About us

Australia House, London, 2017

Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce

Who we are

The Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce is the independent UK-based membership organisation connecting the business community and professionals with interests in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

With a diverse membership and network as well as trusted partnerships across the Australian and British Governments, we are the platform for industry to access and influence Australian-UK business intelligence, audiences and trade opportunities.

By delivering a range of events, membership services and strategic initiatives we connect our members and partners to decision-makers, smart ideas and fresh opportunities.

 

Australia and the United Kingdom

Australia is the 14th largest economy in the world and the 5th largest in the Asian region in 2019. Australia shares a strong economic and trade relationship with the United Kingdom, which is the world's 6th largest economy in the world. As well as being Australia's 8th largest two-way trading partner, the UK is Australia's 3rd largest services trading partner with two-way trade valued at £16.6 billion in 2019.

The UK and Australia also share a significant bilateral investment relationship, with FDI between the two countries valued at AUD$217 billion. Today there are more than 1,500 Australian companies that are active in the UK across a range of sectors including financial and professional services, technology, natural resources and travel services.

 

Our Patron

The Hon George Brandis QC

The Hon George Brandis QC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in May 2018. Mr Brandis has had a distinguished political career in Australia as a member of the Federal Parliament. His appointments have included Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Leader of the Government in the Senate, Federal Minister for the Arts, and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Our Chair

Dick Porter

Dick Porter, as well as being the Chair of the Chamber and a co-founder of STA Travel, is also the Director, Trustee, and Member of several organisations including the Australia Day Foundation, Global Implementation Group at University College London and the University of Western Australia UK Friends.

Our CEO

Catherine Woo

Catherine joined the Chamber as CEO in 2016 and is a trusted adviser to business, government and other stakeholders on bilateral exchange, market access and opportunity. As CEO, Catherine leads the Chamber’s strategy and operations ensuring its ongoing commercial focus, thought leadership and influence in advocating for members on bilateral trade and policy issues.

A lawyer by training, Catherine’s professional background is in international economic development and industry-government partnerships. She has held leadership roles working at the intersection of government and business including as Investment Director for the Victorian Government’s London office where she led its regional trade and investment strategy and team across the UK, Europe and Israel.

Our Board

Philip Aiken AM

Philip Aiken is Chairman of Balfour Beatty and Aveva and a Non-Executive Director of Newcrest Mining. He was also the Chairman of the Chamber from 2006 to 2013. From 1997-2006 Philip was President Energy Group and President Petroleum of BHP Billiton and Managing Director Gases Europe and South Pacific for BOC.

Sir Lynton Crosby

Sir Lynton Crosby is a campaign manager and strategist, and Co-Founder of the C|T group. In 1998 and 2001, Lynton successfully managed the campaign for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and in 2008 and 2012 he was Campaign Director for Boris Johnson, Lord Mayor. In the 2015 UK General Election, Lynton was the Campaign Director for the Conservative Party in its historic victory.

Bronwyn Curtis OBE

Bronwyn Curtis OBE is the Chairman of the JP Morgan Asian Investment Trust PLC and a Non-Executive Director at Scottish American Investment Co PLC and Mercator Media Ltd. Bronwyn’s previous roles have included Head of European Broadcasting at Bloomberg LP and Chief Economist for Nomura International.

Chris Hickey

Chris Hickey is the CEO of the UK, Middle East and African businesses for Robert Walters plc. Chris is responsible for the Group’s UKMEA businesses including, but not limited to financial services, commerce accountancy, IT, HR divisions. Previously, Chris worked as a solicitor in Australia, the UK and Switzerland with Lehman Brothers.

Jennifer Mackinlay

Jennifer Mackinlay is the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for United Kingdom, Ireland and Nordics for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (“Austrade”). Having lived in France for almost 20 years, Jennifer was previously Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg between June 2015 and November 2019. Prior to joining Austrade, Jennifer worked as a lawyer for international law firm Clifford Chance in Paris for 15 years.

Anna Pritchard

Anna is Qantas’ Regional General Manager for the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Prior to coming to London, Anna was Qantas’ Head of Legal and Assistant Company Secretary, heading teams responsible for providing strategic competition and regulatory advice, oversight and compliance, engaging with key regulators and managing litigation and dispute resolution and corporate governance across the Qantas Group.  Prior to joining Qantas, Anna worked at in private legal practice at Allens and the Australian Government Solicitor.

Claire Small

Claire Small is Clinical Director of Pure Sports Medicine, co-founding the organisation with others in 2003. Pure Sports Medicine was the first multi-disciplinary clinic of its kind in the UK and is still the leading organisation providing a comprehensive service to patients with musculoskeletal problems. Claire continues to treat patients and is active in teaching, lecturing and research to ensure that the drive towards clinical excellence is a fundamental part of the ethos at Pure.

Michael Wallin

Michael is a Corporate partner in Minter Ellison's London office. Michael specialises in advising Australia businesses investing in the UK and wider Europe and European businesses investing in Australia. He advises on a wide range of corporate matters, focusing particularly on cross border mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity investments, joint ventures and venture capital work.

Jeffrey Young

Jeffrey is the founder of Allegra Strategies, a management consultancy focusing on the food and leisure sector. Jeffrey is also the founder of UK Coffee Week and the London and New York Coffee Festivals, Chairman of the Allegra foundation and author/editor of 20 books.

Our team

Catherine Woo
CEO

Catherine joined the Chamber as CEO in 2016 and is a trusted adviser to business, government and other stakeholders on bilateral exchange, market access and opportunity. As CEO, Catherine leads the Chamber’s strategy and operations ensuring its ongoing commercial focus, thought leadership and influence in advocating for members on bilateral trade and policy issues.

A lawyer by training, Catherine’s professional background is in international economic development and industry-government partnerships. She has held leadership roles working at the intersection of government and business including as Investment Director for the Victorian Government’s London office where she led its regional trade and investment strategy and team across the UK, Europe and Israel.

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Jess Sullivan
Member Engagement & Projects Manager

Jess is an internationally experienced business development and stakeholder engagement management professional. With over 10 years’ experience in the higher education sector for three of Australia’s largest and globally influential universities in Australia and the UK, she has worked to facilitate partnerships with organisations to foster stronger and deeper relationships with their key stakeholders.

She is a proud Victorian with a taste for good Melbourne coffee however before moving to London in 2017, spent time working in Sydney, enjoying life by some of Australia’s best suburban beaches.

 

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Elena Mariñan
Events and Marketing Coordinator

Elena is the Chamber’s Events and Marketing Coordinator and is responsible for working with our event partners and ensuring that our varied calendar of events runs smoothly.

Originally from Bilbao, Spain and with a background in event and social media management, Elena moved to London in 2018 and was most recently the Events and Communications Manager for the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

She holds a degree in Tourism from the University of Deusto, Spain and International Travel Industry from NHTV University of Breda, The Netherlands.

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Louise Crawley
Marketing & Membership Services Administrator

As our Marketing and Membership Services Administrator, Louise manages the Chamber’s marketing and communications channels and is a key contact for our new and existing Members. Qualified as a Public Relations practitioner from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in London, Louise has worked with several SMEs helping to grow their memberships through marketing.

Louise also has an MSc in Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Essex. During her BA she spent one year studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Whilst studying in New Zealand, Louise spent time in Melbourne and Sydney, enjoying some much needed sunshine and eating one too many lamingtons.

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Tamsin Speight
General Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Tamsin ensures the Chamber runs as a well-oiled machine. Tamsin is responsible for the accounts and the overall general office operations. Tamsin comes from an extensive eventing background and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Tamsin recently moved to the UK and thoroughly enjoys exploring her new home with her family. Deep down, Tamsin is a real foodie and jumps at any opportunity to travel.

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