The Executive is responsible for the annual delivery plan and ensuring the UK is contributing to the development of ICC worldwide.

Chris Southworth, Secretary General

Chris Southworth is Secretary General at the International Chamber of Commerce UK. Prior to joining ICC he was Executive Director for Global Partnerships, at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Head of the International Chambers of Commerce Unit at UK Trade and Investment and a Senior Policy Advisor to Lord Heseltine for his independent review of UK competitiveness. In 2011 he helped set up the mid size business export programme at UKTI and was a Senior Policy Advisor for the 2011 Government Review of Mid Size Businesses. Former roles have encompassed deregulatory policy at Better Regulation Executive, social enterprise policy at the Department for Business and stints in a local strategic partnership and the charity sector. He is also co-owner of a start-up company building homes in Cartagena, Colombia.


Sophie Dembinski, Senior Policy Advisor

Sophie is head of policy in the UK and responsible for the management of relations with business, government and international organizations. She manages ICC's UK policy committees with a specific focus on legal, banking, trade & investment, CSR & anti-corruption, energy & environment issues. Sophie also oversees major campaigns, events, publications, partnerships and communications. Previously, she worked on EU-US and Asia relations at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels. She continues to serve as GMF’s UK coordinator for its flagship leadership programme, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF). Sophie has authored a number of blogs and op-eds. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and K.U. Leuven and a Rotary Humanitarian Ambassador of Goodwill.



James Penn, Policy Advisor

James runs ICC UK’s banking and competition committees as well as working across ICC UK’s CSR, tech and international trade policy portfolios. James graduated from the University of St Andrews with a triple first class MA in French, Spanish and International Relations. His studies included a year in Latin America as well as time at the Chief Executive Board for Coordination at the United Nations in Geneva. Outside work, James is a world-ranked real tennis player, plays village cricket and contributes to a political satire magazine.



Diana Ciriolo, Membership Coordinator

Diana is responsible for ICC’s UK membership relations. Her role is to deliver high-quality customer service to UK members and ensure that their interests are promoted internationally. Diana holds a bachelor degree in Law and a LLM in environmental law, with a specialization in energy. Prior to joining ICC, Diana worked with an environmental protection NGO where she was responsible for a number of projects and acted as a key liaison with local governments



Ian Quirk, Arbitration Consultant

Iain Quirk has a broad commercial practice before the English courts and in arbitration. His practice has a particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. He regularly advises and appears as counsel in arbitrations under all of the main international institutions and is also appointed as arbitrator, including recent appointments in energy arbitrations. Iain teaches International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Arbitration on the MA course at Kings College, London.

In the commercial law field, he acts for major international corporate clients particularly in the financial, energy and construction sectors. Iain is often instructed on commercial and employment cases in the Commercial Court and Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. He has extensive expertise in acting for sports and media companies and individuals, in particular relating to the music industry and, on the sports side, Formula 1, football and horseracing. Iain is on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel) and has appeared for the UK Government at all levels up to the Supreme Court.

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