Else Kek, Chair
Else, a board member of Ricefield since November 2015, has been actively involved in both operational and management of the organisation. She was later appointed as Chairperson in February 2017. Else holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and she started her career as a Business Process Analyst of an international company, Shell Ltd for 3 years. Else is always keen to gain knowledge and experience in different areas, where she has previously worked as a freelance Software Consultant, and also as a primary school’s Class Teacher. Thanks to her multilingual skills in several languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese and English, Else was also a TV Subtitle’s Translator and once became a Localisation Adviser for a TV Software company supporting the launch their software in Chinese speaking countries. In 2012, she moved her career focus into the charity sector and worked for CEMVO Scotland for 3 years. She is currently working at Interfaith Scotland as the Administrative and Financial Officer. Else’s interest in arts and crafts, and her passion to share the beauty of Chinese culture to others was reflected in her previous volunteering activities. She was previously a committee member and a volunteer workshop leader of an art club. She played Chinese musical Instrument ‘Pipa’ for several years, and later became the co-founder of the Chinese Orchestra Club in the university where she studied.
Scott McEwan, Treasurer
Scott is a qualified ACCA Accountant with over 15 years experience gained with working in the public and private sectors. He was appointed as Ricefield’s Treasurer in October 2016. Scott is currently working at Skills Development Scotland as a Finance Business Partner, as well as managing his own business. His extensive accounting and financial knowledge was gained through his previous roles working as a Finance Controller, Management Accountant, Finance Manager etc at various companies. Away from the office Scott is a keen long distance runner and enjoys travelling to Asia with China being a favourite where he has visited on many occasions. His interest in Chinese culture began in 2011 when he fulfilled a long held desired to walk on the Great Wall and spent two months travelling around China. Scott also attended Glasgow’s Chinese School for two years for a beginner’s mandarin class.
Laura Matheson, Marketing Coordinator
Laura Matheson joined Ricefield’s Board in May 2017. Laura has a background in arts administration, working with several organisations and festivals around Scotland. She focuses particularly on promotion and digital media, and leads Ricefield’s marketing team. She is currently pursuing a Masters in art curation and criticism, and her interest in Chinese art history was what originally drew her to Ricefield as a volunteer. In her spare time, Laura studies Chinese language and enjoys travelling.
James Hunter, I.T. Advisor
James Hunter was born in Glasgow and has been in employment for 40 years, joining Ricefield’s Board in May 2017. He started out as an engineering apprentice, then returned to college and trained in electrical electronics to become an electronics engineer in the private sector. He has worked for North Glasgow College, Glasgow University, West Dunbartonshire Council and currently works for Glasgow City Council as Computer Support in the Education department. He was on the board of management at North Glasgow College as Staff Representative and Union Rep. He was also a board member for Youai Scotland, and is currently a Union Rep for Unite, representing support staff in education.
Cici Huang, Volunteer Coordinator
Cici joined Ricefield in 2016 and now serves as a volunteer coordinator. Tasks mainly involve volunteer recruitment, training, management and organising activities. As a third-year economic student at the University of Glasgow, Cici spends most of her spare time taking part in various volunteer activities. She is currently a member of SenseScotland helping young disabled adults, a committee member of Glasgow University Service to Homeless and a mentor helping newly arrived international students in Glasgow International College.
After encountering diverse cultural experiences in Glasgow, she feels even more appreciating of her own rich and unique 5000-year Chinese history and always seeks chances to fulfil her ambitions. Cici used to be a member of the Martial Art Club in China and she really enjoyed this sport which encompasses Chinese Taoist spirituality. In April 2016, she was elected as an event coordinator for one of the most active Chinese societies in Glasgow, aiming to promote Chinese culture and help newly arrived Chinese students. Moreover, she has been teaching Chinese and promoting Chinese cultures voluntarily in Glasgow Jordanhill School since March 2016.
Clarinda Tse, Business Development and Arts Administrator
Clarinda Tse has joined the Ricefield team since Jan 2016 as Business Development and Arts Administrator. She is a recent graduate of MLitt Fine Art (Sculpture) of Glasgow School of Art and is actively engaging in the development of art workshops of Ricefield, infusing traditional crafts with an art therapy approach in various original workshops. Her role involves developing sustainability for the organisation through merchandise and workshop, seeking creative talents and supporting artists with a Chinese background.