The membership of the Council comprises over 150 senior British and Saudi business representatives from all sectors, including larger corporates, SMEs and trade associations.

Our Key Objectives



Promote business and partnership opportunities in both Kingdoms, particularly for small and medium sized enterprises.


Provide support and advise to SBJBC members and potential members seeking to do business in either Kingdom.


Offer a voice for business concerns and potential barriers to trade with authorities in both countries.


Facilitate training, technology transfer and knowledge exchange between the UK and Saudi Arabia in support of Saudi Vision 2030.

The UK Secretariat of the Council (SBJBC UK) is a company limited by guarantee (not for profit), and an international affiliate of the British Chambers of Commerce. The Saudi Secretariat is based within the Council of Saudi Chambers in Riyadh.

The Council works closely with both governments as well as other trade associations in pursuit of its objectives.


SBJBC is governed by UK and Saudi Co-Chairs who are elected by the SBJBC UK board and Saudi Executive Committee respectively. UK and Saudi Executive Directors are responsible for each Secretariat.


The RT Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

UK Co-Chair


Hashim Al-Awadhi

Saudi Deputy Co-Chair


Jan Ward CBE

UK Board Member


Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

UK Board Member


Sheikh Nasser Al Mutawa Alotaibi

Saudi Co-Chair


Chris Innes-Hopkins

UK Executive Director


Mark Wilson

UK Board Member


Sir Charles Masefield

UK Board Member


Sir David Wootton

UK Deputy Co-Chair


Jennie Gubbins

UK Board Member


John Davie

UK Board Member

The Vision: Saudi Arabia... the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, the investment powerhouse, and the hub connecting three continents.

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Following the UK visit by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in March 2018, six co-chaired private sector groups were established to facilitate business cooperation and partnerships in the following key sectors:

Financial Services/Asset Management

Renewable Energy


Real Estate/Regeneration

Life Sciences


SBJBC is liaising closely with DIT and SAGIA on the groups, and all the Saudi Co-Chairs are SBJBC members. This activity is separate but complementary to SBJBC’s own focus groups.

Link to press release