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 Finance and Office Manager. 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. Else was awarded Role Model of the Year at the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019.
Scott is a qualified ACCA Accountant with over 15 years of 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 were 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 traveling to Asia with China being a favorite 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 traveling around China. Scott also attended Glasgow’s Chinese School for two years for a beginner’s mandarin class.
James Hunter, Event Support/ I.T. Advisor
James Hunter was born in Glasgow and has been in employment for 40 years, joining Ricefield’s Board on 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.
Wensi Cai, Volunteer Coordinator
Wensi joined Ricefield in 2023. She is currently a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University, and her research field is smart wearable devices. She holds two master’s degrees, one of which is a joint Master of Science awarded by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, and the other is a Master of Education awarded by the University of Camillas in Spain. In addition to studying, she is keen on spreading Chinese culture and participating in voluntary activities. In August 2017, she went to Sri Lanka to teach Chinese and mathematics to local students. In 2018, she participated in the music teaching project organized by Harper’s Bazaar. Because of her excellent performance, she became a member of the Global Association of music educators (GAME). She is open to new challenges, loves to learn new things, and enjoys making new friends. To join us and register as a volunteer please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
May is an MLitt graduate in Performing Arts from the University of Glasgow who joined Ricefield in October 2022 as an office volunteer and has held the position of Arts Administrator since 2023. May is committed to working with Nonprofit organisations and enjoys creating diverse artistic and cultural adventures. In Glasgow, in addition to Ricefield, May plays a key role in the Youth Group at the Gallery of Modern Art and Visitor Engagement team of the National Galleries of Scotland. Within the university, she is also working with the National Theatre of Scotland on a project called ICEBREAKER, which focues on the poorest 5% of students in Scotland and explores environmental issues while maintaining high-quality theatre work output. Before joining Ricefield, May worked as a PR intern for The Borgen Project, a non-profit organisation working to end global poverty in the US, and CodeYourFuture, an IT training organisation for refugees and disadvantaged people, as well as an independent writer for Thesocialtalks news website.