The Committee 2020/2021
President – Ashley Irving
After a twenty-year career in corporate banking culminating in a position as Associate Director at Rothschild Bank, Ashley decided that ELT would be more fun. Since then he has worked in the ELT industry for twelve years, including a two and a half-year stint in Brazil and Argentina where he learnt that he just can’t dance.
Before taking his position with ACE, Ashley was Director of Studies and Admin Manager at the Access Language Centre in Sydney, and Teaching Centre Manager with AMES in Sydney.
Vice President – Paul Dodd
Country Director, Infinity Financial Solutions
Originally from Chester, England and have started in the financial services industry back in 1995.
I have been living and working in Cambodia since 2008 as the Country Director of Infinity Financial Solutions (Cambodia) Limited, specializing in corporate and individual medical and general insurance needs along with expatriate financial planning.
I am also a member of Britcham since 2009 and joined the board in 2016, serving as Vice Chairman. Adding to that, I am also the Vice President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and I am very active in the organisation of many educational, charitable and social events in Phnom Penh.
Committee Member – Kenneth Tang:
Managing Director, Dynamic Technologies Co., Ltd
I intend to work on the board of Auscham in the best interest of the Chamber and together with other members of the committee for the benefit of our members and build strong business and social connections in Cambodia. Being part of the Dynamic Group in Cambodia, (established in 1996) we have an extensive network in various industries of healthcare, agriculture, supply chain, distribution, construction chemicals, technology, financial, industrial and government.
Committee Member – John Black
I have lived in Cambodia for just over 12 years and have held two senior positions in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector, before recently moving into the General Insurance industry. I bring with me a wealth of experience, depth of knowledge and understanding on doing business in Cambodia, with a profound understanding of all local laws especially in respect to labour, taxation and immigration. I am committed to sharing my knowledge so that businesses and organisations can thrive and succeed,
30 years professional experience in commercial and professional service organizations. Has both technical knowledge and practical experience in financial reporting, Budgeting, cash management, strategic planning, process improvement and change management, mergers & acquisitions, IFRS & GAAP, developing Corporate Governance frameworks and risk management strategies as well as internal and external audit skills. Extensive international accounting experience has been gained from working with a diverse array of businesses around the globe in Cambodia England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Member of the Executive committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia for 9 years and its Treasurer for the last 6 years.
Business Manager – Julie Littlejohn
Julie was the Executive Director of the New Zealand – Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok for 8 years prior to moving to Phnom Penh in September 2014. Her prior experience was in the banking and finance sector with Bank of America in London, Sydney and Singapore, in a variety of positions including: loans administration, finance and management reporting. An Australian citizen, Julie lived for 8 years with her family in Sydney.
Committee Member – Jonathan Baxter, Agency Services Manager, Knight Frank Cambodia
I pledge to continue to provide a consistent level of financial support and sponsorship for Auscham events from Knight Frank across 2021 especially the Australia day at the Exchange which we do enjoy so much, also to play as much of an active part as I can in assisting with any event organization and chamber activity, and of course to give as much help and assistance as I can to all Auscham members both new and old in any matter related to real estate in Cambodia, ex-pat life in the Kingdom or if they just need a drinking buddy for any of the upcoming events across the year. It would truly be an honour to play a bigger part in the Chamber and I hope this year I will be successful in my application. Good luck to you all,
Committee Member: Chris Robinson
Chris is a partner at DFDL. He advises investment funds, large corporations and financial institutions on acquisitions, divestment, joint ventures, fundraising and restructuring projects in the Asia-Pacific region, most recently in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Prior to moving to Asia in 2008, Chris served as the General Counsel for several listed Australian companies. He started his legal career at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers and was previously a member of the board of the Sydney Kids Committee, which raises funds for the Sydney Kids Hospital.
Ex Officio Member – Rhys Hayes – Australian Embassy, Cambodia
Committee Member – Todd Smith, Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific
Todd comes to us from the beautiful paradise of New Zealand and has lived in the beautiful paradise of Cambodia since January 1999.He has over 24 years of leadership experience working with adult leaders, youth leaders, teachers, managers, staff, mentors and young people in New Zealand and Cambodia. He has carried a wide range of roles and responsibilities involving teaching, training, leading, management and staff development, mentoring/coaching and energising & motivating, while relating to people of all ages, especially adult and young leaders.
His professional and personal achievements centre on a desire to see people reach their potential and use their skills and abilities to do and be the best they can, both personally and professionally. This is the ‘ripple effect’ in action.
Todd created and leads Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific which specializes in the growth of people and the enhancement of their companies, their teams and their projects. The Ripple Effect has been working alongside individuals and organisations in Cambodia and Asia Pacific since January, 1999.
We have been working in the region, training managers and teams for over 22 years. We provide great team building, management/leadership and sales training, management and team retreats as well as other company/culture building experiences. We have been doing this since 1999 for many top Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies in SE Asia, such as Coca-Cola, Chevron/Caltex; Prudential, DHL; Laurelton Diamonds/ Tiffany& Co.; Dragon Air; HongKong Land/Jardine Matheson, the Hogg Robinson Group, many funding agencies (USAID, the EU, The Asia Foundation; the Swiss Agency for Democracy) and many financial institutions (BRED; ANZ, PPCBank, Canadia Bank; Phillip Bank; Clik; Kredit; Wing; Pi Pay; First Finance) to name some.
Ripple Effect believes that training is effective when it is a creative, fun and participatory. Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific specializes in the design and delivery of tailor-made, creative, interactive and participatory training experiences/training packages, ranging from workshops, small group work, coaching, round table training and follow ups which are participant-centred. Their forte also includes curriculum development, leadership/ management development, training of trainers, motivational and inspirational input sessions, succession and strategic planning, project evaluations and running corporate/team conference, retreats, sports events & fun days.
Ripple’s approach centers on effective application and outcomes, towards supporting personal, professional and organisational/business growth and development. Would love to bring The Ripple to you and your people too!
Committee Member – Glen Miller, CIO J. Trust Bank
I plan to contribute by promoting the chamber activities and assisting wherever possible to help the chamber meet its objects including finding new members, sponsors, and forums for the chamber to be involved.
Committee Member – Geetha Yoga
Geetha Yoga is the Chief Operating Officer of Hagar International and has an extensive management experience across finance, HR, operations, governance and IT management. She has worked with organisations including the ANZ Australia, White Lion, Aruluen, Open Family and YMCA. Following a successful career in the Australian banking and finance sector which spanned more than 16 years, Geetha transitioned to a senior corporate services role in the Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector in 2010. She has also served on a range of boards.