BCC Director General Shevaun Haviland joins ICC United Kingdom board

January 25, 2023

BCC Director General Shevaun Haviland joins ICC United Kingdom board

A boost for business: BCC Director General Shevaun Haviland joins ICC United Kingdom board

The International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom (ICC United Kingdom) is delighted to announce the appointment of Shevaun Haviland to the organisation’s board.

As the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), 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."

Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The power of our national and international Chamber networks lies in the strength of our partnerships, and I am delighted to be forging a new partnership between the BCC and the ICC United Kingdom which will support and grow our brilliant business community at home and abroad. Despite the significant challenges currently facing the UK economy, I firmly believe that the future for British businesses is bright.

“I look forward to working with Paul and the ICC team on sharing ideas and knowledge to empower chambers and build the innovative, green and prosperous businesses of the future. With the ICC’s powerful global standing and influence, I am particularly looking forward to working with them on pursuing the climate agenda.”

About the British Chambers of Commerce:

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful network of 53 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors. Our Global Business Network connects exporters with over 75 markets around the world.

For more information, visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk 

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