I served two terms (2012-2014) as a board member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (www.fcccchina.org) where I headed up the events committee, significantly increasing our events activity though inviting experts on economics, social issues and foreign policy to address our members, while also working with fellow board members to improve reporting conditions for our members.

I am a proud founder-member of Beijing Community Dinners (www.beijingcommunitydinners.org) which brings together local Chinese and international peers to discuss social and environmental issues and serves as a platform for non-profit organizations to raise awareness of the issues they’re working on. We have assisted organisations working on issues such as disability, environment, mental health and rural poverty.

As chairperson of the Irish Network China (www.irishnetworkchina.com) from 2012-2015 I enjoyed creating a platform where the Irish in China and friends of Ireland can meet several times a month for social nights as well as more formal presentations of Irish culture and discussions on the Chinese economy. I have also enjoyed taking charge of securing the sponsorship to drive our annual St Patrick’s Day showcase formal Irish Ball event and in turn the organisation’s annual schedule of events. I have taken pride in engaging and integrating Chinese members into key roles in the organization.