“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 2020-2021.

David Bickle

Partner, Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co. (BCCJ President)

Alison Beale

Director, University of Oxford Japan (BCCJ Vice-President / BCCJ Digi-tech Innovation)

Edward Weeks

President & Chief Executive Officer Japan, HSBC

Heather McLeish

Director, EY Japan (BCCJ Responsible Business)

Iain Ferguson

President & Chief Operating Officer, Lloyd’s Japan Inc. (BCCJ Responsible Business)

James Dodds

Partner, KPMG (BCCJ Treasurer / BCCJ Digi-tech Innovation)

James Nepaulsingh

Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Junko Kubokawa

Representative Director, President, Croda Japan (BCCJ Diversity & Inclusion)

Ken Katayama

Individual Member (BCCJ Digi-tech Innovation)

Kentaro Kiso

President and Representative Director, Barclays Securities Japan Limited (BCCJ Responsible Business)

Richard Lyle

VP Trade & FDI, Intralink KK (BCCJ Responsible Business)

Sarah Everitt Furuya

Executive Coach and Life Coach, Sarah Furuya Coaching

Sven Palys

Founder & Co-CEO, Yuzu Kyodai (BCCJ Diversity & Inclusion)

Takuji Okubo

Individual Member

Tove Kinooka

Director, Global Perspectives K.K. (BCCJ Responsible Business)

Chris Heffer

Department for International Trade, British Embassy Tokyo (Ex officio)

Matt Knowles

British Council Director for Japan (Ex officio) (BCCJ Diversity & Inclusion)

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 Paralympics.

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.

Sarah Backley

Associate Director

Sarah’s role as Associate Director 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.

BCCJ Support Team

Donald Dahlem

BCCJ Intern

Donald is currently a senior majoring in International Affairs at Temple University. After graduating, he is hoping to find work in fields that bring people from different countries closer together.

Isabelle Ritchie

BCCJ Volunteer

Isabelle is a UEA graduate of film and television with extended studies in international communication and gender studies at ICU Tokyo. By working to support media and communications at the BCCJ, Isabelle hopes to help bridge the cultural divide between the two great countries of the UK and Japan. Isabelle has a particular interest in the view and perception of gender equality within businesses.

Anastasio Villano

BCCJ Intern

Anastiasio is an International Business major and a senior at Temple University. With a background in stage performing, he is a networking enthusiast and has a passion for coordinating events, something he looks forward to working on with the BCCJ.

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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