Meet The Team
Ian Phillips is a 46 year old English man. Born in the South of England in Hampshire he stayed in this area of the world until he was 37 years old when he moved to Singapore with his job. Ian worked as a Business Development Manager for Cisco Systems, one of the world’s leading technology companies. Ian spent two and half years in Singapore before relocating to Thailand where he had been vacationing for 11 years and already owned a small home. When not working, or undertaking tasks for PLU Ian enjoys relaxing on the beach or by the pool and long relaxing lunches and dinners with friends.
Kenneth Jacob Miller
Born in the US state of Hawaii, Ken Miller brings years of knowledge and experience to his position as PLU’s Outreach Chair. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a BAA Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Ken’s extensive involvement with non-profit organizations includes: Marriage Project Hawaii where he served as Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Director in 1998, he also served as Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Director for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center—Hawaii from 2000-2004, and was the Chair for Honolulu Gay Pride Celebration 2001-2004. He was also the Program Manager for the Hawaii LGBT Community Center’s Tobacco Awareness and Prevention Program from 2001-20014. Here in Phuket, Ken has been involved in Phuket Loves You Club—Phuket Pride as Chair in 2012, Pride Committee Member in 2014 and is currently the Community Outreach Chair in addition to his voluntary work at the Life Home Project Foundation. He has worked at CC’s Hideaway in Phuket since 2005, first as Director of Marketing and currently as the General Manager since his promotion in 2006.
John is an active 68 year old who now calls Phuket his home and is currently a Director for the Sundowners Group, located in the Paradise Soi. The Sundowners Group began with the Sundowners Bar, formerly known as James Dean, in September 2007, with the catering aspect, Bistro Restaurant, being added in March of 2010. The Lounge was introduced to supplement the catering side in March 2013 and renamed Sundowners Bistro & Lounge which is situated almost opposite to the Sundowners Bar.
John has 22 years’ experience in the Military (naval) Supply Branch, duties included HR, Cash Accounting, Auditing, the Training Officer within his chosen specialization, culminating as the Supply Officer (Cash) in HM Naval Base Gibraltar.
He spent two years working in the judicial system prior to joining BAE Systems, a large British Defence Company, working in Saudi Arabia for 17 years. He took early retirement in February 2008.
Having visited Thailand for the first time in 2007 and fallen in love with first Bangkok, and then many other parts of Thailand, Phil has now lived in Phuket for 6 years and is the owner of Adonis Guest House in the Paradise Complex.
Until moving to Phuket, he has worked his entire career in Sales and Marketing in the FMCG market. Although he has no formal qualifications in marketing, his move to a marketing role was brought about his employer wanting a much closer linkage between the Sales processes and Marketing initiatives. Phil very quickly found a passion for Brand Marketing and in his last company took them through two brand changes.
At the PLU, he has established both the PLU and the Phuket Pride brands which he believes are being internationally recognized within the LGBT market.
Tangmo (Chanok Kaewseenuan)
She is an active 52ish (a lady never tells her age!) and although a native of Bangkok is a well-known figurehead within the Patong area. An entrepreneur, who owns the Tangmo Group which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. The Group consists of the Tangmo Cabaret, Karaoke and the Newspaper Boutique Restaurant.
Over the past years Tangmo has done, and indeed still does, a considerable amount of work within the local LGBT community, particularly in the fight for equal rights for the Lady Boys.
Continues to support and assist in the HIV health initiatives. A strong advocate of the PLU’S HARP Programme.
Was Chair for the 2005 and 2006 Phuket Prides.
With Tangmo’s local knowledge, and that, together with her many connections, is indeed an added asset on the PLU Committee.
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