Tom Platts is the Head of Corporate for Southeast Asia at international law firm Stephenson Harwood. Based in Singapore, he also leads the firm’s Myanmar practice. In recent years, Tom has worked on transactions in every jurisdiction in ASEAN, with a specific expertise of advising on transactions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He is a legal adviser to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Myanmar, and on the board of Inle Advisory Group. Tom is currently ranked in Myanmar as a leading individual by Chambers Asia Pacific and as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He was also listed in ‘Singapore’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers aged 40 and under’ by the Singapore Business Review.
Alex Bescoby is an international development practitioner based in London, with Myanmar being the main focus of his work. He was until recently based in Yangon, working for the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business. Prior to that, he worked as a sustainability advisor to the natural resource industry. He gained his degree in Social & Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where his focus was the modern political history of Myanmar.
Honey Deihimi studied Law and European Law at the Universities of Hannover, Le Havre and Durham. She was admitted to the bar and began a career as a EU competition lawyer in Brussels, then moved to the European Parliament to work on EU-Middle Eastern relations. She is currently a Head of Division, dealing with integration issues, at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.
Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster. He has written for The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Hudson Review, BBC Music Magazine and GQ.com and edits publications for the Salzburg Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival. Gavin's radio appearances include on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and he has lectured at the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, and many more.
Financial manager and entrepreneur Jannike Taylor was born in Sweden. She graduated from the University of Leeds and settled in Cumbria, initially working in property before joining the team under foreign affairs expert and Member of Parliament Rory Stewart. Jannike is an expert in small business accounting and has recently launched her own company, Lakes and Lambs. She runs a farm with her husband and has two small children.
Niki Roberts is a civil servant with one decade of experience working in public policy and managing the administration of a British parliamentarian. She brings to the Trust sound administrative and organisational expertise, and assists on financial planning. Niki lives on a smallholding in the Cumbrian Lake District.
Alice is a former lawyer turned novelist. She has two daughters and lives in Singapore.
Anna is an award-winning film writer and director from Australia. She is the acclaimed director of The Oyster Farmer which went on to show at many international festivals including the Toronto Film Festival. A graduate of AFTRS, The National Film and Television School in Australia, and FEMIS, the French National Film School, Anna is currently developing a major television storyworld project for Copenhagen-based international producers Good Company.