Gerry was born in Guangzhou, China and came to Manchester as a teenager with his family, completed his education in UK, graduated from University of York and joined the family business, Yang Sing Restaurant, at its inception.
He now runs Yang Sing Cathay and Wokooshii at Manchester’s popular Trafford Centre, has been a successful restaurateur for over 40 years and during this time has also been involved in property development and, in recent years, in building education and trading links with China.
As a respected member of the Chinese community, he often acts as their spokesman.
The success of the Yang Sing and its great popularity gave him an opportunity to become a real part of the community of Manchester. He has great affection for and pride in his adopted home. In fact, he now describes himself as a Chinese Mancunian!
Gerry has been actively involved in the commercial, educational, charitable and cultural life of the city of Manchester for many years. During which he has enjoyed a variety of roles with MOSI, the Prince’s Trust, MIDAS, Withington Girls’ School and The University of Manchester, to name but a few.
In 2003 he was honoured to become the first Chinese President of Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He received honorary doctorates from University of Salford in 2005, MMU in 2009 and University of Bolton in 2018 and was awarded The University of Manchester Medal of Honour in 2016.
He is currently President of one of Manchester’s oldest charities, Disabled Living, as well as being an envoy for Manchester China Forum.
In 2017-18, Gerry held the role of High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. He connected and engaged with the charitable, voluntary, faith, ethnic, cultural and business communities in Greater Manchester and was inspired by the strong sense of community, civic pride, generosity of spirit, innovative energy, enterprise and good will that he found. He describes his shrieval year as: ‘enjoyably busy, brilliantly fun, amazing, exhilarating and sometimes extremely moving.’