Board Members

Mr Peter Beynon FCA

Chairman

After graduating from Bristol University, Peter joined PwC’s London office and qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1981.

Post qualification he spent over 20 years with the Jardine Matheson group working in a number of senior finance and management roles in Asia and the Middle East, including significant periods in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. He worked as the Finance Director of several listed and private companies during which time he led a number of major corporate acquisitions and the development of joint venture business initiatives in emerging markets.

Peter then embarked on a career in consultancy, leveraging his diverse chartered accountancy skills in international and emerging market environments. He became the first non-family Managing Director of the esteemed Al Fahim Group based in Abu Dhabi in 2005, before joining as a partner of HBG in 2008, a Private Equity firm based in Dubai. In 2012 Peter was engaged and successfully led the expansion and further development of the ICAEW Middle East operations in the Middle East.

In 2014 Peter was re-engaged by the Jardine Matheson to head the Groups development of its business portfolio in Myanmar.

 

 

Ms Tina Singhsacha

Vice Chair

Tina joined Standard Chartered Bank in January 2007 in Corporate Affairs and moved to Singapore in April 2008 to join Regional CEO, SEA as his Business Planning Manager. Tina became the Chief of Staff to Regional CEO, Singapore & SEA in 2011 and was responsible for running of CEO office, Government and Regulatory Relations, Legal and Corporate Real Estate Services functions for Standard Chartered Bank Singapore.

Tina started her career with HSBC in 1995 as the management trainee and was trained on all aspects of Commercial Banking from Wholesale Banking, Global Markets, Trade Finance and Consumer Banking. She left HSBC to pursue MBA and switched career after the MBA to become a management consultant at Bain & Company in Singapore in 1999. At Bain, Tina led many strategy projects for many multinational and local companies across Asian countries from Vietnam, Thailand to Indonesia in many industries including FMCGs, Electronic and Banking. Upon her return to Thailand in 2001, Tina joined True Corporation in the Strategic Planning department and later moved to head the marketing team to help grow the broadband market and business in Thailand.

Tina has a Bachelor of Commerce from New South Wales, Sydney Australia and an MBA from Sasin Graduate International Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Her hobbies include scuba diving, reading and travelling.

Mr Michael Dean FCA

Treasurer

Mike is the co-founder and Finance Director of Myanmar Investments International Limited, the only Myanmar focused investment holding company listed on London’s AIM stock market.

Mike has 35 years of experience in the financial industry in investment banking, private equity and accounting. 25 of these years have been spent in Asia, principally Hong Kong, Singapore and, since 2013, Myanmar. Mike has held senior management positions with Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) including Head of its Investment Banking and co-Head of its Private Equity businesses; Director of PPMV Asia (the private equity arm of Prudential plc); and spend eight years as Chief Financial Officer for a global shipping group.

Mike is also a non-executive independent director of Singapore main board listed Delfi Limited. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. 

Mr Richard Emerson BSc MRICS

Secretary

Richard Emerson is the Managing Director of Emerson Real Estate (ERE Myanmar Ltd), an independent real estate advisory business, specialising in the Myanmar market.

Richard is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Valuer (MRICS), registered with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Throughout his career, Richard has gained more than 25 years of experience in international real estate markets, working in the UK and Vietnam, specialising in real estate investment and development transactions and funding, both as a consultant and a principal.

Richard has been based in Myanmar full time since 2013, having established and managed a new business for Savills Plc, one of the world’s largest real estate services companies. During this time, he developed a detailed knowledge of the market and strong client following, before leaving the company earlier this year to set up a new venture.

Since, launching, Emerson Real Estate has quickly established itself as the preferred adviser to a diverse range of local and international clients including land and building owners, developers, investors and corporate/governments occupiers. The company prides itself on providing well-reasoned, realistic and impartial advice based on its deep understanding of the local market, and strong research capabilities. 

Mr Peter Crowhurst

Member

Peter Crowhurst, a British national, is the head of Asset Management (Real Estate) for Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd a Singapore listed company that focuses its investments towards Myanmar. He is responsible for the operation and investment performance of the company’s real estate asset portfolio.

Prior to joining the company Peter spent ten years with ING Real Estate Investment Management (Part of the Dutch Banking Group) as Head of Asset Management for China and Country Manager for Taiwan managing assets for co-mingled funds and company balance sheet investments. He was also the real estate portfolio manager for ING Life for their real estate transactions in Taiwan.

His career to date has spanned more than 30 years to date and has worked in the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. He has extensive experience in all real estate asset classes that include managing full service hotels, retail centres, residential development & commercial as an operating General Manager and Asset Manager.

He holds full membership of the Institute of Hospitality the UK professional body for hospitality excellence studying at Ealing College London and Cornell University, New York.

Mr Antony Picon

Member

Tony has been living in Yangon since April 2012 and in the capacity of Managing Director at Colliers International in Myanmar from June 2013. He has been in charge of operations in the country including tenant and landlord representation, investment consultancy, research and project management for new developments. Tony was responsible for the first ever comprehensive Yangon Property Report which was released in mid-2011 just as the country was opening up.

Prior to Myanmar Tony was responsible for Thailand research operations at Colliers, producing a wide range of reports covering Bangkok and other markets as well as the first ever Vientiane Property Report for Laos in 2012. He also managed research for Savills in Vietnam covering Ho Chi Minh City and other southern Vietnamese cities.

In previous lives, Tony ran his own publishing businesses in Hong Kong spanning the handover in 1997, worked briefly for the Libyan Football Federation in Tripoli as a consultant, was corporate trainer for Airbus Industrie and Siemens in Germany, Lecturer of International Tourism Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany and Head of EFL language programs for Sylvan Learning Centre in Hong Kong.

He holds a B.A. (Hons) Politics at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and RSA TEFL Grade B.

Mr Nicholas Ramsden

Member

Nicholas Ramsden was born and grew up in Papua New Guinea, and worked in South Sudan for five years in aid project management on a UK Department for International Development (DFID) contract.  He arrived in Yangon in May 2014 to set up an office for Montrose, a social investment and development project management company, and grow the business in Myanmar and the Asia-Pacific region. 

Montrose provides social investment scoping, design and management services to the oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, hydro-power, and other commercial sectors, as well as project management and evaluation services for development agencies such as DFID and the UN – specialising in health, education, and enterprise development.  Nicholas registered the company in Myanmar, set up the office, and has been responsible for business development, project directorship of the regional work portfolio, and some of the consultancy work itself – in particular social investment project scoping and evaluation for Montrose’s extractive industry clients in Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.

Before coming to Myanmar, Nicholas was Team Leader of a £60m DFID Girls Education Programme in South Sudan, steering the programme through the outbreak of renewed civil war in the country in late 2013, and also worked on the design and management of other DFID projects in both South Sudan and Rwanda.  Nicholas brings a deep developing country contextual understanding to the Board, and is a keen advocate of the private sector’s role in both national level and social development, as well as responsible British investment as a transforming force in Myanmar.

Nicholas holds a BA in Modern History from Balliol College, University of Oxford, the MA (Oxon), and an MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Yangon, and runs with the Hash House Harriers.  

Mr Robin Scott

Member

Robin Scott is the General Counsel of City Mart Holding Co. Ltd. (CMHL), Myanmar’s leading retail group. CMHL operates over 150 retail stores across Myanmar under brands including City Mart supermarkets, Ocean hypermarkets, Seasons bakeries and cafés, City Care health & beauty stores and City Express convenience stores. Robin joined CMHL in May 2014 to establish and lead the Legal & Compliance Department for the group.

 

Prior to joining CMHL, Robin spent his career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the international law firm. Robin undertook his legal training in London and New York before qualifying into the corporate department in London. Robin advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, including public takeovers and private equity transactions, and equity capital markets deals. In December 2011, Robin moved to Freshfields’ Hong Kong office. Through his work on pan-Asian M&A and capital markets transactions, Robin began advising clients on their investments in Myanmar which ultimately led to his position with CMHL.

 

Robin holds an MA in law from the University of Cambridge. 

Ms Catherine Smith

Member

Catherine moved to Myanmar in March 2012 to establish a local office on behalf Anthem Asia, a private investment company.   She set up and managed on-the-ground operations and was responsible for identifying potential investee companies in Myanmar across a range of industries including tourism, marketing, business services, property, F&B, hospitality and recruitment.   In 2013, she led the complete development and management of Hintha Business Centre, which was awarded Myanmar’s Best Serviced Office Development by Asia Property Awards 2015.

Catherine established her own consultancy earlier this year to focus on supporting market entry and development for overseas and locally-based businesses.   She also sits on the board of Thahara Ltd, a local tourism joint venture, as a Non-Executive Director.

Previously, Catherine spent more than two decades establishing and managing businesses in Asia - Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and now Myanmar - and Europe - Russia, Norway and the UK.  She has led market entry strategies for global names such as Walt Disney and Warner Brothers and has extensive management and marketing experience in property, branded consumer products, publishing, and web and IT-service sectors.Catherine graduated in languages from University of Leicester, and studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and London Business School.

Mr Douglas Barnes

Member

As Director of Trade and Investment, Burma, Douglas’ responsibilities include leading and developing the Department of International Trade (DIT- formally UKTI) team in Burma to deliver and support the UK companies who are doing business or seeking to do business in the market, by helping these UK companies to develop and win new business.

Douglas has worked in DIT and its predecessor organisations for more than 20 years. Before taking up post in Yangon, during May 2016, Douglas was HM Consul General Ho Chi Minh City and Director of DIT Vietnam and before that he was head of the Advanced Engineering and Mass Transport team, based in Beijing, in DIT China.

Other DIT positions he held include: Head of the Environmental Industries Sector Unit; Head of North African Section; and Deputy Head of the North American Section, in DIT’s Fairs and promotion Branch, all at DIT HQ in London.