Brenton graduated from the University of South Australia, and then obtained a Master in Business Administration from the University of Singapore. Brenton is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Business in corporate governance with the Australian School of Business.
Brenton has significant management experience garnered across the construction, pharmaceutical, distribution and design industries. Brenton is currently the CEO of dwp, design worldwide partnership, Thailand’s largest multi-disciplinary architecture and interior design firm. More recently, Brenton has established Aldama Foods Thailand, and launched several international food and beverage outlets in Bangkok.
Brenton is currently the President of the Australian – Thai Chamber of Commerce and a fellow and part time facilitator at the Institute of Directors of Thailand.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: In addition to being President of the Chamber, Brenton is serving on the Membership and Sponsorship sub-Committees.
Wayne Williams is currently Vice President – Finance for the Minor Hotel Group. He has more than 15 years' experience working in Thailand and has been with Minor International for the past 7 years. Prior to joining Minor, Wayne held a number of senior finance roles in hotels and hospitality businesses in Thailand, Australia and the Pacific.
Minor International (MINT) is a global company based in Bangkok and focuses on three primary businesses including restaurants, hotels and lifestyle brands. MINT is one of Asia’s largest restaurant companies with over 1,500 outlets and is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 103 properties.
Operating in 19 countries, the company operates most notably under such brands as The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, The Coffee Club, Ribs and Rumps, Anantara, AVANI and Oaks.
Wayne is a Commerce graduate from the University of Queensland and has been Australian CPA certified for 20 years. He is able to offer his strong financial background to the Chamber, along with his experience in growing a company with significant investments in both Thailand and Australia.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: In addition to being Vice President of the Chamber, Wayne is serving on the 2016 Hospitality and Tourism sub-Committee and the 2016 AFL Grand Final Family Day, 2017 AustCham Ball and 2017 AustCham Golf event sub-Committees.
Charles Wrightman is the CEO of Wrightman Corporation Company limited. He started his career in the Hospitality Industry over 39 years ago. He joined the Novotel hotel in Baghdad in 1983 and worked his way up thru all the ranks in 10 countries to the position of Managing Director of Lenotre Thailand, one of Accor’s finest confectionary and catering brands. Charles worked in many brands of the Accor Group including Novotel, Sofitel and Mercure spending 30 years in the company.
Charles was awarded the Accor’s Silver Bernache in 2005 for outstanding Team Management.
In 2015 Charles started his own Hospitality Company Wrightman Corporation. In two years the company has created two brands, The Duchess and The Zone and manages 5 hotels.
The Company is also the Owner’s Representative for two properties in Thailand which is managed by the Ascott Group. The Company was also the consultant for the largest Hospitality development in Bangkok “Langsuan Village” a mega complex, comprising of luxury serviced apartments, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets.
Charles is also a director of the Australian Thai Chamber of Commerce since 2008 and is the driver for the Annual AustCham Golf Tournament.
Charles is a dynamic person with great experience and relationship skills. He is well known in the industry and in all business, social and diplomatic circles.
M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon
M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon is the owner and director of her own business, Baan Laksasubha, a boutique beachfront resort in the centre of Hua Hin. Khun Lak designed the concept of the resort based on years of experience living in South America, Europe and Australia. She joined the AustCham Board in 2009 and has been Vice President for the last four years.
Seeing great worth in nurturing today’s younger generation to become tomorrow’s leaders, M.L. Laksasubha has invested much time to create and grow the Thai-Australia Association (TAA) and AustCham joint program; ‘AustralianAlumni’. The group has created its own website which has seen over 850 people sign up to already. Khun Lak is determined to strengthen this program and further collaborate with likeminded organisations to increase awareness and promote the value of Australian business and academia.
Khun Lak is also an entrepreneur and has been owner of various business including Krystalina crystal company and the first steps international preschool in Bangkok. She also represents AustCham in the Professional Women's Group (PWG). Khun Lak has spent much of her life in Australia including studying there. She has two children – one who has graduated from University of Melbourne and another has graduated from RMIT University.
Peter Emblin is a professional finance executive with a diverse experience of global financial markets, corporate finance, financial and general management, property investment and construction, government relations and, P&L responsibility, having worked in Australia, United Kingdom and various South East Asian countries.
His career experiences cover analysis, primary research, investment management, mergers and acquisitions, broad financial and general management, and communications.
He has been resident in Thailand since 1992 when he came to Thailand to establish a newly authorised fund management company as part of Thailand’s financial liberalisation. Prior to joining MBMG in 2014 he was a partner in a Thai based private equity firm investing in the Mekong region. At MBMG he works closely with their clients to help them implement corporate strategies.
He is a Senior Fellow of the Finance and Securities Institute of Australia, Graduate Member of the Thai Institute of Directors and a former Director of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Board of Seamico Securities a Thai listed Public company.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: In addition to being the Chamber Treasurer, Peter is serving on the Sponsorship sub-Committee and works closely with the CSR sub-Committee.
Stuart Kelly brings 20 years of corporate communication and media experience. His background as a senior financial journalist with Bloomberg News in Asia provided the grounding for his more recent award-winning career in media relations, investor communication and crisis & issues management, in both in-house and agency roles.
In 2014 he moved to Bangkok to take up the role of Managing Director of Weber Shandwick in Thailand, fulfilling a long-held ambition to follow through with his close personal connection to the country. He previously led the Corporate & Finance team at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Australia.
Stuart has provided senior strategic counsel for a wide range of multinational and Australian companies, including: Bankwest, BP, ThaiBev, Exxon Mobil, Uber, EFTPOS Australia, AllianceBernstein, First Data, Toronto Stock Exchange, FP Markets, Brookfield Multiplex, Compass Group, Nuplex, ASG Group, and Eaton Vance among others.
Stuart’s previous roles included Director, Corporate Affairs at iSOFT Group, one of the world’s largest health IT companies, an Account Director at three Sydney-based corporate communications agencies, and a stockbroker at one of Australia’s oldest firms.
As a senior Bloomberg journalist for more than five years, Stuart drove coverage of Asian investment markets both for television and print media. His career began in 1994 at The Star, South Africa’s leading daily newspaper, where for five years he covered a range of beats including the country’s transition from Apartheid to a full democracy.
In 2013 Stuart picked up four major Asian Corporate PR awards for his work, including:
Stuart is a passionate photographer and home cook. He has for many years enjoyed a close relationship with Thailand through his wife and daughter as well as his involvement with various Thai community organisations in Sydney.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: Stuart is serving on the Communication and CSR sub-Committees.
Angus Kent is the Managing Director of Macquarie Securities in Thailand. Angus has worked in the finance industry in Thailand and the region since 1990, with a ten year stint in New York. A proud Queenslander, Bangkok is home base having first lived in Thailand when his mother was posted to the Australian embassy in the late 1980’s. Angus has a strong interest in fostering the two way relationship between Australia and Thailand and been a member of the chamber since returning from the US in 2005. He has also attended the Thai IoD Director certification program and the Thai CMA.
Macquarie Group is a global financial services provider. It acts primarily as an investment intermediary for institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world.
Macquarie has built a uniquely diversified business. It has established leading market positions as a global specialist in a wide range of sectors, including resources, agriculture and commodities, energy and infrastructure, with a deep knowledge of Asia-Pacific financial markets.
Alignment of interests is a longstanding feature of Macquarie’s client-focused business, demonstrated by its willingness to both invest alongside clients and closely align the interests of shareholders and staff. Macquarie’s diverse range of services includes corporate finance and advisory, equities research and broking, funds and asset management, foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities trading, lending and leasing and private wealth management.
Macquarie Group Limited is listed in Australia (ASX:MQG; ADR:MQBKY) and is regulated by APRA, the Australian banking regulator, as the owner of Macquarie Bank Limited, an authorised deposit taker. Macquarie also owns a bank in the UK, Macquarie Bank International Limited, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs more than 13,500 people in 27 countries. At 30 September 2015, Macquarie had assets under management of $A504.3 billion.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: Angus is serving on the Professional Services and Consulting sub-Committee.
Chris is the founder of CLC Asia. He has over 15 years of experience working for both government and private sector clients in Asia, Australia and the UK. He joined the chamber in 2013 and has served the Chamber as a Director since 2014.
After beginning his career in Australia, Chris moved to Thailand where he became an internal advisor to the Thai government on privatisation and economic regulatory policy, working on the privatisations of PTT and Airports of Thailand, as well as working with a variety of State Owned Enterprises.
With CLC Asia, Chris has advised a number of private sector clients on market entry, policy and political risk issues, across a range of sectors – and acts as a government relations advisor for a number of blue chip firms.
Chris has an Honours degree in Economics and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from Monash University, Australia, as well as having completed a Minerals Economics course from the University of Melbourne.
Chris is fluent in English and Thai and has dual Australian and Thai citizenship. He is married with three daughters.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: Chris is serving on the Advocacy and Professional Services and Consulting sub-Committees.
Alan Polivnick is a partner with Watson Farley & Williams and has been living in Bangkok since 2007.
Alan has a Law Degree and an MA in Japanese from Sydney University. He is admitted to practice law in Australia and England & Wales.
Alan represents clients in cross-border arbitrations and litigation, particularly in the transport and insurance and reinsurance sectors. He regularly advises MNCs, airlines, insurers and reinsurers on their operations in Thailand including company establishment and structures, contract negotiations, commercial and coverage disputes, employment law and regulatory issues. He also advises Thai companies on international and regional disputes and their international investments and operations.
WFW opened its Bangkok office in 2001 and provides legal services in three principal areas: corporate and commercial, finance and dispute resolution through a team of more than 30 Thai and internationally qualified lawyers.
2016 AustCham sub-Committees: Alan is serving on the Chamber Governance, Hospitality and Tourism, CSR as well as Professional Services and Consulting sub-Committees.
Carly was appointed to fill a casual vacancy on the Board of Directors in October 2016. As CIO for the Linfox International Group, Carly manages the Information Technology (IT) and Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) Groups for all Linfox Asian operations and markets.
Carly brought her impressive logistics experience to Linfox in 1996 where she excelled in a number of key roles including DC Design Analyst and Manager, Change & Benefit Realisation, Engagement Manager Asia and Director SCSIT Asia. Prior to Linfox, Carly held roles at Sensis (Supply Chain Manager), the Starlight Children’s Foundation (National Logistics Manager) and spent five years as a logistics consultant working for a variety of organisations across Australia.
Carly has also undertaken part-time lecturing at RMIT University in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Carly holds a Master of Science in Intermodal Transport from the University of Denver in the USA, and a Bachelor of Business in Transport& Logistics from RMIT University in Melbourne, which included a semester studying at the University of Huddersfield in the UK.
Benjamin successfully gained an entry scholarship at the Swiss Hotel Association International College of Hotel Management, graduating with an 85% grade average including several subject dux awards. This triple Diploma included two industry placements at Ayers Rock Resort within Food and Beverage and in Front Office in a coastal Resort South Australia.
His career with Accor commenced in 2003, two years later gaining a position in the Vivier National Management Traineeship. This programme included project roles at National Corporate Office within Sales, Revenue, Distribution and National Brand Marketing. Thereafter I worked in key Management Operational positions within several brands of Accor Hotels including Novotel, Mercure, and Ibis over the 2 year programme As Rooms Division Manager at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, I was given the responsibility as Project Manager of the AUD $2.25 million refurbishment, which I saw to completion and on Budget. In December 2008, I commenced my role as pre-opening General Manager for Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf, which I managed for 18 months, culminating in it being awarded the 2010 Accor Australian Hotel of the Year
After a successful 2 year tenure at Mercure Geelong and almost ten years with Accor in 4 brands and 7 properties, I commenced my role with Carlson Rezidor Hotels, as the General Manager for their then primary Bangkok hotel, Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit , until recently moving to manage the newly opened Flagship Novotel for Asia Pacific.
Apiradee Bunyalekha has 14 years of professional experience in marketing, marketing communications, media, customer experience management, and education specialist. Apiradee has a passion for constant learning and real experience. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Asiania International Consulting, a business that focuses on providing education schemes, short-term experience programmes, internships, and work placements for young people across Asia and Australia. The company also offers a consultation services for SMEs and non-profit organisations on branding and marketing communications through a workshop approach.
Previously Senior Trade Commissioner to Malaysia and Brunei, Susan has also completed Trade Commissioner postings in Dubai and Athens.
In Australia, Susan led teams to deliver Austrade’s online strategies and the design of business systems to support the organisation’s global operations and connectivity. She has worked in the Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra offices managing programs to promote the internationalisation of Australian industries. Susan launched AusFilm, the body that promotes Australia’s film industry overseas, and the Women in Export Program to support businesses managed by women to expand overseas.
Before joining Austrade, Susan worked in international trade and healthcare. She speaks Arabic, and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Sydney University.