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ACRU 2021

FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021 │ 6 ECPD POINTS

Speakers & Chairs
arranged in order of appearance
  • Gillian Meller FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP) is currently the Legal and Governance Director of MTR Corporation Ltd (Stock Code: 66). Ms Meller is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal, company secretarial, insurance and risk management functions and a central procurement and supply chain function. She is also responsible for leading the Company’s assurance function with the aim of providing a strengthened second line of defence across key risk areas of the Company.

    Ms Meller has been a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS) and The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) since 2016. Ms Meller is currently the President of HKICS. Prior to becoming the HKICS President, she was a Vice-President from March 2018 and the Chairman of the Professional Development Committee from 2018 to 2019. She has also served as a member of the Company Secretaries Panel since 2013.

    Ms Meller graduated from Hertford College, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography. She then obtained her postgraduate qualifications in law from The College of Law in Guildford, the United Kingdom. She also completed the Stanford Executive Programme at Stanford University, United States of America, in 2010. Ms Meller is qualified to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales. She is a Member of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform in Hong Kong and a Vice Chairman of the Legal Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

  • Christopher Hui was appointed the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 22 April 2020. Mr Hui serves on the boards of Mass Transit Railway Corporation Ltd, Hong Kong Airport Authority and also as the Chairman of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.

    Prior to his appointment, Mr Hui was the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council. He spent 13 years at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, having been the Managing Director for Market Development and Head of Project Management and also in various senior roles in Listing and Market Development. He also worked for a number of multi-national companies in the private sector. He started his career as an Administrative Officer in the Government in 1999 and served in the Economic Development Branch, the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing and the Home Affairs Department.

    Mr Hui previously held a number of public roles including Councillor of the City University of Hong Kong, Member of the Mandatory Provident Fund Authority Process Review Panel, Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing Review Committee and also Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Disciplinary Panel.

    Mr Hui holds Bachelor and Master (Hon) Degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and Master of Business Administration Degree from INSEAD. He also attended the Stanford Executive Programme (SEP).

  • Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB)
  • Joseph Chan was appointed the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 16 August 2017.

    Mr Chan has many years of senior executive experience in the banking industry. He was a Managing Director in the Global Markets Division of Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, and was a Managing Director in Financial Markets of Standard Chartered Bank.

    Prior to joining the Government, Mr Chan held multiple roles in a number of public and professional bodies, including Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts, Director of Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute, Advisor of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society, as well as a General Committee member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Mr Chan was also a member of the Central & Western District Council.

    Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Hon) and Psychology from the University of Michigan, USA. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Gillian Meller FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP) is currently the Legal and Governance Director of MTR Corporation Ltd (Stock Code: 66). Ms Meller is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal, company secretarial, insurance and risk management functions and a central procurement and supply chain function. She is also responsible for leading the Company’s assurance function with the aim of providing a strengthened second line of defence across key risk areas of the Company.

    Ms Meller has been a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS) and The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) since 2016. Ms Meller is currently the President of HKICS. Prior to becoming the HKICS President, she was a Vice-President from March 2018 and the Chairman of the Professional Development Committee from 2018 to 2019. She has also served as a member of the Company Secretaries Panel since 2013.

    Ms Meller graduated from Hertford College, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography. She then obtained her postgraduate qualifications in law from The College of Law in Guildford, the United Kingdom. She also completed the Stanford Executive Programme at Stanford University, United States of America, in 2010. Ms Meller is qualified to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales. She is a Member of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform in Hong Kong and a Vice Chairman of the Legal Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

  • Companies Registry (CR)
  • Ida Lee is the Deputy Registry Manager of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers of the Companies Registry. She is responsible for the overall administration of the Registry for Trust and Company Service Providers.

    Roger Wong is the Deputy Registry Manager of the Company Formation and Deregistration Division of the Companies Registry. The Company Formation and Deregistration Division comprises the New Companies Section and the Deregistration Section and Mr Wong is responsible for the overall administration of the Division.

    Ernest Lee FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP) is a Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS), and the Chairman of HKICS's Audit Committee. Mr Lee also represents HKICS on the Services Advisory Committee of the Official Receiver's Office.

    Mr Lee is a Technical Partner of Deloitte China. He has extensive experience in auditing and providing technical advice on accounting and auditing related matters in a variety of industries in the Asia-Pacific Area.

    Mr Lee is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). He actively participates in financial reporting standard setting activities in Hong Kong. He is the Chairman of the HKICPA’s Financial Reporting Standards Committee, and a member of various Advisory Panels of the HKICPA, including the HKICPA’s Companies Ordinance (Financial Reporting) Advisory Panel. He was a member of the Review Panel for the HKICPA’s Best Corporate Governance Disclosures Awards for more than 10 years. Mr Lee had provided technical support to the Risk-Based Financial Statements Review Programme of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and to the HKICPA’s Professional Standards Monitoring Panel for a number of years. He is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel of the FRC.

    Mr Lee also serves as an Advisor to the Master of Accounting programme of Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (PCPD)
  • Ada Chung was appointed as the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong with effect from September 2020.

    Ms Chung was qualified as a barrister-at-law and a Certified Public Accountant. She has solid legal expertise and abundant administrative experience. Before her appointment as the Privacy Commissioner, Ms Chung was the Registrar of Companies and had held various posts in the Department of Justice, including Principal Government Counsel and Deputy Law Officer (Civil Law). In her role as the Registrar of Companies, she contributed significantly to the rewrite of the Companies Ordinance in Hong Kong and she spearheaded the implementation of the new Companies Ordinance in Hong Kong.

    Joyce Lai is currently the Acting Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Enforcement) of the PCPD. Ms Lai joined the PCPD in 2004 and is experienced in leading her team to conduct compliance checks, investigations, and inspections, etc. to enforce and promote compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.

    Prior to joining the PCPD, Ms Lai worked for the Listing Division of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, the Compliance Division of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange Ltd and the Audit Division of Arthur Anderson & Co. She holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland, Australia. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong and Australia.

    Paul Stafford FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP) is the Corporation Secretary, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd and Regional Head, Corporate Governance for HSBC Asia-Pacific.

    Mr Stafford joined HSBC in London in 1997 and moved to Hong Kong in 2010. He went back to the UK in 2018 for family reasons and returned to Hong Kong in January 2020.

    At HSBC, Mr Stafford is responsible for leading a team of more than 80 governance professionals that support Boards and Directors throughout Asia-Pacific. He also has responsibilities for HSBC Holdings plc’s primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

    From 1997–2010, Mr Stafford worked for the HSBC Group holding company, HSBC Holdings plc, in London. From 2004, he was Deputy Group Company Secretary, leading a team to support the corporate governance of the Board and Committees, compliance with continuing obligations arising from stock exchange listings in London, Hong Kong, the US, France and Bermuda, and managing several complex corporate actions.

    Mr Stafford holds a BA Honours Degree in Modern History from the University of Liverpool. He qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1990 and as an Associate of The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators; ICSA) in 1996. He was admitted as a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute and The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS) in 2013.

    Mr Stafford was a Council Member of HKICS from April 2014 to February 2018. At various times during that period, he also served as a Vice-President of HKICS, Chairman of the Professional Development Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Membership Committee and the Company Secretaries Panel, Convenor of the ICSA/HKICS Name Working Group and a member of the Human Resources Committee. He was also a member of the international Council of The Chartered Governance Institute from 2015 to February 2018.

    Mr Stafford is currently a Vice-President, member of the Professional Development Committee, Company Secretaries Panel, Investment Strategy Task Force and Convenor of the Rebranding Working Group of HKICS.

  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX)
  • Patrick Yu is currently a Senior Vice President in the Listed Issuer Regulation of the Listing Division. Before joining HKEX, Mr Yu worked in an international investment bank in Hong Kong dealing with equity settlement and risk management matters and in an international accounting firm in Hong Kong providing audit and advisory services. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration from The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the United States.

    Jeffrey Ho is currently an Assistant Vice President in the Listed Issuer Regulation of the Listing Division. Before joining HKEX, Mr Ho worked in a Big4 audit firm in Hong Kong for over eight years providing assurance services to listed and private companies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree major in Accounting and Finance from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

    William Wong joined HKEX in 2000 and is the Head of Accounting Affairs Department of the Listing Division responsible for accounting and auditing matters, including the Exchange’s financial statements review program. Mr Wong is a fellow member of the HKICPA and is also a member of the HKICPA Financial Reporting Standards Committee, the Auditing and Assurance Standards Committee and the Professional Standards Monitoring Expert Panel.

    Jon Witts is the Head of Enforcement in the Listing Division of HKEX. Mr Witts has 20 years of experience relating to financial services disputes, investigations and regulatory enforcement matters, including over 11 years as a solicitor in private practice with Allen & Overy, and seven years as Head of Litigation & Legal Investigations, Asia-Pacific for the BNP Paribas group. He joined HKEX in 2019 to establish and support the Listing Review Committee, before taking up his current role in Enforcement in 2020. He read law at the University of Cambridge, and is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, a solicitor advocate in England & Wales, and a CEDR-accredited mediator.

    Kelly Lee joined HKEX in 2013. Ms Lee has been working in the Policy and Secretariat Services Unit of the Listing Division, and has been involved in HKEX’s major listing policy initiatives in recent years. Prior to joining HKEX, she was a senior associate practicing corporate and securities law in Hong Kong with a leading international law firm. Ms Lee graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Law) and a bachelor’s degree in Laws, and is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and in England & Wales.

    Edith Shih FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP)(PE) is Executive Director and Company Secretary of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd, a Fortune 500 company with operations in over 50 countries. Ms Shih has been with the CK Hutchison Group for over 30 years, overseeing legal, regulatory, corporate finance and compliance matters of the Group. In addition, she serves as Director and Company Secretary of subsidiaries and associated companies of the CK Hutchison Group, overseeing the management of such businesses, including listed companies in Hong Kong, London, New York, Singapore and Sydney.

    Ms Shih is the Immediate Past International President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI). She is Past President and was Chairman and member of various Committees and Panels of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS), currently chairing the Nomination Committee and CGI/HKICS Name Working Group.

    Ms Shih holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Arts (Education) from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Arts (TESOL) degree and a Master of Education (Applied Linguistics) degree from Columbia University, New York. She is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Victoria, Australia. She is in addition a Fellow of CGI and HKICS with both Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional designations. She also holds a Practitioner's Endorsement issued by HKICS.

    In addition to her professional work, Ms Shih is also involved in numerous panels and committees of public services, regulatory and professional bodies. She is the Chairman of the Process Review Panel of The Financial Reporting Council, a member of the Council, Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee and Knowledge Transfer Committee of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Trustee of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York. Further, she is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications as well as Deputy Chairman of its Finance Committee and Chairman of the Task Force on Governance and Administration Review; and a member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, the Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme Vetting Committee and the Executive Committee and Council of Hong Kong Management Association and Helping Hand.

    Ms Shih was a member of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, a member of the Listing Committee of Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd (SEHK) of HKEX and a Council member of HKICPA.

  • Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)
  • Benjamin Cheuk is Director of the Corporate Finance Division of the SFC. Mr Cheuk joined the Commission in April 1996. He used to be a member of the Takeovers Team, which regulates takeovers, mergers and share repurchases, before he was transferred to the new Corporate Regulation Team (now known as the Post IPO Team) in late 2013. The Post IPO Team aims to ensure that listed corporations disclose the right information to investors at the right time and identify corporate misconduct within the scope of the Securities and Futures Ordinance. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr Cheuk had been an equity analyst for eight years.

    Jennifer Lee has been working in the SFC for more than 15 years. Ms Lee is Director of the Corporate Finance Division in the SFC, mainly responsible for corporate regulatory and listing-related policy matters. Previously held positions in an international audit firm and investment banks, she has extensive regulatory experience in the corporate finance field.

    Kenneth Luk is a Senior Director of the Enforcement Division of the SFC. Mr Luk joined the SFC in 1998 and has 23 years of experience in securities regulation and enforcement. He currently heads a team of investigators specialising in corporate fraud and misconduct investigations.

    David Simmonds FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP) is a Vice-President of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS), the Chairman of Membership Committee, Company Secretaries Panel and Competition Law Interest Group. Mr Simmonds is a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) and HKICS.

    Mr Simmonds is the Group General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Company Secretary of CLP Holdings Ltd (Stock code: 2).

    Mr Simmonds is responsible for the corporate secretarial affairs of CLP Holdings Ltd and its subsidiaries along with the Group’s corporate governance practices. He leads an experienced and dedicated team of company secretarial professionals.

    As the Group General Counsel, Mr Simmonds leads a team of lawyers who provide strategic advice and counsel to CLP Holdings Ltd and its subsidiaries. He has extensive infrastructure experience advising on strategic acquisitions and divestments, projects and construction, corporate structuring, regulatory issues and competition laws.

    As the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Simmonds is responsible for the Group’s climate change strategy, property development and management activities, insurance services and special projects of the Chief Executive Officer.

    At HKICS, Mr Simmonds has served as a Chairman of the Company Secretaries Panel since 2019 and a Chairman of the Technical Consultation Panel (Competition Law Interest Group) since 2016. He was a member of Technical Consultation Panel from 2016 to 2019. He has also been a speaker at a number of HKICS seminars.

    Mr Simmonds holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.