Our Board of Trustees comprises several veterans of the business world in Hong Kong, the UK and Australia. Their experience in the finance and banking industry insures ISF’s financial accountability and good governance. Learn more:
As Corporate Development and Finance Director of Swire Pacific Limited, Martin Cubbon is responsible for all aspects of the group’s new business development and finance, reporting to the Chairman. He is also a non-Executive Director of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Swire Properties Limited. He was previously Group Finance Director of Swire Pacific Limited from 1998 to 2009 and Chief Executive of Swire Properties Limited from 2009 until 2014. Mr. Cubbon joined the Swire Group in 1986 and was appointed to his current position in January 2015. He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Liverpool and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Leo Brogan began working in the accountancy profession in 1975 and has worked in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. He provides a range of specialist advice to his clients, especially in the areas of private client work using company and trust structures, where he can provide both financial and managerial advice. Leo has an array of professional and industry qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Laws, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, as well as a Registered Company Auditor.
As Chairman of the ISF Football Committee, Leo oversees the development and running of the Football Programme which impacts over 4,000 children (from non-government organisations and state schools), runs annual boys and girls tournaments, activities and events for players with intellectual disabilities, blind and visually impaired players, wheelchair users and players living with HIV and now a weekly football league which includes games for deaf and hearing impaired players. ISF also works on coaches’ development in more than 13 provinces.
Leo also acts as trustee of The Hantomeli Foundation, The Hantomeli Necessitous Fund and the Wolfy Foundation.
Robert is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and also of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 20 years, for whom he remains a Senior Advisor, based in Hong Kong where he has lived for 27 years. He is the Chairman of Angkor Hospital for Children, the leading paediatrics and teaching hospital in Cambodia which last year treated over 150,000 children. He is an Independent Governor of the English Schools Foundation, providing education to 17,000 children in Hong Kong and an Independent Director of QBE General Insurance (Hong Kong).
Mark is currently a director of Indochina Assets Limited, which owns and operates a number of hotels, bars and restaurants in Cambodia including the FCC in Phnom Penh and employs over 300 staff. He is also a director of his family property company, Ashall Plc. Previously he worked for the Swire Group in Hong Kong and other locations fulfilling a series of general management roles in the Group’s industries and aviation divisions. Mark has two children of the same age as those in the ISF’s education and football programmes and is committed to help ISF provide some Cambodian children with the educational and sporting opportunities that his own children and other children take for granted in the developed world.
Belinda Greer is the Chief Executive Officer at English Schools Foundation (ESF), Hong Kong. She has over 30 years’ experience in education and has spent 22 years in senior positions, including 12 years as a school principal, 6 years as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education in Scotland, and the last several years as the first Director of Joint Education Services for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils in Scotland. In her previous role, Belinda was responsible for 85 schools and nurseries, providing education for 23,000 children and young people. The portfolio of the two combined Scottish councils includes a full spectrum of kindergartens, primary, secondary and additional needs schools. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s level degrees in Education.
Neil’s business career has encompassed the finance, precious metal and electronics industries as well as not-for-profit organisations operating in social welfare and medical research. He has lived and worked in six different countries.
As a Director of Indochina Starfish Foundation (Australia) Limited, Neil has facilitated ISF’s registration as a charity in Australia and assisted in the establishment of our projects in Cambodia. He and his wife Louise visit Phnom Penh regularly to assist these projects and attend ISF football tournaments. Neil is also on the board of ISF in Cambodia.
Martin Murray is the Chief Financial Officer of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, a position he has held since November 2011. He is also a Director of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited. He was previously Deputy Finance Director of Swire Pacific Limited. He joined the Swire Group in 1995 and has worked for the Group in Hong Kong, the United States and Australia.Martin was born in Scotland in 1967. He graduated from Glasgow University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He joined Ernst & Young in Glasgow in 1988 and transferred to their Hong Kong office in 1992. Martin was previously on the Board of the KELY Support Group (KELY), a non-government funded bilingual organisation which provides empathetic, non-judgmental, confidential and inclusive support to youth between the ages of 14 to 24 in Hong Kong.
St.John Flaherty is an English and Hong Kong solicitor. He has spent most of his working life in Asia, principally in Hong Kong. He retired as a partner in an English and Hong Kong law firm (Slaughter and May) in 2007. Since then, he has been an adviser to the Swire group in Hong Kong.
Pat was born in the United Kingdom in 1965 and educated at Cambridge University before joining the Swire Group in 1988. His career with Swire has spanned numerous industries and geographies, including Hong Kong, Germany and various cities in Mainland China. He is currently Managing Director of the Beverages Division of Swire Pacific and lives in Hong Kong. He is also a Director of Swire Properties.
Pat and his wife Han Yan are proud parents of three adult boys. They are all passionate about sport and the positive role it can play in improving the quality of people’s lives.
Andrew retired in 2015 after nearly thirty years working as an equities broker, initially in Australia before moving to Hong Kong in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he joined the regional brokerage CLSA, spending some twenty five years on the institutional sales desk where he was director of the company. He remains as an Advisory Director to CLSA, whilst holding various investment interests across Asia.
Andrew was the founder and a board director of Asia Brokers Charity Ltd, a HK registered charity, which in the space of 13 years raised over US$7.5m from the broking, banking and fund management industry in Hong Kong principally via an annual fund raising dinner known as the FABBA’s. Andrew’s home remains Hong Kong. His wife Lily Ahn Riddick is an active member of the local charitable scene, acting on the board of several charities. Both believe strongly in returning to society many of the benefits that each have received from their respective education and careers.
Erik is an entrepreneur and angel investor focused on sports media and tech-related ventures. Among other projects, he is the co-founder of Content Arena – a B2B marketplace for broadcasting rights in sports. Until December 2015 Erik was Managing Director Sales & Marketing at the worldwide leading provider of sports data services Sportradar AG. Prior to that Erik worked for the German Football League (DFL) where he was responsible for the international marketing activities of the German Bundesliga as Manager International & New Business. Previously he was Financial & IT Director at the French subsidiary of the fashion accessory supplier Prym Fashion in Paris.
Erik has worked and studied in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Honours Degree in International Business Administration from RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Miranda Leung obtained a bachelor degree at Magdalen College, Oxford and practised as a lawyer for 26 years at Slaughter and May, 16 years of which as a partner. After leaving Slaughter and May at the end of 2016, she became an independent non-executive director of China Literature Ltd, a HK listed company which is the largest e-book and e-publisher in China with a large TV and film production studio in October 2017. She also became an independent non-executive director of CCBI Metdist Global Commodities Limited in November 2018. She served as a director of Lion Academy Trust for four years between 2015 to 2019. She acts as a legal consultant for individual businesses and is interested in painting, skiing, diving, reading and investment.
Message from Peter Slater, the Founder and Ex-Chairman
You will find all you need to know about the ISF, it’s programmes, it’s activities as well as many wonderful stories about how the charity fundamentally changes the lives of so many young people in Cambodia from one of poverty and full of despair to one of hope and opportunity elsewhere on this website.
As the founder of the ISF, with a small group of close friends, back in 2006 I would like to give you my insights into why we created the ISF and the philosophy that has driven our passion to make a difference. I believe it is this philosophy that has made the ISF so successful and will ensure it will be both successful and sustainable for many many more years to come.
There are four core principles at the heart of the philosophy behind the ISF. Two are more well known and public being covered across our website, Instagram, Facebook and other media. The second two are well understood within the ISF itself but may not be so well known outside the organisation. However, all four are equally important.
The “Starfish” philosophy.
It’s all in the name. The “starfish” story about the little girl on the beach is covered in other parts of this website. But fundamentally it is about making a difference one child at a time. No one individual, not even Bill Gates, can change the world alone, but every single one of us can make a difference and for the ISF that difference has always been about “making a difference one child at a time”. Back in 2006 when we first started there wasn’t a grand vision to help thousands of young people, there was a simple desire to make a difference to a few, in fact 15 young street children. However, it was the passion of the early trustees and staff and all those who have joined the ISF subsequently that enabled the ISF to evolve to have a positive impact on over 8,500 young people and their communities.
Every child deserves a chance.
From the very beginning myself and everyone involved with the ISF have believed that every child, no matter where they come from, no matter who their parents are, no matter what gender, creed or colour, deserves a chance to have a decent education and the opportunity to reach for the skies to make their own individual dreams come true. This drives everyone at the ISF to do their very best, whatever their skills, to help all the young people supported by the charity.
Those are the first two, more formally recognised principles.The next two philosophical principles are definitely well understood within the ISF itself but maybe not be so well known outside the organisation. However, I believe these two additional philosophies have been equally important in our success to date and will be fundamental to the future sustainability of the ISF.
We are a family.
From the moment the idea of helping young people in Cambodia came into my head and my heart I wanted everyone who was involved to feel that they were part of a family, and that means EVERYONE. So we have always aimed to ensure that the children, the communities from which they come, our staff, our trustees and all our wonderful friends and supporters know that they are part a one large family. A family in which everyone can contribute in any way that is meaningful and appropriate. In our ISF family everyone supports each other, encourages each other, appreciates each other and does everything in their power to help each other using whatever abilities, talents, knowledge, skills and contacts they may have.
It must be fun for everyone.
“Making a difference to as many children as possible whilst having great fun with wonderful mates” is at the heart of what we do. This may sound glib but I fundamentally believe that everyone gives that little bit extra, is a little more committed, stays involved a little longer if they are having fun and enjoying themselves in whatever they are doing. So every ISF event, be it a fundraising dinner, the ISF schools Christmas party, the trustee meetings, the football tournaments, or the day to day delivery of our programmes, it is about everyone having fun… our friends and supporters, our trustees and staff, our students, our partners and the members of the communities we support. Everyone at the ISF is very serious, focused and professional about what they are driven to achieve but that doesn’t mean we can’t all have fun at the same time.
I believe it is all four of these principles that has made the ISF a very special and unique organisation. I retired as founding chairman of the ISF in 2017 but remain involved joining Christmas parties, visiting the schools, talking to the staff, meeting the students, joining the football tournaments, and the annual Angkor half marathon whenever I can. I remain immensely proud of everyone at the ISF and feel one of my greatest achievements was having a seamless handover to my successors on the board. It was a true honour and privilege for me to have had the opportunity to lead the organisation in the early years but an even greater pleasure to watch the ISF go from strength to strength under the peerless leadership of Vicheka, the support of her enthusiastic and highly capable team and guidance from an engaged and experienced board of trustees.
I am now very happy to hold the wonderful title of “the old grandfather“ of the ISF family.
Where our money goes:
For every $1 we receive in donations, 94c goes directly back into our programmes.
So, when you donate to ISF, you can be sure that your gift will have the greatest impact possible.