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 KPMG
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)