Ms Christine Yau 丘玉雲女士


Date 18 March 2013 Interviewed by Ben Fielden
Language English Audio Edited by Ben Fielden
Venue Chinese Community Centre, London

Christine Yau moved from Hong Kong to London in November 1985 and started her restaurant in June 1986. She maintains a very active role within the community. She has been the Chairman of the Chinese Community Centre for over 10 years, Co-Chairman of the Soho Society and the Chairman of the Chinatown Stake Holders Group. She played a leading role in the Chinatown Action Plan, published in 2003, and the Chinatown Renewal Scheme in 2004-2005, which was shortlisted at the London Planning Awards for the best community Project.

In 1998, Christine Yau established the Master Chef Training School at Westminster College. In 2003, she collaborated with the Master Chef Lecturer of Westminster College to publish a cookery book for International Cuisine – China, creating an accessible book for the wider market.

Christine has worked closely with the Metropolitan Police since 1998 when she launched the Chinese Victim Support Scheme and continues to work with the Independent Advisory Group (IAG). Within the victim support and IAG work, she undertook numerous cases to help Chinese victims. Two high profile cases were reported in the mainstream news.

In 2002 Christine organised the very first Chinese New Year celebration in Trafalgar Square which proved to be hugely successful and has now become an annual event.

To protect the future interests of the Chinese Community Centre and the community, she successfully secured new premises within Chinatown, negotiating a peppercorn rent and planning gain benefits.

Christine's work was recognised and she has received many awards:
The Metropolitan Police Volunteer Award in Westminster as well as the pan London for outstanding contributions to London life by the (then) Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and the (then) Commissioner Sir John Stevens in 2003;
The Local Leadership Award by Westminster Council for her outstanding work in helping to improve the quality of life of fellow members of the local community in 2004.
Her restaurant won the Pearl Award for Excellence in Chinese Cuisine, and in 2006 the Chinese Community Centre for outstanding service to the community.

Christine was voted one of ten outstanding Women of the Year for the Mulan Award (in 2009). She also won the Westminster City Council Neighbourhood Leadership Award in 2010 and the Asian Woman Achievement Award in 2011. She moved the Chinese Community Centre to a more spacious new premises in May 2012.