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Meet the Executive Committee

David Fall CMG – Honorary President

After graduating in Modern History from New College, Oxford, followed by Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua-New Guinea (through which he met his wife, Gwendolyn), David spent 36 years in the Diplomatic Service from 1971 to 2007. He and Gwendolyn served in Thailand in the 1970s, 1990s and from 2003 to 2007 when David was British Ambassador (concurrently to Laos). Other overseas postings included South Africa, Australia and Vietnam (as Ambassador). David speaks rusty Thai, French and Afrikaans. His post-retirement roles have included Chair of the Anglo-Thai Society, Vice-Chair of the British Red Cross, Vice-Chair of the Royal Over-Seas League, and teaching English to migrants. David and Gwendolyn live in Wiltshire. They have three sons and five grandchildren.

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. 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).

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 & 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 disability policy in Thailand. Charlie has worked for the Royal Thai Embassy as a researcher and for the Thai Office of Educational Affairs as an advisor on disability policy. More recently, Charlie’s path has led her to the non-profit sector, where she has worked with two charities: Safe Child Thailand and For Life Thailand, where she is now Managing Director. She has been a member of ATS since 2010 and joined the Executive Committee in 2015.

Saipin Lee

Saipin Lee has a wealth of experience in business and hospitality industry. She graduated with MBA from Hull and MSC in Real Estate from Reading. Saipin is also a Vice Chair of The Association of Thai Business in UK, a non- profit organisation that promotes and supports Thai business.

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.

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.

Dr John Luckit

John came to England in 1965 and went to John Fisher boarding school in Surrey. After completing his schooling he started his medical training and graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1981. He has worked at several hospitals in the UK and abroad but has now retired from his Consultant Haematologist NHS post at the North Middlesex Hospital, London. He remains in private practice at local BMI hospitals in north London. He was a member of a Guideline Development Group for National institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is now a Committee member of the Anticoagulation Specialist Association. He is also currently an active member of the Pathology Council, Royal Society of Medicine and has been a member of the Anglo-Thai Society since 2001.

Mr David Ledlie

David is a highly respected and experienced Chairman and Chief Executive with over 35 years UK & International experience covering all aspects of the oil industry in the industry’s largest company, ExxonMobil. He joined Esso in London in 1968 and held various positions in the UK and Ireland including Operations Director and Retail Director of Esso UK plc before moving overseas with ExxonMobil as Director of Esso Australia and Exxon Chemicals Australia. He then moved to Thailand as Chairman and CEO of Esso Thailand plc and President of Esso Exploration and Production (Khorat) Inc. Six years in Thailand was followed by a move to Norway as President and CEO of Esso Norge AS and finally to Brussels as Regional Director, ExxonMobil Europe/FSU. He is a past Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce of Norway and a former Council Member of the European American Industrial Council. After retiring in 2004, he continues to live spend his time between Surrey and Spain and regular return trips to Thailand.

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.