The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy


The Council of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy is made up of a team of senior representatives from over 20 Member organisations across a range of international major banks, blue chip companies and leading professional service providers.

Jill Morris CMG

HM Ambassador to Italy and San Marino.
Honorary President, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Ms Jill Morris CMG was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Italian Republic and Her Majesty’s non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino in succession to Mr Christopher Prentice CMG. Ms Morris took up her appointment during July 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

2012 – 2015 FCO Director, Europe
2011 FCO, Head, Counter- Proliferation Department
2008 – 2010 FCO, Head, Consular Strategy Department
2006 – 2008 UK Representation to the EU in Brussels, Counsellor
2005 – 2006 UK Representation to the EU in Brussels, External Relations Desk Officer
2001 – 2005 Nicosia, Second Secretary
1999 – 2000 FCO, Desk Officer, United Nations Department
1999 Joined FCO

Tim Flear MVO

HM Consul General and  Director of Trade and Investment Italy, Department for International Trade.
Honorary Vice President, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Tim Flear started his appointment as British Consul General and Director of Trade and Investment Italy, Department for International Trade on 5 December 2014. He succeeded Mr Vic Annells.  

Tim is a career diplomat and member of Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Since 2011, Mr Flear has worked in UKTI’s London headquarters. His previous job was that of promoting the UK’s creative industries sector, in particular from an inward investment perspective. Formerly, he held geographical responsibilities in UKTI, at one stage being Deputy Director in charge of developed markets, including Italy – which he visited on trade business.

Mr Flear has had diplomatic postings in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul where he headed the Embassy’s inward investment operation and science and technology activities. His last overseas posting was as Her Majesty’s Consul-General in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 2006-10, in a predominately trade and investment-related role.

At other points in his career Mr Flear  has been a Deputy Director for policy and communications in the FCO’s Consular Directorate and - relevant to Milan and 2015 - the FCO’s Expo lead and British representative to the Paris-based International Bureau of Expositions.

A Portuguese speaker, Mr Flear has taken Italian language classes ahead of his arrival in Milan and was made a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) by Her Majesty The Queen in 1989 during a State Visit to Malaysia.

Daniel Shillito

President, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since May 2017.
Councillor since November 2015.

Originally from Australia, Daniel has worked in 5 countries across 3 continents including the USA and Europe, and in 2010 he came to Milan with his wife Silvia and two young children.

Daniel is a qualified financial adviser (private wealth), Certified Practising Accountant and Licensed Mortgage broker, focussing on financial services and property solutions for private individuals.

His career began in the accounting profession (commercialista - Australia) in 1987 managing a portfolio of business clients and private individuals providing taxation and business planning advice and reporting services.

After 10 years in professional services in Australia Daniel moved to Europe to work with multinational companies in various roles encompassing corporate finance, commercial management and sales management. This led to a relocation to California, USA in 2000. After returning to Australia, Daniel created his own specialist financial services, mortgages and property business and today remains CEO of My Financial Life, providing cross-border financial advice and property services for professionals, business owners and expatriates many of whom are managing assets in several countries in complex situations.

In Italy today Daniel is a member of The Spectrum IFA Group, a European network of independent financial advisers licensed to provide specialist financial planning assistance and advice. In particular his expertise is most useful for expats and clients moving between various countries or those retiring or investing abroad. 

Daniel joined the Chamber in 2013 and became a Councillor in 2015.

Tom Noad

Vice President, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since February 2018.
Councillor since July 2016.

Associate | Solicitor (England & Wales)

Roberto Franchini

Treasurer, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.
[effective January 1st, 2019]

Bob Franchini retired from EY in June 2018 after having worked for over 40 years in EY in Italy, UK and US. Twenty-seven years as an audit partner in Italy. Leader for Independence matters for EY EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) and Asia-Pacific/Japan from 2008 through 2018. Six years as member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) setting ethical and auditor independence requirements for the accountancy profession worldwide.

Bob is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Registered Auditor in Italy. Born and educated in the UK with a degree in Economics from University of Salford he started his career with a predecessor firm of EY in London before moving to Italy in 1981. He is bilingual in Italian and English.

Donatella Cungi

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2010.

Donatella was born in Brazil but grew up and was educated in Italy. She eventually went on to read Law at the University of Milan, graduating with honours in 1985.
Having begun her law career immediately after graduation in 1989 , she qualified into the Italian Bar. Donatella is now a Partner at Toffoletto de Luca Tamajo e Soci, where she practises and specialises in Employment and Labour Relations Law, Restructuring and Litigation.  
She has a solid background of corporate law too.  She is the author of several articles and publications on various Employment Law topics, regularly contributes to a national periodical on Legislation and Labour policies, and is often an avid speaker at both internal and external client seminars.  Donatella has taught compared civil law at Creighton University in USA.
Donatella is also a skilled linguist; besides her native Italian and Portuguese, she also speaks English and French.
She is highly active in the legal field at both a national and international level, and is a member of the Italian Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the International Bar Association.

Francesco Fantini

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since February 2018.

Director | Head of Subsidiaries Coverage and Cash Management - Italy, Barclays Bank PLC

Romina Gaudiosi

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since July 2018.

International Head of Business Development, DWF

Mariateresa Giussani

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since July 2018.

CEO, LM School Uniforms

Ignacio Izquierdo

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since February 2018.

Ignacio Izquierdo is Chief Executive Officer of Aviva Italy since October 2017.  

Ignacio is also board member and Audit Committee chairman of Nacional de Reaseguros, the Spanish reinsurance leader.

Previously he was the CEO of Aviva Spain and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aviva group companies in Spain. He was also Chairman of Aviva Gestión, the asset management unit of Aviva in Spain and board member of Aviva Poland.

He joined Aviva in 2008 coming from Santander Asset Management UK, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer.

He was linked to Santander Group from 1996 where he held different management positions such as Business Director of Santander Asset Management or Managing Director of Santander Private Banking. In January 2005 he joined Santander UK, in London, as executive member of the retail bank and being responsible for the Savings and Investment business.

He has been ExCo member of UNESPA, the Spanish Insurance Association and member of the advisory Board of the Chairman of the CEOE, the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations.

Having strong interest in CSR, Ignacio is member of the board of trustees of Orbayu foundation (Microloans for developing societies) and mentor of Endeavor.

He is councilor of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy and fellow of the Institute of board members and administrators (ICA) in Spain.

Ignacio has a degree in Marketing and a Master degree in Financial Administration and completed the leading CEO program in Digital Business in ISDI.

Lesley M. Jackson

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2008.


John J. Law MBE

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2009.

John was born in Leicester on 7th April 1958 and was educated at Ratcliffe College and the University of Manchester, where he read English Language & Literature.

He joined the Barclays Group in 1980 where he became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and, after a broad based training programme, held various management positions in Barclays’ Corporate & Investment Banking Division in London. In 1993 he gave in to pressure from his Italian wife, Simonetta, and moved to Rome as part of Barclays de Zoete Wedd’s Structured Finance Division. He transferred to Milan in 1996 where he was Risk Director for Barclays Capital in Italy until 2002 when, faced with a return to London or a move to Hong Kong, he decided to prolong his love affair with Italy by changing banks. He has since worked at Deutsche Bank as their Chief Credit Officer and is now Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer for HSBC in Italy.

John first joined the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy in 1998 and became a Councillor in 2009. He was elected President in June 2010, a role he held for 6 years until June 2016.

On 13th June 2015 John was awarded an MBE for services to British Trade and Investment in Italy.

John has two children – Andrew who works for a digital marketing agency in London and Emily who works as a Legal Researcher for Sir William Cash and the European Foundation. 

His interests outside work include golf, cycling, rugby and literature.

Sharon Reilly

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2013.

Sharon is a dual qualified, bilingual UK and Italian lawyer. She graduated from Glasgow University in 1983 and spent the first four years of her career at Ross Harper & Murphy in Scotland. She then moved on to John S. Boyle, Solicitors, where she worked for six years, initially as a senior associate and later as a partner.
Having moved to Italy to marry her Italian husband, Sharon then joined the biggest Italian boutique employment firm, Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo, in 2004.

In 2013 she was appointed partner at LABLAW, Milan, a top tier Italian employment firm, where she created and headed up an international team advising foreign companies on a whole range of employment issues in Italy. In the same year, she was appointed Councillor of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.
Sharon entered the Who's Who Legal Guide for the first time in 2014 and in the same year was shortlisted as Female Lawyer of the Year, at the Italian Top Legal Awards. She is also a 'recommended lawyer' in the prestigious Legal 500 directory, which says: “provides excellent strategic guidance’ and ‘innovative solutions to complex business problems".

In March 2017 Sharon moved to become a Partner at Uniolex – Stucchi & Partners where she advises global clients on Italian employment law, industrial relations and employment-related litigation. A typical day can see me advising on business transfers and restructuring, HR cross-border projects and secondments as well as hiring and firing and all the bits in-between.

Sharon lives in Arona, Lago Maggiore with her husband and two daughters, Chiara 18 and Sofia 15. Weekends are spent with family and friends just hanging out on the lake: eating out, wine tasting and cycling. The girls are passionate about skiing; so, plenty of Winter weekend trips to the nearby Alpine slopes. 

Victoria Rowlands

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since July 2016.
Head of BCCI Tax&Legal Chapter.

Victoria joined Jordans Trust Company in Bristol in 2013 where she specialised in corporate governance, becoming Head of the Italian Desk. In June 2016 she became Associate Director of Jordans Trust Company (Italy) in Milan, where her primary focus is to help clients to establish UK companies

Victoria studied French and Italian at university and upon graduation moved to Sardinia, Italy where she taught English at the University of Cagliari for 9 years. As well as running her own translation and export businesses, she also acted as Director of Studies for a private language school. In 2012, Victoria returned to the UK to study Law and is currently studying the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.

She has an MA in didactics, BA (Hons) French and Italian, and a Graduate Diploma in Law. Her native language is English but she is fluent in Italian and French. 

Victoria is Head of the Tax and Legal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists which has recognised her skills as a translator and interpreter specialising in the legal sector. She is also a member of Business Club Italia, Corporate member of BILA, and UK chamber of commerce and industry for Italy.

David Crackett

Honorary Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

David is an English Chartered Accountant practicing in Italy where he has been active as a professional for almost 40 years. He is Vice-President (Past President – 2006 to 2010) of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy, is Vice-Chairman of COBCOE (Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe),and is President of the Italian Association of International Accountants (an association representing British and Irish Professional Accountants resident in Italy. He is also the Contact Member in Italy for ICAEW, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is thus the Ambassador for the British Accounting Profession in the land where double entry book-keeping was invented.

Aged 65, he has significant professional experience working internationally both with Italian corporations as well as many of the world’s major Multinationals. He currently holds a number of Corporate Governance positions, is actively involved as a Professional in assisting businesses with their bilateral trade and investment activities and lectures at Milan’s most prestigious universities.

David obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) degree at Sussex University in 1971 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974. He then transferred to Milan with Deloitte, beginning what became a significant, international professional accounting and advisory experience. David was appointed as Partner in Deloitte in 1984 and retired in 2010. In addition to being a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, he is also a Registered Statutory Auditor in Italy and a Registered Statutory Auditor in the UK.

Hugh Malim

Commendatore OMRI.
Honorary Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Hugh Malim was born on December 10th, 1944, and was educated at Wellington College, the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and London University.

In the early 1960s, he entered the Royal Navy as a career officer, specializing as a naval aviator, and saw active service in the Middle and Far East, Northern Ireland and South Atlantic.

During the mid-1970s Hugh Malim joined the Barclays Group and in 1978 he came to Italy for the first time as assistant to the managing director of Banca Barclays Castellini SpA, Milan, and was then responsible for creating Group companies in the areas of factoring, consumer finance and investment banking. 
In 1981 he was transferred to Rome to set up a local branch for the bank, while in 1985 Mr Malim went to London to join the newly formed investment bank of the Group, Barclays de Zoet Wedd, where he was responsible for the area of export and project finance. 
In 1993, Hugh Malim was appointed Barclays Group country manager for Italy, and was responsible for refocusing the Group's activities from commercial to investment banking. He retired from Barclays at this own request on the 31st Dec. 2013.

At present Hugh Malim, who became Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana in 2003, holds the following positions: 

  • President of Davis & Morgan Merchant Bank SpA
  • Board Member of Vitale&Co SpA
  • Cavaliere del Sovrano Ordine Militari di Malta
  • Consigliere Ministro dell’Ambasciata SMOM in Slovenia

Carlo Orlandini

Honorary Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Born in Trento in 1927, Carlo Orlandini grew up in Verona and graduated in law in Bologna.
When WW2 ended he was only 18 and had served as a volunteer in the Resistance Movement. His many adventures of that period included missions with units of the 2nd SAS regiment; he crossed enemy lines six times.
He and his wife Mariella had five children.
Fairly early in his working life he joined IBM in Verona. He later worked for the company in Germany, Paris (four years as manager for special projects), Rome as consultant to the Italian Finance Ministry, followed by five years in New York at IBM’s international headquarters.

After 20 years with IBM he moved on to the Montedison Group and the retail sector, where he remained for 17 years. He founded Euromercato and, as its president, made it Italy’s leading group in the area of hypermarkets and shopping centres. He resigned from the job a few months after the company was bought by Silvio Berlusconi.
He set up a consultancy with SEIC (Studio Orlandini), then worked for eight years in the public health sector as administrator of four hospitals and, subsequently, of the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, with thousands of employees and associates, and with major developments to his credit.

Currently he is a non-executive director of Silos SpA and consultant for some companies.
A role close to his heart is that of co-founder and president of the ASPHI Foundation which for 33 years has developed ICT projects to assist the disabled. In 2014 he has become Honorary President for life.
And he continues to feel affection for the British Chamber of Commerce: he no longer recalls exactly when he became a member but it was many moons and Consuls ago. In the past he has been a Vice President and today he is proud to be an Honorary Councillor.

In his spare time he cultivates his garden.

Henry Putnam CBE

Honorary Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Henry Putnam has been a member of the BCCI since his arrival in Milan in 1969 to Manage the Coats Viyella Subsidiary in Italy Cucirini Cantoni Coats. He held this position until his retirement in 1991. He was President of the BCCI from 1973 till 1975 and was awarded the OBE after this . He was again the BCCI President from 1990 - 1993. In 1991 he was asked to chair the Management committee of the British Institute of Florence, which he did until 2002, after which he was awarded the CBE.
Henry read Economics and Law at Pembroke College Cambridge, which fitted him well for a career in Business with the Coats Group, moving from Glasgow through Spain, Colombia, India, Venezuela, until he came to Italy.
Since his retirement Henry has been the Executive President of the International Wool Secretariat in Italy, famous for the “Woolmark” from 1992 till 1997, after which he became a consultant with the Human Resource Group, Right Management Consultants, part of the Manpower Group. It is in this speciality that his wide and long experience in Management all over the Globe that he is particularly expert.
In January 2011 Henry became Business Development Manager of Growbp, a Consultancy specializing in Individual and Group Management Coaching.

Harry Richter

Honorary Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Borx Italia

Leonardo Simonelli Santi

Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI.
Honorary Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Leonardo Simonelli was born in Siena in 1939.  Following a First Class Honours degree in Physics and Chemistry, post-graduate studies included Research Associate Fulbright Scholarship at Illinois University, a business administration course at Illinois University and IBJ Tokyo and a MA from Birbeck College.
In 1969 he was appointed Adviser to IMI Istituto Mobiliare Italiano for the financing of applied research projects and the setting up of the research department.  In 1972 he was a Foreign Department Officer based in Brussels and in 1973 was made responsible for the Export Credit Department in Rome.  In 1977 he became Chairman of IMI’s UK subsidiary, and in 1984 was responsible for IMI’s International Division.
In 1986 he established Etrufin Reserco Limited in the City of London where he continues to be Managing Director. Etrufin offered financial services and representation to Italian regional banks.
He was elected President of Finest in 1993, an Italian financial services company specialising in Central and Eastern Europe.  His term of office expired in April 1999.  He was Chairman of the International Savings Banks in London from 1989-91 And Director of many Italian and international companies (including I.I.C.Y., Interfund, Fonditalia and INSUD).
He served as Vice-President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK during the years 1986-96 and was appointed President in 1996.  Additionally, in 1999 he was elected as a Director of Assocamestero, the organisation which groups together all the Italian chambers of commerce abroad, and President of the European Area. In 2006 he was nominated President of the Commissione Finanzia of Assocamestero and in 2010 was elected as its Vice President. In 2013 he was nominated President of Assocamerestero.
He is President of Simonelli Santi Co SpA and from 2005 to 2009 served on the Board of Directors of Monte dei Paschi Banca Personale. In 2007 he was invited to sit on the General Council of the Fondazione San Matteo of the Vatican, the first Foundation to be established by His Holiness Benedict XVI.
In 2011 he was created a Cavaliere di Gran Groce OMRI at a ceremony held at the Italian Embassy in London.

Massimo Audisio

Honorary Legal Advisor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.

Massimo was born in Milano on 7th August 1960 and was educated at Leone XIII College and at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan where he took his Law Degree in 1984.
He started his practice at Studio Radice – Izar in the civil and commercial field and was awarded a scholarship in London by the British Council within the European Lawyers Scheme.
He then deepened his experience in the labour and employment field which would become his prevalent activity.
The competence to assist clients, and particularly foreign companies, with a practical approach and with a knowledge of both commercial and labour and employment law has been and still is his strength.
He became a partner of CMS, the largest grouping of European law firms where he strengthened his practice at an international level, without losing his national background.
He then moved to Tosetto Weigmann e Associati, one of the oldest and most renowned Italian law firms, setting up and developing its Milan branch.
Finally, in January 2013, he set up Audisio e Associati together with two partners, within the same field of activity, maintaining the same approach towards work and clients, with a more flexible approach to their specific needs.
He collected several appointments within Professional Institutions and Associations, both at a National and International level, such as the National Vice President for Aiga (the National Association of Young Lawyers), the National Representative for Aija (the International Association of Young Lawyers), the Chairman of the International Commission of the Milan Bar (which he led for more than 10 years) taking care of the relations with foreign Bars around the world.
Massimo is now a member of Aba (the American Bar Association) and IBA (the International Bar Association) where he also represents the Milan Bar.
He first joined the BCCI in 1995 and became a Councillor in 1998; after standing as Vice President, at the end of his mandate within the Council, he was appointed Honorary Legal Advisor, an office where he was recently confirmed.



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