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Executive Committee 2016-17

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The Exco defines the strategy of the Chamber and is the driving force behind our success. The committee consists of business leaders from a wide range of industries, all of whom are specialists in UK-China trade.

Senior representatives from our partner organisations, the China-Britain Business Council, the Department for International Trade, the Confederation of British Industry and the British Council, sit on the committee as ex officio members.

Chair

Clare Pearson (DLA Piper)

Clare Pearson is the International Development Director of international law firm DLA Piper in Asia. A UK qualified lawyer, her role involves advising clients on issues relating to corporate governance, supply chain management, environmental degradation and community/government relations. She provides a combination of legal advice and recommendations as to best practice in each field. Further responsibilities include establishing partnerships with government charities in China, sitting on clients' ethics committees in Beijing and assisting with the international integration of DLA Piper's Asia offices. Prior to her current role, Clare worked as a solicitor in the corporate department of DLA Piper's London office and assisted the COO in the expansion of the European and Asian offices.

Vice-Chairs

Peter Hogg (Heliren)

Peter has over 30 years' experience in the Asian insurance and reinsurance industry. He spent 24 years at Willis, a leading insurance broker, working in London, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2000, Peter founded Neuron, an outsource administration company that concentrated on medical insurance and extended warranty until he finally sold his shares and resigned from the board in June 2014. In 2011, he moved to China to head up Heliren, which is an insurance broker based in Beijing which can provide a full service offering to both Corporate and Individual clients and has extensive connections globally including being able to access the UK Reinsurance market. He was on the Executive Committee in 2014-15.

John Williams (International SOS)

 
John Williams is Managing Director of International SOS China, based in Beijing. Graduating from the University of Leeds (UK) and Fudan University in Shanghai, in Chinese, German and Management Studies, John began his business career with the Sedgwick Group, London as Insurance Broker. His appointment as General Manager of Sedgwick Group’s China subsidiary, took him to Beijing in 1989. In 1998 John was appointed as General Manager of International SOS Beijing, later as Regional General Manager of International SOS China and then as Managing Director for China and Mongolia with a focus on regulatory and government affairs and strategic partnerships. John Williams serves as an Honorary Standing Director of the Beijing Red Cross Society and has served several times as a Council Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in China.
 
Treasurer

William Spiers (Spearhead Associates)

 
William Spiers is President of Spearhead Associates Ltd.
 

At Large Members

Adrian Harley (John Swire & Sons China)

Adrian Harley is Director and Chief Representative of John Swire & Sons China.

 

Rachel Morarjee (Reuters)

Rachel Morarjee is a China columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. 

 

Chas Pope (Arup)

Chas Pope is an Associate Director in Arup's Beijing office.

 

Xue Li (BP) 

 

Priscilla Zhou (Jaguar Land Rover)

 

Ex Officio Members

Sarah Goodwin (Department for International Trade)

 

Sarah Goodwin is Chief Operating Officer of DIT China.

 

Guy Dru Drury (Confederation of British Industry)

Guy Dru Drury is Chief Representative of CBI China.

 

Kiran Patel (British Council)

Kiran Patel is Director of Strategic Communications & Corporate Relations, China, and First Secretary (Strategic Communications) of the British Council in China.

 

Peter Williams (British Chamber of Commerce in China / China-Britain Business Council)

Peter Williams is Director of the British Business Centre in Beijing.

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