthimthon (Tui)

Tui is a professional guardian & educational advisor to Thai boarding school students. Having been sent to a prep school in Sussex in 1967, he continues to live and work in the UK, but still retains a close connection with Thailand.

Tui operated a Thai restaurant of the same name in London’s South Kensington (one of the first batches of Thai restaurants in the UK) between 1985 and 2001 when he sold the business to the Thai Square Group. 

Greg Watkins

Greg has been Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand since December 1996. He has lived and worked in Thailand for 18 years. With 650 corporate members BCCT is the largest non-Asian foreign chamber in Thailand and the largest British Chamber in Asia. Greg is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations and development of the BCCT. Formed in 1946, it is the oldest foreign chamber in Thailand.  Membership has increased by 80% in the last ten years and the number of events organised has tripled to 120 a year. Greg may be contacted via email at: greg@bccthai.com.

Bhiyada Wongwarachat

Bhiyada was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She spent almost 18 years at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Thailand. During her work with Ogilvy PR she dealt with many leading international and local brands/business before she came to London to take up an appointment as Editor-in-Chief of ThaiSmile Magazine - The first and one of the leading Thai magazines in the UK and EU. She is also a founder committee member of the Association of Thai Business in the UK. She joined ATS in 2012.