Lori Henderson MBE

Executive Director

Lori Henderson MBE has been BCCJ executive director since February 2011.

Contributions

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Executive Director April 2019

Hello, Reiwa!

Riding the waves of change
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Executive Director March 2019

Partners for progress

Bringing UK and Japanese firms together for the common good
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Executive Director February 2019

Seat at the table

B20, W20 and Excom elections
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Executive Director January 2019

New Year notes

Step up your participation in 2019
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Executive Director December 2018

Milestone Memories

And a mega year ahead
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Executive Director November 2018

What’s coming up?

Life after the BBA
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Executive Director October 2018

Business contingency …

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Executive Director September 2018

Competitive edge

How rugby and same-sex marriages can support Japan’s globalisation
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Be in it to win it

2018 BBA nominations now open
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Executive Director July 2018

A platinum event

Celebrating the best of the UK-Japan relationship
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Executive Director June 2018

Beyond events

Community, cooperation, change—and a values-driven organisation
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Executive Director May 2018

Votes and vision

Your new Executive Committee
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Innovation hub

Stay ahead of the times
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Executive Director March 2018

Ever evolving

Results of our membership review
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Executive Director February 2018

Pressing for progress

Women, be bold; Men, get ready
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Executive Director January 2018

A new year, a new era

Standing on the shoulders of giants
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Executive Director December 2017

Reflect and resolve

Big plans for the chamber in 2018
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Executive Director November 2017

Give and take

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Executive Director October 2017

On the clock

Making the most of a 40 hour week
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Leaders September 2016

Passing the baton

Maternity leave plan
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Leaders August 2016

Showcase your success

9th annual British Business Awards
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Leaders July 2016

Going the distance

Interest in global sports continues to grow
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Leaders June 2016

Time, treasure and talent

Who’s doing what at the BCCJ?
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Leaders May 2016

New chamber year begins

AGM highlights
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Leaders April 2016

Communitarians

Stewards with a shared mission
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Leaders March 2016

Are you engaged?

Raise your profile via BCCJ channels
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Leaders February 2016

Leadership vote

New financial year on the horizon
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Leaders January 2016

Energise your networks

Events in 2016
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Leaders December 2015

What a year!

Reflecting on our achievements
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Leaders November 2015

All hands on deck

Preparing for the 2015 BBA
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Leaders October 2015

The best of British

Nominate your favourite firms for a BBA trophy
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Leaders September 2015

Agents of change

Progress on diversity and inclusion
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Leaders August 2015

Diversity

Where are we now?
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Leaders July 2015

The lifeblood of the BCCJ

Sharing event feedback and intel
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Leaders June 2015

An effective platform

Business exchange and networking high on agenda
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Leaders May 2015

New chamber year begins

Excom elected for 2015–16
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Leaders April 2015

Election time

Cast your vote for BCCJ excom and president
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Leaders March 2015

Spotlight on Tohoku

The Duke of Cambridge visits Back to Business sites in the region.
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Leaders February 2015

Learning together

Big business, entrepreneurs and Japanese culture provide role models.
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Leaders January 2015

Making connections for members

Forging new relationships is key to the BCCJ's ongoing development.
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Leaders December 2014

BCCJ people

The commitment and energy of our people have brought about a record-breaking year for the chamber.
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Leaders November 2014

Cultural and commercial bridges

BCCJ ACUMEN is a resource for education; bilingual posts on the BCCJ website cater to a wider audience
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Leaders October 2014

Record-breaking month of events

Offerings included social gatherings and events to support business and government initiatives.
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Leaders September 2014

Snapshots from the BCCJ ecosystem

Tapping into lessons learned to offer value to firms, and embrace opportunities to address diversity in business.
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Leaders August 2014

Your trophy awaits

Nominations are open for the 8th British Business Awards, which celebrate and reward the best of UK-Japan business.
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Leaders July 2014

Getting creative

BCCJ events; Quake zone latest; British Business Awards 2014
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Leaders June 2014

Creating a level playing field

Upcoming sporting events present a great opportunity for the transfer of knowledge between the UK and Japan.
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Leaders May 2014

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR

BCCJ rolls out its most competitive election in its 65-year history at its best ever attended annual meeting.
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Leaders April 2014

Good governance; going to the polls

I encourage all BCCJ members to attend the AGM on 23 April, to welcome your new excom and president.
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Leaders March 2014

Time to take stock

Over the past year, our current excom has seen rising membership numbers, a boost in event attendance and a steady organic increase in online engagement.
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Leaders February 2014

A Global Education at the BCCJ

With global jinzai such a hot topic on the road to 2020, education and innovation are never far from our minds at the BCCJ.
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Leaders January 2014

Alive and Kicking

Currently just over 9% of our corporate members are Japanese—the highest percentage in our 65-year history.
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Leaders December 2013

Diversity in Action

The BCCJ plays an important role in highlighting the cultural and commercial diversity of the UK.
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Leaders November 2013

Back to Business for Tohoku

Immediately following the emergency relief phase of the 11 March 2011 disasters, the BCCJ established the Back to Business (B2B) Initiative for Tohoku.
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Leaders October 2013

Strategic, Emotional Impact of the 2020 Tokyo Games

We were truly delighted to see Tokyo announced as the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games host city on 8 September.
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Leaders September 2013

A Meaningful Contribution

We are delighted to report that, after a summer of book drives organised by BCCJ member firms, our Books For Smiles (BFS) social responsibility initiative has now raised a total of ¥1,611,942!
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Leaders August 2013

The Importance of Sport

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid now entering its final stretch, not to mention the tremendous excitement surrounding Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win, the British Lions’ victory in Australia, a great start to the Ashes, and Chris Froome lifting the Tour de France trophy, sport has not been far from my mind this month.
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Leaders July 2013

From Dundee to MBE

Accompanied by my parents and brother, I collected my MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace on 7 June.
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Leaders June 2013

A Great Year for Anniversaries

We will host 400 Night at the Conrad Tokyo on 18 July. The special event will celebrate the 400th anniversary of diplomatic, trading and cultural relations between the UK and Japan.
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Leaders May 2013

Our First Contested Election

In recent years, the BCCJ has enjoyed a measure of success and a number of new developments: membership has risen steadily and organically, attendance at our events has continued to grow, while online engagement across seven digital platforms is at an all-time high.
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Leaders April 2013

Honouring Heritage, Embracing the Future

Supported by the BCCJ’s Back to Business Initiative for Tohoku, Megumi Hikichi—a civil servant before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami—has built a community-based enterprise in her hometown of Watari, Miyagi Prefecture.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders March 2013

Books for Smiles Update

Thank you to all those who have contributed so far to our Books for Smiles initiative.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders February 2013

BCCJ Organisational Plan for 2013

In addition to our monthly executive committee meeting in January, members of the executive committee were invited to the British Embassy Tokyo to participate in the BCCJ Away Day—a forum for exchanging ideas on this year’s organisational strategy.
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Leaders January 2013

Thank You for Your Help

Immediately on the heel of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we became a hub of information, disseminating to our extended networks requests from Japanese and foreign non-profit organisations, volunteers and survivors. We co-ordinated donations from individuals and firms here and abroad, with members showing great solidarity to the cause.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders December 2012

Stay in Touch!

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan is now serving our membership through eight up-to-the-minute communications channels, which are designed to support, promote and engage with member firms and the greater UK–Japan relationship.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders November 2012

Books for Smiles

To build on our record of executing impactful social responsibility (SR) initiatives, the BCCJ is creating a simple yet effective multi-stakeholder programme.
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Leaders October 2012

Moving Forward

I’m delighted to report that in August, after 18 happy years in Iidabashi’s Eigo Centre Building, the BCCJ office moved to a more convenient central Tokyo location: Mori Building Co., Ltd’s ARK Hills complex in Tameike-sanno.
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Leaders August 2012

British Business Awards

From the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to the UK government’s GREAT campaign and the World Shakespeare Festival 2012—this year presents the UK with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase capabilities, enhance international relations and maximise global reach.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders July 2012

Uniting the UK and Japan

On 22 June, members of the BCCJ travelled to Aizumisato-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, to open a community centre in one of the area’s temporary housing complexes, accommodating 250 households who fled Naraha-machi due to the threat of radiation following the 3/11 disasters.
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Leaders June 2012

So What Do You Actually Do?

Interview with Graham Davis.
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Leaders May 2012

Meet Your Executive Committee

At the BCCJ annual general meeting on 26 April, attendees elected a new executive committee, comprising 15 members, to serve the membership during the 2012–13 chamber year.
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Leaders April 2012

Back to Business: Update

Following the success of our “Special 51 Night—Road to Recovery” event on 8 March, at which BCCJ member firms and friends raised more than ¥3.5mn for our Back to Business (B2B) Initiatives, we are now working to allocate funds to suitable projects in Tohoku, and continue facilitating micro-economic growth there.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders February 2012

Special Event: Road to Recovery

On 8 March 2012, the BCCJ will hold a special event to observe the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Supported by the British Embassy Tokyo, and held at the residence of Ambassador Sir David Warren, the event will celebrate UK–Japan solidarity on the road to recovery.
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Leaders January 2012

Communication key to BCCJ in 2012

Our presence has grown organically over the past months, and now includes active Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. A new intern from Temple University Japan will join us at the end of January
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Leaders December 2011

Our Last Trip to Ishinomaki for 2011

Upon becoming executive director on 1 February, I would have struggled to pinpoint Ishinomaki on a map; in the nine months since the 11 March disasters, the city—where more than 3,000 residents died and some 2,700 are still missing—has become an indelible part of the BCCJ landscape.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders November 2011

Recovery Update: Helping fishermen, farmers and traders to market goods for the community

For the past five months, the BCCJ’s work in Tohoku has been driven by a simple mantra: we are supporting a recovery, not a disaster area. The time for donations—food, clothing, water, blankets—has long passed. Since June, all BCCJ cash donations have been spent on the provision of enabling resources to support local, stakeholder-led projects that have the potential for development, growth and sustainability.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders October 2011

Social Responsibility a Key Mission of the BCCJ

By the time this edition of BCCJ ACUMEN goes to print, we will have reached the nomination deadline for the 2011 British Business Awards (BBA), although tables and seats may be reserved by all guests until 24 October.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders September 2011

BCCJ and UK Firms Helping Tohoku

The BCCJ continues to be active in communities affected by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, and recognises that the expertise of those who have been directly affected by the disasters is key to the planning and delivery of a successful recovery.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders August 2011

A Divided Community

Despite tensions and barriers, some locals are back in business Almost five months after the 11 March disaster, some Ishinomaki locals are taking reconstruction efforts into their own hands. During our most recent mission to the tsunami-ravaged city which suffered a heart-wrenching loss of almost 6,000 people, we met some small business owners we’d encountered in June. Sprouts of hope are emerging, but there is still a long way to go.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
Leaders July 2011

BCCJ Visit to Earthquake Zone

The main point of our recent trip to Tohoku, led by disaster-recovery NPO Relief 2.0, was to meet key contacts in the Ishinomaki business community and learn what they need to re-open their firms, and identify measurable and sustainable ways that BCCJ members could support the recovery of the local economy.
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Leaders May 2011

“Business as Usual in Unusual Circumstances”

Throughout April, thanks to the generosity of members and the counsel of our NPO colleagues, the BCCJ was in a position to provide direct emergency aid to groups and individuals working in Tohoku. This aid came in many forms, including water, underwear, nappies, fresh fruit, batteries and tinned tuna.
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Leaders April 2011

Keeping You Connected

Since the tragic events of 11 March the BCCJ, like many organisations in Japan, has been presented with an extraordinary situation. One of the key challenges centres on the dissemination of information.
Lori Henderson MBE Executive Director
March 2011

Exciting Era Ahead

Since 1 February, I have been shadowing and learning from our incumbent Executive Director Ian de Stains in the lead up to his departure on 31 March. Following nearly 25 years of dedicated service and commitment to the membership, Ian’s retirement naturally presents the organisation with a significant challenge, but also with the opportunity to learn and grow in new directions.