Executive Director

Lori Henderson, MBE 

As Executive Director of the BCCJ, Lori is responsible for the leadership, general management and communications strategy of the organisation.

On behalf of the BCCJ membership, she liaises with the British Embassy, British Council, Visit Britain, European Business Council (EBC) and the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE).

In addition, Lori serves on the board of the British Embassy Tokyo's Export to Japan (E2J) digital platform, the Foreign Commonwealth Office's Innovation is GREAT campaign, an the British Market Council (BMC). She is also auditor for two Japan-based NPOs - the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund (TAMF), and Mirai no Mori - and an ambassador for RIJ.

Lori has a background in communications and digital media, and has lived and worked in Japan since 2003 - becoming a Permanent Resident in January 2015. Before joining the BCCJ, she produced video content for a Japanese media organisation, BBT (Business Breakthrough), firstly at the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business (MBA in Globalisation Programme), and then at Business Breakthrough University, where she held the role of Programme Manager and Senior Professor.

Lori gained her Master's degree in Mediaeval English from the University of St. Andrews and was awarded an MBE in The Queen's 2013 New Years Honours List for services to post-earthquake reconstruction and to the British business community in Japan.

She is an active advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, sustainable business, and talent pool development in Japan, with a particular view towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.


- Monthly updates from the Executive Director in BCCJ ACUMEN magazine HERE
- BCCJ Executive Director gets MBE HERE
- The Road to Recovery (Lori speaks at the Japan Society in London) HERE
- Lori on the BBC's World Business Matters (podcast 11:52) HERE
- Feb 2015: Lori in Eurobiz HERE
- Professional Women Working in Japan: Lori Henderson HERE