The Chinese world has been an important part of my life since I first started studying Chinese at Oxford University in 1987. From 2009-2018, I ran a consultancy called Access China Limited in Jersey and London providing “intelligence, strategy and support to get you to the heart of China.” Better known clients included UKTI, PwC, HSBC, Lloyds of London, Burberry, Coutts and the London School of Economics.

The consultancy work was based on the premise that most foreign business ventures with China struggle not for technical reasons but as a result of weak relationships. Consequently, my work was focussed on education, training and advice on how to develop strong relationships with China.

This work led me into a new venture called “Wo Hui Mandarin” but the following resources developed for Access China are still available.

The Key to Business Success with China: Text | Audio
See also LinkedIn (most also available in video format) and Twitter

China’s history in 1 minute
China’s geography in 1 minute

Ping: The key to success with China
Proposal (2015) | 2 Page Summary (2015) | 1 Page Summary (2017)

Each video is 90 seconds or less

A. Centre
B. Tension

8 Springs
1. River
2. Bitterness
3. Heaven
4. One
5. The Way
6. Humannness
7. Mountain
8. Words

C. Face

Legastories: The Legacy Of Stories That Makes China What It Is Today
Legastories’ Trailer (00h03m45s)
Legastories (01h47m45s) – please contact me for a password

Business Talks
6x 1 minute precis of the key points of a talk given on 4 July 2014
1. The world has changed
2. The Internet Age
3. We need to change
4. New Perspectives
5. Chinese Thinking
6. What China wants

6x 30 minute training videos recorded in 2014/2015 for the Confucius Institute for Business at the London School of Economics
1. Etiquette
2. Symbolism
3. Festivals
4. Population
5. Relationships
6. Negotiation
7. Business Culture

Other China-related works

In 2002, as part of my degree in Biblical and Inter-Cultural Studies, I wrote this dissertation on “The Quest for God in the Analects of Confucius: a way through the impasse in Confucian-Christian dialogue