Together we form the board providing oversight, governance and direction for the work of the charity. We are supported by a great team of committed staff members who help deliver the programs every day.
In addition, we have a network of ambassadors who are ex-board members who advocate for the work of the organization helping drum up support as well as providing invaluable advice and counsel.
Chief Barker (Chairman)
Virginia has served as Honorary Treasurer of a number of not-for-profit organizations in Hong Kong. She is currently a Board member and Chair of the Investment Committee of a major Non-Government Organization providing services to the elderly in Hong Kong.
She has held senior finance and tax roles in accounting firms and at major corporations in the aviation and telecommunications sectors in Hong Kong.
She has held senior finance and tax roles in accounting firms and at major corporations in the aviation and telecommunications sectors in Hong Kong.
“Every child should have the chance to develop to his/her potential and be happy. It’s hard work in making that a reality, but ultimately nothing is more gratifying than to see the big smiles on their faces.”
Deputy Chief Barker (Deputy Chairman)
Wai Yee is a senior executive with more than 30 years experience spanning several technology industries including key roles with major companies and early stage businesses, as well as advisory firms, in the UK and Hong Kong.
Wai Yee has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector and serves on the board of other NGOs in Hong Kong. She holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management; a Master of Science in Computing Science from the University of Newcastle; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University College of London, as well as a Financial Times Non Executive Director Diploma.
She is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK.
“Growing up in the UK, I regularly saw kids with huge smiles as they were being taken out and about on the Variety Sunshine Coaches. By joining Variety Hong Kong, I hope to continue the mission to support children from less advantaged backgrounds– to bring fun and fulfilment into their lives.”
Dr Lam has long-standing clinical experience focusing on child and adolescent conditions. She has been actively involved in training local educational and mental health professionals and promoting health education by delivering educational talks to the general public.
She is a Specialist Psychiatrist and an Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, and Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong.
Dr Lam is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, and held a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at Harvard University in 2004. She serves as advisor and committee members for youth programmes for various NGOs and Government bodies.
“I am passionate about helping underprivileged kids to maximise their potential given their strengths and interests through the Variety Butterfly Program.”
Esther is a retired educator with 38 years of experience as a secondary school teacher. Also playing the role of Vice Principal, Esther has been in charge of pastoral care and student development, with extensive experience in supporting the needs and growth of students in their teenage years, plus their parents.
It has been her mission in life to provide youth from various sectors of society with opportunities for a well-rounded education. Programmes she has supervised and organized include those for life and value education, careers guidance, new students’ orientation, and mentorship. She enjoys collaborating with alumnae and parents of the school.
Esther is currently actively engaged in several youth development and training programmes, in addition to discipleship groups at church.
Esther holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Foods and Nutrition) from the University of Alberta, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Master of Education, both from the University of Hong Kong. She also has a Certificate in Careers Teachers Training (HKU SPACE), an Advanced Certificate in School-based Counselling (HKSYU), and a Certificate in Educational Administration and Management for Senior School Administrators in Secondary Schools (HKBU).
”Our youth are our future. We do whatever we can to help them believe the same, bringing them encouragement, hope and joy.”
Tommy is a registered social worker and served in the Social Welfare Department (SWD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for 35 years until he retired in 2019.
He was a Senior Social Work Officer, gazetted Probation Officer and an Approved Social Worker in the field of mental health. During his career, Tommy built extensive experience in managing volunteer work, child abuse and protection, domestic violence, child custody assessment and various child welfare issues.
Tommy is a Christian and member of the Discovery Bay Alliance Church where he has previously served as Deacon. He is a board member of Discovery Bay Alliance Church Community Services Centre.
“Children are angels from Heaven. They deserve our unconditional love, care and cultivation for an environment conducive to their healthy development. Let’s walk with Variety!”
Dough Guy (Treasurer)
Monique has run a multi-family office since 2014. Before that she spent more than 25 years in various areas in the financial services industry including as Head of Investment at a leading regional bank and a European bank, responsible for the bank’s proprietary investment in Treasury and Financial Markets.
Monique also has extensive experience in capital markets and structured finance with a leading US investment bank and experience in a leading accounting firm.
Monique has been involved in volunteer work with youth and children in Hong Kong and she currently serves in the school council of a secondary and primary school in Hong Kong.
“Children are the future of our society. We have the duty to provide equal opportunity for every child to grow and flourish.”
Steven is a regional finance director with more than 15 years’ experience across a variety of industries and sectors. He currently works for a FTSE-listed wealth management firm and combines his professional responsibilities with driving the success of its charitable Foundation across the region.
After many years working in M&A advisory, aviation, retail, and other areas, Steven took the plunge of moving into the not-for-profit sector in Hong Kong when he joined a local public policy think tank.
As a result of his time there, leading environmental, social and urban planning projects, he became a founding director of Drink Without Waste Ltd with a mission to eliminate the waste from single-use drinks in Hong Kong.
Steven is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, and holds a Masters in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford.
“We all spend so much time gaining skills in our careers, but the true value of those is only evident when we use them beyond the workplace: in our community and for those in need. As a team, we’re here to take on social challenges and find a better way.”
Joy has extensive experience as a business owner, manager and director in a variety of industry sectors in Hong Kong. She is currently business director of a Hong Kong-based company with manufacturing operations in mainland China.
She has also established and managed a communications business in Hong Kong which has organized high profile events. Joy also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector in Hong Kong.
She helped to establish the office and has been general manager of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. She is currently Chief Executive and Chairperson of the Public Awareness and Education sub-committee of the Early Psychosis Foundation (EPISO) and is a member of the Core Set-up Committee of the Mental Health Museum.
She is also a Board Member of the Hong Kong Diocesan Choral Society Foundation.
“It’s always a privilege to help, particularly kids, young people and those with mental issues. What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean is smaller because of that missing drop.”
Don is a former corporate lawyer with 38 years experience that includes working in Australia, the United States and Hong Kong. He has extensive experience advising boards of public and private companies, including in the not-for-profit sector.
In addition to almost 16 years as a partner in leading international law firms, Don served as general counsel and company secretary of one of Hong Kong’s leading publicly-listed companies for almost five years. He has also served as an Australian Government Trade Commissioner in New York, New Delhi, Bonn, Belgrade and Canberra.
Don was a founding Member and the founding Chief Barker (Chair) of Variety Hong Kong. He has previously served as President of the Asia Pacific Regional Council of Variety and was a member of the Board of Variety International from 2017 to May 2021.
“Kids don’t choose their circumstances, but they have to live with them every day. At Variety, we help kids living with disabilities, special needs or difficult circumstances to have a better life.”
Kirsten is a senior Management Consultant with 20 years public, private and not-for-profit sector experience. She has been resident in Hong Kong for eight years.
Kirsten is an Associate Director at a global consultancy and accounting firm in its infrastructure and government advisory practice where she leads client delivery of major transformation, efficiency and procurement programmes.
Before moving to Hong Kong, Kirsten worked in local and central government in the UK developing public policy and delivering major education, regeneration and infrastructure programmes. She has experience of working across a range of services, including education, social care, property, communications and corporate services.
Kirsten was formerly a member of the Executive Team of the UK education charity, The Talent Foundry Trust, whose mission is to increase social mobility for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“I care deeply about delivering positive change and improved outcomes for children living in hardship or challenging circumstances. Variety is opening the doors of opportunity for children and young people in Hong Kong to help them build a brighter future.”
Dan is Associate Managing Director of The Harbour School, an award-winning progressive international school in Hong Kong. He is a past Managing Director and current member of The Blurton Family Development
Center, a leading mental health practice serving children’s needs in Hong Kong.
His past experience includes working in NGOs and corporate environments on strategic planning, financial management, and professional communications.
Having spent over 20 years working and studying in Hong Kong, Dan considers Hong Kong his home. Outside of Hong Kong, Dan has also spent time in Washington D.C., Boston, and the United Kingdom.
“I am excited to build a stronger Hong Kong through supporting children. We all benefit when the community supports those most in need.”
Ken is the immediate past-President of Variety International.
He is a senior international Company Chairman with extensive experience in chairing Boards in the Private, Public and Non-Profit Sectors across 15 countries. His private sector appointments include publicly- listed companies, employing up to 55,000 staff, as well as companies covering 17 industry sectors. He has chaired public sector boards continuously since 1983 in a range of areas including agriculture, emergency services, gaming and defence.
His non-profit governance experience spans two Australian Universities as a member of Council, Chair of Foundation and President of Graduate Union. He was the Deputy Chair of Variety Victoria before becoming the Variety Australia National Chairman and joining the Variety International Board as Vice President in 2007, a position he held until becoming Variety
International President in 2017.
Ken was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) by Queen Elizabeth the Second in 1994 for outstanding service to international business and the development of global telecommunications.
“In the modern era, we spend so much of our time focused on our own personal life and interests. Variety, with its 90+ years of history of working with children, gives me a unique opportunity to break that mould by focusing on children who live with a disadvantage – to understand that I am helping to transform the life of even one child in need is an amazing personal experience – but beware, it is
Vivian graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s in social work and Hong Kong University of Technology and Science with a Master’s in business administration.
As a registered social worker, Vivian has held a wide variety of roles in commercial, educational and non-governmental organizations, spearheading a range of social-related projects and campaigns.
She is passionate about fighting against modern day slavery and empowering vulnerable youth in Hong Kong.
“I believe that all human beings are born equal, and it breaks my heart when I meet women or youth who are suffering because they lack resources and opportunities.
I also believe that there is a ripple effect of impact, and our actions can touch the lives of the most vulnerable groups in due course.
I hope that through Variety, underprivileged youth in Hong Kong can access opportunities that they deserve and catalyze positive change in their communities and eventually the society.”
Stella is a strategic communications professional with over 15 years of extensive experience spanning local and international commercial, cultural and not-for-profit sectors.
She also has a strong track record of leading various education and charity programs for local schools and children with Special Educational Needs. Stella graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and is currently studying a Master of Science in Psychology at University of Glasgow.
“Every child is a unique gift and they should all be empowered with the ability to shine.
At Variety, it is our pleasure to be children companions.
I hope our work will bring marginalised children, as well as the world, a brighter future.”
Winnie was trained as a Qualified Accountant and has 20 years of auditing and assurance experiences with one of big four public accounting firm.
Prior to joining Variety, Winnie served as an Associate Director in the learning and training department of the Institute of Hong Kong Certificate Public Accountants providing learning support to members of the Institute, including program design, training delivery (both face-to-face and on-line) and support strategy to meet the learning needs of members.
Winnie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Houston and recently completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Adult training and Vocational Education (HKU Space).
“Having the opportunity to be with Variety and to serve not only brings hope and happiness to those in need, but also to me.
I believe every good deed, no matter how subtle it is, will make a difference to the life of others. To be able to give is always a blessing to those who give.”
Butterfly Program Executive
Agnes graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master’s in Anthropology.
She has various experiences in volunteering and working with ethnically- and culturally- diverse people. She also works with non-governmental organizations for marginalized communities.
Agnes is keen on improving diversity and social inclusion in the public, and raising mental health awareness to facilitate underprivileged children with those challenges to have a better childhood.
“I believe every child is entitled to enjoy their childhood with laughter and should have the freedom to believe and choose.
We all are different and yet the same in the way that yearns for goodness and kindness.”