Changes at the top mean that the Chamber enters a new decade with a new chairman, deputy chairman and chief executive
Risk mitigation professional Roddy Caxton-Spencer has been elected as the Chamber’s new chairman.
An executive director of Lloyd’s broker Besso Group, chairman of its international division and responsible for its overseas operations, Caxton-Spencer has spent his career dealing with complex global insurance risks.
A board member of LCCI since 2014 (and member of its investment committee), he also sits on the board of London Scottish rugby club and the Court of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars. He has also served as chairman of the charity, Arts 4 Dementia. Having begun his career as a broker of jewellery, fine art and bullion, he has been a Lloyd’s broker since 1978, and joined Besso in 1997.
Caxton-Spencer is no stranger to managing risk in his spare time. Amongst his achievements are the ascent of Mount Everest, several Arctic expeditions, the Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race, and successful completion of the Marathon des Sables.
Challenges and opportunities
Commenting on his election Caxton-Spencer, said: “At what is a crucial time for business in the capital and the UK, I am delighted to become chairman of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “As London navigates the challenges and opportunities of the post-Brexit landscape, I hope to bring my global experience to the role and ensure that LCCI is offering the voice and services that businesses across all London’s boroughs require.”
In a further appointment Nish Kotecha was elected Chamber’s deputy chairman. A seasoned entrepreneur, Kotecha is co-founder and chair of Finboot, a start-up offering a unique enterprise-grade suite of blockchain applications and middleware solutions for value and supply chains. He was previously an investment banker at Sphere Partners, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and BZW (Barclays). Kotecha said: “I share LCCI’s passion for helping small businesses to grow. London is one of the world’s leading cities for start-ups and it’s crucial that we continue to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit for which it is known so that innovative companies can thrive, for the benefit of us all.
Steve Reilly-Hii, Senior Media Relations Manager, LCCI