The Chamber operates under the direction of an Executive Committee (EXCO) that meets monthly and comprises representatives from 12 corporate members plus two ex-officio members from the British Embassy (UKTI) and the British Council.
Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Country Head, Korea
Michael Reed is Country Head of the Korean operation of Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Fidelity's international business entity outside of the Americas. He is responsible for Fidelity's overall Korea business, across both the retail and institutional channels and a member of Asia Management Committee. Before Joining Fidelity, Michael was based in Hong Kong whilst serving as Chief Executive Officer of Standard Life Investments (Asia) Limited. Michael has also worked for many years with Franklin Templeton Investments in Asia where he held several senior management positions, including Country Head and Chief Representative for their Korean operations. Michael has lived in Asia for more than 22 years and is an active member of the British community in Seoul.
Market Entry Services Co., Ltd.
First did business in Korea in the mid-70s and has been resident since the early 80s. Set-up a British engineering company and managed 2 European pharmaceutical companies before founding Market Entry Services in 1997, which specialises in assisting foreign company entry to the Korean market.
Standard Chartered Korea
Chief Financial Officer, Standard Chartered Korea
HSBC – VP, Financial Institutions Group
Born in Seoul, Charlotte returned to Korean with HSBC in 2011 where she is responsible for local relationships with a selection of multi-national banks, broker-dealers, insurers, and asset managers. Prior to this, Charlotte spent worked for four years with HSBC in Latin America - primarily in Mexico and Colombia.
EDGE | Publicis Consultants
One of two founding Managing Partners of Edge│Publicis Consultants, a full-service corporate communications and public relations agency who has resided in Korea for 12 years. Is a member of the Royal Asiatic Society Korean Branch, FKCCI, Kiwi Chamber and AustCham. Seoul chapter leader of the alumni association of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Edwards Korea Ltd.
VP, Asia Finance
Gary joined Edwards in 1999 and has held senior finance and operational positions in UK, Singapore and Korea. He is currently VP - Finance & Administration for the Asia Pacific region and is also a special Ambassador for Foreign Investment for Chungnam Province in Korea
Grand Hilton Hotel
Executive Assistant Manager
Working as support to the General Manager, assisting all areas of the Hotel and mostly focusing on the Hilton related topics within the Hotel. Coming from a Chef/FB background I have now switched to the Rooms division side for valuable experience before taking the General Manager position here in Seoul.
Savills Korea Co. Ltd.
I work within our commercial leasing part of the business. In essence my role is to provide real estate transaction advisory services for multinational firms in Korea. We work closely with established companies and new market entrants as well as Korean companies with overseas real estate requirements. I am also responsible for assisting the regional corporate services team in Hong Kong on various projects including implementing best practices and service tools in Korea. As the only expat member of staff in Seoul, my role also often spills over into assisting other branches of the business including research and investment.
ERM Korea Ltd
Steve is the Managing Director of ERM Korea. ERM provides environmental consultancy services to both international and Korean companies and has had an office in Korea since 1999. Steve has over 24 years experience in waste and environmental, health and safety management in Europe and Asia. He is a Chartered Waste Manager with the United Kingdom’s Institute of Wastes Management. Steve first joined ERM in 1994 and has worked in both Hong Kong and Thailand before arriving in Korea in 2010.
Head of Trade & Investment
Douglas Barrett is presently Head of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul. He has spent the last 25 years working on Asia and Asia Pacific issues. Following postings in Manila and Islamabad, he was HM Consul in Mumbai from 1996 to 2000. He was a Commercial Officer and later Head of Trade and Investment in Shanghai from 2001 to2005. He then worked in private industry as Director for Asia Pacific at British Expertise, the UK’s premier trade organisation for the promotion of services. During his time at British Expertise Douglas organised and led six to eight trade missions a year to the Asia Pacific region, mostly to India and China.
Roland Davies is from Anglesey in North Wales. He has worked for the British Council in Brazil, Japan, UK and Singapore and took up his post in Korea as Country Director in 2009. He overseas the entire portfolio of British Council work in Korea which includes work in higher education, language teaching, qualifications, arts and design, climate change and social issues such as youth and community leadership.
British American Tobacco Korea
PMO for British American Tobacco (BAT) responsible for the development of BATK’s strategic leadership agenda and the oversight and governance of the projects and activities in place to deliver that vision.
Joan J. Chang
Kim & Chang
Assist domestic and foreign companies on regulatory issues (e.g., licensing, audit/examinations, and compliance with financial services laws/regulations); Provide strategic advices on all aspects of business operations in Korea.
I am a Director with KPMG, which is among the world’s largest providers of professional services including audit, tax, advisory, and consulting. KPMG has a strong British and Korean presence. I spent my first 9 years in Korea with KPMG Transaction Services and KPMG Corporate Finance, supporting international companies with M&A transactions and investments in Korea, and helping Korean companies with their investments abroad. Most recently I worked with an Australian company to secure over $1.5 billion in Korean investment into a large mining and infrastructure project. For the past year, I have been a relationship director with key KPMG Korea clients and establishing KPMG’s office in Mongolia.
Michael DiStasioServed for seven years as Chair of Governors at the Seoul Foreign British School.Received a MBE in 2012 for promoting British education in Korea.Will support the Chair and the committee in whatever capacity that is needed to help with events, activities and achieving the Chamber’s goals. Would be active in promoting closer ties with the Korean business community, and be an advocate for British education opportunities both in Korea, promoting British higher education to the Korean community, especially, as this solidifies the British-Korean business relationship enhancing cultural economic and emotional ties between these communities. Also with my experience of owning, operating and establishing a successful small British owned business in Korea, I hope to share that experience with other small businesses and support small Korean/British business development