History Of Bailliage De Phuket
La Chaine in Phuket was founded in 2003 by Geoffrey Bond (his father Michael Bond still attends dinners in Bangkok after almost 36 years in the Chaine) and the first Intronization ceremony was held in December 2003 at the Evason Resort, Rawai
The first Bailli was Tom MacNamara, owner of the Baan Rim Pa Group of restaurants. Stephen Roberto, the then Sommelier at Baan Rim Pa was a driver to get the Chaine going as were a number of other Baan Rim Pa staff
Tom passed away in late 2008 after a long battle with cancer
Some of the original members of La Chaine, apart from Tom MacNamara were Sue Ultmann, Thomas Brack, Peter Smith
In 2004 the Bailli was Peter Hourighan, the General Manager of The Phuket Hilton but he transferred to Perth in 2005.
A new council was appointed in 2005, led by Howard Digby Johns as the new Bailli. Peter Smith became Vice Chancelier in April 2005
Peter Smith was promoted to Bailli in June 2012 and he retired in April 2015 after almost 10 years on the Phuket Council and organized the 10th anniversary function.
Peter was presented with a Bronze Medal for his service to the Chaine at the Intronization dinner held at Banyon Tree on April 22, 2016
Peter was replaced by Ian Lancaster in April 2015 at the Chapitre dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Kamala
Ian organized the 15th anniversary function in 2018 and he retired at the end of 2019 after 5 years in the role. He was presented with a Silver Medal in 2020 for his service to La Chaine.
Adam Goodman was promoted to Bailli at the Chapitre at the Intercon Hotel in early 2020 and retired for family reasons in July 2021.
Ian Lancaster returned as Bailli in August 2021.
Following Ian's tenure, Kwanchai Aswawongsonti officially ascended to the position of Bailli in July 2023.