Executive Director


Lori Henderson, MBE 

Lori became Executive Director of the BCCJ in February 2011. She is responsible for the leadership, general management and communications of the organisation.
Day-to-day, she implements the BCCJ's mission, working closely with the BCCJ Executive Committee on strategic planning and policy execution.

Lori is the BCCJ's senior representative for interfacing with businesses, media and government, both locally and globally. On behalf of the BCCJ membership - a network of over 200 companies - she manages external outreach with the British Embassy, British Council, Visit Britain, European Business Council (EBC) the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE), as well as a variety of trade organisations in Japan and UK.

In addition to her BCCJ role, she currently holds non-executive positions, serving on the board of the British Embassy Tokyo's Export to Japan (E2J) digital platform, the Foreign Commonwealth Office's Innovation is GREAT campaign, and 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 been actively engaged with public-private partnership building for over 15 years. She has lived and worked in Japan since 2003 - becoming a Permanent Resident in January 2015.

Her background is in communications. Before being appointed to her current role at the BCCJ she held positions at Japanese media organisation, BBT (Business Breakthrough), firstly at the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business's MBA in Globalisation Programme, and then at Business Breakthrough University, as Programme Manager and Senior Professor, designing and producing digital content for Japanese executives, in English.

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, workstyle reform, and talent pool development, with a particular eye towards the Rugby World Cup 2019, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics as agents for change.


Further reading

- Monthly updates from the Executive Director in BCCJ ACUMEN magazine HERE
- Celebrating the Women of Japan: "Go Beyond the Stereotypes" 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