Mr Sonny Leong, CBE 梁辛尼先生,CBE


Date 12 May 2014 Interviewed by Sumayyah Kadir
Language English Audio Edited by Sherri Wong
Venue Civil Service College, London    

Sonny Leong CBE is currently Chief Executive of Civil Service College; Executive Chairman of the Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies, and Deputy Chair of Future First, a social enterprise company, whose vision is for every state secondary school and college to be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps each one to do more for its students.

He has over 30 years of publishing experience, having worked in various academic and professional publishing houses. He founded Cavendish Publishing and developed it to be the largest independent academic law publisher in the UK before it was acquired by Informa PLC. He was formerly the Chairman and is currently Hon President of the Independent Publishers Guild. Previously he was Chair of International Division and Council member of the Publishers Association in the UK.

He is also a Treasurer of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, a parliament based NGO, founded nearly 50 years ago, at the time of the first Commonwealth Education Ministers' Conference. Its purpose is to inform public opinion on the salient issues concerning education and training in the Commonwealth and to identify appropriate ways in which Britain and the European Union can best contribute to their development.
He is Council Member, and Chair of the publishing division of the Singapore-British Business Council (SBBC), a joint governmental programme for promoting bilateral trade between the two countries.

Sonny Leong is the Chair of Chinese for Labour and a member of the Development Board of Labour Party 1000 Club, and also sits on the Executive Committee of BAME labour. He is also a director of Left Foot Forward, a political blog for progressives, providing evidence-based analysis on British politics, policy, and current affairs.