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Executive Committee 2017-18

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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 | Nicholas Holt
Head of Research, Asia Pacific, Knight Frank

Nicholas has worked in the property industry in France, Vietnam, Singapore and China, and has headed Knight Frank's Asia Pacific research for the last five years. A regular commentator on the property industry in international media, Nicholas looks forward to working with the committee to ensure the Chamber acts as a clear and powerful voice for British business in China.

 

Vice Chair | Jim James
Managing Director, EastWest PR

Jim has lived in China for ten years and was the founder of the British Business Awards in 2008 and the British Motorsport Festival in 2015. Jim's business interests include EastWest PR, Eggplant Digital and Wake Drinks, but he is best known for bringing the handmade British sports car brand Morgan to China. Jim has served on the Beijing and Singapore British Chamber Committees for almost ten years in total.

 

Vice Chair | Qu Min
Regional Director East Asia, Cambridge Assessment

Min oversees Cambridge English's business in East Asia and has more than 15 years of experience in the British Higher Education sector. Min has played an active role in the Chamber through the Executive Committee as well as at the Education Forum. Min has been particularly vocal in promoting equal opportunities in education and the integration of technology in the sector.

 

Treasurer | William Spiers
Chairman, Spearhead Associates

William has worked for almost two decades to bring international businesses to China and has a strong practical focus on daily business issues faced by members. A long-time champion of SMEs and member of the Chamber Exco since 2006, William looks forward to seeing the Chamber speak and act with a distinct voice and clear focus on members.

 

At-Large | Mark Harrison
Director, Atkins

Mark has more than 30 years of experience in China and leads a team of more than 200 staff across China providing consultancy services relating to Chinese urbanisation. Atkins partner with major Chinese companies domestically and in countries included in the Belt and Road Initiative. Mark has also worked to provide policy recommendations on BRI under the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs.

 

At-Large | Simon Herbert
Headmaster, Dulwich College Beijing

Simon is a believer in the power of the Chamber to build links between the UK and China in the educational, business and charity sectors. With a background in both advertising and education, Simon looks forward to further expanding the Chamber's work in these areas in Beijing and beyond.

 

At-Large | St. John Moore
Partner & Head of Beijing, Brunswick

St. John has over 15 years’ experience in Beijing working with foreign companies operating across China, and Chinese companies going global. He regularly advises on government engagement, public policy issues, market access challenges and cross-border M&A and looks forward to bringing these experiences to the Exco.

 

At-Large | Rachel Morarjee
Economist Corporate Network Director, Economist Group

A former journalist, Rachel now advises companies about the risks and opportunities of the Chinese business environment using a data-driven approach underpinned by her wide global experience. Rachel has worked in Afghanistan, Russia and China for the Financial Times, Reuters and other leading global media outlets.

 

At-Large - Daisy Shen
Partner & COO, Global China Practice, KPMG

During her 17 years at KPMG, Daisy has accumulated considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions. She gained invaluable experience in Britain while on secondment to KPMG Global Chairmen's Office based in London. Daisy comes to the position with the powerful network, resources and leadership support that KPMG can provide.

 

At-Large - Simon Webb
Senior Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations

Simon has a deep interest in deepening Sino-UK understanding. He works alongside Britain's largest manufacturing exporter to China creating an image of modern and dynamic British products. He has worked with UK government agencies on globally-awarded campaigns to attract UK visitors and advised UK businesses on market entry in China.

 

Peter Williams 
Director, The British Centre

Peter Williams grew up in London and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Oxford. He made his first visits to China while still a student, leading groups of Oxbridge students who organised summer camps in Guangdong province in 2001 & 2002. He qualified as a teacher at the University of London and taught History in comprehensive schools in Oxford and London before working in the Student Recruitment and International Offices of the University of Oxford and London School of Economics where he was responsible for markets including China, South-East Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Peter moved to China in 2010 to study at Beijing Language and Culture University on a Chinese Government Scholarship, and from 2011-2014 was senior sales manager for a large education group, representing more than 20 UK & EU universities in China. He joined the China-Britain Business Council and British Chamber of Commerce in 2014.

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