“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.

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.

President & Executive Committee

Introducing our Executive Committee (Excom) for BCCJ year 2024-2025.

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK | BCCJ President & Government Relations Task Force

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan | BCCJ Vice-President & Communications Task Force

Junko Kubokawa

Representative Director, President, Croda Japan | BCCJ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion

Heather Prosser

Managing Director & Head of Sustainability, Morrow Sodali | BCCJ Responsible Business Champion

Ken Katayama

Individual Member | BCCJ Digi-Tech & Innovation Champion

Kentaro Kiso

President and Representative Director, Barclays Securities Japan Limited | BCCJ Membership Task Force

Keith Thomas

Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, Associate Partner at EY Japan | BCCJ Membership Task Force

Nora Yamada

Assistant Head, Development, Partnerships and Alumni at The British School in Tokyo | BCCJ Membership Task Force

Mark Dytham

Founding Partner, Klein Dytham architecture | BCCJ Events Task Force

James Nepaulsingh

Individual Member | BCCJ Events Task Force

Rob Williams

Senior Investment Adviser, AP Advisers | BCCJ Events Task Force

Rob Peer

President, BAE Systems | BCCJ Communications Task Force

Nicola Vote

Individual Member | BCCJ Communications Task Force

Vivian Tokai

Individual Member | BCCJ Government Relations Task Force

Hideo Tomita

Senior Site Representative Japan, LSEG | BCCJ Government Relations Task Force

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 Support Team

Calum Kelly

BCCJ Volunteer

In my fifth and final year of the JET programme, I have joined the BCCJ to make new connections and prepare for my next career in business. I’m looking forward to meeting the BCCJ members, hearing about your experiences, and gleaning valuable insights. Being just a tad older, I’ve had a couple of careers already. Before coming to Japan, I worked in Criminal Justice and risk management. Please feel free to ask me about it, although I can’t disclose whether I put my barber behind bars.

Megumi Toyoda

BCCJ Intern

I’m Megumi, currently in my Junior year at TUJ and majoring in Communication studies. I am thrilled to be a part of the BCCJ team and be able to learn more about creating business ties. I look forward to also applying the valuable knowledge I gain from this experience in the future!

Tatsuki Sekiguchi

BCCJ Volunteer

I am Tatsuki, a fourth year International Relations student in my university. Having influenced hugely by British culture and studied in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year, I am keen to contribute to the closer ties between Japan and the UK – which are two of my favourite countries. I am also looking forward to utilising as well as deepening my knowledge of economic and cultural diplomacy, and my goal is to gain valuable insights into business practices between countries in real-world environment.

Antonio Guillebeau

BCCJ Volunteer

I’m an economics exchange student at Waseda University passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability, and building bridges between cultures. よろしくお願いします! 

James Paterson

BCCJ Volunteer

After graduating with a First (4.0GPA) in Economics and Politics from Durham University, I came to Japan on the JET Programme. Now in my third year, I am looking to launch a career in policy or business in Tokyo. It’s a privilege to be in charge of the BCCJ’s Weekly Roundup newsletter. I am keen to use this opportunity to learn more about Anglo-Japanese ties and support the BCCJ’s work in strengthening them.

Yunfan Wang

BCCJ Intern

I am currently a junior at Temple University Japan, majoring in International Affairs and Political Science. I am excited to be a part of BCCJ and to contribute to facilitating international trade. I hope that my internship will allow me to explore my professional potential and advocate for DEI as well as responsible business practices in the field of international trade.

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

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