BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Mr Nicholas Sallnow-Smith
Nicholas Sallnow-Smith has been the Chairman of the Board of The Link Management Limited and Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company since April 2007. He is also Chairman of its Finance and Investment, and Nominations Committees. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited and Dah Sing Bank, Limited, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of LionRock Master Fund Limited in Singapore and is also a member of the Advisory Board of Winnington Group in Hong Kong. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Wynn Macau, Limited.
Prior to joining The Link Management, Mr Sallnow-Smith was Chief Executive of Hongkong Land Holdings Limited from February 2000 to March 2007. He was the sole full-time executive on the Board, reporting on both strategic and operational issues and responsible for all investor relations matters in public markets.
He has a wide ranging finance background in Asia and the UK for over 30 years, including 7 years as a Finance Director & Treasurer with the Jardine Matheson Group.
Mr Sallnow-Smith’s early career was spent in the British Civil Service, where he worked for Her Majesty’s Treasury in Whitehall, London from 1975-1985. During that time, he was seconded for two years to Manufacturers Hanover London, working in export finance and in their merchant banking division, Manufacturers Hanover Limited.
He left the Civil Service in 1985, following a period working in the International Finance section of H. M. Treasury on Paris Club and other international debt policy matters, and spent two years with Lloyds Bank before moving into the corporate sector in 1987. Before he began his career in the civil service, he qualified as a teacher and taught in both the pubic and private sectors of the secondary school system.
His community involvement in Hong Kong has included, professionally, a period as Convenor of the Hong Kong Association of Corporate Treasurers (1996-2000). He was a Director of the Asian Youth Orchestra (1997-2009), a member of the Manpower Committee, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (2003-2009), Chairman of the Matilda Child Development Centre Executive Committee in 1994 -1995, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Matilda International Hospital from 1998 to 2005, serving as Chairman from 2003 to 2005.
Currently he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, Chairman of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, a member of the Council of the Treasury Markets Association (Hong Kong Association of Corporate Treasures Representative) and a member of General Committee of The British Chamber of Commerce in HK. He is also the Chairman of AFS Intercultural Exchanges Ltd.
Mr Sallnow-Smith was educated at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and the University of Leicester and is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He holds M.A. (Cantab) and M.A. (Soc. of Ed.) Degrees.