General Committee

 

The Club elects a General Committee of eight to ten members each March at the Annual General Meeting. The General Committee for 2017/18 is:

 

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Jack Dunford

Chairman

Jack Dunford MBE joined the British Club in 1978 and has now served as Chairman twice for 2 years, but 30 years apart in the 20th and 21st Centuries, graduating from being a young family man with two kids running around the pool, to one of the old guard.

Jack used to play squash but is now a regular gym and poolside user, still playing the odd game of cricket.  After taking care of a quarter of a million refugees and displaced people from Burma for 30 years and now being ‘retired’ for four years, the penning of his book on Thailand, Burma and Aid politics is currently on hold.

       
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Ali Adam

Vice Chairman

Ali arrived in Thailand in 2002 as Regional Director Asia for British Engineering firm, Halcrow Group Ltd. After 25 years in a variety of technical and management roles in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, he launched his own engineering, project and construction management company, Arcadia Engineering, in 2014. He is a Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, and Chairman of the Property and Infrastructure Committee.

A Member of the British Club since 2005, Ali Adam served on the 2007/08 General Committee as Vice Chairman.

He is often seen relaxing poolside with his wife, Andrea and their two children Nura and Omar who have grown up at the Club. Ali enjoys socialising, music, wine-tasting, watching sports especially Formula 1, UFC and football and is an avid Spurs fan.

       
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Paul Cheesman

Honorary Secretary

Paul has been a Club Member since 1999 and has been Honorary Secretary from 2000-2003, 2006-2008, 2010 until September 2015 and elected again this year, He was also Vice-Chairman in 2001-2003.

Paul worked in the UK for the Boots Company and served two terms as a London Borough Councillor. In 1996 he was headhunted by Royal Dutch Shell and worked in ten countries across Asia based in Bangkok. Paul retired in 2004.

In 2005 Paul was elected as an Honorary Alderman of the London Borough of Southwark where he still keeps a home.

       
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Geoff Banks

Honorary Treasurer

Geoff Banks joined the British Club in 2012 on his retirement from a career in automobile financing – primarily with the Volkswagen Group of Germany.

His career took him to live in 9 countries, the US, the UK, Spain, Germany and Mexico before his first Asian assignment – to Japan in 2002 – sparked a lasting fascination with Asia. After marrying Tippawan his Thai wife, in 2003, assignments to Singapore and China followed as Regional Manager Asia-Pacific for Volkswagen Financial  Services with a final stay in Moscow, Russia.

Geoff is an avid squash player,  loves cooking and all kinds of guitar music, and hopes now to spend more time honing his, at best, modest playing skills.

       
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Nick Annets

General Committee

Nick has been in Thailand since 2006 having previously lived in London, Singapore, Barcelona and Malta.  He worked for Richard Branson's Virgin Group before moving to Bangkok to run the WPP digital agency, Wunderman.

A 40 year Liverpool fan, Nick has almost hung up his football boots, but still enjoys playing tennis, table tennis, and the odd game of golf.

He has two young childfren who enjoy the pool, lawns, and sticky rice at the Club.

 

       
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Robert Brand

General Committee

Robert Brand has been a British Club Member since 1987, and enjoys many activities at the Club, including swimming, wine-tasting, quiz night and socialising in the Churchill Bar. Although he has been active on various work groups and sub-committees, this is his first time on the General Committee.

Robert has managed a variety of businesses in manufacturing, IT, hospitality, advertising and education. He is passionate about developing people’s potential, and has been delivering training and development solutions for almost 20 years. Early in 2016, he started his own training and consulting company Robert Brand Training.

He has lived in Europe and Canada for more than 25 years, but was born in Thailand, and has lived here most of his life.

     

 

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James McLeary 

General Committee

James McLeary is from Glasgow, Scotland and a new member of the Club (just over 1 year) with his Thai wife and 3 daughters.  He is also an active committee member of the St Andrew’s Society, Bangkok. His career has spanned many international organisations across the globe within the Financial Services sector.  Currently he is employed with TMB Bank and previously was with SCB Bank in Thailand. His areas of speciality are IT/Cyber Security, Fraud Management, Risk Management and Operations Improvement.  James is also skilled in social media and web communications having run an internet-based company in Hong Kong as well as currently overseeing a number of online media portals.

He has been in Thailand for 6 years and was based in Hong Kong for 4 years prior to this. He is a GlobalScot Ambassador for Scottish Development International. Speaks Spanish and intermediate Thai. Hobbies include genealogy, travelling, gym and keeping busy!

     

 

   Jason Morris  

 

Jason Morris

General Committee 

Jason has lived in Bangkok (this time) since July 2015 as the manager Asia for Intelligent Risks, an Australian Management Services Company which provides security and risk management advice to clients globally.  Jason is married and has three children. 

Since joining the club, Jason has been active member of the Squash Section and served on the Silom Wing Poolside Redevelopment Sub-Committee. He is currently the Secretary of the Squash Section and a member of the Silom Wing Project Sub-Committee.  Jason’s history with the British Club Bangkok dates to 1982, when his parents first lived in Thailand and were members of the club until 1992.

Prior to his current role, Jason worked for the Australian government for 23 years, which included 11 years as an officer in the Australian Army, followed by 12 years with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  Jason served in the Australian Embassy, Bangkok, from late-2003 until early-2007.

 

       
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Adrian Salter

General Committee

Adrian Salter was born in Hampshire and his career began in the accounting and business world, and he has been in works and cost accounting, an Internal Auditor for a PLC group, chartered accounting, a key member of a troubleshooting hit squad for systems and manufacturing streamlining.

After joining the Sheraton Towers Highland Spring Water Arab-based group’s accounting and computer director, Adrian developed it into a flourishing business and created the AESOP Hospitality Logistics Suite relied upon by the world’s largest businesses.

Adrian has been an active member of the British Club for a number of years and has helped grow the Cricket Section. Being retired in Thailand he will be happy to offer his skill sets to good effect wherever appropriate.

       
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David Viccars

General Committee

David spent 20 years in the British Army with his final postings being in Hong Kong and then with the United Nations in Cambodia. He arrived in Thailand in 1992 as the General Manager of the British Club and has been involved with the Club to a greater or lesser extent since that time. In 1995 David moved into the commercial security field with Guardforce as the General Manager and then became Managing Director for Chubb Thailand before moving into a regional role as Director with Securitas in 2010. David is now a security consultant with Vinarco International.

Sport is one of David's passions, with rugby a particular favourite. After playing the game for many years, David became a referee and now helps out on the management side of the sport here in Thailand.