GBCC appoints new Chairman

Sir Martin Davidson

The Great Britain China Centre has appointed Sir Martin Davidson, who was Chief Executive of the British Council for seven years until the end of 2014, as its new Chairman with immediate effect.

Sir Martin, a Mandarin speaker who previously worked for several years in both Beijing and in Hong Kong, succeeds Peter Batey OBE who stepped down after more than 10 years on December 31st.

Sir Martin was selected through an independent process supervised by the Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments in line with the regulations for the selection of chairman to non-departmental public bodies. His appointment was a ministerial decision approved by the Foreign Secretary, and confirmed by a meeting of the GBCC Board of Directors.

Sir Martin spoke on his appointment:

I am delighted to have been appointed Chairman of the GBCC in succession to Peter Batey. Following Peter’s outstanding chairmanship, the GBCC is now in a position to make a very significant contribution to the UK’s hugely important relationship with China in particular by working with Chinese partners in the development of the rule of law in China. This will both support the development of China and its economy and also contribute to a sound environment for British business in China."

Date posted: 16 February 2015

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