Board Members

Meet Our Board

Along with the years of experience they bring to the organisation, our board members have one thing in common: their commitment to empowering and improving the working and living conditions for all domestic workers in Hong Kong.


John was appointed chair of HELP in 2016, having served on the Board for five years. He is a long-term supporter of HELP and has been actively involved in recruiting lawyers to volunteer for the charity. John brings to the Board knowledge and experience in the administration of charities and NGOs gained by being a Board member of several other charities. He also provides legal support on difficult cases. John is a solicitor with local law firm Kao, Lee & Yip, where his practice includes trust work and advising NGOs and social enterprises. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1972.


Vice Chair
Catherine was appointed Vice Chair and Chaplain of HELP in 2011. Catherine is an Anglican priest at St John’s Cathedral, where she coordinates pastoral care. She is a member of the organising committee of the Hong Kong Network of peace and religion. Catherine has over fifteen years’ experience working in the NGO and corporate field and is a qualified fundraiser. She has participated in UN meetings regarding migration and development in New York and Geneva, and UNCSW. In addition to her role on the Board of HELP, Catherine is a Board member of the Nesbitt Centre, and Viva. Catherine was born and educated in the UK, she lived in Dubai for ten years prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2011.


Manuela joined HELP as a weekday volunteer in 2013 and was appointed to the Board as Secretary in 2015. Manuela is a human resources professional with fifteen years’ experience working as an in-house HR professional for international banks in Hong Kong. She has been operating as an independent HR consultant since May 2005 working with a range of businesses as well as sporting bodies and schools. Manuela was born and educated in the UK and has lived in Hong Kong for over 25 years.


Alexandra (Alex) joined HELP as a volunteer in April 2001 and appointed to the Board in 2005. Alex served as Chair between 2013 and 2016. Alex is a UK barrister with experience of private practice and government work and is also a trained mediator. Her legal career has been spent largely dealing with human problems, such as employment, debt-related, personal injury and family matters, she also has experience of agricultural and European law. Alex has lived in Hong Kong since April 2000, but is currently spending more time in the UK.


Anthony (Tony) was appointed to the Board of HELP in 2004. He is a retired civil servant having served twice in the then Urban Services Department, twice in the Hong Kong Police, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, twice in the Civil Service Bureau and in the Standing Commission for Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service. The bulk of this service was in departmental management and administration and staff management. Tony holds an M.Soc.Sc. (Public Administration) from Hong Kong University and has lived in Hong Kong since 1967.


In 1993, James Collins, the founder of HELP (at that time called "Help for Domestic Helpers") asked David to join the Board. David qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1973 and as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1976 and is presently a Consultant and Notary Public with local law firm Deacons. David was born in Kota Bahru, Malaya (now called Malaysia) and was educated there until the age of 10 and thereafter at secondary school and university in the UK. David moved to Hong Kong in 1976.


Phillip was appointed to the Board of HELP in 2011. He is a Barrister who has been in practice in Hong Kong since 1994 specialising in public law cases – criminal, licensing and judicial review cases at both trial and appellate level, including at the Court of Final Appeal. Philip was admitted to practice as a barrister in the Commonwealth in 1977. Phillip was born and educated in Australia and lived in Hong Kong since 1994.


Rebecca was appointed to the Board of HELP in 2016. Rebecca trained as a lawyer in the UK and is a senior business development and marketing professional with over 15 years’ experience in professional services marketing, strategy and business development. Rebecca is currently Regional Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Clifford Chance where she works closely with numerous local and regional NGOs, as well as large international banks and corporations. Rebecca was born and educated in the UK and moved to Hong Kong in 2000.


Lindsey Hermes is the founder and managing director of Unison Creative, a Hong Kong-based branding agency delivering award-winning work for global and local clientele in Asia Pacific. Before starting Unison Creative in 2011, Lindsey perfected her ability to deliver innovative branding and marketing strategies to clients on four continents. She’s quick to assess the needs of clients like Standard Chartered, Hitachi, Herbert Smith Freehills and Shangri-La to present solutions that are both practical and exciting. She has lived in Hong Kong since 2008 and is passionate about human rights.