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As a private sector initiative the WIBC Board comprises of individuals selected for their significant expertise in business and international markets.  The WIBC has also drawn on  the existing talent of business, academia and governmental bodies across Wales to develop and support organisations wishing to connect with the global economy. It acts as a sounding board for International companies wishing to do business in Wales and uses its extensive global networks on a reciprocal basis for enterprises in Wales. Through its partnerships it is developing a creative and innovative private/public network approach that will position and benefit Wales plc internationally. 

The WIBC Board of Directors and contact details are provided below - for initial enquiries please contact us on 02920-090041.

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Byron Davies (Chairman)

Tel: 02920 090041 / byron.davies@walesibc.com

Managing Director BD Consulting UK, Governor University of Wales Institute Cardiff. Former roles include Chief Executive for South Glamorgan County Council and Chief Executive to Cardiff Council for two decades. Chairman of the Cardiff Local Services Board, Secretary of the Society of Local Authorities and Senior Managers in Wales, President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives in the United Kingdom (SOLACE) and President of the European Federation of Local Authority Chief Executives (UDiTE.

Raj Aggarwal

Tel: 02920 405001 / raj.aggarwal@walesibc.com

Raj studied at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, qualifying in 1973. He was a senior manager with Boots until 1983 and managed various stores throughout the country. He is Chairman of the South East Region and Board member of the NPA and currently Chairman of the Kidney Wales Foundation. Raj is also a Director and Board member of the Cardiff Business Club and he was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to pharmacy, the Asian community and charitable services.

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Paul Hopkins

Tel: 02920 391727 / paul.hopkins@walesibc.com

Paul is a Member of Geldards LLP, a leading commercial law firm with offices in Wales and the East Midlands. He is head of dispute resolution services in Wales and is the firm’s International Partner. His practice includes advising on international disputes, commercial contract disputes, professional negligence claims, intellectual property disputes, financial sector disputes, shareholder claims, insolvency litigation, sports disputes and civil fraud. Paul is a CEDR accredited mediator. He is a member of the International Bar Association, an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, a member of the Institute of Directors, a committee member of the Wales Commercial Law Association and Chairman of South Wales International Trade Association. He is also a director of Go Debt Limited.

Russell Lawson

Tel: 07743 938165 / russell.lawson@walesibc.com

Russell is Managing Director of The Ideas Distillery, which helps companies to identify new markets, increase their profile, and target specific customer groups. He sits on the Leadership and Management Wales Board, and is author of the book 'The PR Buzz Factor', published by Kogan Page. In his previous role as Head of the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales he oversaw many campaigning successes including changes to primary legislation (Government of Wales Act) and establishment of Assembly Sponsored Public Bodies (Wales Social Partners Unit and Finance Wales). Russell is now Editor of the successful WalesBusiness.org site, an umbrella blog for business content across the spectrum of public life in Wales, and is PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner qualified, PTLLS certified, and an accredited trainer with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

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Andrew Walker

Tel: 02920 416059 / andrew.walker@walesibc.com

Andrew is Director of Development, UWIC Foundation, Chairman of the Regional Employers Support Group and a Trustee of the Fairwood Trust. Former roles include Director of the Wales North America Business Council, Principal at The Walker Consultancy and Assistant Director at CBI Wales.

Andrew Reid-Jones

Tel: 02920 837906 / andrew.reid-jones@walesibc.com

Founding member of Quantum Advisory, an Actuarial & Benefits Consultancy and based in the Cardiff office. Acts as Chairman of the Executive, heading HR, Compliance and IT functions in addition to providing Consultancy & Technical training to clients. A member of the Global Association of Pensions Specialists network.

Shelley Zhu

Tel: 07932084074

The founder and owner of XYZ Communications, Shelley Zhu was born in Shanghai and worked in education management and marketing in China. After moving to the UK in 1997, she launched XYZ Communications to help British organisations establish strategic links in China.

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Mike Tan

Tel: 0292 115 6603 / mike.tan@walesibc.com

Founder of Career Change Wales and a part-time lecturer at the University of Glamorgan lecturing on Transportation, Civil Engineering and Management. A Chartered Engineer with over 28 years of experience in highways, transportation and civil engineering. Previous roles include URS Corporation Limited, appointed to lead the highways and transportation sector and develop URS’ business in Wales and South West England. Previously employed as Associate Director for Faber Maunsell/AECOM with overall management and technical responsibilities for the Traffic Engineering and Development Planning teams in the Cardiff and Bristol offices.