Simon is Chair of LCBA since 2012. He has been the Director for LCBA over a decade ago and he is very well-known in the Liverpool Chinese Community. Apart from running a busy Chinese cash and carry business in Chinatown more than 20 years, he has also been supporting many Chinese organisations in Liverpool by acting on a senior management role.
Ming Wang is a Bilingual Employment and Training Officer employed by Liverpool City Council, based in Pagoda Chinese Community Centre. She is a qualified and experienced advice and guidance officer and has a Master Degree in Business with Information Technology. Ming speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin which are extremely useful when she assists members of the Chinese Community for job search and job match support. Ming has excellent understanding of the barriers that exist for unemployed and underemployed people in the Chinese community, who wish to enter, re-enter or improve their access to the labour market; educate employers on the steps needed to recruit Chinese staff. In the past few years she has been actively involved in the community events and projects such as Safer Food Better Business and Community Research in Mental Health
Mark is the Assistant Coordinator of the Chinese Carers Network which is one of the project managed by Merseyside Chinese Community Development Association (MCCDA). His work involves coordinating and developing the service for the elderly people of the Chinese community. Mark understands the needs of the community in particular social care and issues about Chinese families. He has been part of the working group of Liverpool Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations since 2005.
Mr Brian Wong was appointed as Justice of the Peace since 1994 and became Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Merseyside since 2002. Brian is one of the founding members and Chief Executive of the Liverpool Chinatown Business Association till 2007. He had graduated from Business Studies (Hon) in the 80s. Brian had gained huge practical experience and knowledge in organising and running catering including retail businesses; but he is also very fond of changing his career direction. He went to teach ‘A Level Economics’ in local college for 5 years. Then he took the Mid-term Career Training Bursary in 1989 and gained his Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics and finally finished his MA Economics in Manchester University. In his MA Dissertation he studied and based all the research in China’s Economic Reforms since 1978 with Special Reference to Guangdong Province. After his graduation,he had travelled extensively and visited many big businesses and organisations all over China and Hong Kong. Hence he is very knowledge in Chinese business concept and behaviour and maintaining a huge networks in China.
Wilson Lau had a successful career in catering sector before he became Technical Administrator in Pine Court Housing Association. His first housing job was with Liverpool Housing Trust through the Positive Action Training programme which runs by voluntary organisation to give him a doorway into mainstream employment. Wilson feels that engaging community is one of the most important parts of housing regeneration, and understanding and participation deliver a sustainability community. Wilson is also involved in helping Wirral Multicultural Organisation and Sefton Equality Partnership as volunteer. He hopes this will help raising the Chinese community profile.
Chris is a qualified architect in both Singapore and the UK. He has a keen interest in Liverpool's urban regeneration and in particular the physical transformation of the Chinatown area. Several of his current projects involve bringing derelict and underused buildings in Chinatown back into use for both the community and local businesses. Chris is an active participant in the Chinese New Year Celebrations and an enthusiastic lion dancer!
Winnie works as the Office Administrator for a voluntary organization and she has been working voluntarily as a Chinese language tutor for a local Chinese community language school. She is fluently in Chinese and English; and she is passionate about supporting the Liverpool Chinese Community.
Jack Cai is Managing Director of KL Trading (UK) LTD - that is specialised in import and export retail goods between UK and China. Jack is an electronic specialist and he has a master degree in Business Administration (Information Technology). Before he became the CEO of the company, Jack was a project manager of two Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects. He was responsible for managing designing and implementing business information systems to enhance their practices and knowledge. At the LCBA, Jack is the Overseas Chinese Business Consultant and the role aims to establish and maintain trade links with parts of China.
Carol is currently based in China as our Shanghai Correspondent. When Carol was in Liverpool, she workes as a bilingual travel guide in the charity organisation Bradbury Fields, co-ordinating Merseytravel's ToGo project which promotes independent living and social inclusion amongst the visually impaired, especially those from the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. Apart from her work on ToGo project, she also produced, in partnership with other Chinese organisations, the bimonthly Chinese talking newspaper for blind and partially sighted Chinese people all over the country. Originally an anaesthetist and later studied public health, Carol has worked as a freelance interpreter/translator, Mandarin language tutor in St. Helen's Carmel College and health tutor in Hope University. Carol's other involvement with the Chinese community includes working with LCBA as a Life in the UK Citizenship test trainer in 2007.
Benny Zhu's experience of working in the Liverpool Community consists of community social care, news and media, business development and art and culture. After qualified from Business Administration, in 2006 Benny worked as Supervisor in the Liverpool Chinese Elderly Luncheon Club as part of social and welfare projects managed by Merseyside Chinese Community Development Association (MCCDA). In addition to his management role within the project, he also took part the organisation of a digital oral history project documenting Liverpool Chinatown by the Liverpool John Moores University. With his knowledge and experience of the local Chinese Community, Benny further pursued his career as Co-Editor of an award-winning Bilingual Chinese Newspaper Silk Road News, another project by MCCDA. In 2009 he began working in the community as freelance interpreter particularly for Chinese elderly living in Merseyside as well as set up his own catering business. In 2013 Benny decided to enhance his experience of serving the local Chinese community by studying full time degree course in sociology. He also expanded his community participation by working voluntarily at the Liverpool Chinese Business Association. He involved in the hosting of official overseas businesses and academic delegations from Hong Kong and Mainland China; as well as managing the annual city-wide Liverpool Chinese New Year celebrations. Benny has just graduated from the degree course and his now studies at postgraduate level of Business Administration in human resource management at Edge Hill University.