Profiles of Directors
James Candler 覃吉米
Despite the English name, James was born in China of Chinese parents. He came to England when he was six and was brought up in Kent. He worked with a public utilities company for many years. Since taking early retirement he has pursued his many interests (including learning Mandarin) and has also worked in a voluntary capacity with a Chinese charity as a volunteer co-ordinator. Being a trustee for TMS is a perfect expression of his bi-cultural heritage which he has always cherished.
Director – Finance
Annabel is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors having completed the professional qualification in 1994. She has a wide range of experience from working in executive roles for the national and international public sector. Her career spans operational management, internal auditing and human resources. She wishes to bring the skills and capabilities developed in these areas for the benefit of the Society.
Director – Secretary
Francis’s longstanding love affair with China arose because it was incomprehensible to him how little was, and still is, understood about the country and her people. He hopes, through The Meridian Society, to encourage a better public understanding of China. When not travelling through the many and varied provinces, learning to speak Putonghua and reading Chinese literature, he is researching the life of Samuel Curtis, the Victorian horticulturist and arborist.
Lai Sheung Man
Man Lai Sheung has worked and run with her husband Chinese restaurants in London, Berkshire and Hertfordshire all her life. She has good organisation and people skills and her work has brought her into contact with many diverse people. She studied Chinese Mandarin at Westminster university. From 2007-2009 she took on the role of administrator for the Meridian Society. Due to her upbringing she has an understanding and love of both Western and Eastern cultures which she hopes will benefit the Society.
Wenlan Peng 彭文兰
CLC project director
Bridging cultures has been the driving force behind Wenlan’s professional career and personal interests. The opportunity to live, study and work in Europe and Asia has been an immensely enriching experience for her. She was the first non-Chinese national to host an English-language series on China Central Television, when the PRC was opening up to the rest of the world. Since her return to the UK, she has been specialising in documentary films about China. Believing in the positive effect of international dialogue, Wenlan hopes to further develop The Meridian Society, of which she is a founder member, into a platform where people of different cultures can meet and share thoughts, thus bringing together the very best of East and West.
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