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 3 Advisers. 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

Co-chair

Professor Eric Chen

Co-chair

Daryl Ng, JP

Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong, JP, is Deputy Chairman of Sino Group, one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong. He provides strategic direction for the Group’s core business as well as Sino Hotels, the hospitality and management arm and a trusted brand of the hospitality industry. The growing portfolio encompasses over 3,600 guests rooms and sites in nine hotels across Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

He is also responsible for The Fullerton Heritage project in Singapore. The waterfront precinct comprises four historic buildings and three modern developments, it has received a good number of awards in heritage conservation and hospitality. The Fullerton Building, built in 1928 and housing the prestigious The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015, signifying the highest form of preservation and national recognition.

Mr Ng is a steadfast advocate of good causes for the betterment of the community. He actively participates in community services, green initiatives, heritage conservation, as well as arts and cultural events to build a better community. Since 2013, he has been serving on the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards judging panel, an award dedicated to recognising Hong Kong’s unsung heroes who have made a positive impact on others.

He encourages collaboration with partners and the academia on social innovation solutions to contribute to a more sustainable community. Notable examples include the patented and award-winning City Air Purification System, the first in-building hydropower system that generates electricity with unused waterhead in pipes and purification of food waste filtrate with micro-algae. He also supports nurturing innovations and technology through sharing experiences and providing co-working space for start-ups.

In 2008, the Ng Family set up the Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF) to revitalise and maintain heritage buildings. Tai O Heritage Hotel, converted from the Old Tai O Police Station, a Grade II historic building, through Batch I of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme of the Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, was opened in March 2012. Since opening, the hotel has welcomed more than one million visitors from Hong Kong and around the world, and has received over 30 international and local accolades in recognition of its devotion to heritage conservation and engagement of the community.

In addition to Sino Group, Mr Daryl Ng is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Blue Cross (Asia-Pacific) Insurance of Hong Kong and BEA Life Limited, a member of the General Committee of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, a member of the Global Leadership Council of Columbia University, a member of the 12th and 13th Beijing Committees of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (‘CPPCC’), a member of the 10th and 11th Committees of the All-China Youth Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Chongqing Youth Federation, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, an Adviser of the Our Hong Kong Foundation, a member of the HKTDC Mainland Business Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of Mind HK, a member of the Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee, a member of the Council for Sustainable Development, a Director of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Council of the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, a member of the Board of the M+ Museum of the West Kowloon Cultural District, a Member of the Council of the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Director of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong and member of the Board of the National Heritage Board of Singapore.

Mr Ng’s proposals, covering youth development, heritage conservation, air pollution, in-building hydropower concept and mental health, have been positively received by the Beijing Committees of CPPCC.

Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Master Degree of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Jackeline Lam

Jackeline Lam began her piano studies at the age of six in Hong Kong.

At the age of twelve, she moved to the United States to pursue a career as a concert pianist. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music and The Professional Children’s School while performing concerts in the country. Jackeline has a Bachelor of Music from Mannes College of Music and Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University. During her time in United States, Jackeline won numerous awards in competitions including the Young Artist Competition in Michigan, the Long Beach Mozart Festival and Los Angeles Student Star Competition. Jackeline made her US debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion at the age of fourteen. She has also performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Palisades Symphony, Singapore Symphony, China National Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

After Jackeline’s third child was born, she decided to focus on family and placed her musical career on hold. In the past few years, Jackeline has decided to return to a career path and discovered that she was passionate and interested in mental health and wellbeing. She has recently completed her Master Degree in Counselling at Monash University. Jackeline is now counselling in St John Counselling Services and Victoria Shanghai Academy. After volunteering at The Hong Kong Mental Health Conference, Jackeline is excited about the destigmatization of mental health issues and promoting mental health well being in Hong Kong. Jackeline is aware of the mental health issues in Hong Kong after working with clients in St John Counselling Services for the past year and is passionate about making sure that mental health care is available to every individual in Hong Kong.Jackeline Lam began her piano studies at the age of six in Hong Kong.

Jim Woods

Jim is PwC’s Global Risk Assurance Leader, with a specialist network of more than 1,000 partners and directors, and 10,000 professional staff, worldwide. Services include Big Data & Analytics, Cyber Security & Data Privacy, IT Risk, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Financial Crime/AML and Regulatory Compliance.

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.

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, and in 2011 he attended an Executive Education programme at Harvard Business School.

In a personal capacity, Jim is a passionate runner having taken part in 15 marathons around the world. He’s married to Vaughn and they have 2 children.

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.

Olivia Parker

Olivia Parker joined the board of Mind Hong Kong in May this year. She cares deeply about the mental health conversation and movement here but her ‘real job’ is as a journalist – she currently works as deputy editor of Campaign Asia-Pacific, the voice of the media and marketing community in this part of the world.

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.

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.

Shalini Mahtani

Shalini Mahtani is one of Hong Kong’s most authoritative and respected voices on social issues, particularly diversity and inclusion.​

In addition to founding The Zubin Foundation, among the city’s most accomplished think tanks on issues related to ethnic minority welfare and patient welfare, Shalini is the founder of Community Business, the first organisation in Asia that brings together companies and their management around women, LGBT and disabilities at work.

In 2009, Shalini was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and a year prior she was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her services in corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. She was also recognised by the HKSAR Government for her contribution to issues related to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.

Shalini has authored research and opinion pieces on diversity and inclusion and is a frequent speaker on the topic. She is also a co-host on both BBC World Service and RTHK Radio 3.

Shalini is from Hong Kong. She is a graduate of The London School of Economics. She is married and has three 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.

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.

Advisors

Professor Cecilia Chan

Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work, The University of Hong Kong

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.

Ann Pearce

Retired Chief Operating Officer, ESF Educational Services

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.

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.