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Executive Committee 2013

The Society's committee has been very active in 2014. 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.

Orapin Dawson – Chair
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 Chair of the society in 2012.

Steve Buckley - Vice 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 new website sponsors) as their Asia Pacific Advisor. Steve is also current Chairman of the BCCT's UK Group and a keen golfer

Trevor Knox – Secretary/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.

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.

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

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.

Rongrucha Dykers-Sihasurakrai
Rongrucha has been living in England for over 30 years.  She graduated in English Literature from the University of London and worked at Camden Library.  At present she is working for Dr. Samuel Johnson's trust and The Charles Dickens Museum as a librarian.  She has been President of the Thai Music Circle (TMC) in the UK for the past eighteen years.

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 until 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 UK.  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.

Andrew Scadding
Andrew is the Director of Thai Children’s Trust, a UK charity which raises funds in Europe for Thai children’s charities.  During twelve years in the job he has visited Thailand many times and has developed a deep affection and respect for the country and the Thai people.

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 OgilvyPR she dealt with many leading international and local brands/ businesses before she came to London to take up an appointment of Editor-in-Chief of ThaiSmile Magazine - The first and one of the leading free 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.



Stephanie Zarach MA
As a business historian and corporate publisher, Stephanie has over twenty-five years experience in writing and managing publications for companies and firms in the City of London and abroad in Denmark, Hong Kong and elsewhere.   She now specialises in the maritime industry, writing both topical and historical articles and books, including an account of the Hong Kong  shipowners called Changing Places,as well as undertaking oral history projects.  She is currently a consultant editor to the new Hong Kong Maritime Museum which will open in February 2013.


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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