MALCOLM LLEWELLYN FORMER CHAIRMAN (2008 – 2011)
‘GKSC was started during my BritCham tenure ten years ago. We knew we needed to be more involved with the Indonesian community. We also knew Indonesians were glued to the television for English Premier League games. We considered supporting and promoting sporting exports could well be the way. Honestly, we had no idea that we would go on to play a part in developing significant opportunities in rugby and hockey. We were also never sure how long these initiatives could be sustained. Now 10 years on we seem to be providing more opportunities than ever before. The generosity of our members and the foreign community is admirable. ‘
HASLAM PREESTON FORMER CHAIRMAN (2011 – 2014)
Most of us take access to organized sport for granted and I was initially unsure if a community sports programme was a correct fit for BriCham and our business-engagement agenda. However, when I saw the lack of ready-access to sports and the real impact GKSC was having on children, supported by a number of global stars over the years and backed up by a committed organisation at BritCham, I recognised the Chamber is an excellent partner for promoting British Sports exports and making a real impact in the community. I would like to congratulate all those who devote their skill, expertise and time in support of GKSC.
ADRIAN SHORT FORMER CHAIRMAN (2014 - 2017)
‘ It is really pleasing to have been around as GKSC evolved from a series of separate events to sustainable engagement in rugby and hockey development. In both cases, we have been able to get both girls and boys involved and at the same time keep aligned with the Chambers’ business development as with Surabaya. A lot of work goes into all of this. We couldn’t have gone from strength to strength without so many like-minded friends and all the enthusiasm from the team at the Executive Office. Whether or not we play any small part in developing a young national sporting icon, there is no doubt that these activities add so much to so many youngsters.’
AINSLEY MANN CURRENT CHAIRMAN (2017 – PRESENT)
I was neither in country nor on the Board when this began ten years ago. However, I am proud to note that we remain the only international Chamber of Commerce with a community portfolio. Sport is a given for children in the UK. We all know that apart from the pure fun, it is also a great tool for developing leadership and nurturing ambition. As Indonesia prepares to host the Asian games and sports will take a higher profile, I hope that BritCham’s modest, but sustained efforts can inspire some young Indonesians.