The Huo Family Foundation is supported by a small executive team.


Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca began her career in banking and consulting, first at HSBC, and then at Ernst & Young. She moved into executive search in 1999, and in 2001 was appointed head of Finance Practice for the London office of Heidrick & Struggles, recruiting CFOs across a wide range of sectors.

In 2003 Rebecca moved into the non-profit sector and joined Alpha International as Head of Alpha UK. Over the following 12 years Alpha grew significantly and Rebecca served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff before being appointed as Group Chief Executive of the HTB Group.

Rebecca founded Goldstar Partners in 2015, offering consulting and executive search service to clients in the non-profit sector. She was appointed CEO of the Huo Family Office in January 2018.


Patrick Southey

Patrick joined the Huo Family Foundation in July 2022, bringing with him a wealth of experience in finance and investment management. Prior to joining HFF Patrick spent 17 years at Waypoint Capital, now B-Flexion Capital.  

He started his career in mining in Chile, then moved into HSBC’s investment bank in London, before joining Waypoint in 2005. While there, Patrick held various senior roles with responsibilities extending across finance, risk and investment management for Waypoint’s financial services, healthcare, and agricultural businesses. 

Since 2015, Patrick sat as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of various portfolio companies, advising on strategy, capital structure, and M&A.

Patrick graduated with honours in Commerce from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Ling Chan

Ling was appointed PA of the Huo Family Office in June 2018. She graduated with an Economics degree from SOAS University before working in Hong Kong as an Administration Manager for a regional EO and director for two years.

After moving back to the UK, Ling worked for an engineering company for over six years as Office Manager. In 2016, she moved into the non-profit sector and joined an independent think tank providing PA support to the Director.

In 2018, Ling joined the Huo Family Office, providing administrative support to the Huo Family Foundation and the family office.

Programme Officer

Sam Wildsmith

After studying Politics and Economics at Newcastle University, Sam went on to teach Mathematics at Sandhill View Academy in Sunderland, completing Teach First’s flagship teacher training programme

In September 2020 he joined the Huo Family Foundation, continuing to work towards fighting educational inequity – only now outside of the classroom.