Meet the team

Honorary Presidents & Advisors

  • Nguyen Hoang Long - The Ambassador of Vietnam

    Honorary President

    HE Mr Nguyen Hoang Long arrived in London in early June 2021 to take up his duties as Vietnam's Ambassador to the United Kingdon, and to the Republic of Ireland. He is married to Vu Huong Giang and has two daughters. . Born in 1976, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999, and was soon posted to Rome. Returning to Hanoi in 2003, he rose through the MFA's European Department to become its Deputy Director-General in 2008, on the way also working on APEC affairs, and gaining a PhD in Economics. In 2012 he was appointed Ambassador to Italy. Returning to Hanoi in 2015, he joined the MFA's Department for Foreign Affairs for the Provinces, which he headed as Director-General from 2016 until his appointment to the UK.

  • Ben Chapman

    Honorary President

    A founder member of the Network and its first Chairman from 2013 to April 2018. Ben was MP for Wirral South from 1997 until 2010. He set up and chaired the All Party Group for Vietnam and is now Honorary President. He signed the Memorandum of Understanding that governs the relationship between the two parliaments. Ben has been a regular visitor to Vietnam both privately and officially. He is married to Maureen and lives in Bath.

  • Warwick Morris

    Senior Advisor

    A diplomat for 39 years until 2008, Warwick was Britain's Ambassador to Vietnam 2000-2003 and then to the Republic of Korea 2003-2008, where he'd served twice before. Subsequently, and among other roles, he was Adviser to Lloyd's Insurance on Vietnam and Korea, and an External Director of Prudential's business first in Korea and then for 9 years in Vietnam until 2022. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of Friendship by the President of Vietnam. One of the founders of the Vietnam-UK Network, he was a Vice-Chair from 2013 to 2018, and then Chair until 2023. Warwick was appointed OBE in The King's 2023 Birthday Honours for services to the UK's relations with Korea and Vietnam.

Executive Committee Members

  • Mark Kent CMG

    Chair

    Mark Kent CMG has been Executive Chair of the Vietnam UK Network since April 2023. Mark joined the Scotch Whisky Association as Chief Executive in January 2022, and lives in Edinburgh. Mark previously spent 34 years in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (formerly Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was latterly British Ambassador to the Argentine Republic (2016-2021), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand (2012-2016) and Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (2007-2010). He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to British foreign policy. Mark is also a trustee of Project Trust, an international volunteering charity for young people.

  • Bao Ha Pham

    Vice Chair

    Bao Ha Pham was born in Hanoi and grew up in Nha Trang, Vietnam. She currently works as a solicitor and in-house counsel for a leading investment bank in London and supports the Network in her personal capacity as a volunteer in her free time. Bao Ha is passionate about bringing Vietnam and the UK closer together in culture, friendship, people, charitable activities and more. Bao Ha studied law in Vietnam and started her legal career with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Ho Chi Minh City. She was offered to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi) in 1996. Bao Ha moved to the UK in 1997 and subsequently read law at Oxford University. She was trained with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London before qualifying as a solicitor of England & Wales in 2002. Bao Ha lives and works in London. When in Vietnam, she considers Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang as her homes.

  • Matt Jackson

    Vice Chair

    Matt is a long-term supporter of the VN-UK Network and a friend of Vietnam. He joined the Network’s mission to Vietnam in 2016 and actively supports the UK-Vietnam relationship. Matt is Head of UK-ASEAN business at KPMG LLP UK, having worked in leadership positions on International and Emerging Markets at KPMG for 15 years. His work encompasses advising clients on market entry and consolidation, interaction with governments and wider stakeholder eco-systems. He has led numerous private-sector funded trade missions globally, supporting UK business with growth opportunities across Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Matt is passionate about social mobility and the roles of sport and education in providing opportunities for all.

  • James Kenny

    Vice Chair

    James Kenny is Head of Global Affairs at Arup, the global design engineering and consulting firm. He is responsible for advising on relationships with governments, key clients and stakeholder groups around the world on behalf of the Group Board, as well as managing reputational risks across the firm. James has worked in senior management positions around the globe in a number of fields, including engineering, publishing and public affairs. He holds degrees in civil engineering, management and law. He works in London and lives in Brussels.

  • Peter Budd

    Committee Member

    Peter Budd is Consultant to Arup and remains enaged with their interests in Vietnam.

  • Thang Phan

    Committee Member

    General Manager of Vietnam Airlines United Kingdom

  • Duncan Buchanan

    Committee Member

    Duncan is Head of Global Policy and Office of the Chair at Prudential plc. He used to work as an Adviser in Global Counsel and Head of SE Asia unit at UK Trade and Investment.

  • Rachel Hill

    Committee Member

    Rachel Hill is Director at Dragon Capital.

  • Mr. Tu Tuan Tang

    Committee Member

    President and CEO of ATK Technology Company

  • Nick Lonsdale

    Committee Member

    CEO NashTech

  • Jakki Lydall

    Treasurer and Committee Member

    Jakki lived in Vietnam from 2001 to 2015 during that time she was the Executive Director of the British Business Group VN and Development Director for Operation Smile Vietnam. Jakki was a Trustee with Saigon Children’s Charity for three years and joined the VN-UK Network as their Treasurer in September 2017.

  • Nong Dam Tuan Linh

    Committee Member

    Mr. Nong Dam Tuan Linh is the Second Secretary and Private Assistant to the Ambassador at the Embassy of Viet Nam since July 2021. Previously, Tuan Linh worked at the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and had a post in the Embassy of Viet Nam in Brazil from 2015 to 2018. Tuan Linh graduated from the Foreign Trade University of Vietnam with a bachelor degree in International Economics in 2005 and got the master degree in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2020.

  • Son Ngo

    Committee Member

    Son is currently the President of the Vietnamese Professionals Network in the UK (VietPro UK). He is working as Head of Finance at Liv-ex, a global company for wine trading. Prior to that, he was an Assurance Manager at PwC specializing in private sectors and spent 2 years at Dentsu International. He is a keen supporter of a number of charities, including Blue Dragon Children's Foundation and Christina Noble Children's Foundation.

  • Carina Wu

    Committee Member

    Head of China Alliances, Arup Carina is Head of China Alliances at Arup, a global engineering, design, planning and consultancy firm. She is responsible for managing key client and stakeholder relations, with a special focus on inward investments from China, Asia and cross-regional projects. Carina was seconded to City of London Corporation as Senior Policy Advisor for the Green Finance Initiative (GFI), an industry-led campaign supported by HM Treasury and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), leading its international engagement with China, Brazil, Mexico and other partner countries.

  • Jamie Bettles

    Committee Member

    Jamie Bettles is the founder of Pagoda Projects, an innovative business in the higher education sector. Pagoda first started operating in Vietnam in 2018, establishing the first large-scale international internship programme in Ho Chi Minh City. Pagoda work with universities across the world and hope to inspire students and graduates to engage with Vietnam through cultural exchange and work experience. Jamie is passionate about innovation, travel, cultural exchange and foreign languages. He first visited Vietnam in 2009 and hopes to play a small part in supporting positive Vietnam-UK relations by facilitating people-to-people exchange.