President & Executive Committee

Introducing our Executive Committee (Excom) for BCCJ year 2017-2018, elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 20 2017.


David Bickle is currently serving his fourth term as BCCJ President, and is a Tax Partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co. He previously worked for Kobe Steel, and has represented Japan in international rugby competitions.

  • Follow David on Twitter @BCCJ_President
    - Read David's monthly articles in BCCJ ACUMEN magazine HERE

    Executive Committee

(In alphabetical order)

  • Alison Beale
    University of Oxford Japan Office

  • David Bickle
    Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co.

  • Mark Dearlove
    Barclays Securities Japan Limited

  • James Dodds

  • Simon Farrell
    Custom Media K.K.

  • Philippe Fauchet OBE
    GSK K.K.

  • Iain Ferguson
    Lloyd’s Japan Inc.

  • Susumu Kaminaga
    Individual Member

  • Dr. Florian Kohlbacher
    The Economist Group

  • Julia Maeda
    Individual Member

  • Guy Perryman MBE
    Inter FM

  • Reiko Sakimura
    Clifford Chance Law Office

  • Noriko Silvester
    Candlewick Co., Ltd.

  • Richard Thornley CBE
    Individual Member

  • Trevor Webster
    Taylor Brunswick K.K.
Ex officio Members
  • Chris Heffer
    UK Trade and Investment, British Embassy Tokyo
  • Matt Burney
    British Council Japan

What does the Excom do? 

The Excom meets once a month to discuss BCCJ business, and review the organisation's progress in promoting the interests of all members. 

Read more about the role of the Excom HERE


Excom Taskforces (6) 

As of May 2017, the following Excom taskforces have been in operation:

(Leader, in brackets)

  • Membership (Iain Ferguson)
  • Events (Julia Maeda)
  • Communications (Noriko Silvester)
  • Community (Florian Kohlbacher)
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics / 2019 Rugby World Cup (Trevor Webster)
  • British Business Awards - BBA (Simon Farrell)

Excom Roles (5)

Excom members are also taking responsibility for the following functional roles:

  • Finance (James Dodds)
  • Legal (Reiko Sakimura)
  • EBC partnership (Richard Thornley)
  • British Embassy partnership (Chris Heffer)
  • British Council partnership (Matt Burney)