As a leading UK business organisation, the BCC attracts the highest calibre of speakers to our national events. These include business leaders and those whose thought leadership and stories form and shape British business success in the UK and on the international stage.

We were joined by British Chambers of Commerce from across the world, including British Chambers from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America where they gave first hand advice to businesses looking to trade in the countries in which they operate.

Ensure to check back for 2018 updates on the programme and confirmed speakers.

2017 Speakers can be seen below:




Karen Betts

CEO, Scotch Whisky Association Karen was previously an FCO diplomat – UK Ambassador to Morocco. Before...


Lord Paul Deighton

Chairman of Heathrow Airport Paul has had three distinct careers, in finance, leading the London 2012...


The Hon Alexander Downer, AC

The Hon Alexander Downer AC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in March...


Paul Faulkner

Chief Executive Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Paul took over as CEO of the Greater Birmingham...


Neil Goldman

Armed with a degree from Oxford in Modern Languages, and with a few years’ experience in the paperboard...

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Elizabeth Gooch MBE

CEO AND FOUNDER OF EG SOLUTIONS PLC. Elizabeth Gooch MBE is the CEO and Founder of eg solutions plc....


Paul Kehoe

Paul Kehoe joined Birmingham Airport as Chief Executive Officer in October 2008 and stepped down in July...


Dr Nik Kotecha

As Chief Executive Officer at Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dr Nik Kotecha has utilised his passion...


Paul Lindley

Paul Lindley is an award winning British entrepreneur, social campaigner and best-selling author. In...


Olivia Leonard

DIRECTOR, SMB EMEA, FACEBOOK Olivia Leonard is Director of Facebook’s Small & Medium Business division...

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Adam Marshall, acting Director General of the BCC.

Adam Marshall

Director General Dr Adam Marshall has been Director General since October 2016. He was previously Executive...


Francis Martin

Francis Martin is Partner of BDO Northern Ireland, part of BDO International.  A First Class Master...


Geoffrey de Mowbray

Founders, CEO & Director – Dints International Co-Chairman, The British Exporters Association Geoffrey...


Julianne Ponan

CEO, Creative Nature At 22 years old, became owner and CEO of Creative Nature a superfood brand. She...


(Colonel) The Hon. James Ramsbotham D.L.

James Ramsbotham is Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber celebrated...


Professor Alex de Ruyter

Professor Alex de Ruyter is Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University....


Somnath Saha

CEO, Typhoo Tea With over 19 years of experience at different senior commercial roles across both India...


Shanker Singham

Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies Shanker Singham leads the Legatum Institute’s Economics...


Yvonne Wedel Andersen, MIEx

Technical Manager Trade and International Business Southern Region. Yvonne joined Bibby three years ago...


Sara Williams

Sara Williams took over as the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce in November...


Adrian Wright

Adrian Wright, Chief Executive and Founder of Sporting Group International (www.sportinggi.com) has operated...


James Yeomans

James Yeomans is a successful entrepreneur and founded Hop Stuff Brewery in 2013. Inspired by the US...