About Us

About Us

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee & Team 2020-21

From L to R Back Row:  Vaughn de Vocht, Vincent Lim, Linda McCreath, Serena Tran, Kerena Tran, Jack Lee, Richard Hughes, Jeffrey Tran and Arthur Chao

From L to R Front Row: Karen Soo, Simon Chan and Jessie Xiao

 Absent from photo: Brad Chan, George Wing Kee and Peter Wong

The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is not-for-profit association representing the business community in and around the Haymarket.

 

With strong connections with the City of Sydney Council and other government departments, we are able to make representations on behalf of members to advance their interests in promoting and maintaining business growth in the area.

 

From public domain improvements to business opportunities; tourism promotion to commerce development; city planning to cultural enhancement, the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is a strong representative for the local business community.

 

As one of the most influential business organisations in Sydney, the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce comprises a wide variety of businesses including representatives from major Autralian and foreign banks, high profile restaurants, F&B operators in Chinatown/Haymarket and various professional services. 

 

Our vision is to achieve a strong representative and supportive body for the local business community, championing continual improvements to maintain and enhance Haymarket as a vibrant and attractive place to do business.

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce's privacy statement demonstrates our firm commitment to privacy.  The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.

 

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis.  For example; personal information may be gathered from the membership registration process for subscription or services.

 

Personally identifiable information on individual users will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection. 

 

Residents

  • 17,000 residents living in the Haymarket Village Hub area.
  • 3000 businesses
  • Approx. 250 food outlets and restaurants
  • This represents 8% of the total City of Sydney resident population.
  • 6,758 residential dwellings

 

Visitor Accommodation

  •  4197 hotel rooms, 1233 serviced apartments and 1327 backpacker beds
  •  Representing between 25-30% of the city’s total visitor accommodation.

 

Food & Hospitality Industry

  • Area offers 22,000 seats in restaurants, cafes and pavement dining.
  • Additional 1700 seats within food courts.
  • 2,800 capacity in the area’s hotels and bars.

 

Top 5 Industry Divisions by the number of business establishments -

  • Retail and Personal Services.
  • Food and Drink.
  • Professional and Business Services.
  • Tourist, Cultural and Leisure.
  • Finance and Financial Services.

 

Employment

  • Total employment of the Haymarket village hub = 48,000 / 2500 businesses.
  • Represents 13% of the city’s workforce, second only to the CBD.
  • Includes World Square which houses 5,500 employees.

 

Top 10 industries by employment –

 

  1. 7,300  professional & business services
  2. 6,000  government
  3. 5,200  ICT
  4. 4,600  financial
  5. 3,900 food and drink
  6. 3,200 retail & personal services
  7. 3,200 tourism cultural and leisure
  8. 3,200 transport & logistics
  9. 2,800 creative industries
  10. 2,000 utilities

 

 

Note: The information provided in this overview has been taken from a report compiled by the City of Sydney.

 HCC Executive Members 2020 - 21
 
Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee & Team 2020-21

From L to R Back Row:  Vaughn de Vocht, Vincent Lim, Linda McCreath, Serena Tran, Kerena Tran, Jack Lee, Richard Hughes, Jeffrey Tran and Arthur Chao

From L to R Front Row: Karen Soo, Simon Chan and Jessie Xiao

 Absent from photo: Brad Chan, George Wing Kee and Peter Wong

 
 

HCC President

Simon Chan is the Director and Founder of Art Atrium, an art gallery exhibiting contemporary Australian, Asian and Aboriginal art with a special focus on cross cultural collaboration and expression in art as a reflection of our multicultural society in a globalised world. Simon is also a practising architect and Director of SCA Architects. Simon has been involved in a broad range of not for profit Foundations and community organisations and is currently the Director on the Board of VisAsia at Art Gallery of NSW, Council member of the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture at The University of Sydney, Board member of Multicultural NSW Advisory Board and Chair of Sydney South Regional Advisory Council, Director on the Board of Parramasala, Executive Committee Member of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, Director and former Chair on the Board of Aboriginal Benefits Foundation, Committee Member of the NSW Government Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Committee, Community Ambassador for the Art Gallery of NSW, Member of the Woollahra Council Cultural Committee and Council member of the Sydney Water Customer Council. Simon was the recipient of the inaugural NSW Premier's Multicultural Award for Arts & Culture in 2013.

 

HCC Vice President

Jessie Xiao is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with 17 years of experience in top tier accounting firms, fund management companies & her own business enterprises. She has co-founded 8 restaurants, karaoke venues & entertainment businesses in Sydney, with the majority of these located within the Haymarket precinct.   As well as being business focused, she is also socially responsible by giving back to the community through her 15 years of charitable work with a recognised woman’s network – Way In Network, where she has been the vice-president for the last seven years and is currently on the City of Sydney Night Time Economy Advisory Panel.

 

Jessie also plays a key role in the Chinese restauranteur community through her current role as committee member of the Australian Chinese Restaurateur Association.

 

 

Honorary Member

George Wing Kee is one of the founding member of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and a third generation Australian Chinese, George has witnessed Australia’s progressive embracement of the Chinese community as well as the demographical and physical transformation of the Haymarket precinct over the past century.  George Wing Kee is well known for his charismatic historical tours through Chinatown during the Chinese cultural festivals, where he enthralls visitors with intriguing stories of the Chinese culture, customs and mythologies.  At the age of 78, George is still going strong with his part-time job in consulting to P&G Mode Realty and is also a Justice of The Peace.  

 

HCC Executive Member, Honorary HCC Member & Previous HCC President

Brad Chan is CEO of Banna Property Group, a 3rd generation family business with a vision to transform its shopping centres into community hubs. Brad is also founder of HaymarketHQ, a startup hub with a particular focus on helping startups grow into Asian markets. Established as a profit-for-purpose social enterprise, the hub also provides space for events and talks around subjects such as innovation, business in Asia and promoting culturally diverse leadership.

 

Brad acts as a mentor to both startups as well as individuals and retains a personal interest in angel investing. Previously, he was President of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for five years, sat on the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Advisory Committee and was the first President of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong. He currently is a Board Director of Northcross Limited, a primary school whilst also President of the school P&F and remains involved with community and local government committees. In 2018, he joined the Board of DAWN, a purpose-led business with a vision to build culturally diverse leaders in the future. In 2016, he established the Banna Foundation, the family group’s philanthropy arm which currently supports a range of charities including the UTS Humanitarian Scholarship. 

 

Brad has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Land Economics), Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, Masters in Real Estate and Masters of Town Planning. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Honorary Member

Peter Wong leads P & G Mode Realty which is one of Haymarket's leading and long standing property companies. With strong ties across the local business community and government groups, Peter's leadership and commitment to the Chamber drives the growth of the organisation and its membership.

 

HCC Executive Officer

Karen Soo

Having worked for HCC since 2012, Karen is an international marketing and business specialist that is passionate and committed to the inclusion of culture and community.  With experience engaging, fostering and representing cultural communities for Optus NSW, IKEA Shanghai, Admerasia New York, Diversity Council of Australia and now with Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, Karen currently also sits on the Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Panel.

 

 

Treasurer

Jonathan Wong is the director of Avantro and has been the Chamber's public officer for over 3 years.  As a dedicated long standing Executive member of the Chamber and with over 15 year’s legal expertise he brings a wealth of experience and legal acumen to the Chamber.

 

Public Officer

Richard Hughes has been a member of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce since 2010, an Executive Committee member since 2012, from 2014 to 2018 its Secretary and from 2018 to date its Public Officer (responsible for legal and regulatory matters). By occupation he is a solicitor and a notary public. After 11 years based in Chifley Square in 2004 he moved his legal practice close to Haymarket at Pitt Street near the corner with Liverpool Street when he purchased new premises there for his practice.

 

Richard has lived most of his life in Sydney but has also lived in Melbourne, London (where he went to grammar school), Armidale and Muswellbrook and has worked overseas. He has practiced as a solicitor since 1978 and a notary public since 1992. He conducts his own legal practice as Hughes & Co Solicitors and which is principally conducting commercial law and litigation particularly in equity and commercial law and has a speciality in international trade law. He does a lot of specialized legal work for other solicitors. His qualifications and academic awards include from the University of New South Wales a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in politics), a Bachelor of Laws, and Certificate of International Commercial Arbitration and from the University of Technology Sydney a Masters of International Trade Law. He has been a director of mechanical engineering manufacturing companies since 1986. He has been a member of Law Society committees for over twenty five years mostly in the areas of professional conduct, legal costs, arbitration and mediation. From 2013 to 2015 he was the Vice President of the New South Wales Chapter of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association. For several years he has been the Secretary of the Owners Corporation for the building where his office is located, and the Treasurer of the Anglo Australasian Lawyers Society.

Richard Hughes has been a member of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce since 2010, an Executive Committee member since 2012, from 2014 to 2018 its Secretary and from 2018 to date its Public Officer (responsible for legal and regulatory matters). By occupation he is a solicitor and a notary public. After 11 years based in Chifley Square in 2004 he moved his legal practice close to Haymarket at Pitt Street near the corner with Liverpool Street when he purchased new premises there for his practice.

 

Richard has lived most of his life in Sydney but has also lived in Melbourne, London (where he went to grammar school), Armidale and Muswellbrook and has worked overseas. He has practiced as a solicitor since 1978 and a notary public since 1992. He conducts his own legal practice as Hughes & Co Solicitors and which is principally conducting commercial law and litigation particularly in equity and commercial law and has a speciality in international trade law. He does a lot of specialized legal work for other solicitors. His qualifications and academic awards include from the University of New South Wales a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in politics), a Bachelor of Laws, and Certificate of International Commercial Arbitration and from the University of Technology Sydney a Masters of International Trade Law. He has been a director of mechanical engineering manufacturing companies since 1986. He has been a member of Law Society committees for over twenty five years mostly in the areas of professional conduct, legal costs, arbitration and mediation. From 2013 to 2015 he was the Vice President of the New South Wales Chapter of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association. For several years he has been the Secretary of the Owners Corporation for the building where his office is located, and the Treasurer of the Anglo Australasian Lawyers Society.

 

Secretary

Arthur Chao joined the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce as a Young Professional and was elected as Secretary in 2018. Having worked both in Sydney and in Hong Kong across banking and financial services as well as in government at the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Arthur is dedicated towards increasing business community engagement and the Chamber’s efforts in developing Young Professionals. He also serves on the School Council of Sydney Boys High School and is a keen sportsman; having previously represented Australia in Fencing and frequently sailing on the weekends. 

 

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS:

Vaughn de Vocht

Experienced in Commercial, Retail, Residential & Heritage Facilities Management, both hard and soft services. Extensive knowledge of mixed-use CBD property portfolios including Government and Heritage Listed Buildings. Multi-skilled, trade qualified Senior FM with a focus on integrity, reliability, sustainability and client satisfaction. HCC Executive Committee member since 2005 with a strong work ethic and social responsibility to improve and manage the built environment.

 

 

Vincent Lim

Vincent is a corporate and commercial lawyer and a funds management executive director in Sydney, Australia.  Vincent is the founding director of VTS Lawyers. He has practised law for more than 25 years in

Sydney including more than 10 years with a couple of Australia’s top tier firms before he set up his own practice. Vincent is also an executive director of the investment manager of the SUMO SIV
Managed Funds and the SUMO Sapien Fintech and Innovation Fund. 

Vincent graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws. He also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia, now known as FINSIA

(Financial Services Institute of Australasia). Vincent has been a Fellow of FINSIA since 2002.

 

 

Linda McCreath (伦桂玲律师) is the founder and Principal Lawyer of Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers, a Sydney-based legal practice that specialises in Australian visa and migration services.  As a practising lawyer and a registered migration agent, Linda leads a professional team comprising native English, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers with a deep appreciation and respect for cultural nuance.

Linda has been serving on the Executive Committee of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) since 2010. Previously, she has held positions at the HK-Australia Business Association (HKABA), including as the Vice President and Chairman of its 2009 Annual Business Awards. She is also an active member of the Migration Institution of Australia, the Law Society of NSW, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Australia, and Toastmasters International. By deploying her skills in building a strong network of connections within Sydney’s business community, Linda is committed to working with other committee members to further the growth and development of the HCC.

 

 

Jack Lee

As a professional and experienced business broker,  Jack has worked with Westpac, Optus and Macquarie Group between 2004 and 2012 before entering the business brokering industry. 

As the director of Forward Business Sales and Acquisition specialising in business sales valuing $300,000 to $3,000,000, predominantly in retail, hospitality and wholesale sectors, Jack has 20 years of diverse experiences in working for corporations and owning small businesses, Forward Business Sales provides capital raising and strategic partnership with entrepreneurs from Asia, finding them the right successors quickly who could offer them the right price when it is time for them to exit.

 

I am honoured to be regarded as one of the most experienced Chinese business brokers in Sydney and highly regarded for helping lots of inbound investors establishing their first-ever businesses through business acquisitions. In fact, over 75% of my buyers have Asian background. 

I have been living in multicultural countries and communities since I was born in Malaysia. I had lived in multiple countries in Asia before migrating to Australia 16 years ago. I speak Mandarin, English, Bahasa Malaysia and a few other dialects. My wife is a Korean and my son is a 100% true Aussie. I love pizza and fish and chips as much as I love noodles and rice. I drink wines and whiskies as much as I drink bubble teas.

 

With my personal background and profession, my objectives of becoming HCC's EC are to help HCC business community to grow their businesses through collaboration, connect them to the right oversea channels and capitals and finally to find them the right successors who could take over their businesses with the right price and continue running successfully.\ 

 

James Cui is a dynamic, mutli-lingual and well travelled member who has two degrees in Engineering and Social sciences as well as being passionate about entertainment and education. Having just returned from a university year abroad in the Netherlands and travelling to China, James brings many many talents and a diverse way of thinking to the Sub Committee.

 

 

Jeffrey Tran

 

 

 

Serena Tan is a young entrepreneur  and is a multi-lingual first generation Australian Born from a highly successful entrepreneurial family from South East Asia. With a Degree in Marketing/PR, Serena is passionate about digital media, travelling, culture and giving back to the less fortunate. Her Enthusiasm for the Haymarket community is shown through her dedication to the chamber  

 

Kerena Tran is a young multi-lingual, first generation born from a highly successful entrepreneurial family from South East Asia. In her professional career, Kerena has worked in Marketing across Consumer Electronics and Pharmaceutical industries. With her focus to support HCC, the local community and encourage a wider young professional network, Kerena will bring her strong organisational skills to the chamber.