Alex Yip JP 葉穩堅

Vice-Chair of BCProject, Catering Business Director

Alex Yip is British Born Chinese, with a strong sense of his Chinese heritage. After graduating in 2004 from Leicester University with a Masters in International Relations, Alex took over the family business which enabled him to spend his free time giving something back to the community.

In 2006 Alex became a School Governor at Kingsbury School and Sports College, Birmingham, a position that he still holds and he is currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. This is a position that he says he finds "both challenging and rewarding in that you see the difference you make to the pupils and you have the opportunity to change lives, but it also gives a very strong insight into the difficulties and challenges faced by secondary schools, the effect that government policies have on the front lines, in terms of the support that they have, but also in looking at the changes in society and difficulties that are emerging in these changing times"

Alex has been very strongly involved in the Birmingham Chinese Societies and has been involved with the Birmingham Chinese New Year Celebrations as presenter for a few years. He has also been a committee member of the Overseas Chinese Association 伯明翰华联社 as Secretary and also Governor of the Overseas Chinese Association Chinese School. Alex was also the President of the Birmingham Chinese Youth Network, an organization whose aim is to bring the youth of the Birmingham area together and engage with the wider Chinese Community to create a sense of belonging and unity.

For the last two years Alex has been increasingly drawn towards politics and the lack of Chinese representation. In 2009 he was appointed as a Magistrate for the Birmingham Bench, the only Chinese Magistrate in the Birmingham area and one of the youngest on the Bench.

Alex has also been increasingly involved with British Chinese Project, an all-party affiliated non-profit organization that, established in 2006 by Christine Lee, has as its primary goal to represent and voice the concerns of the British Chinese Community, to actively promote and support representation and issues of concern to the British Chinese. In 2011 he was made Vice-Chair with Christine Lee as Chair.

Currently the BC Project are acting as the secretariat for the 'All Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group', Chaired by Barry Gardiner MP and including notable figures such as Lord Wei as treasurer, and are undertaking a series of Parliamentary Reports into the Chinese Community. The series of Reports looks at the Chinese Community and their concerns within the scope of Business, Health, Education and Immigration. The first report which the BC Project are currently in the middle of researching, concerns the Chinese Community and the Police Service.

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Updated on 12 March, 2012


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