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Robin Lynam died before he could complete his final assignment, which was slated to be the cover story for the April issue of The Correspondent

Here, we publish his affectionate, witty, erudite musings on our club, which was more or less his second home.

Forty years on Ice House Street, given the FCC’s prior history of rather shorter tenancies, is quite a landmark. Even the celebrated years in our last home in Sutherland House numbered just 15, from 1968 until 1982, when the club formally re-opened in the current well-loved – and, let it be said, well cared-for – heritage building. 

Of course, some of the heritage value of the North Block of the Old Dairy Farm Building derives from it being one of the few structures in Hong Kong of any antiquity yet to be demolished. 

Quite a lot, though, has to do with what its walls have witnessed over the past four decades. The FCC has played a crucial role in the reporting of a historic era for both Hong Kong and mainland China. 

I can’t quite claim to have been there from the beginning of that time. I was an occasional guest from not long after the opening until leaving Hong Kong for a while in 1987, finally signing up for membership in 1990. Still UK-based at that time, I had been making the most extensive use of visiting journalists’ privileges until then president Paul Bayfield pointed out that since I seemed to be using the Main Bar as a living room, I really ought to start paying some dues, and handed me a form. 

I can vividly remember my introduction to the Main Bar in 1982. The late Richard Hughes was still holding court at the Club Table, and I immediately loved that original solid timber bar in a way I have never quite warmed to the cracked veneer of its successor. For a lowly paid Hong Kong newcomer, however, this was clearly unaffordable, and for my first stint here I settled for the rather humbler Press Club in Wanchai, where quite a few FCC members also liked to slum it. 

Members of the press covering Margaret Thatcher’s disastrous visit to Beijing and Hong Kong in 1982 flocked to the FCC, and it remained the meeting place for those covering the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. 

It was also a vital base for those covering the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, their suppression and the Hong Kong response. Steve Knipp’s photograph of the crowds on one side of the Hong Kong Football Club’s wall and the members sunning themselves on the other remains one of the most telling images of those sadly unforgettable days. It can still be seen on the pillar at the eastern end of the bar. 

The club has always made a point of being well equipped with the hardware of news delivery, but throughout the 1980s and during the early 1990s it looked rather different to the technology we have today.

In the Main Bar, by the noticeboard where the computer monitors now stand, lurked a rank of teleprinters; and the basement, which then as now accommodated a workroom, was home to a broadcast telephone booth. 

In those days the club had many more regular telephones and they were actually used for making calls rather than just standing next to while taking or making one with a mobile. Members were paged frequently – in some cases, it was suspected, by prior arrangement with their offices, to make them look busy.

A popular leisure facility in the basement during the 1980s also seen off by technological progress was the videotape lending library. 

Of course, the big Hong Kong story for the 1990s was the run-up to the Handover, and the FCC was at the heart of things. For most of June 1997 the Main Bar was packed every night with the world’s highest profile foreign correspondents – and quite a few other famous faces besides.

Satirist PJ O’Rourke, who died earlier this year, was a ubiquitous presence, graciously signing books, addressing a club lunch and generally hanging out.

On one evening, former president Steven Vines was to be seen seated at the bar explaining to an apparently uncomprehending Jeremy Irons what a foreign correspondent’s job involved. Irons was taking the lead role in Chinese Box, a Wayne Wang film that naturally included scenes shot in the Main Bar.

On the actual night of the Handover, for those unable to stand in the rain outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, there’s not much doubt that the FCC’s Handover party was the place to be.

The late 1990s saw the beginning of the most radical refurbishment job on the premises since the original North Block was converted for club use in 1982.

The first phases, instituted under president Hans Vriens, were relatively uncontroversial, although not everybody liked the reconfiguration of the Dining Room. But it was generally agreed that the club’s upper and basement levels were looking tired and needed some attention, and Bert’s jazz bar and the new workroom quickly became popular and well used facilities.

Under musical director Allen Youngblood, Bert’s has also made a notable contribution to the cultural life of Hong Kong, providing work and an opportunity to play original music for just about all the city’s noteworthy jazz musicians and quite a few artists in other genres. 

On a slight tangent, the regularly changing photographic exhibitions on the Van Es Wall of the Main Bar can be viewed by members of the public, during designated hours, and under normal circumstances attract a healthy and curious crowd of art lovers – a few of whom are probably as curious about the famous bar itself as about the images on show.

The radical renovation of the Main Bar in the early 00s was the last of the major refurbishments – and not surprisingly the most controversial. Under president Thomas Crampton, refurbishment zeal was running at a high pitch, while more conservatively minded members felt equally strongly that the original design had nothing wrong with it and would have much preferred work restricted to such structural repairs as were necessary. 

There were confrontations. I was out of town and missed most of them – coincidentally, on the day the wreckers moved in, I was having lunch in Paris with two ex-presidents, Keith Richburg and John Giannini. I’m not sorry I missed the unpleasantness.

I can’t honestly say I have anything like the affection for the new bar that I had for the old, but it still seems to impress visitors, and I’ve never introduced anybody to it who didn’t like it. Chacun à son goût.

Of all the services the FCC supplies to the community, perhaps the most vaunted is our speaker programme, which over the years has featured an extraordinary range of extraordinary people…

[The text ends here, although the rough notes below include the following anonymous quote, which the author may well have intended to use in his final paragraph: “The presence of the FCC and individual correspondents among us adds to the cosmopolitan character of Hong Kong, and enriches the quality of our mass media.”]

Members Movements: April 2022

We bid adieu to some, and welcome aboard to a whole bunch of others.

New Members


  • Chen Hangyu, Video Producer, TIME
  • Kim Soo-jin, Associate Audience Engagement Editor, TIME
  • Natalie Koh, Managing Editor of Asian Investor, Haymarket
  • Filipe Pacheco, Reporter, Bloomberg


  • Ho Man-kit, Programme Host and Producer, Metro Broadcast Corporation


  • Richard M. Arndt, Vice President, Toll Global Forwarding
  • Francesca Biroli, Legal Assistant, de Bedin & Lee
  • Cheung Kwong-kei, Director of Communications, International Federation Against Copyright Theft (Greater China)
  • Angela Cheung Wong Wan-yiu, Vice President, UNESCO Hong Kong Association
  • Karen Choi Hiu-yan, ​​Barrister-at-Law, Anthony Rogers Chambers
  • Chow Wai-ling, Retired
  • Peter Crewe, Managing Director, Ziffa Group
  • Damen Holmes, Solicitor, Lee Law Firm
  • Samantha Hon Wai-man, Managing Director, UBS
  • Jacky Lam, Assistant Secretary, HAB
  • Christopher Lawrence, Founder & Lead Counsellor, Perspection
  • Wolfgang Peck, Global and APAC Head of Operational and Resilience Risk for Insurance, HSBC
  • Winnie Pun, Managing Director, Blackrock Asset Management North Asia
  • Dominic Alexander Rigby, Finance Director, MVision
  • Dinesh Arjan Sadhwani, Lecturer (Center for Language Education), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Joost Schokkenbroek, Museum Director, Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Vivian Sheng Yin-nam, Retired
  • Colin Symmonds, CEO & Physiotherapist, Joint Dynamics
  • Mariana Tong Sui-luk, Retired
  • Kenneth Tsang, Engineer, Pyrofoe Engineers
  • Devika Virmani, Founder & Managing Partner, Adira
  • Kimberly Fayet Whiley, Owner, Tamco Holdings
  • Amy Wong, Co-Founder & CEO, 212 Studio
  • Wong Hiu-yan, Head of Account Servicing, Partner, Stepworks
  • Kelvin Yeung, Fixed Income Director, Rays Capital Partners
  • Yip Wing-hang, Founding Chairman, International Chamber of Sustainable Development
  • Susan Sandra Caroline Yung, Managing Director, Macey & Sons


  • Rachel Brunette-Chen, Diplomat, Consulate General of the United States of America
  • Edward Green, Army Liaison Officer, Consulate General of the United States of America
  • Cody W. Swyer, Diplomat, Consulate General of the United States of America

Membership Replacements


  • Cheung Wing-cheung, Chief Communication Officer, Airport Authority
  • Marko Jelicic, Senior Manager, Communications & Advocacy, BASF East Asia Regional Headquarters
  • Angela Kung Mei-yan, Senior Director, Hill and Knowlton Asia


  • Girouard Benoit, Consul, Consulate General of Canada
  • Kenichi Okada , Consul-General (Ambassador), Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong
  • Stefanie Seedig, Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany



  • Jamil Edmond Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times
  • Jeremy Andre, Correspondent, Le Point
  • Dominique Boulet, Commentator, Asian Tour Media
  • Emma Clark, Editor, APF
  • James Hossack, Editor, AFP
  • Sian Powell, Journalist, The Australian
  • Parameshwaran Ravindranathan, Freelance
  • Bernhard Zand, Correspondent, Der Spiegel


  • Chadwick Bray, Business Reporter, SCMP


  • Laura Acres, Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Simon Blade, Managing Director, Baker Tilly Purser Blade Asia
  • Peter Brown, Captain, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Daniel Browne , Executive Director, Conduit Securities
  • Peter Caplowe, Managing Director, Trendford
  • David Cave, President & Owner, Dragon-I Toys
  • Nicolas Chan Chi-shing, Executive Director, Trusted Financial Advisory Services
  • Maxwell Chen Pang-yen, Senior Director, Standard Chartered Private Bank
  • Christopher Chu, Fund Manager, UBS Asset Management
  • Allyn Reza Cockrell, Director, Pacific Tiger Group
  • Tariq Dennison, Investment Specialist, Retirement Plans, GFM Group
  • Polly Hui Fung-yi, Trainee Solicitor, Howse Williams Bowers
  • Justin Li Chun-hin
  • Rodney Lloyd, Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Niall MacDonald, Partner, Options Group
  • Brian McCullough, Managing Director, Palmyra Point
  • Gavin McDougall, Director, Public Affairs, Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong
  • Marta Obando, Retired
  • Andrew Perrett, CEO, Elkington
  • Andrew Powner, Partner, Haldanes Solicitors
  • David Roberts, Chairman & CEO, DPR Consultants Ltd
  • James Sweeney, Chief Operating Officer, Tor Investment Management
  • Michael Tomordy, Managing Director , Engage Asia
  • Maria Valiente, Managing Director, Evercore Asia
  • Paul Westover , Partner, Stephenson Harwood
  • Monique Wong Man-heng, Senior Business Development Manager, JA Asia Pacific



  • Vincent Amalvy, Asia Pacific Photo Director, AFP
  • Michael Allen, Editor, Cirium
  • Suhas Bhat, Copywriter, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
  • Caroline Carter, Deputy Asia News Editor, The Economist
  • Sarah Clarke, Correspondent , Al Jazeera
  • Phred Dvorak, Senior Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Nicholas Killham, Managing Editor, Bloomberg
  • Bennett Marcus, Freelance
  • Daniel Symmonds, Field Engineer, CNN
  • Lisa Yuriko Thomas, Editorial, TicToc by Bloomberg
  • Wong Sue-lin, Correspondent, The Economist


  • Jyotee Bonomally, Self-employed
  • Michael Chan Wai-kwong, Self-employed
  • Sherman Chan Kar-nang, Consultant, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Roger Gillan, Principal, Concilium Advisory
  • Andrew Robin Alexander Haskins, Executive Director, Research & Advisory Service, Colliers International
  • Phyllis May Hui Chee-man, Trainee Solicitor, PC Woo & Co
  • David Kwan Wing-tai, Self-employed
  • Lawrence Leung, Director, South Sea Pearl Consortium
  • Natasha Marks, Architect, Aedas Architects
  • John Miller, Self-Employed
  • Kevin Rosich, Director, Operation, Bestford
  • Alexander Yiu Yau-tak, Group Finance Manager, Wo Kee Hong Group



  • Stuart Heaver, Freelance Journalist and Writer, Stuart Heaver Media


  • Peter Barrett, Retired
  • David Fung Pui-fun, Retired
  • Daniel Michael Leo Inman, Managing Director, Vermilion
  • Michel Jospe, Managing Director, Methong Plastics (H.K.)
  • Philip Krichilsky, Director, Innovative Directions
  • Jessica Law Pik-lin, Retired
  • Yvonne Tsang Yee-wan, Designated Migration Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Hong Kong

Category Changes

Correspondent to Associate

  • Daniel Michael Leo Inman, Managing Director, Vermilion
  • Adam Martin, Senior Communications Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills

Honorary to Honorary Widow

  • Gillian Johnston, Retired


We regret to announce the deaths of:

  • Vincent Connor
  • Christopher Hunter


Introducing the FCC’s New Members: April 2022

A retired prison superintendent who’s taken up cooking; the former pilot who’s turned to counselling; the veteran man-at-arms; plus 16 others who make up the rich tapestry of FCC membership.


I am vice president, trade lane, for Toll Global Forwarding Asia, which is part of the Japan Post. I have been living in Hong Kong for more than three-and-a-half years and have enjoyed my time here. Prior to moving to Asia, I lived in Los Angeles, California, for many years. My interests range from travel, hiking, biking and scuba diving to reading books. I have two adult sons who currently reside in the USA.




I was born and raised in Italy, where I studied law at university. I moved to Hong Kong eight years ago and consider it my home. I have been working at the law firm de Bedin & Lee since I moved here.





I was behind bars for over 30 years – as the head of Hong Kong’s major prisons – including Stanley, Lai Chi Kok and Siu Lam. Early retirement from this role granted time to pursue my interests, like volunteering, travelling and photography. My new hobby of cooking also gives me a great sense of achievement. My work taught me about security management and dealing with people from all walks of life, and I am currently the director of communications of an international federation that works against copyright theft. Having been away from life behind bars for years now, I look forward to being inside bars again – this time at the FCC.



I am an educator. My interest is in education, education policy formulation and administration, organising functions and education conferences. Now in retirement, I still hold the roles of vice president of the UNESCO Hong Kong Association; school manager at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Group Lee Shau Kee College; and member of the fundraising committee at St Stephen’s Girls’ College. Until my retirement, I worked in the education sector. I was vice-principal and acting principal at St Stephen’s Girls’ College, then became the education services secretary of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. In the 1980s, I was invited by the government to become a member of the Education Commission. My hobbies are photography, music, reading and writing.



I am of Irish heritage and was born in the UK. I moved to Hong Kong in 1998. I have also lived and worked in Brunei, Indonesia and Australia. After 32 years on the corporate side of the insurance industry, I retired and set up my own small company for angel investing, consultancy, board advisory and independent non-executive director services. Hong Kong is my home – I love its diversity and energy. Food and wine are a passion, history a life-long interest and digital a learning curve – plus I’m a supporter of my hometown football club, Aston Villa.



I have served in the United States military for more than 17 years, performing long tours in Iraq and Korea, and have travelled and lived in many parts of east Asia, including a year in Taiwan. I hold a master’s degree in Chinese studies and speak both Mandarin and Korean. My wife, Jessica, and our five children have joined me in Hong Kong, where I am the Army Liaison Officer at the US Consulate. My hobbies include skiing, hiking, mountain biking and motorcycle riding.



I am a Eurasian who was born in Hong Kong and am fluent in Cantonese. Sentenced to boarding school in Tasmania at the age of nine, I also went to university there. I became a solicitor in 2009 and practiced law in Melbourne. I was paroled back to Hong Kong in 2016 and am still a solicitor, specialising in commercial litigation. I am a lover of all sports, especially cricket, having proudly represented Hong Kong. But as time has gone on, my bowling averages have gone up and my batting averages down.



I have been in Hong Kong for about four years, mostly with the South China Morning Post as a digital producer and news editor. Now, I work at Haymarket, leading the AsianInvestor editorial team as their managing editor. In my 10-year career, I’ve been tasked with helping editorial teams adapt to a digital-first world, by integrating data analytics into news flows and introducing digital best practices to news teams. I also work to improve gender representation in workplaces. In 2018, I led the winning team at the SCMP hackathon with a strategy to improve the representation of women in our coverage. The idea was adapted into the project known as Lunar Today.



Starting work in Hong Kong on 8 August 1988 proved to be auspicious. I joined Cathay Pacific as a pilot after working at the now-defunct British Caledonian, and British Airways. It was an adventure in those days. I was a pilot for 47 years and recently retired. Over 20 years ago, I began an interest in mentoring, counselling and supporting those who may find their particular circumstances challenging. I obtained several qualifications and a Master’s in counselling at Monash University. With a desire to improve the standards and support of the counselling community, I formed the counselling practice Perspection, with a team of eight counsellors.



I arrived in Hong Kong in August 2021 to cover Asian equity capital markets for Bloomberg News. Many asked me why, as a journalist, I would move to the city at a time when many are deciding to leave. My answer: I want to see a place in transition with my own eyes, and report on it. My journalistic carrier started in my hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, 15 years ago. From there I relocated to Dubai for five years to cover emerging markets within Europe, Middle East and Africa. I’m hoping Hong Kong will soon allow normal travel again – I am ready to explore the region. In the meantime, I’m trying to discover hikes, distant beaches and quiet neighbourhoods across the territory.


I started my career as an auditor, became a portfolio manager, and moved on to sales before taking on a role heading up public policy for Asia-Pacific at BlackRock. As my job exposes me to a lot of policy debate, I am particularly interested in the talks hosted by the FCC. I lived in Australia for eight years before returning to Hong Kong in the 1990s. I love music and travelling, but the COVID-19 lockdowns in the last two years have driven me to explore many Hong Kong neighbourhoods that I had never visited before.



I came to Hong Kong from London in 2007 for a three-week secondment that was continually extended over a six-month period. Fifteen years later, I find myself still here, with the only regret of having not visited Asia sooner. The food, city lights, clash of cultures and lure of the hills and water in such close proximity have made it an easy decision to stay, along with the odd beer and glass of wine. I work as finance director for a small financial services firm. I am happiest on the trails or a bike – being an avid runner and cyclist.



I arrived in Hong Kong in late February 2021, leaving my wife and four adult children behind in the Netherlands, to helm the Hong Kong Maritime Museum at Pier 8 in Central. Previously, I held curatorial and managerial positions at the Kendall Whaling Museum in the US, the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Canada, combined with professorial positions at universities. The FCC is a great club, where three important Cs – congeniality, creativity, critical thinking – fuse. I like sports, hiking, reading and going to the movies.



I am the CEO of Joint Dynamics and a physiotherapist. I’ve worked in Africa and North America with many different patients and have also set up a women’s soap-making cooperative in South Africa. Joint Dynamics has grown from a team of four in 2013 to a firm with more than 50 healthcare professionals today, and I remain committed to serving Hong Kong and its community. I have special interests in back and neck injuries, especially chronic pain. I am currently retraining in all things related to mens’ health. Even at 57, I remain a keen video gamer, soap maker and power-lifter. I’m considering starting a new hobby as a silversmith.



I am a building services contractor. In my spare time, I like to read and write. I recently finished writing a memoir in Chinese about my teenage years spent in Vancouver, Canada. It brings me much joy to finish a piece of good writing. I also have a great passion for golf. My heroes in the sport are Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – the legendary Big Three of golf – and Tiger Woods, who has electrified the game tremendously.




I arrived in 1989 on a one-way ticket to attend the Chinese University of Hong Kong for my final year at university. After graduation, I quickly found a job in the manufacturing world and have been in the industry ever since. I started Tamco Holdings in 2004 but have embarked on many other ventures along the way, like writing The Hong Kong and Macau Taxi Guide and consulting with groups who needed my network on projects while still running my core business. My passion is to help women entrepreneurs understand what is needed to scale and exit their businesses. With the help of others, I co-founded The Women Entrepreneurs Network, which focuses on these issues.


I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I swam competitively as a kid and took weekly horse-riding lessons. In 2006, I continued my love for the outdoors and sports in Sydney, Australia, where I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in commerce. My life has transformed significantly in the past seven years. I was a risk analyst at Citibank before pursuing an EMBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. With over 10 years’ experience in technology and business operations, I am passionate about bridging the gap between technological leapfrogging and traditional business practices. In 2020, I co-founded a digital media agency here in Hong Kong. Outside of work, I am a part-time fitness instructor at Pure Fitness where I teach indoor cycling and TRX.



I was born and raised in Hong Kong and have been a fixed income fund manager for over 15 years. I care about my home city as well as my alma mater, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I have been active in alumni affairs there since 2009 and was elected the chairperson of the CUHK Convocation in 2021. I believe our community interest can be best served by permitting free expression of views and academic freedom.




I have been working in banking and asset management fields for more than 30 years, though I am not a money-minded person – I am just making a living. Over the past 10 years, I have tried very hard to find my real passion. Luckily, I found it in sustainability, which is the theme of the second chapter of my life. I studied for a degree in the field and set up an NGO. Lifelong learning is my philosophy – the fire of curiosity still burns in my heart. I am blessed to have a supportive wife and two lovely daughters.



The Correspondent, April – June 2022

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