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 McEwan, Treasurer
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.
Yuijing Chi, Volunteer Coordinator
Yujing is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Glasgow and joined Ricefield’s board in January 2019. With a business-focused academic background, passion for volunteering and deep love for Chinese culture, she enjoys having an active role in the organisation. Before joining the board Yujing was an events volunteer, taking part in Ricefield’s first Glasgow Kite Festival as well as Glasgow Mela. Her diverse international experiences have further consolidated her commitment to Ricefield; in 2015 she volunteered to promote Chinese culture in Bali and in serving as a volunteer teacher in Kenya in 2016.
Xiao Zhou (Shawn), Community Engagement
Dr. Xiao Zhou, known as Shawn, came to study in Glasgow in September 2009, with a fully-funded scholarship. After achieving his Ph.D. in June 2014, he started to work as a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and the City of Glasgow College. When Shawn was studying at university, he became the founder of one of the Chinese students’ societies. Although he has now graduated from university, he continues his engagement with Chinese students in Scotland via his Weibo and Wechat account Glasgow留学生. He has also been working for many years for Scottish Government funded projects in local housing associations in Glasgow, providing community services and support to local and Chinese residents of Scotland.