The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy

Officers

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, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy 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.

John A. Stewart

Vice President, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since July 2016.
Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2006.

John was born in Irvine on 14th January 1947 and is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since November 1969, and fellow since January 1979. Furthermore is Registered Italian Auditor and Licensed to practice by consob (the Italian Stock Exchange regulatory authority) in 1980.

John is the Managing Partner of FieldFisher SASPI in Italy, based in Milan but with offices in Rome, Venice and Turin, a multi-disciplinary professional partnership providing services in Tax, Legal and Labour Law consulting, Tax and Legal compliance, Corporate Law.

John has extensive professional experience in public accounting (including audit), receivership, international tax, valuations, M&A, project finance, and is considered an expert negotiator in acquisitions, disposals and mergers with extensive management experience in setting and implementing strategy, building businesses and managing all aspects of multidisciplinary services professional services firm both nationally and worldwide.

Before joining FieldFisher, from Nov. 2010 to Nov. 2014, he was International Tax Director of Crowe Horwath one of the top 10 accounting networks. This global role involved assessing and enhancing the international tax client service delivery capabilities of Crowe Horwath International member firms. This included monitoring firm growth and the content of training programs, evaluating member firm compliance with common tax practice standards and supervising tax practice inspection programs.
From 1993 to 2002 John was the Managing Partner of a big 4 accounting firm’s practice areas in Italy for corporate finance, tax, legal and outsourcing, growing the practices from 40 people in 8 offices to 1,200 people in 20 offices and twice the size of the second player.

Since September 2014, John is the CEO of the main airport handling company of Milan’s two airports at Linate and Malpensa, employing over 2,000 people.

His interest outside work include cycling, sking (all forms: langlauf, touring, downhill), climbing mountains, playing tennis and watching sport on TV.

Roger Grenville King

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

Roger was born in Birmingham on 26th July 1945.

A member of the BCCI since 2005, he was coopted as new Councillor by the unanimous vote of the Councillors present at the meeting of the Council which took place on 15th July 2010; during the same meeting Roger was appointed as new Treasurer.
During the Council meeting on the 31st of January 2012, the President John J. Law re-confirmed Roger in his position.

He read history at Manchester University from 1963 to 1968, where he was awarded a B.A. (hons. - first class) and an M.A. with a specialization in medieval history. Between 1968 and 1969 he did further post-graduate research at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a “Revisore Contabile” (Italian Registered Auditor). He holds an ICAEW Practicing Certificate and his practice Roger King s.r.l. is registered to provide Italian statutory audit services.

Roger joined the London office of Arthur Andersen in 1969 transferring to Andersen’s Milan office in 1972. He has subsequently worked continuously in Milan with the exception of a two year period in London in the late 1970’s and a further two year period developing Andersen’s Croatian practice in Zagreb in the mid-1990’s.

He is presently the sole quota holder of Roger King s.r.l., incorporated in 2004 to provide accounting and auditing services. His clients include Italian subsidiaries of companies quoted on foreign exchanges (NASDAQ, etc.)as well as Italian owned enterprises.

Roger is Treasurer of the Istituto Italiano della Donazione and member of the Board of the Italian Association of International Accountants (IAIA). He has lectured at the IAIA’s Continuing Professional Education courses as well at numerous courses organized by the Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti di Milano, Italian and Croatian Universities and the Italian tax authorities for the training of tax inspectors.

Donatella Cungi

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2010.
Member of the Membership Committee.

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.

Lesley M. Jackson

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

Barclays Bank Plc

John J. Law MBE

Councillor 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. 

On 31st of January 2012 The Council of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy confirmed him as President until June 2014 and in March 2014 a Special General Meeting of the Chamber voted to extend his term for a further 2 years. 
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 is reading Law at Reading University. 

His interests outside work include golf, rugby and literature. 

Tom Noad

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since July 2016.

Studio Legale Withers

Sharon Reilly

Councillor, The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy since 2013.
Member of the Membership Committee.

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.

Jordans Trust Company Ltd

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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