Mr Edmond Yeo JP 楊慶權先生 JP
|Date||1 May 2013||Interviewed by||Rosa Kurowska|
|Language||English||Audio Edited by||Ben Fielden|
|Venue||Chinese Information and Advice Centre|
Edmond Yeo was born in Malaysia and came to the UK to study business management before working in Hong Kong for many years. In 2001 he moved to London and later began working with CIAC, eventually becoming the chair and then manager of the centre.
The Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC) was established in 1982. CIAC is a UK charity offering free legal advice and support to disadvantaged Chinese people living in the UK. The mission of CIAC is to ensure that disadvantaged people of Chinese ethnic origin in the UK have access to high quality advice, information and support.
CIAC believes that people are disadvantaged if they face economic, language, or cultural barriers which prevent them from properly accessing mainstream services in the UK. They provide specialist services on legal and social welfare issues and develop an information service to support organisational development, policy and research relating to the Chinese community. The CIAC has been funded as a charity for many years and in recent years has also started to provide services through a social enterprise model.
Aside from his work managing the CIAC Edmond is involved in many campaigns and since 2003 has served as a Justice of the Peace. Edmond is Chairman of Ealing's Perivale Ward and the Deputy Chairman (Political) of the Ealing North Conservative Association. In 2006 he became a Councillor in Ealing. Edmond has also been heavily involved in campaigns to combat problem gambling in Chinatown, and is part of the Gambling Concerned Group there. Over the years he has served on the board of many public and voluntary institutions.