Founded in November 1983 by the former British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Sir Donald Hawley KCMG MBE, the Society promotes bi-lateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom in business, investment, trade, education, culture and tourism. The Patrons of the BMS are Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz and The Earl of Home KT CVO CBE and its President is Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG.

The Executive Committee, chaired by Lai Mei Sim OBE DL, is multidisciplinary and comprises leading experts in the fields of business, investment, trade, education, culture and tourism who have experience, strong connections and interest in Malaysia / UK relations. Hawksford operates across Asia through its international offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Gavin’s appointment to the committee further strengthens Hawksford’s ties and commitment to the region.

Subject to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the next BMS delegation to Malaysia is planned for spring 2021 and will include presentations by Gavin and other members of the Executive Committee together with leading industry experts, trade bodies and invited guests.

Mr Wilkins commented: “I am delighted and honoured to be invited to join the Executive Committee of the British Malaysian Society. I consider myself fortunate to have travelled regularly to the ASEAN region over the years and to have formed lasting friendships and productive business relationships. I very much hope that, through my involvement with the Society, I will continue to do so and to create opportunities for others to do the same.”

In respect of Gavin’s appointment, BMS Chairman Lai Mei Sim OBE DL added: “Gavin’s business skills, useful contacts and vast experience in doing business in the region are most welcome on the Executive Committee and we greatly look forward to working closely with him”.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Mr Wilkins has significant international experience gained in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has extensive knowledge across a range of asset classes, private and regulated investment structures, funds, and international capital markets including the London Stock Exchange, AIM, Aquis and Euronext.

Corporate, Private Client and Funds Services business, Hawksford, delivers services to some of the world’s most prominent sovereign, institutional and private investors along with financial institutions, commercially trading clients, large and multinational corporates, FTSE listed companies, and SMEs as well as entrepreneurs, HNW individuals and intermediaries, through its operations in Europe and Asia.