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ATS Thailand & Maynmar Tour Feb 2018

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ATS Christmas lunch at Lancaster Hotel
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Educational Awards for Excellence 2017 Presentation of Educational Awards on November 17th

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Sunday February 18 , 2018
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Executive Committee 2015/16

The Society's committee has been very active this year and last. In particular, the sub-committees successfully organised and ran a wide range of initiatives in the areas of events, education and charities.  As a result of these initiatives, and the thriving support of the Society members, we are delighted to announce a significant increase in recent new membership applications.


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 - Chair

Steve is a Career Diplomat who has spent 20 out of the last 25 years promoting British
Trade/Investment interests in Asia. This has included postings in Seoul (87-92), KL
(96-00), Beijing (00-05) and Bangkok (05-10). An Asia enthusiast, he is currently on
a 5 year Secondment to the OCS Group (our website sponsors) as their Asia Pacific
Advisor. Steve is also current Chairman of the BCCT's UK Group and a keen golfer.
He became Chair of the society in 2017.

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 of the society from 2012 to 2017.

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.



Narisa Chakrabongse

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
becoming bi-lingual in 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.

Angela M Cleary BSc, MEd NPQH TESOL

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. As Education Advisor and Head of the Privately Funded
Student Section, she and her team provide placement, education advice and guardianship
service to over three hundred fee-paying Thai students in UK who are registered under
(OEA) care. She joined the Anglo-Thai Society in 2003 and was elected to the Executive
Committee in May 2006. She is also currently a member of the Events Sub-Committee.

Susan Conway BA MA PhD 

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 (

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 and currently
manages the society's website.

Charlie Drury

Charlie graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Thai Language and furthered
her studies by completing a Master’s degree in Thai Education Policy in 2011. Charlie
attended Chiang Mai University in 2007 and later lived in Bangkok, where she carried
out research for her thesis. 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 as a student
liaison officer. More recently, Charlie’s path has led her to the non-profit sector, where
she has worked with two charities, For Life Thailand and Thai Children’s Trust, to raise
funds and develop aid programmes for vulnerable children in Thailand. She has been a
member of ATS  since 2010 and joined the Executive Committee and Education
Sub-Committee in spring 2015.

David Fall CMG, MA 

Born in Wiltshire, David studied at St Bartholomew’s Grammar School, Newbury and
New College, Oxford. After graduating with a BA in Modern History, he spent a year as
a VSO in Papua New Guinea and joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1971. His
overseas postings included Thailand (three times, in the 1970s, 1990s and finally as
Ambassador from 2003 to 2007), South Africa, Australia (as Deputy High Commissioner)
and Vietnam (Ambassador). He was Chairman of the Anglo-Thai Society from 2009
2012 and is a Vice Chair of the Board of the British Red Cross.

Saipin Lee

Saipin graduated with an MBA from Hull and MSc Real Estate from Reading. She joined
Huntings Group in Hemel Hemsted as a management trainee.  In Bangkok, Saipin was
Property Fund Manager for Cargill’s subsidiary and then Head of Asset Management and
Development of TESCO. Saipin moved to London in 2004 to take up the post of S&P
Region Manager, managing 5 restaurants in London. She is also Vice Chair of Association
of Thai Business in UK (ATBUK) a non-profit organisation to promote and support Thai
Business in U
She was voted the Peoples 1st ‘Top 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality’.
She also works closely with two charities - PhysioNet UK and 1Step2Step, helping to raise
funds for shipment of special needs equipment from UK to Thailand for disabled and
abandoned children.

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 Honorary Chairman of International Beverages Holdings and is on the board
of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Institute of Chartered Accountants
of Scotland (ICAS), the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the HS2 Hardship Panel. He
was appointed in 2013 as a member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel. He also
works as an advisor to De La Rue, Salamander Energy, Sindicatum Sustainable
Resources and Prudential Plc.

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, of course, ATS!

Ekachai Thapthimthon

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.



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
ree 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.







Thailand Representative: 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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