General Committee

 

The Club elects a General Committee of eight to ten members each March at the Annual General Meeting. The General Committee for 2016/17 is:

 

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Jack Dunford

Chairman

 

Jack Dunford MBE has been an active Member of the British Club for 38 years, and has previously served on the General Committee many times including as Chairman. 

Jack brought up two kids running around the British Club and has given up squash to preserve his knees, but is still a regular cricketer, Fitness Centre and poolside user. 

A keen humanitarian and historian, these days  ‘retired’ in Bangkok, Jack is now researching and writing a book on Thailand, Burma and Aid politics, having run an NGO for 30 years taking care of up 250,000 refugees and displaced people from Burma.

 

       
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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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Dr Chris Stanford

Honorary Secretary

 

A Member of the British Club since 2004, Dr Chris Stanford served on the General Committee from 2007 to 2011, and as Honorary Secretary from 2009 to 2011.

He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist history and philosophy at the World Buddhist University and also lectures in Buddhist history at Mahidol University in Salaya, and at Chula University. His current research involves the history of Buddhist relations with Islam. He consults to the Religious Affairs Department, Thai Ministry of Culture.

Chris enjoys photography and exploring the rich heritage of Thailand’s many historical ruins.

       
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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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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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Dr Nick Day 

General Committee

 

Dr Nick Day has been in Thailand and a Member of the British Club since the beginning of 2003, and has also in the past been a General Committee member for 5 years. 

Nick is an infectious diseases physician, based at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit here in Bangkok, where he conducts research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases in mainly poor communities across the region.

He enjoys both the Clubhouse and the Poolside, and loves the convivial atmosphere traditionally experienced in all areas of Club life.

     

 

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Colin Hastings

General Committee

 

A member of the British Club for 40 years, Colin is the owner / publisher of The BigChilli, Thailand's premier magazine for expatriates. Originally from London, Colin is a career journalist, having worked for local and national newspapers including the Daily Express before coming to Thailand in 1974. He also worked for the Sunday Times. While in this country, Colin was employed on two separate occasions for the Bangkok Post for a total of 13 years.

A keen sportsman, Colin has represented the British Club at squash, soccer, cricket and was a founding member of the Club's rugby team in 1983. He is a family man with four daughters.

       
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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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Andrew Spedding

General Committee

 

Andrew arrived in Bangkok 15 years ago and has been a Member since 2001.  An active member of the Cricket Section for more than 10 years, Andrew is also on both the Human Resources and House & Grounds sub-committees.

For the past 20 years Andrew has worked with multinational organisations servicing the oil & gas exploration and mining industry as a Regional Quality, Health & Safety Manager mostly in Asia & Middle East locations, more recently as a consultant to those industries spending most of his time developing, designing, implementing and auditing Integrated Health, Safety, Environmental, Security & Quality Management Systems.

Andrew is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 

       
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Paul Williams

General Committee

 

Paul Williams is a Regional Transport Planning Consultant with SYSTRA MVA (Thailand) Ltd, and Proprietor of Williams Integrated Transport Solutions (Registered in Hong Kong). He has been based in South East Asia for 35 years (initially in Hong Kong, and since 1995 in Bangkok), and has been involved in numerous urban public transport improvement projects in cities throughout SE Asia and China.

A member of the British Club since 1995, Paul previously served on the General Committee in 2003-2005 and has been Treasurer of the Tennis Section on several occasions in the past.  Involved for several years in a local Live Music bar, and organiser of several BRITSTOCK Music Festivals on the back lawn, Paul can sometimes be found on the tennis courts, and more often in the Churchill Bar.