David Gotts

David Gotts founded International China Concern in 1993.  Three years earlier, as a UK native, he had travelled to China for the first time through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Hong Kong.

David’s visit to the Nanning Welfare Centre — a government-run welfare centre — opened his eyes to the desperate conditions of China’s abandoned and disabled at that time. For two years, he studied Mandarin so he could better serve the children and young adults.  Since then, he has lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Canada.

David provides oversight and leadership to ICC’s work both in China and internationally.

International Council

The International Council provides overall guidance and governance for ICC’s work in China and around the world.


Ruth Smith

Council Chair

“I am inspired by the love that ICC’s children show to each other. Despite having nothing, they are able to share everything. To watch the young people in the group homes come together as one new family, living and helping each other when times are tough or when tasks are physically impossible is truly inspiring.”


Stewart Evans


I am inspired by seeing faith in action. The children and young adults encourage me to serve in Faith, and in doing so I receive far more in return. This reciprocal response means that many years later I am still inspired, motivated and blessed to be involved.”

Andrew Gardener

Hong Kong

“I am inspired by the joy and generosity that is so evident in each of the children and young adults I meet in ICC’s family. I remember this one time when a little girl with Down syndrome saw me enter a room and with a huge smile stretched out her arms for me to give her a hug.  As I held her in my arms I realized the opposite was true – she didn’t want to receive a hug, she wanted to give a hug.  Her delight and generosity of love will always remain with me.”

Dale Weathington

Hong Kong

“I am inspired by the hope and joy that ICC brings to the children and young adults in its care.”

“I still vividly remember my first trip to ICC in 2011 and the unforgettable experience of holding a little girl who had recently been abandoned because she was missing her right arm. I remember the love she was given by the staff and the hope that came with becoming part of the ICC family. I remember returning to Hengyang six months later, looking forward to holding her again, only to discover that she had been given a Forever Family (adopted)…what joy! It was in that moment that I realized the full impact of ICC’s work and that ICC is all about changing lives of the “least of these”, bringing love, hope and opportunity to those that can’t help themselves. A young girl’s life had forever been changed because of the works of ICC.”


Michele Harris


“I am inspired by ICC’s ability to sow the seeds of regard within the children and young adults they love and care for, the welfare officials they respect and work beside, and the caregivers they train and mentor.  We all must scale the mountain of regard from the bottom where society sees the individual with a disability as an embarrassment and burden, through learning to care for their needs, desire their highest level of well-being, and feel pride in their accomplishments, to the top where we see every individual as a unique and powerful piece of God’s image.”


Linda Linehan


“On my first visit to one of the ICC children’s projects in 2012 I was deeply affected to see, first hand, the difference made in the lives of children abandoned because of their disabilities. Over the years, I have repeatedly witnessed the incredible transformation resulting from the loving family setting and attention to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of each child. My heart melts each time I witness the love that the children are, in return, able to show each other, their carers and visitors.”


Ian Sigsworth

Board Chair of Australia Office

“I am inspired by the faith in action through ICC’s family of caregivers who bring love and hope into the lives and hearts of these precious children in China.”


Francis Chung

Board Chair of Canada Office

“From first hearing the founding story of ICC to seeing the transformed Iives of the children and the dedication of the volunteers in different capacities in the field and elsewhere, it has been a continually inspiring experience. I feel humbled, privileged and blessed to be able to serve in the ICC family.”


Emilie Banfield

Board Chair of Hong Kong Office

“I am inspired by the love, care and dedication that comes from the hearts of all the caregivers and staff, and the joy and smiles on the faces of the children.”


Vibeke Pronk

Board Chair of the Netherlands Office

“I am inspired by the way ICC shows that every single child is valuable and deserves to be loved and cared for. I will never forget the deaf and blind little boy I got to spent time with. He was so happy at just being held and touched and simple things, like the feeling of brushing his teeth, made him chuckle. In his own way he lives a fulfilling life with the other children in his group. For every child the therapists and carers of ICC take time to look for what is needed for him or her to develop in the most optimal way.”


Simon Gates

Board Chair of UK Office

“I am inspired by the incredible difference ICC makes in the children’s lives by bringing them love, hope and opportunity. Seeing them changed and coming alive as they have moved into ICC’s care is quite remarkable.”  


Ken Smith

Board Chair of USA Office

“I am inspired by the bright, joyful, loving and professional environment that has been so generously provided to these beautiful children and young people. Seeing the local caregivers and therapists working so patiently and effectively with those entrusted into ICC’s care is a symbol of the cultural change that is being birthed. The respect for and value of every human life is tangibly evident in the smiles and laughter that fill the homes.”

International Operations

The International Operations Leadership Team provides overall strategy and support for our new network of National Offices around the world that work to raise awareness and funds for ICC.

Peter Maize

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Peter Maize brings more than 15 years of experience working with non-profits in China.  Previously, he was the China Regional Director, overseeing operations for an international organization for 10 years.  He also worked with groups engaged in poverty alleviation projects in the Philippines and Africa.

Geoff Hall

Pastoral Care Director

Trent Frecklington

International Operations Director

Ian Dobson

Sponsorship Manager

Adrian Parnell

Sponsorship Manager

Sylvia Soon

Short Term Teams Manager & Executive Assistant to Founder

Gary Duckworth

Finance Manager

China Operations

The China Operations Leadership Team provides overall strategy and management for ICC’s work in China.
Responsibilities include coordinating the international volunteers, liaising with the local government officials and departments, providing training and management for the day-to-day operations of ICC’s care facilities.

Kyla Alexander

China Operations Director

Kyla has lived in China and worked with ICC since 2001.  Kyla spent her first two years in China studying Chinese at university in Changsha.  In 2006, she led a team to establish the Hengyang Spring Project and managed this work for 6 years before handing it over to a local project manager.  She has been the China Operations Director since 2012.

Chen Caiyan

Director of China National Office

Chen Caiyan first worked for ICC at the start of the Changsha project in 1997 until 2007, serving in various administrative and management positions.  Caiyan then left ICC for several years to raise her family, returning in 2016 to work as the Director of our China National Office. Caiyan now manages ICC’s Representative Office in China, providing support for ICC’s various projects.


Li Ming

Changsha Area Manager

Karen Norman

International Team Leader / International Project Liaison

David Bondy

Family Partners Programme Development Director

Karen Lee

Vocational Training Manager

Gracy Bondy

Family Partners Programme Specialist Supervisor

Rachel Pitt

Occupational Therapist

Matthew Pitt

Youth Worker

Dorothee Brutzer

Speech and Language Teacher


Ci Ci Xiao

Hengyang Project Manager

Alison Kennedy

Therapy Manager

Hilda Pang

Hengyang Visitors and Teams Coordinator

Donna Laurie

Youth Worker

Madeline Fok

Computer Teacher and Tutor

Joyce Zhao

Youth Worker

Network of Offices

Our network of offices around the world works to raise awareness and funds for ICC. Each office in that region enables donors to connect with ICC and provides a base for people interested in participating in short-term teams or long-term volunteering. They reach out to their own area to grow the organisation.

ICC Australia

Board Members

  • Ian Sigsworth (Chair)
  • Claire Watson (Vice-Chair)
  • Brian Tidmarsh
  • Graham Young
  • Dennis Brown-Kenyon

Staff Members

  • Lyndel Clancy (National Office Director)
  • Christina Parnell (Development/Communications)
  • Shirley Eu (Development)
  • Karen Carseldine (Office Admin/Sponsors)

ICC Canada

Board Members

  • Francis Chung (Chair)
  • Millie Chan (Vice-Chair)
  • Kerry Tse (Secretary)
  • David Cheng
  • Richard Mills
  • Carmen Hou

Staff Members

  • Karen Chu (Office Admin)
  • Maggie Kum (Finance)
  • Marissa Casido (Development)
  • Robyn Leavens (Marketing Initiatives Officer)
  • Carl Chu (Development Director – Toronto)

ICC Hong Kong

Board Members

  • Emilie Banfield (Chair)
  • Evan Miracle
  • David Gotts
  • Mina Chung
  • Anna Gardener
  • Wallace Leung
  • Alex Ip

Staff Members

  • David Chang (Executive Director)
  • Boaz Lam (Sponsorship and Admin Executive)
  • Joshua Kwan (Marketing/Graphic Designer)

ICC Netherlands

Board Members

  • Vibeke Pronk (Chair)
  • Margreet Peschar
  • Hellen Li
  • Karolien Pouwels

Staff Members

  • Rens Bravenboer (National Director)
  • Andrea Geluk (Social Media/Communications)
  • Dirk Spek (Finance)

ICC UK & Republic of Ireland

Board Members

  • David Gotts  (Lifetime Honorary Member)
  • Simon Gates (Chair)
  • Katie Simpsom
  • Rob Molloy
  • Monica Lott
  • Simon Upcott
  • Cherry Thompson

Staff Members

  • Judy Elliott (National Director)
  • Ann Edwards (Finance Officer)
  • Andy Pestell (Communications Officer)
  • Julie Roux (Fundraising Admin)
  • Ruth Bowler (Fundraising Officer)

ICC USA - American Friends of ICC

Board Members

  • Ken Smith (Chair)
  • Sylvia Leong
  • Elaine Kung
  • Richard Relyea
  • Matt Laughlin

Staff Members

  • Kim Cancelosi (Development Coordinator)
  • Erin Schmidt (Adoptive Families and Sponsorship Coordinator)
  • Robyn Leavens (Marketing Initiatives Officer)
  • Tiffany Nangle(Development Assistant)
  • Renata Dalrymple (Bookkeeper)