“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 approximately 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 2022-2023.

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK (BCCJ President)

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan (BCCJ Vice-President)

Junko Kubokawa

Representative Director, President, Croda Japan

Matt Knowles

British Council Director for Japan

James Nepaulsingh

Individual Member

Sven Palys

Founder & Co-CEO, Yuzu Kyodai

Ken Katayama

Individual Member

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan (BCCJ Vice-President)

James Littlewood

Partner, EY Strategy and Consulting Company

Mark McFarlane

Representative Director, TACCHI K.K.

Tove Kinooka

Director, Global Perspectives K.K.

Kentaro Kiso

President and Representative Director, Barclays Securities Japan Limited

Edward Weeks

President & Chief Executive Officer Japan, HSBC

Taisuke Yokota

Camping with Soul Japan Ltd

Andrijana Cvetkovikj

CEO & Founder, BrioNexus KK

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK (BCCJ President)

Takuji Okubo

Individual Member

Vivian Tokai

Director, North Asia, The Economist Group

Darren Goff

Deputy Trade Commissioner for North East Asia, Department for Business and Trade logo Department for International Trade

Marie-Claire Joyce

Trade Counsellor, British Embassy Tokyo

Matt Knowles

British Council Director for Japan

BCCJ Staff

Sarah Backley

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the BCCJ, Sarah is responsible for the leadership, general management, and communications strategy of the organisation. Her role includes implementing operational plans to achieve Chamber goals and objectives, as set by our Executive Committee (Excom); delivering a great member services programme; and managing all BCCJ events and activities.

Sam Maddicott

Membership & Marketing

Sam is responsible for membership and marketing at the BCCJ, delivering up-to-date communications across 9 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 specialises in SEO, Content Strategy, Video Production.

BCCJ Support Team

Louise Lanzetta

BCCJ Intern

My name is Louise Lanzetta. I am study abroad student at Temple University . I am a global studies major with a minor in political science. I am excited to join the BCCJ for the summer and expand my professional network. I am interested in non-profit work and learning more about Japanese culture.

Haowen(David) Lu

BCCJ Intern

A international business student interested in subculture(doujin music, cosplay), arcade games, consumer technologies, and everything that connects these interests together. I joined BCCJ to explore more on event photography, and to get to know more interesting events and talents associated with the chamber. Outside of BCCJ events, you can also find me in subculture events here and there.

Renzo Vajda

BCCJ Intern

My name is Renzo Vajda. Born in Tokyo but raised in the States, I am currently studying International Business to expand on my international background. I joined BCCJ because I wanted to get a deeper understanding of how foreign businesses operate and connect in Japan.

Cameron McClymont

BCCJ Volunteer

I am currently studying at a Japanese language school having graduated from Durham University and SOAS University with a Masters in Japanese Studies. I am particularly interested in Japan’s new politics in shaping ambitions in the Indo-Pacific, and what role this plays within Japan’s evolving military and strategic relationship with the UK. A keen Super Formula and Formula 1 fan I’m also intrigued intrigued in the future of motorsports in Japan.

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 Tokyo
The British Council
Department for Business & Trade
Export to Japan
British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network

Contact Us

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