Mr Eddie Chan 陳寄嶠先生


Date 5 December 2013 Interviewed by Ben Fielden
Language English Audio Edited by Ben Fielden
Venue Chinese National Healthy Living Centre    

After completing his education in La Salle Primary School and La Salle College in Hong Kong, Eddie Chan came to the UK in 1971 to further his education. He completed his studies in Sheffield University graduating with an honour degree in Civil & Structural Engineering.

He is a Chartered Civil & Structural Engineer and Chartered Manager with a MBA degree and has more than 20 years' experience of working in consultancy on infrastructure development worldwide, particularly in China. As a director of world renowned firm Sir Owen Williams International Ltd (consulting engineers), he established from scratch one of the first Sino-British joint venture engineering consultancies in China in the early 1990's.

Subsequently he became a director of this joint venture company – Hebei Jiwei Highway Engineering Consultant Co Ltd, based in Shijiazhuang Hebei and has helped to cultivate it to become a very successful provincial consultancy company. With his input in development work during mid-1990 in China, Owen Williams Ltd secured several more highway construction supervision and technical advisory contracts funded by the World Bank, ADB and Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (Japan); including National Highway 107 Shijiazhuang - Anyang Expressway; National Highway 102 Beijing – Qinhuangdao Expressway and Second Jinan Highway Yellow River Crossing in Shandong. In addition, he has worked on a significant number of technical transfer projects covering more than 10 provinces in China. He is an honorary member of the 48 Group Club.

Eddie became Director of the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre in August 2000. Since joining the Centre, he has transformed this London based organisation, winning national recognition. In 2010 the centre won a prestigious NHS Health & Social Care Award for this work.

In 2001 he founded the London Chinese Community Network (LCCN) and was subsequently elected Chair. LCCN aims to promote the interests of the London Chinese voluntary and community sector (VCS). The work of the network includes community research, publishing, brokering partnerships, organisational capacity building and holding consultation conferences and community activities.

In 2003, with the then Labour government, Eddie established the British Chinese All Parties Parliamentary Group and also became the prime promoter to encourage the Chinese community to participate in voting. Then in 2008 together with a few other active and enthusiastic community leaders, Eddie established the Chinese Welfare Trust and has been its chair between 2008 and 2013.

He has been member of various UK government departments' ministerial advisory groups – at present he is member of the Ministerial Working Group on Equality in Mental Health. He was a Steering Group member of Westminster LINK (Local Involvement Network) from 2009 to 2013 and has now been elected Steering Group member for Westminster Healthwatch. He is currently the Chair of the BME Health Forum in London.