Ms Gill Tan 陳玉萍女士


Date 13 March 2013 Interviewed by Ben Fielden
Language English Audio Edited by Ben Fielden
Venue Islington Community Centre Association    

Gill Tan was born in Malaysia, immigrated to UK in 1976, qualified in General and Psychiatric Nursing and graduated with Economics degree. Managed London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre, worked with various Chinese Centres, set up projects, e.g., Westminster Chinese Workers' Forum, Newham Chinese Association and London Chinese Health Resource Centre, ensuring Chinese people receives right diagnosis and medical treatment.

Gill worked for Hackney Social Services helped Chinese/Vietnamese residents access mainstream services, set up mental health project, East London Interpretation Services, ensured Hackney permanent premises; staged 'Chinese Homes' Exhibition with Geffrey Museum.

She later trained as a Social Worker, held various posts with Local Authorities including a senior Management position with Tower Hamlets; obtained prestigious Chartered Mark and ISO9002 Awards for Newham.

Today she is a part-time Welfare Advice and Community Development Manager at Islington Chinese Association, one of the largest Chinese Community Centres in London, established in 1986, working with volunteers, providing luncheon club for elders, advice, information, leisure and educational activities. She is also part-time Dementia Project Co-ordinator in Chinese Health Centre.

Gill has worked as film extra; helped Casting Companies recruit Chinese extras, interpreted for them. She was Jason Statham's Cantonese coach in 'Hummingbird'. She has Community Interpretation qualification.