Currently CEO Juyi TacFast Group, a Chinese/Canadian joint venture in the interior fit-out industry; his Non-Executive Directorships include University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Ashwell Corporation Limited, WMMBF Limited and Quality Sterling Group (Toronto). He also advises a group of Chinese investors and a number of early stage companies.
Harry qualified with Deloitte and then spent 17 years in the automotive industry (DAF, Land Rover and BMW) in senior management roles throughout the world. Harry was the Group Managing Director of Brintons Limited until December 2010.
Harry holds a number of chairmanships including the British American Business Council in the Midlands.
Steve is the current President of the BABC having been nominated by the BABC’s Nominating Committee and elected by the Board of the BABC at its New York conference in May 2015. He will serve a two year term of office. Steve is a commercial dispute lawyer by background with an international practice representing clients based in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Steve has over 20 years’ experience as a litigator including international arbitration disputes. Steve is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and has been involved in the settlement of several complex disputes through mediation and other forms of ADR.
Wouter Schuitemaker is Managing Director, EMEA for Hickey and Associates, LLC, a global site selection, public incentive advisory and workforce solutions company. Wouter leads the firm’s expansion throughout the EMEA region, working closely with clients to provide location selection strategies, analysis and capture of public incentive and government aid opportunities, and the identification of workforce solutions.
Formerly, as Executive Director of Marketing Birmingham, Wouter established and led Business Birmingham, the highly regarded inward investment programme for Greater Birmingham. Responsible for both commercial income generation and attracting foreign direct investment, Wouter was the agency lead for all business engagement programmes. Significant foreign direct investments (FDI) into Greater Birmingham for which Wouter was responsible included the relocation of HSBC’s retail banking head office to Birmingham, expansion of Deutsche Bank and Jaguar Landrover operations, and greenfield investments from Hogan Lovells, Gensler, Jacobs Engineering, Changan Automotive and Virgin Media amongst many others.
Mandy Haque - Sales and Travel Trade Relationship Manager, Birmingham Airport
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, Professor Julian Beer leads on the institution’s Research, Enterprise and Business Engagement strategy, forging links between business and higher education.
Julian has extensive experience of the private sector, as well as transferring higher education knowledge into commercial or public policy outcomes. His current role involves strengthening Birmingham City University’s connection with the city and region, as well as its national and international impact.
Geoff Cousins, studied at the University of Warwick where he was awarded both a degree in Economics & International Studies and an MBA. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Geoff is currently Managing Director of Geoff Cousins Associates, which provides a tailored approach to solving the challenges faced by businesses in the automotive and related sectors.From brand and marketing plans to mergers &acquisitions advice and executive recruitment.
Gary is Regional Director for Corporate banking for the Midlands Region of HSBC - managing a team operating out of 10 cities across the Midlands (Birmingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Peterborough, Wolverhampton and Worcester). Typically looking after MME clients in the $10m-$500m turnover range, many of whom operate and trade internationally, leveraging HSBC's international network.
Gary celebrates 36 years with HSBC in 2016, and had built up extensive leadership experience managing retail, commercial, corporate banking, credit and marketing teams across the UK during his career. Gary has a passion for supporting businesses in exploring new markets and in the last few years has accompanied clients on HSBC's Global Connections programme to Hong Kong, Singapore and Istanbul.
Gary was posted to his current position in the Midlands in November 2014, with a mandate to grow HSBC's Corporate Banking business in the Midlands, where Birmingham will be the location of HSBC UK's new Head Office from 2018.
James is an employment lawyer with over 15 years’ experience and is head of Browne Jacobson LLP’s Birmingham employment law department. He is an active member of Pangea Net, a non-exclusive network of full service law firms with an international focus, particularly North America. He regularly advises the firm’s transatlantic and overseas client base in conjunction with other member firms. He deals with all aspects of employment law including cross border transactions and re-organisations, and international disputes.
James has considerable experience acting for Browne Jacobson’s clients particularly in the retail, tech, IT and manufacturing sectors and has been involved in a number of significant reported legal cases up to and including the Court of Appeal. An experienced advocate and trainer, James speaks at conferences and seminars and regularly writes for the press and industry publications. He has also held a lifelong interest in music and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Performances Birmingham Limited, a charity which manages Town Hall and Symphony Hall, two world renowned concert halls in Birmingham.