Kwong Ngan, BCAc

Baroness Wilcox, Kwong Ngan, Martin Field from Pall-Ex

In 1978 Mr Ngan became a member of the See Yep Association, a voluntary organisation bringing together the oldest Chinese Community in Europe. At the age of 46 he became the youngest Chairman and now after two decades is the longest standing Chairman since it was founded in 1906.

He transformed the Associations building into a vibrant community centre, providing a safe and warm environment for the Chinese community and in particular, the much revered ‘elders’ can socialise and pass on traditions and values to the next generations. During his term as Vice Chairman over 20 years ago, he opened the doors to women for the first time in the history of the See Yep. Today we see a confident and empowered Ladies Group.

He offers guidance on social, welfare, business and cultural matters, liaises with authorities to create a more harmonious and integrated society. He arranges traditional Chinese funerals for members and families. He is held in the highest esteem by organisations and dignitaries locally nationally and internationally. Thirty two years ago he introduced Liverpool to the ancient art of Tai Chi by forming The Merseyside School of Tai Chi, a non-profit organisation which he ran after work between 4-6 hours per week. He held charitable Tai Chi events to raise money for the Liverpool New Born Baby Appeal, Liverpool Cardiothoracic, and Children in Need, Linda McCartney Centre and the Royal Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. He runs his school with a bright and cheery smile come rain, shine, sleet or snow.

With almost 40 years of dedicated service to his community and the North West he has channelled his many talents and boundless energy into improving community services and quality of life for his fellow citizens. He truly stands out as a leader who is always there for those around him, eager to take up new challenges to enhance the well-being of the community.

‘His Tai Chi School, being the first of its kind 32 years ago, has inspired many other schools. Now Merseyside has a number of Tai Chi venues, run mostly by his students, past and present’.