Lord Sassoon (James) is President of the China-Britain Business Council (Chairman 2013-19). He is a Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings and a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation. In 1985 he joined UBS/SG Warburg, latterly as Managing Director and Global Head of Privatisation. He joined the Treasury Board in 2002 with responsibility for Financial Services and Enterprise Policy. Between 2007 and 2010, he chaired the Financial Action Task Force and, acting as Adviser to the then Shadow Chancellor, conducted The Tripartite Review of the UK’s system of financial regulation. From 2010 to 2013, he was the first Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in the UK, and acted as the Government’s Front Bench Treasury spokesman in the House of Lords. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Trustee of the British Museum.
Peter Batey CMG, OBE is Vice-President of the China-Britain Business Council. He co-founded Vermilion Partners in 2004, and is its Chairman. Batey moved to Beijing in 1986 as a representative of Arthur Andersen, subsequently becoming Chief Representative for China. In 1989 he co-founded Batey Burn, a China-focused investment advisory and government relations business. He was a director of Shuijingfang a public company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange as a nominee of Diageo Plc from 2007-2013, and served as board director of a number of Chinese and joint venture companies. He was Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China from 1994 to 1996 and successively Vice President and President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China 2000-2002. He served as Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre from 2004 to 2014.