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:
Jack Dunford MBE joined the British Club in 1978 and has now served as Chairman twice for two years, 30 years apart in both 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.
After 25 years in a variety of technical and management roles in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, Ali arrived in Thailand in 2002 as Regional Director Asia for British Engineering firm, Halcrow Group Ltd. In 2014, he launched his own engineering, project and construction management company, Arcadia Engineering. Ali has been a Member of the British Club since 2005, and served on the 2007/08 General Committee as Vice Chairman. He is also a Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, and Chairman of the BCB’s Property and Infrastructure Committee. He is often seen relaxing poolside with his wife, Andrea and their two children Nura and Omar.
Paul has been a Club Member since 1999 and has been Honorary Secretary from 2000-2003, 2006-2008, and 2010 -2015 and was again elected this year, having also served as 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 head-hunted by Royal Dutch Shell and went on to work in ten countries across Asia while based in Bangkok. Paul retired in 2004, and in 2005 was elected as an Honorary Alderman of the London Borough of Southwark, where he still keeps a home.
Graduate in Geology, UK, working initially in the offshore oil exploration industry before moving to the Jewellery industry and then into compliance and operations in fund management here in Bangkok. He is Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with an MBA from Manchester University. Member of the British Club for 17 years. Currently Member of the General Committee serving as Honorary Treasurer
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 children who enjoy the pool, lawns, and sticky rice at the Club.
Robert Brand has been a British Club Member since 1987, and enjoys many activities at the Club, including swimming, wine-tastings and quiz nights in the Churchill Bar. Although he has been active on various 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, and 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.
Jason has lived in Bangkok (this time around) since July 2015 with his wife and three children, working as the manager of ‘Asia for Intelligent Risks’, an Australian management services company that provides security and risk management advice to clients globally. 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.
Adrian’s career began in the accounting and business world, and he has been involved in works and cost accounting, internal auditing for a PLC group, chartered accounting, and has been a key member of a troubleshooting hit squad for systems and manufacturing streamlining. Adrian created the AESOP Hospitality Logistics Suite, which is now relied upon by the world’s largest businesses. Now retired but still active in many capacities, Adrian has been an active member of the British Club for a number of years and has helped the Club’s Cricket Section grow to its current strength.
David spent 20 years in the British Army with final postings 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 since that time. In 2010 David moved into a key regional role as Director at Securitas, before becoming 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.
Geoff Banks joined the British Club in 2012 upon his retirement from a career in automobile financing – primarily with the Volkswagen Group of Germany. His career took him to live in 9 countries 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. 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.