I first moved to China five years ago now, as part of my MBA course, and I quickly fell for the madness and the sheer variety of experience you get from living there.
Working for ILS gives me the opportunity to combine living in Shanghai with staying in touch with people from back home in the Isle of Man, so it's a dream job in that respect. It's particularly gratifying when we are successful in bringing investment and business back to the Island. More recently, I've been applying my experiences operating in China to assist foreign businesses which are entering the market for the first time and it's certainly a positive that our business in China is growing in both the inbound and outbound directions.
I am a Member of the Institute of Directors and am hoping to be Chartered before long. It's interesting to contrast elements of UK Corporate governance with how businesses are structured in China – or maybe that's just me.
Outside of the office, I spend most of my time either playing or organising rugby, a sport which is growing rapidly in China. I am the Club Secretary for the Shanghai Rugby Football Club which is strangely one of the oldest clubs in the world, certainly in Asia.
I am lucky in that I get to travel quite a lot, either with work or rugby, and I'm now trying to tick off the final provinces in China I've yet to visit. Along the way, I have to read, and I must be one of very few people who bother to get the New Yorker delivered (three months late) to Shanghai.
I've also just discovered Yu Hua – a great place to start if you want to read some Chinese literature.