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Our Structure

The day-to-day running of the Chamber is the responsibility of our small but highly efficient and professional permanent staff.

BPCC Staff

Christopher Barton Chief Executive Officer
Helena Fernandes Events and Services
Carlos Ⓥ Oliveira Membership, Website Development and Accounts Payable
Inês Castelo Branco Northern Delegate
Adriana Silva Southern Delegate

Their work, as well as the overall strategy of the Chamber, is oriented by the Board of Directors comprising of a group of professional men and women with diverse backgrounds who contribute their time on a voluntary basis.

Members of the AGM

British Ambassador to Portugal
Kirsty Isobel Hayes

Honorary President
Teresa Cochito AGM President
Tim Chambers Vice-President


Board of Directors - Personal Profiles

António Comprido is the Secretary General of Apetro, the National Oil Industry Association, and has been a Board Member of the BPCC since 2010, when he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has a long experience within the Energy Sector and has been the BP Country President in Portugal after a stay in UK as CFO of BP Oil UK. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and is a Senior Member of Ordem dos Engenheiros.

Charlie Cutler is the owner of Westfield Technologies Lda, a Portuguese import/export business working in several different areas, including sports clothing (Carvalho Custom), corks and cork products (CorkLink), wine tourism (PortugalWineHolidays) and bacteria for waste management (EcoBacterias). He was born and educated in Britain, but has lived in Portugal for 14 years.  He also writes about Portuguese business and economic matters at the PortugalWorks blog.

Diogo Lacerda has been the head of the Trade Finance department since the beginning of 2013, part of the International Division of Millennium bcp. He joined the bank in 2000 where he has worked in several areas: Manager of a department in Millennium Investment Banking; branch manager of one of the Corporate Network teams; head of the Fixed Income Department and head of Financial Institutions Group. Diogo has a degree in management from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and has attended several executive seminars both in Universidade Católica Portuguesa as well as INSEAD.

Filipe Lowndes Marques is a partner at law firm Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados, and has been a director of the BPCC since 2002. His practice centres on banking and finance, and he has worked on many matters concerning British investment in Portugal and Portuguese investments in Britain. He was educated in England and Portugal and is a member of the Portuguese Bar and a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England and Wales.

Henrique José Saraiva Lima is Lawyer and member of the Portuguese Bar since 1984. He is the main partner at the Law Firm "Saraiva Lima e Associados" with offices in Lisbon and Oporto. His practice centers on Corporate and Commercial, Insurance and Transport, including Shipping and Logistics. He has been director of the BPCC since 2002.

João Alves is currently the Country Managing Partner for Ernst & Young in Portugal. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Company Law and a Honours Degree in Auditing and Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa), Registered Auditor (United Kingdom) and Revisor Oficial de Contas (registered auditor – Portugal).  João has almost 30 years' experience in auditing financial statements of companies and much of his experience has been gained serving  multi-national organisations which have established operations in Portugal. He also has extensive knowledge of the Angolan and Mozambican markets and business environments, with which he has been involved for most of his career to date.

José Freitas Araújo graduated in Business Administration at ISEG. In addition to having been on the board of LISGARANTE he has been engaged in the banking sector at senior management positions for more than 24 years, currently as the Head of Real Estate for Millennium bcp. He has been a director of the BPCC since 2007.

Martin Date is a partner at Credential Partners.

Miguel C Reis is a partner at law firm A.M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados (PLMJ).

Paulo Silva is a partner at real estate consultants firm Aguirre Newman Portugal and a board member of Aguirre Newman Group. His practice centres on commercial real estate in Iberia. He's graduate in Economics and is the President of ACAI Associação de Empresas de Consultoria e Avaliação Imobiliária.

Pedro Quintela is the Managing Director of Xerox Portugal since 2010 and currently he is also part of the jury of the Excellens Mare awards, initiative promoted by PWC with the aim to recognise individuals and organizations that have shown excellence and merit in sea related activities. Prior to his current position as Managing Director in Xerox Portugal, Pedro has worked in the UK where he held the responsibility of European CFO for the Office Business Division ,before that he was the CFO of Xerox in the Netherlands and also in Switzerland. He as a degree in Business Administration from Portuguese Catholic University and several Executive Trainings in US and at Insead.

Sanath Gunawardena Sanath is an Entrepreneur, a Project Manager, a Business Leader and an IT professional. Sanath has a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester, a Bachelors degree (Bsc. Hons) in Information Systems from University of East London and has certified project management qualifications. In a career expanding over 20 years, Sanath has worked in challenging commercial and technical environments, from start-ups to conglomerates in different countries, locations and in multicultural environments. Sanath is currently the COO of Datafields Ltd (, a company Sanath co-founded more than 10 years ago after moving to Porto, from the UK.

Teresa Patrício was born in Lisbon in 1970. After graduating from Lisbon Law School, she completed her articles and during her traineeship, was the advisor on property law for an international group of food distribution. She then went on to work as a Tax Consultant in a multinational corporation in Lisbon, was a senior lawyer at an Anglo-Portuguese Law Firm and then left to practice as a sole practitioner. Teresa then set up her own firm, TP&A, in November 2005. Teresa has attended post graduate degrees on Tax Law from IESF and on the Stock Exchange Market at Lisbon Law School. She concluded her QLTT degree at the College of Law in London and is a dually qualified Portuguese advogada and English solicitor. Teresa specializes in Tax Law, Company and Commercial Law, Property Law and Employment Law and is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. She is a member of the Portuguese Law Society as well as the Law Society of England and Wales.

Tiago Lemos was born in 1974, Tiago graduated from Lisbon University in 1997, obtained a post graduate degree in Securities Law in 2001 from the same university and participated in the 3rd Edition of the Advanced Executive Training Programme in Public Private Partnerships at the Portuguese Catholic University (Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences). He is a member of the Portuguese bar association since 1999 and a member of the International Bar Association since 2007. Tiago has practised at Abreu & Marques, Vinhas e Associados for 9 years in the finance and banking department and also worked in London at Slaughter and May between February and September in 2002. He specialises in commercial, finance and banking law and has participated in several Portuguese and cross-boarder commercial and financial transactions advising foreign and domestic financial institutions. Tiago is especially known for his experience in the area of derivatives and structured finance. Tiago is one of the founding partners of PLEN, and is the head of the banking and finance area of the firm and co-head of the commercial law area.

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5th ANNUAL SUMMER PARTYBUSINESS COCKTAIL 22nd June 2017 from 6:00pm onwards BJ’s OceansidePraia do Almargem8125 Quarteira Sponsored by:   Dear Chamber Members, We are [...]
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