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 NGO’s and social enterprises. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1972.
REVD CATHERINE GRAHAM
Catherine was appointed Vice Chair in 2011. 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 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.
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.
David was appointed to the Board of HELP in 1993. He is a qualified solicitor and notary public and heads up Corporate Services at local law firm Deacons. David was born and educated in the UK and 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 [XX].
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.
Jayne originates from the UK and moved to Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Jayne was the HR Director for an international Oil & Gas business and has 25 years + of corporate executive, operational and international HR experience, predominantly in the Energy Sector. Her expertise is in the development of strategies to support businesses through periods of significant organisational change, restructuring and the people impact of acquisitions & disposals.
Jayne saw her move to Hong Kong as presenting her with the opportunity to “give something back”. Learning about the plight of domestic workers in HK she became passionate about the cause and volunteered to work at HELP, undertaking various organisation development projects. She was subsequently invited to join the Board.