Our Board

Mind HK’s Board is responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board is accountable for everything we do, including setting our strategic direction.

We have 11 Board Members and 12 Advisors. We aim to have a Board which reflects our diverse communities; many of whom have direct experience of mental health problems.

Board Members

Dr Lucy Lord

Executive Chair

Dr. Lucy is an Obstetrician and a founding Partner of Central Health Medical Practice and has lived in Hong Kong for the past 30 years. Together with the partners and doctors at Central Health she set up the Patient Care Foundation Limited (PCF) Central Health’s charitable foundation which works to improve access to medical care for vulnerable people within Hong Kong.

The PCF helps Central Health’s doctors, nurses and midwives work with Christian Action to provide free health care to refugees. The PCF supports Central Health’s doctors in providing pro bono medical care to Pathfinders particularly looking after pregnant non entitled domestic helpers.

The PCF, Dr Lucy Lord and Dr Rulin Fuong were the start-up donors for a new mental health charity working with Mind UK to launch Mind Hong Kong (Mind HK). Mind HK improves awareness of mental health through its training programmes, campaigns, and bilingual mental health information. Its website resources, youth programmes and information exchanges support individuals and their families coping with mental illness and other charities involved in frontline mental health services.

In November 2017, funded by the HKJCCT, the PCF co-organised an international mental health conference with the purpose of destigmatising mental illness in Hong Kong. This year, Mind HK, in partnership with KELY Support Group, will be launching a youth mental health initiative, Coolminds, which will provide training and online resources for parents, teachers, and students; Coolminds’s whole-school approach is currently being piloted across schools in Hong Kong. The PCF works on many other patient advocacy projects.

Charlotte Chan

Charlotte was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently studies Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong. She first joined Mind HK as a volunteer in 2018 whilst taking a leave of absence from her studies, where she witnessed the importance of community engagement initiatives in knowledge exchange and de-stigmatization. Upon her return to university, she began working part-time as a staff member on Mind HK’s youth mental health programs. In her role as Coolminds Website Project Coordinator, she contributed towards Coolminds’ social media, blog and content development. She also led the Coolminds Youth Advisory Committee and helped plan the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference and Youth Summit, which engaged adolescents in a series of mental health activities and talks. From her own lived experiences of navigating mental health care under Hong Kong’s academic and social pressures, Charlotte is a dedicated advocate for increased understanding of youth mental health, striving to make prevention and support more accessible to all. Through education and empowerment, she hopes to promote healthy conversations and shift the way mental health is viewed, understood, and discussed by youth and those around them.

Dr Maxine Cheung

Dr Maxine Cheung was raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She holds a physiotherapy degree from the University of Melbourne and obtained her medical degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Specializing in psychiatry, she is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a psychiatry fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. Maxine has worked in both the public and private sectors of Hong Kong. She is also actively working with organizations such as Christian Action, RUN and Justice Centre Hong Kong in offering mental health services to asylum seekers and refugees.

Through her work with a range of clients, Maxine has been humbled and encouraged by the resilience displayed by individuals in the face of various challenges and threats to well-being. Attaining mental health is a unique journey for everyone, but it is one that does not have to be done alone. Maxine hopes Mind HK can be a platform where those on this journey of recovery and self-discovery can find support, compassion and courage along the way.

Marc Convery

Marc is currently a portfolio manager for his family office. He is one of the pioneers of proprietary high frequency day trading during the internet boom in the late 90’s. He has written many trading algorithms for his own funds and for consulting other financial institutions. e.g. Investment Banks, Central Banks and Hedge Funds. He is an entrepreneur at heart and has been in many different industries including fashion and restaurant business. Now he has ventured into physical rehabilitation and performance training sector.

Marc has spent ample time advocating for mental illness awareness, and is eager to continue destigmatizing mental health and addiction in Hong Kong.

Yvette Kong

Yvette Kong is a Hong Kong competitive swimmer, who represented Hong Kong in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is currently ranking within the top 50 in 50M and 100M breaststroke and is a Hong Kong record holder of 5 individual and 3 relay events. She currently works at McKinsey & Company, while training on as a professional athlete on the side.

She holds both a personal and academic interest in mental health. She received her Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley; she has spoken passionately about the importance of talking about mental health and vulnerability at TedX Hong Kong, HKU, Renaissance College, the Hong Kong Mental Health Conference 2017 and more. She is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Changing Young Lives Foundation, where she has helped raise awareness for underprivileged children.

Sheena Liang

As Executive Director at Magusta Group, Sheena is responsible for the real estate firm’s London portfolio of assets. Earlier in her career, Sheena was a journalist covering the people and parties in high society and all manner of luxury lifestyle. She wrote for titles such as Prestige, Centurion, The Peninsula magazine. At 30, she became the youngest ever Editor of Hong Kong Tatler. Sheena currently serves as a Director of the Keel Foundation.

Sheena is excited to join the board of Mind Hong Kong having seen first hand the importance of mental health awareness and education.

Daryl Ng Win-kong, SBS, JP

Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong, SBS, JP, is Deputy Chairman Sino Group, one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong.

The Group has been involved in more than 250 projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Australia, spanning a total area of over 130 million sq ft. It is also a key player in hotel and hospitality. The growing hotel portfolio encompasses over 4,000 guest rooms and suites in 11 award-winning hotels across Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Mr Ng provides strategic directions for the Group as it builds a better community under its mission of Creating Better Lifescapes.

Mr Ng is a steadfast advocate of good causes for the betterment of the community. In addition to driving and actively participating in community services, he spearheaded the launch of the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards in 2013 in collaboration with South China Morning Post, and serves on the judging panel of the annual award celebrating Hong Kong’s unsung heroes.

To better support the long-term, sustainable development of Hong Kong and promote positivity, he has founded the Hong Kong-ASEAN Foundation, the Hong Kong Community Foundation and the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation.

Mr Ng is enthusiastic about supporting the youth, and has initiated a wide range of undertakings conducive to youth development such as Go Code, Sino Junior Reporter Programme, Hospitality Young Leaders Programme and Hong Kong Science Fair to empower the young generations.

In 2008, the Ng Family set up the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF) to revitalise buildings and promote the appreciation of heritage conservation. Tai O Heritage Hotel, converted from the Grade II historic building Old Tai O Police Station, was opened in March 2012.

Mr Ng strongly believes in engaging the community in heritage conservation.

Since opening, the hotel has welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors from Hong Kong and around the world, and has received over 30 accolades. Notable example includes the Award of Merit at the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, becoming Hong Kong’s first UNESCO-awarded hotel.

His other cultural heritage projects include the restoration of the Great Wall and Yanxi Gong (Palace of Prolonging Happiness) in Beijing, The Fullerton Heritage in Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in Australia.

The Ng Family set up the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (‘NTFCF’) in 2010 in memory of the late founder of Sino Group, Mr Ng Teng Fong. The NTFCF has donated to over 300 local non-governmental organisations, universities and social enterprises. The NTFCF established the Ng Teng Fong Scholarships in 2015 to provide financial aid for outstanding secondary and university students from underprivileged families in Mainland China and Hong Kong; more than 3,000 students have received scholarships since launch.

Other major offices
Yeo Hiap Seng Limited (SGX: Y03), Chairman
Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation, Chairman
Hong Kong-ASEAN Foundation, Chairman
Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, Director
Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, Director
Hong Kong-ASEAN Foundation, Chairman
Hong Kong Innovation Foundation, Chairman
Hong Kong Community Foundation, Chairman

Public services
Global Leadership Council of Columbia University in the City of New York, Member
The 12th and 13th Beijing Municipal Committees of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Member
Hong Kong United Youth Association, President
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Member of the Board
Cyberport, Member of Advisory Panel
Our Hong Kong Foundation, Adviser
Hong Kong Chronicles Institute, Council Member
Estate Agents Authority of HKSAR, Member
Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong, Council Member
Mind Hong Kong, Member of the Board
The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Director
Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, Member of the Council
Hong Kong Management Association, Council Member
M Plus Museum Limited, Member of the Board
The University of Hong Kong, Member of the Council
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Member of the Court
Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, Director
National Heritage Board of Singapore, Member
NUS Medicine International Council of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore, Member
Singapore Management University International Advisory Council, Member

Qualifications
Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development (Columbia University)
Bachelor of Arts (Columbia University)
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Savannah College of Art and Design)
Honorary Fellowship (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Honorary Fellowship (Hong Kong Metropolitan University)

The HKSAR Government awarded Silver Bauhinia Star to him in 2021 in recognition of his contributions to the community, in particular his work on heritage in Tai O and overseas. He was honoured with the Insignia of Knight in the National Order of Merit by the French Government in 2021 for his contributions to heritage conservation and youth development.

Olivia Parker

Olivia Parker joined the board of Mind Hong Kong in May 2018. She cares deeply about the mental health conversation and movement here but her ‘real job’ is as a journalist – she currently works as an editor on the International Edition of The New York Times.

A Brit from various parts of Britain, she moved to Hong Kong from London in January 2017 in search of adventure and travel and to learn about Asia from one of its most exciting cities. In London, she worked as a commissioning editor at the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Weekend’, the paper’s flagship Saturday supplement.

Ann Pearce

Ann is founder of the Weez Project which is dedicated to improving the mental health well-being of young people and to youth suicide prevention.

Ann was Chief Operating Officer at ESF Educational Services from 2006-2017 where she led Hong Kong’s largest after school sports and language learning programme and ESF’s network of five kindergartens.

Prior to joining the education sector, Ann spent 19 years with HSBC in the UK and Hong Kong. She held senior managerial positions in personal financial services and insurance.

Dee Poon

Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group, a knowledge-based innovation
company that continuously pushes for positive change in the textile and apparel business, expanding into new
territory to evolve with the industry and its customers.

Dee is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong) and M Plus Museum Limited.
She is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Asia Center (Cambridge, MA),
the Family Advisory Council of the Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd, as well as on the Global Steering Committee of
Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (Hong Kong & London). She serves on The Conference Board’s Asia
Corporate Leadership Council. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation.
In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of the
Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program.

Actively engaged in the arts, Dee sits on the International Council of the Tate (London), and the International Council
of The Museum of Modern Art (New York). She serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation
(Beijing & New York) and Asia Art Archive. Dee has also been on the Performance Committee at the Whitney
Museum of American Art (New York), a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council (New York), and was a
co-founder of the Ambassadors of Design (Hong Kong). Her 42-second short film “An Exercise in Futility,” shot as
part of 42×42, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival as well as the Cannes Film Festival.

Before joining Esquel, Dee was an Editor-at-Large for iLook Magazine and a featured columnist for Modern Weekly,
where she wrote about sustainability. Her 2008 pop-up retail venture DYSEMEVAS was one of the first to highlight
the emerging Chinese design scene outside of China.

Dee graduated from Harvard University in 2004 with a BA in philosophy.

Jim Woods

Jim is the Chief Digital Officer for PwC China. He is a member of the Firm’s Executive leadership team with broad based responsibility for the digital agenda in an organisation comprising 20,000+ people. His remit includes the customer experience, digital solutions and new software product development; back office infrastructure including cloud based platforms; digitising our service delivery model; and digitally upskilling our people. At PwC we have a bold ambition to disrupt and innovate our traditional business model, to provide our clients and our people with a unique experience in the digital world of both today, and the near future.

Jim’s clients have included many of PwC’s most prestigious accounts. Based in Hong Kong, over the last 25+ years he has worked on assignments in every territory across the Asia Pacific region, and many global projects.

From 2011 to 2019, Jim was the Risk and Regulatory Services leader for China/HK and Asia Pacific overall, and between 2016 and 2019, he assumed the Global leadership role for this high growth business area. During his tenure, the business grew at 20% + on an annual basis.

Jim served as the Strategy Leader for PwC’s Assurance business in China/HK between 2006 and 2011, and in this role was a member of the PwC Global Assurance Strategy Team. He was also a member of the China/Hong Kong Firm’s Supervisory Board from 2006 to 2010.

Jim graduated from Kings College London in 1990 with a first class honours degree in Biological Chemistry. He is a member of the ICAEW and the HKICPA. In 2008 he spent 3 months on a leadership development programme in Peru, in 2011 he attended an Executive Education programme at Harvard Business School, and in 2019 he completed a Digital Transformation strategic leadership certification programme.

In a personal capacity, Jim is a passionate runner having taken part in 18 marathons around the world. He’s married to Vaughn and they have 2 children.

Andrew Wong, JP

Mr Andrew Wong joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer in August 1982 and rose to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2006. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in business management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1982 and undertook a post-graduate course in public administration at Oxford University in 1983.

Mr Wong has served in various bureaux and departments since joining the Hong Kong Government. He was Director of Administration from August 2000 to March 2004, and Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Communities from March 2004 to July 2005. He was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Chief Executive’s Office from August 2005 to January 2006, Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service from February 2006 to December 2010, Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Tourism from January 2011 to December 2014, and Permanent Secretary for Financial Services from December 2014 to August 2019.

Professor Olya Zayts

Dr. Olga Zayts is a Professor at the School of English, the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests and expertise span across several healthcare contexts in Hong Kong, including prenatal screening and diagnosis, genetic counselling, direct to consumer genetic testing, and most recently mental health. She arrived in Hong Kong 15 years ago after finishing her doctorate training in Europe. At HKU she has founded the Health Communication Research Cluster (HCRC) and she has led several large scale nationally funded interdisciplinary projects, working in close collaboration with several public hospitals and the Clinical Genetic Services of Hong Kong. She has published widely on various issues of communication in multicultural and multilingual healthcare contexts in “Social Science and Medicine”, “Sociology of Health and Illness”, “Patient Education and Counselling”, “Journal of Genetic Counselling” and other high-impact international journals. Her most recent monograph “Language and Culture at Work” (with Palgrave McMillan) addresses cultural issues in healthcare and other professional contexts.

Advisors

Professor Cecilia Chan

Prof. Cecilia Chan is Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work at HKU. She is also director of the HKJC-HKU ExCEL3 Project, and Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.

She is an experienced social worker renowned for her creative innovations of integrating eastern philosophies and practices into her integrative therapy as well as her work on psychosocial oncology, end-of-life care, health and mental health, death and bereavement studies. Prof. Chan is the editor and author of over 30 books and author of over two hundred articles and book chapters in eastern integrative empowerment intervention and outcome research, chronic illness, community rehabilitation, fertility and sterility, death and loss, bereavement and palliative care. She is also the Member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement. She is an excellent speaker and has been invited to deliver named lectures and keynote addresses in major international conferences on social work and health care.

Cheng Hong Yung

Cheng Hong Yung is a Secondary School Principal, who has been working in the education field for more than 20 years. He has a training background in physics and liberal studies. He was a committee member of the Science Education committee, Curriculum Development Institute, Education Bureau. He is also a member of the Community Youth Club Kwai Tsing District Committee and Hong Kong Physics Olympiad Committee.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.

Paul is Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight & Advisory Group which brings together health and care leaders and experts to oversee the current mental health long term plan for the NHS in England. He co-authored ‘Thriving at Work’ for the government, setting out how to transform mental health in work places.

Paul is a Commissioner at Historic England. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

Kok Tin Gan

Kok-Tin is a Partner in PwC’s Cyber Security & Privacy practice with over 17 years of experience. Kok Tin is also the founder of PwC’s Darklab, Hackaday and Hackbot. Kok Tin is currently the Vice Chairman of ITSMf HK Chapter and the member of security committee of Fintech Association of HK.

Kok-Tin’s key areas of expertise and experience include Cyber security strategy, framework, IT security framework (ISO27001, NIST, Multi Level Protection), application security (OWASP, OWASP Mobile) and data security (e.g., PCI DSS), secure development life cycle, DevSecOps, Cloud security, IT risk, security / technology architecture and white hat hacking.

Kok-Tin has co-authored a number of cyber security and technology risk related guidelines for the Regulators in the Asia Pacific Region.

Kok-Tin has led ~300 small to large size of security assessment / transformation engagements and has worked across different continents including, Asia, America, Europe and Africa.

Kok Tin is a TED talk speaker and he also founded a dot.com company during his early days of his career.

George Grant

George Grant began his journey into mental health following the death of his younger brother Laurence in northern Laos in 2017. Taking-up Laurence’s ambition to establish a mental health charity in Hong Kong, where he lived and worked, George began working with Mind HK to develop a new virtual mental health assistant called Help Me, powered through artificial intelligence and machine learning. This ambitious project aims to connect users to an intelligent virtual agent capable of answering any question relating to mental health instantly and intuitively, using only information of a medically professional standard. George lives in Yorkshire in England where he manages his family’s estate at Stockeld Park, a highly diversified estate that is also set to become an early-adopter of AI technology. He is married to Georgina and they have two young boys, Freddie and Charlie.

Professor Siu-man Ng

Professor Siu-man Ng is a Professor and the Deputy Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. He is a registered social worker, a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, and an associate fellow member in Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association. With a dual professional background in mental health social work and Chinese medicine, his research theme is mental health, mental disorders and culture. His current research areas include (i) operationalisation of the Chinese medicine stagnation syndrome as a psychological construct useful to all mental health practitioners; (ii) family expressed emotion of persons with schizophrenia and its impacts on the course of illness; (iii) critical re-examination of the conceptualisation of mindfulness; and (iv) workplace well-being: a paradigm shift of focus from stress and burnout to meaning and engagement.

Mark Peaker

Since retiring from a diversified international career in finance in 2001, Mark co-founded 3812 Gallery with Calvin Hui, one of the leading contemporary galleries in Hong Kong. Mark is the Chairman of Shakespeare 4 All, an NGO focused on using theatre for the benefit of children’s education and development. In addition, Mark was a past Vice-Chairman of fundraising for the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, one of Hong Kong’s oldest charities. He is also a Founding Member of SKETCH HONG KONG, an NGO created to assist in the development of artistic talent and promotion of preservation of cultural heritage of Hong Kong. His passion for fine wine and dining led him to be a regular fine dining reviewer for Tatler and a part-time thespian, having appeared in various works in Hong Kong. Mark is an avid skier, an unexceptional golfer and a passionate home chef.

Dr Elisabeth Wong

Dr Elisabeth Wong is a Specialist in Psychiatry and the Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong. She graduated from King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London. She pursued her specialist training in Hong Kong.

Manisha Wijesinghe

Manisha currently serves as the Executive Director of HELP for Domestic Workers, a Hong Kong based non-profit seeking to empower migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong through advice, assistance and education in order to help them gain access to justice and receive fair and equal treatment.

Manisha completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) at the Open University of Colombo and received her Master of Laws Degree in Human Rights (LL.M.) from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Manisha is an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Before coming to Hong Kong, Manisha worked for the UNICEF Child Protection & Juvenile Justice Programme, Save the Children Sri Lanka and the UNDP Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project.

After completing her Master’s Degree, Manisha worked at Christian Action (Migrant Domestic Worker Programme) and at Daly & Associates specializing in the area of migrant worker rights and international labour law. She joined HELP for Domestic Workers as the Director of Case Management and was later appointed as its Executive Director.

John Williamson

John is an Independent Non-executive Director of the London Metal Exchange, Chairman of the UK Tote Group and serves on the Boards of Pacific Basin Shipping Limited and Provident Acquisition LLC. He is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute, Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, and a Member of the Hong Kong Management Association.

John has worked within the finance and securities industry for over 40 years and has garnered deep expertise across commerce, investment banking, wealth management, IT, risk, governance and regulation in capital markets.

John has previously served on the Boards of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, the Hong Kong Securities Institute and several private companies. He held senior executive roles with Search Investment Group, Morgan Stanley, NatWest Securities and Wood Mackenzie & Co..

With three daughters who are working mothers, he is a strong advocate of the diversity and inclusion agenda.

Dr Josephine Wong

Dr Wong is a Specialist in Psychiatry in private practice. She trained as a doctor in London and as a psychiatrist in
Cambridge, UK. She worked for 10 years as an academic clinician at the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong
Kong before starting her private practice.

Dr Paul Wong

Paul is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong. He has been involving in suicide prevention research and mental health promotion and practice since 2003. His recent research projects include youth social withdrawal behavior, using animals as part of educational and psychological interventions, youth positive development of local and non-Chinese young people, and family care giving for people with psychological issues. His main research theme aims to promote social inclusion in our society. He is also Fellows of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association. He is the Programme Directors of the Master of Social Science (Counselling) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Counselling).