Leaders June 2016

Time, treasure and talent

Who’s doing what at the BCCJ?

As many of you know, our volunteer Executive Committee (Excom) meets once a month to discuss British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) business, and review our progress in promoting the interests of all members.

The first Excom meeting of the new chamber year took place on 15 May. The following task force leaders and functional roles were identified, and a flurry of activity has since followed.

  • Membership: Iain Ferguson
  • Events: Alison Beale
  • British Business Awards (BBA): Simon Farrell
  • Global Sports: Trevor Webster
  • Finance: James Dodds
  • Legal: Reiko Sakimura
  • European Business Council in Japan partnership: Jonty Brunner
  • British Embassy Tokyo partnership: Chris Heffer
  • British Council Japan partnership: Matt Burney


Alison Beale will oversee the most visible pillar of chamber operations—our events programme—and has been set the task of delivering 40 events to a predicted 2,200 attendees.

If there are any event topics or speakers you’d like us to cover, or if your firm might like to sponsor a BCCJ breakfast, lunch or evening session, please let us know.

Best of British

Simon Farrell will lead the BBA taskforce to deliver the BCCJ’s flagship event, this year to be held at the Hilton Tokyo on 11 November.

More than any other event throughout the year, the BBA showcases the energy and enthusiasm of member firms—as well as business and community leaders—to strengthen UK–Japan relations. Over the past eight years, we have strived to make the BBA a meaningful awards competition. We hope that you will take part, to celebrate your achievements.

Be sure to book corporate tables and seats by the early-bird discount deadline of 31 July, and keep your eyes peeled for details on how to nominate your favourite organisations and individuals for a coveted trophy.

And, are you interested in sponsoring the ninth annual BBA? Support options may take the form of cash, in-kind donations, media coverage, raffle prizes and goody bag items. Email info@bccjapan.com with your proposal.


Congratulations to Iain Ferguson for winning the BCCJ golf tournament for the fourth consecutive year. On 22 May, in Tochigi Prefecture, he saw off stiff competition from William Ramsay, of entrepreneur member Hynd K.K., and head of the BCCJ golf task force.

Supported by Jackie Scanlan-Dyas (Hogan Lovells) and Richard Straughan (Peak K.K.), this group delivered our most inclusive and enjoyable Golf Day so far, with 56 players of various ages, levels and nationalities enjoying the warm weather and stunning scenery.

Thanks to our generous sponsors: IHG ANA (headline), Berry Bros. & Rudd, Conrad Tokyo, Fauchon, Folli Follie, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Hobgoblin, Hogan Lovells, Hynd, Michael Page, Parabola, Peak K.K., Pernod Ricard, Standard Chartered and T-Bags.

Get in touch

All Excom task forces are grateful for ideas from members. Have you got time, treasure or talent to offer the team? Please let us know.