President & Executive Committee

Introducing our Executive Committee (Excom) for BCCJ year 2016-2017, elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 27 2016.


David Bickle is currently serving his second 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

Alison Beale

University of Oxford Japan Office

Jonty Brunner

British Airways

Steve Crane

Business Link Japan K.K.

James Dodds


Simon Farrell

Custom Media K.K.

Philippe Fauchet OBE


Iain Ferguson

Lloyd's Japan Inc.

Emily leRoux

Michael Page International

Guy Perryman

Guy Perryman

Reiko Sakimura

Clifford Chance Law Office

Noriko Silvester

Candlewick Co. Ltd.

David Swan

Robert Walters Japan

Richard Thornley CBE

Individual Member

Trevor Webster

Individual Member

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 2016, the following Excom taskforces have been in operation:

(Leader, in brackets)

  • Membership (Iain Ferguson)
  • Events (Alison Beale)
  • Communications
  • Community 
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics / 2019 Rugby World Cup 
  • 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 (Jonty Brunner)
  • British Embassy partnership (Chris Heffer)
  • British Council partnership (Matt Burney)