“Our goal is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all our members.”


Established in 1948, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ, 在日英国商業会議所) is an exceptionally active and ever-expanding not-for-profit private membership organisation serving almost 1000 high-calibre members representing over 200 companies, via nine communications channels.

Open to members of all nationalities, we offer high-value events, productive networking and promotional opportunities, valuable information services, and access to influential institutions and individuals.

President & Executive Committee

Introducing our Executive Committee (Excom) for BCCJ year 2019-2020, elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 24 2019.

David Bickle


BCCJ President

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan

BCCJ VIce President

Reiko Sakimura

Partner, Clifford Chance Law Office

BCCJ Legal

James Dodds

Partner KPMG

BCCJ Treasurer

Florian Kohlbacher

Director, Corporate Network North Asia, The Economist Group


Noriko Silvester

BCCJ Head of Comms

Managing Director, Candlewick Co., Ltd.

Kentaro Kiso

BCCJ Responsible Business

President and Representative Director,
Barclays Securities Japan Limited

Heather McLeish

BCCJ Digital-Tech Innovation

Director, EY Japan

Paul Lirette

BCCJ Diversity and Inclusion

President and Representative Director,
GlaxoSmithKline K.K

Will Farquhar

Senior Manager of External Affairs,
Aston Martin Japan

Iain Ferguson

BCCJ Membership

President & Chief Operating Officer,
Lloyd’s Japan Inc.

Susumu Kaminaga

Individual Member

Tove Kinooka

BCCJ Responsible Business

Director, Global Perspectives K.K.

Richard Thornley CBE

Individual member

Trevor Webster

2020 Vision / Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics / 2019 Rugby World Cup

Managing Partner, Taylor Brunswick Japan K.K.

BCCJ Staff

Lori Henderson

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the BCCJ, Lori Henderson is responsible for the leadership, general management, and communications strategy of the organisation.

She is an active advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, responsible business and talent pool development in Japan, with a particular view towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Sam Maddicott

Membership & Marketing

Sam is responsible for membership and marketing at the BCCJ, delivering up-to-date communications across 8 digital channels, working to serve members needs efficiently. A background in digital marketing has seen Sam deliver projects for a range of companies, from Japanese start-ups to high profile global clients such as Goldman Sachs and Guru Navi. Sam specializes in SEO, Content Strategy, Video Production.


Operations Manager

Samata-san coordinates and oversees a variety of key Chamber operations, from ensuring all activities are carried out in an appropriate, legal and cost-effective way, to performing quality controls and supporting chamber member enquiries.

Noriko Mita

Event Coordinator

Noriko brings a wealth of experience in project management, event coordination and trade relations to the Chamber. She plays a central role in all aspects of our events programme, from populating our calendar, to planning the finer details that help make BCCJ events really stand out.

Our Partners

The BCCJ works alongside a number of trusted partners in both the public and private sectors to support the delivery of its mission


The British Embassy
The British Council
The European Business Council
Department for International Trade and Export to Japan

Contact Us

Do you have a question? Or would you like to learn more about how the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan can support your business?

Send us an enquiry – we would be delighted to hear from you.

Alternatively, you can call us during business hours on:

P + 81 (0) 6426-5739

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