Senior Management Team
Richard Burge joined the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) as Chief Executive in February 2020.
Prior to this, Richard was an independent advisor on international affairs focusing on trade, conflict, and development with a portfolio of advisory and consultancy work.
Richard’s varied career has seen him lead four multi-million pound organisations as Chief Executive over a total of 18 years. These comprised a famous charity, a UK government agency, a private company and a membership body.
He has been on the Board and a non-executive director of five multi-million pound operations including companies, charities, two government agencies, and a UK Russell Group university.
Richard has worked in over 55 countries, specialising in Africa, the wider Commonwealth, and post-conflict situations.
He was Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017 to 2019. For the previous eight years, he was Chief Executive of Wilton Park (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on global issues). He was also a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, and on the Council of Durham University.
Other roles include Chief Executive Officer of the Countryside Alliance, Director General of the Zoological Society of London, and for ten years he served with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Alongside his LCCI role, Peter is Chairman of the ICC World Chambers Federation International Certificates of Origin Council which oversees the issue of over 15 million origin documents worldwide annually.
At LCCI, he is responsible for the Chamber's international trade activities which include documentation, an Enterprise Europe Network office, events, trade missions and exhibitions. In a typical year LCCI issues over 140,000 export and import documents, answers trade enquiries, and organises trade missions, export seminars and international trade training. He also has responsibility for the LCCI Asian Business Association and information service.
Peter was previously Chairman of the ICC WCF World ATA Carnet Council to manage and develop the temporary import and export regime for professional equipment, samples and goods for trade fairs worldwide. He holds an MSc in International Business and is a writer and consultant on the mechanics of international trade including procedures and regulations. His books include the Export Handbook and the International Trade Manual (co-author).
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Sean joined the Chamber in 2013 and oversees LCCI policy, research and lobbying activity as well as media relations.
Previously, he had been at Gatwick from 2009 when it was acquired by Global Infrastructure Partners and, as Head of Public Affairs & Community Engagement, was responsible for building the external affairs capability for the new airport company.
Prior to that he was an associate director within the UK public affairs division of the Financial Dynamics (FD) business consultancy providing strategic counsel and advice, particularly in transport, financial services and local government to corporate clients.
Sean moved to FD as part of the takeover, in 2005, of LLM Communications where he had been a senior public affairs advisor.
Before coming to London and joining LLM in 2001, Sean worked in politics and public affairs for several years; as political advisor to the Deputy Speaker in the Northern Ireland Assembly, constituency manager for a Belfast MP, Political Party Officer and was a Parliamentary Candidate at the 2001 Westminster General Election.
Sean holds a MA from Queens University Belfast and a BA (Hons) from Ulster University.
Financial Director and Secretary
Neil Stanfield has been the finance director and secretary of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2011 having joined the company in 1999 as its Finance Manager. He joined the Board in 2016.
At LCCI he is responsible for its on-going financial health and the safe custody of its assets. He is a member of the Board and secretary of the London Chamber of Arbitration, a wholly owned subsidiary of LCCI, and is primary controller of the Chamber’s Protected Cell Company based in Guernsey.
Previously Neil has held various financial roles at firms in both the private and public sector including a train operating company and a charity.
Neil qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993 having trained with KPMG.
Deborah Jarvis is Operations Director at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), responsible for our human resources, information technology and building and office services. She is also secretary to the Trustees of the LCCI (1974) Pension and Life Assurance Scheme and manages the health and safety and business continuity functions at the Chamber.
Since joining LCCI, Deborah has led the attainment of Investment in People status, the relocation of the head office from Cannon Street to Queen Street, the refurbishment of the latter to include the members' lounge, the achievement of the Platinum Award in the Corporation of London's Clean City Awards Scheme and the development and installation of an integrated CRM system. Her current focus is Corporate Responsibility and the ongoing improvement in accessible, automated and robust IT systems, which provide benefits for members and efficient processes for colleagues.
Deborah held HR roles in an American bank and an engineering company in the capital before joining LCCI.
Director of Membership and Events
Liz Henderson joined the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in October 2018 as the Director of Membership and Events.
Liz started her career in marketing. She has a proven track record of delivering transformational brand, loyalty and engagement programmes in a range of large, complex organisations with iconic brands including British Gas, Centrica, the AA and Saga PLC. As a senior member of the leadership team at the AA she was responsible for the development of a completely revitalised membership proposition to aid retention of the AA’s 4M member base. More latterly in 2017 whilst consulting at Saga she designed and launched a brand new membership scheme for its travel and insurance customers which now has over 1M members.
Liz holds an MA Hons in Geography, has 3 sons, is an avid reader and keen skier.