About Us

Set up in 1974 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, GBCC operates as an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. We are independently managed and governed by a Board of Directors with extensive experience in UK-China relations. Our Chairman is appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs.


By focusing on policy priorities for both China and the UK, the Great Britain-China Centre designs and implements high quality partnership projects that deliver measurable results for both sides. We specialise in projects on criminal justice and legal and judicial development, sharing best practice models with Chinese experts engaged in reform. In the UK, GBCC works across government and academia to apply its expertise to a variety of collaborative initiatives. We have a strong track record of designing and managing projects for international organisations such as the European Union.


The Great Britain-China Centre delivers this wide range of dialogues, research projects, seminars, training courses and events with the support of a small team whose project staff have all lived and worked in China and are either native or fluent Mandarin-speakers, bringing a wide range of project skills to exchange programmes with Chinese partners. Their work is supported by the Board of Directors and a wider circle of professional and academic experts both in China and the UK.