About the BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce sits at the heart of a unique network of businesses across the UK.

The 53 Accredited Chambers which make up our network are trusted champions of businesses, places, and global trade. Together, we represent tens of thousands of businesses of all shapes and sizes, which employ almost six million people across the UK.

Working together, we help firms of all sizes to achieve more. We believe it’s our relationships with others that lead us to achieve goals beyond those we could ever achieve alone. We’re the only organisation that helps British businesses to build relationships on every level, in every region and nation of the UK.

Our network exists to support and connect companies, bringing together firms to build new relationships, share best practice, foster new opportunities and provide practical support to help member businesses trade locally, nationally and globally. Because we sit at the heart of local business communities in every part of the UK, we are uniquely placed to help businesses of every size and sector to thrive. This includes the active role Chambers and their members undertake to improve the local business environment and communities in which they work.

Accredited Chambers of Commerce also provide a respected voice to the business communities they represent, ensuring their priorities and concerns are heard in the corridors of power. Our opinions are regularly sought by policymakers and parliamentarians and we’ve been helping to shape the UK’s business agenda for more than 150 years.

Our People

Executive Leadership

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Claire Walker and Hannah Essex
Co-Executive Directors, Policy and Campaigns
Adam Marshall
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
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Ronan Quigley
Executive Director, Corporate Services
David Riches
Executive Director, Commercial, Trade and Marketing

Non-executive Leadership

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Sarah Howard MBE
Vice Chair
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Clive Memmott
Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Sean Ramsden
Non-executive Director (Hull and Humber)
Julia Warren
Non-executive Director (Thames Valley)
Lucy Winskell OBE DL
Non-executive Director (North East England)
Sandy Needham
Chief Executive, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Francis Martin

Policy and Communications

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Allan Williams
Head of Press and Communications
Jane Gratton
Head of People Policy
Chloe Tait
Brand Consultant (Interim)
Mike Spicer
Director of Policy
Orla Hennessy
Press and Communications Manager
David Bharier
Head of Research
Chloe Bukata
Public Affairs Manager
Philippa Benton
Content Marketing Executive
Suren Thiru
Head of Economics and Trade Policy

Business Development

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Grace Stokes
Account Management Executive
B2B Partnerships Ltd
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Libbie Broderick
Commercial Coordinator
Julia Watson
Events Executive
Faye Busby
Director of Business Development
Luke Flinders
Head of Affinity Partnerships

International Trade

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Paul Wrighting
Senior Documentation and Trade Training Manager
Anne-Marie Martin
Director Global Business Network
Thamina Hossain
Treasury Manager - Chamber Customs
Liam Smyth
Director of Trade Facilitation

Corporate Services

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Preeti Lal
Corporate Services Executive
Marlyn Hope
PA to the Director General
John Hesford
Accreditation and Development Projects Officer
Joy Shewring
Director of Accreditation

Chamber Fellows

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Paul Carbert
Skills (North East England)
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Matthew Lowe (Staffordshire Chamber)
Transport Fellow

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