Friday, February 3, 2023

British Chambers of Commerce Director General joins board of ICC UK

The International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom has appointed Shevaun Haviland (above) to its board.

As the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Haviland’s local, national and international voice represents the BCC’s 53 Accredited Chambers in the UK and the tens of thousands of member businesses which employ close to six million people, as well as the almost 80 British Chambers of Commerce abroad, covering every continent in the world. Her expertise will now also be drawn on by ICC United Kingdom and the wider ICC network, with 45 million member companies in over 100 countries.

Before joining the BCC, Haviland spent five years in the Cabinet Office and No10 Downing Street managing business partnerships, including the launch of the Inclusive Economy Partnership. Prior to this, she spent 20 years working across business, spanning from digital start-ups to global corporate management.

Shevaun’s dual roles in the ICC United Kingdom and BCC will facilitate the sharing of expert insights and resources to accelerate both organisation’s vital work. With new opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes in 2023, this collaboration will help to align businesses’ domestic practice with their international outlook, bolstering resilience at home while taking full advantage of emerging overseas markets.

Paul Drechsler, Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom, said: “BCC member companies have demonstrated great resilience over the past few years and they welcome opportunities for international business growth. A major area of the ICC United Kingdom’s focus is technology enabled trade opening up more sustainable and cost-efficient processes to more businesses. Under Shevaun’s leadership, the BCC encompasses a diverse range of industries from all parts of the UK and I look forward to working with her on our shared international trade agenda.”

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