Marina Wheeler QC


1 Crown Office Row


Marina Wheeler QC is a barrister practicing at 1 Crown Office Row Chambers.

After a period in Brussels specialising in EU competition and environmental law she joined the English Bar where she litigates mainly on behalf of government and public bodies in cases concerning national security, armed conflict, prisons, mental health, social care, and information rights.

She is a qualified mediator and co-tutors the Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Course at Regents University London.

Since 2004 she has worked on legal projects with the London-based GB-China Centre and in 2016 was appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the Centre for Common Law in Beijing, a joint venture with Oxford and Renmin Universities.


Ji Bo

Chief Representatives for CKGSB Europe and Assistant Dean for Global Executive Education

 Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Ji Bo joined Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) as a new Chief Representative for Europe and Assistant Dean for Global Executive Education in CKGSB Europe in September 2015.

Bo has a strong background in both global business and executive education. With professional experience spanning over 15 years in top management at Fortune 500 companies, Ji has previously led the Business Development, M&A, R&D, Commercial Strategy and Supply Chain divisions at Fortune 500 companies of Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars, among other major companies. He also has extensive experience teaching Executive MBA and MBA programs from top business schools worldwide, including MIT, NYU, INSEAD, TUM, ESADE, HKUST, Tsinghua University and Sun Yat-sen University. Moreover, Ji is a frequent conference speaker.

Ji Bo will oversee CKGSB's office in London, with the goal of helping European businesses to understand China and how to successfully do business in this dynamic market. His primary responsibilities are elite network management and conference speaking throughout Europe. He will also develop overseas programs in Asia and the Americas with unique perspective that will help the business leader keep abreast of how China is changing and how your business needs to adapt.

Under the leadership of Ji Bo, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) aims at developing current and future leaders with a global vision, a humanitarian spirit and an innovative mind-set, since CKGSB is well endowed the valuable capacity to interpret global business in the context of both China and the West.


Managing Partner UK

Cleeve Sinotech

Philip Bell

Highly creative and strategic international marketing expert with over 30 years' business experience including 15 years' in senior management with global marketing services agencies in Asia, the Middle East, West Africa, Central and Eastern Europe.  Now an independent consultant in International Trade and UK managing partner of China business specialists Cleeve Sinotech.


Dr Peter Collecott cmg


The Ambassador Partnership

Dr Peter Collecott is a former senior diplomat who has served on five continents in major countries, developed and developing, and is an expert on the emerging politico-economic world order, and on climate change and sustainable development.  As UK Ambassador to Brazil he transformed the UK's relationship with Brazil through clear strategic focus and personal advocacy. In particular, he brought together the main Brazilian experts on climate change and related issues such as agriculture to put together a report on the Economics of Climate Change in Brazil, which has proved influential in the Brazilian policy debate.

In his early career he worked in the Arab world and in London on Middle Eastern issues, including involvement in ending the Iran/Iraq conflict; and on EU issues, including heading up the EU/Economic part of the Embassy in Germany in the run up to the single currency.  He subsequently spent five years managing change in the FCO as Finance Director then Head of the Administration.

Following his retirement from diplomatic service Peter acts inter alia as an adviser to major British multinationals with interests in Brazil, and as a Special Advisor to The Prince's Charities' International Sustainability Unit, where he is engaged on issues such as climate change, deforestation and global food, water and energy security.  He also lectures on Brazil and the emerging world order, and on sustainable development issues.


Chief Commercial Officer


Chao Liu

Chao is co-founder of Avenue51, an ecommerce company offering a single integration to over 25 of China’s largest marketplaces. Avenue51 works with over 60 British brands, from SMEs to the largest public companies. Chao is also

co-founder of 51 Parcel, a logistics company shipping over 40 tonnes of ecommerce packages from the UK to China every day.

The 51 Group combines a complete logistics and order management solution with website development, customer service, design and consumer marketing solutions.

Chao was the UK Technology Strategy Board prize winner in 2011 and 2013. He is a native English and Mandarin speaker, and received his MPhil in Technology Management from University of Cambridge.



Charlie Welsh


Inside International Industrials (IIICorp)

Inside International Industrials Inc. (IIICorp) is a premium business intelligence subscription service from the creator of Mergermarket. We provide our clients with early-stage actionable intelligence on projects happening in the energy, water and waste and environmental sectors in the world's fastest-growing markets, and the asset-based lending needs that accompany them.

IIICorp founder Charlie Welsh is best-known for the highly-successful formula he pioneered as creator and Editor-in-Chief of Mergermarket, a global M&A and capital markets news and intelligence service.

Origination intelligence, Mergermarket's novel, forward-looking editorial business model, has been adapted by IIICorp in a way that expands the addressable market exponentially to include the vast amount of global industrial projects in need of suppliers of advanced equipment and technologies and financing solutions.

IIICorp's deal origination platform provides actionable intelligence on trade, export and project finance opportunities. We employ a global team of journalists, engineers, analysts and researchers to offer a comprehensive database of past and upcoming projects, tenders, partnerships, trade finance and M&A opportunities. Subscribers gain access to a proprietary data set containing the terms, values, and key contact information for each deal.

IIICorp's commercial headquarters are located in New York, with editorial operations in Shanghai and Mumbai.


Wayne Gallichan

Director Locate Jersey

Government of Jersey

Wayne Gallichan is the Director of Locate Jersey with responsibility for Inward Investment and High Value Residency for the island of Jersey.

Following 12 years in the finance industry working for Barclay trust International and Abacus, and then 5 years in his family retail business, he joined the Government of Jersey in 1995.

Wayne started in the Desastre Department (bankruptcies) before moving to the Chief Advisers Department as Executive Officer to the Policy and Resources Committee. From 2002 until the summer of 2007, Wayne was the Director of the Regulation of Undertakings Department which is responsible for regulating business and staffing licences.

Wayne’s current role at Locate Jersey is to attract high-value activity/low resource businesses and economically active high-value individuals, to facilitate inward investment, provide aftercare to newly arrived businesses and families and to promote Jersey as a destination that is very much ‘open for business’.

During his time at Locate Jersey, Wayne has been instrumental in developing business links with the UK, India, China, France, Malta and Israel.


Russ Grazier

Head of Trade & Working Capital London


Russ has been in Banking for 30 years. His career has encompassed roles in Retail, Operations and Corporate Banking as well as Risk Management.

Since the late 1990's Russ has been focused on leading regional and national trade businesses within the banking industry.

As Barclays Head of Trade and Working Capital for the London Region, Russ is passionate about supporting British businesses to be successful whether that's here in the UK or when operating overseas. His commitments are to help simplify international trade, mitigate risk and provide appropriate working capital solutions for businesses.


Dr Tim Johnson

Technical Director

Tetronics International


Dr Tim Johnson is Technical Director for Tetronics International. He obtained a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1990 before spending eight years as a Research Fellow operating and coordinating the work of the university's large plasma melting facility. Since joining Tetronics in 1998, he has had has a plasma and engineering focus, particularly in the areas of technology development and the delivery of commercial plants for waste reuse/recovery and clean heating. Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and has over 100 publications and patents


Progressive Energy Limited

Chris Manson-Whitton

Chris is a Director of Progressive Energy and an expert in the low carbon energy sector with a particular focus on deployment of innovative technologies. His role encompasses project development as well as strategic & due diligence advisory services, and includes Renewables as well as Carbon Capture and Storage. Progressive Energy is a founding members of the gogreengas BioSNG consortium along with Advanced Plasma Power and has been collaborating with National Grid since 2010 on low carbon heat solutions including both BioSNG as well as the role for hydrogen.

Director of Safety and Network Strategy

National Grid Gas Distribution

David Parkin

David Parkin is Director of Safety and Network Strategy at National Grid Gas Distribution. The National Grid Gas Distribution network stretches from the Thames to the Lake District with 130,000km of pipeline and 11m connections. David is accountable for safety, engineering and setting the future strategic direction of the network. David is a chartered Mechanical Engineer and member of IGEM, and holds degrees from University of Cambridge, University of Warwick and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Edward Radcliffe


Vermilion Partners

Edward Radcliffe co-founded Vermilion Partners in 2004.  He first started advising international companies on China in 1994 and has helped formulate and implement China strategies for numerous leading international firms. He has worked in the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prior to founding Vermilion, Edward served as General Manager of Whitefox Technologies Limited, which specialises in the development and commercialisation of environmental technology. He remains an adviser to the firm. Before joining Whitefox, Edward was Head of Online Retail at BT Retail, a division of BT Group plc.

From 1994 to 2000, Edward served as Director and Chief Representative of Batey Burn, a leading China advisory firm in Beijing, before returning to London as the UK managing director.

Edward served as Treasurer of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, 1997-98, and as a Council member of the China-Britain Business Council from 1999 to 2000. He holds a BA (Hons.) in Chinese Studies from the University of Durham, UK, as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Edward is based in Shanghai.


Andy Rogers

Director and Mediator

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)


Andy is a Director at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, an organisation that has worked in and around China for over 15 years and trained over 500 mediators in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. As a  practicing mediator Andy has worked on a large number of disputes across varied sectors from the purely commercial to those with highly personal or emotional issues. His clients range from private individuals through to large multinational organisations.  Andy is a Trustee and Board Director of the Civil Mediation Council, the recognised authority in England & Wales for all matters related to civil, commercial and workplace mediation, where he co-chairs the Standards and Registration Committee. Andy joined CEDR in 2005 and he is responsible for CEDR's communications and marketing. He has consulted on numerous ADR projects, including ones in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Lisa Weaver-Lambert

Director and Founder

Fitzroy Club London


Lisa is a highly experienced Marketing and Business Strategy specialist and has worked closely with the Chinese market since 2006.  Previously, Lisa was successful in working for Accenture’s Strategy & Business Architecture practice for Retail and Consumer Goods across Asia and Europe focused on business transformation programmes. She is experienced in fashion/luxury retail, and consumer goods and has worked with multiple brands with relation to the China market: Clarks, De Beers Group, Harvey Nichols, and acted as a China advisor to multiple other lifestyle brands. Lisa set up a very successful club for younger High Net Worth Professional Chinese to help brands drive higher quality leads, sales, and customer advocacy.  The club has worked with leading brands such as Browns Hotel, Dunhill, Turnbull and Asser, and The Langham.

Dr Kegang Wu

Chief Representative

China Guangdong Economic & Trade Office in the UK

Kegang has been Chief Representative of the Guangdong Office since 2014, which offers official access to the most populous and largest economic region of China.  Guangdong, with a 108 million population, has been for four decades the leading Chinese economic power house with its current economic size ($1 trillion global trade and $1 trillion GDP) greater than many of the G20 countries. The office offers practical support to British companies, government and organisations in doing business with Guangdong.  During his regular visits to China in the last two decades, Kegang helped to build partnerships and to close business deals  for British firms with China



Founder and Managing Director

Trade Advisory Network

Lionel Taylor is recognised as a receivables finance, international trade and supply chain finance business leader and is at the forefront of the development of financial supply chain thinking. Lionel has spearheaded the development of supplier finance platforms and programs at both Citibank and The Royal Bank of Scotland and also initiated supply chain finance programs promoting trade between China and the West. He has spent time enabling the fledgling factoring industry to develop in China and currently facilitates on the ground supplier on-boarding for a number of financial institutions looking to extend their respective supply chain finance programs into China and Hong Kong. More recently, he supported Lloyds Banking Group in the development and build out of its Global Trade and Supply Chain business. He advises a number of financial institutions and alternative financiers on the development of their trade and supply chain finance businesses and is frequently invited to comment and write for specialist international trade publications, as well as chairing and speaking at international events.



Andy Clayton


LNP China

Andy Clayton, the CEO of LNP China, is acknowledged as a successful entrepreneur and a trusted and respected voice on doing business within China. He started up LNP China in 2007, and continues to drive the growth of LNP and its clients. Now based in our UK office, Andy lived and worked in China from 1998 to 2013. He was Operations Director for B&Q China and Vice-President for NASDAQ-listed, before founding LNP in early 2007. Oxford educated, Andy has a long experience of business in China, and is a regular and sought after speaker on business in China. He is a Board member of the London EO chapter.



Adam Knight


Tong Digital


Adam is the cofounder of Tong Digital, a leading digital agency at the forefront of branding, communication and technology services in China. Tong leverages the power of social commerce to create fast, effective and sustainable solutions to get European brands in front of China’s new generation of tech-savvy consumers. Adam regularly speaks at industry and academic events in the UK, Europe, Russia, China and Hong Kong. He holds degrees in Chinese Studies and Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford.





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