Global affairs specialist to take charge at LCCI

Thursday 2 January 2020

With the UK set to leave the EU this month and focus turning to the trade negotiations with Brussels and others around the globe, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has appointed an international affairs specialist as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Richard Burge joins LCCI from his most recent position as Senior Advisor on Diplomatic Engagement for the City of London Corporation.

Before the Corporation role he was CEO of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017-2019. Before that, for eight years he was CEO of Wilton Park - a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on global issues.

During his career Richard has worked in over 60 countries, including serving for ten years with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.

Domestically, his experience includes high profile roles as Director General of the Zoological Society of London and CEO of the Countryside Alliance.

Richard Burge, LCCI Chief Executive-designate, said:

“I am excited to be joining LCCI at a critical time for London and UK business.

It’s vital that London, its businesses and stakeholders continue to use their collective strength to drive the capital and the UK forward. 

I hope to use my London, UK and global experience to further LCCI’s renowned reputation for representing the interests of London business both domestically and internationally.”


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  1. Richard Burge will take up his post at LCCI on Monday 3 February.
  2. London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital’s most representative business organisation with members across all boroughs ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders. 
  3. LCCI is a member of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network of 53 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors.
  4. LCCI’s former CEO, David Frost, left LCCI last summer to join the government as principal EU Adviser