Francesca Tiffin has had experience in the voluntary sector, business and in the Hong Kong Civil Service, which has given her a broad perspective.

Her career started in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Civil Service where she was responsible for vetting development plans for Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Tuen Mun, new ‘towns’ of joint population of 2 million, for organizing VIP visits to the New Territories, and acting as Secretary to the New Territories Development Committee.

After that she worked under the auspices of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, running a project for The Prince’s Trust. The brief was to determine whether there was a pool of un-tapped potential for volunteers in industry. She was responsible for designing, running and reporting on the project; the report was published so others could benefit from the lessons learnt.

Then, Francesca went into business, working initially as Manager of a China trading business, and later as Managing Director of various businesses trading in China. She was effective in increasing profitability, in introducing computerization, and in developing new markets for sales and purchases and in managing and developing people.

Later, Francesca trained as a Teacher in Special Learning Difficulties. She also undertook extensive wine studies, including completing the first half of a Master of Wine.

She gained a degree in Chinese at Oxford University. She speaks French, Italian, German, and Spanish and rusty Mandarin and Cantonese. Her interests include photography, writing and travel, which brings her into contact with people from all over the world.

Francesca believes that we all need Mentors from time to time in our lives. She has benefitted from the wisdom of others and would like to help in her turn.