Our Board

GBCC is independently managed and governed by a board of directors with extensive experience in UK-China relations.

The board is led by our chair, who is appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Our work is further supported by our distinguished president and vice presidents.

Sir Martin Davidson

Sir Martin Davidson KCMG joined GBCC's board in 2007 and has been chair of the board since February 2015. He is a former chief executive of the British Council.

Sir Martin has spent much of his career in China and Hong Kong. His commitment to international relationships has been a constant feature of his work. Sir Martin is an independent non-executive director of the House of Fraser Group and a board advisor to a number of China and education related businesses. He is also chair of International Inspiration, the sport for development charity which sprang from the London 2012 Olympics and vice chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK’s leading disability charity.

Sir Martin lives with his family in Dorset and is a trustee of the Dorset Community Foundation. Sir Martin was knighted in 2014 for his services to British cultural, scientific and educational interests worldwide.

Chair of the Board

Sir Martin Davidson KCMG, former Chief Executive, British Council

Vice Chair of the Board and Honorary Treasurer

Richard Jackson, Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, Ping An Group

Vice Chair of the Board

Alan Black, former Senior Partner, Linklaters LLP


Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Victoria Prentice MP, Member for Banbury

Professor Jude Howell, London School of Economics

Dr William Godwin QC, Barrister, 3 Hare Court Chambers

Charles Haswell, former Global Head, Financial Sector Policy, HSBC

Marina Wheeler QC, Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row

Pia MacRae, Chief Business Delivery Officer, Crown Agents

Dr Charles Li, former CEO, ANZ China

Alex Pinfield, Head of East Asia Department, Asia-Pacific Directorate, FCO

Nicholas Thomas, Regional Head - East Asia & South Asia, Global Network Team, British Council

Co-opted Members

Roderick Wye, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, and Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute

Matthew Rous, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council

Lord Mandelson

Lord Mandelson, Chair of Global Counsel LLP, former European Union Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State.

Lord Mandelson is former British First Secretary of State and was the European Union's Commissioner for Trade between 2004 and 2008. As commissioner, Lord Mandelson negotiated trade agreements and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government between 1997 and 2010.

He is Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, President of the Policy Network think tank, and High Steward of Kingston upon Hull. Lord Mandelson has been honorary president of the GBCC since 2015.

Peter Batey CMG OBE, former Chair of the Board, GBCC

Sir David Brewer CMG, former Chair of the Board, GBCC; former Lord Mayor of London

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Rt Hon Sir John Major, former Prime Minister

Lord Powell of Bayswater, Co-Chair, Asia Task Force; former Private Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Lady Pamela Youde, Trustee, Great Britain–China Educational Trust