Chris Barton

Chris Barton

Chief Executive Officer

Helena Fernandes

Helena Fernandes

Events and Services

Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira

Membership, Site Development & Accounts Payable



Southern Representative

Rita Teixeira

Rita Teixeira

Northern Representative

Honorary President

H.M. Ambassador to Portugal Chris Sainty

General Meeting Board

Filipe Lowndes Marques – AGM President

Tiago Lemos – AGM Vice-President

Board of Directors - Personal Profiles

CEO, President of the Executive Committee and Board Member of Moneris SGPS, S.A. since 2007. He is also an alternate member of the Audit Committee of EDP Ventures SCR and Teixeira Duarte S.A.. Rui was formerly an Audit Manager with EY, where he developed a career for over 11 years, working in different countries such as Portugal, UK (where he lived for 3 years), Angola and Mozambique. He is also one of the founders of the M&A group of MSI Global Alliance (MSI), one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms With over 250 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries worldwide. Rui holds a Masters in Management (ISEG -Universidade de Lisboa) and several Post Graduations, namely on the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions (PBS-Universidade do Porto), Human Behaviour in Organisations (AESE) and Business Management (BPP University). Rui is a specialist in Corporate Governance, Internal Controls, Risk Management, Auditing and Corporate Finance and frequently writes articles for newspapers, radio programmes and is regularly involved on the production of thought leadership content on various management related themes.

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.

Was born in Toronto, Canada in 1979 and is a Managing Associate at the law firm “A.M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL” (PLMJ), working in the PLMJ Faro Office since 2002. Carmen graduated from the faculty of law “Universidade de Lisboa” in 2002 and is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2004; has an LLM in International Trade and Business Law from faculty of law “Universidade Católica Portuguesa” (2007) and has a University Extension Course in Arbitration from the faculty of law “Universidade Nova de Lisboa” (2011). Her main practice areas are litigation and arbitration, as well as contracts and corporate law.

Lawyer, Managing Partner of Teixeira & Guimarães, boutique law firm headquartered in Oporto, where he runs his practice for about 10 years on corporate law, entrepreneurship and Data Protection. Lately, he as been pointed out as Data Protection Officer for more than 20 companies, has gained executive training on management in Catolica Porto Business School, specialization course on Data Protection and Security in Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Cybersecurity diploma from the National Cybersecurity Center and a DPO certification course from Maastricht University, Brussels Campus, European Center on Privacy and Cybersecurity [candidate]. João provides frequently legal mentorship on acceleration programs for innovation hubs on areas like commercial & corporate law, legal start in Portugal, IP and legal mentorship on Blockchain, IA/ML, providing still mentorship on NGO´s. He is a British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Vice-President.

Bruce is the founding partner and CEO of Open Media, a publishing group based in the Algarve with a portfolio of print and digital media in the English, Portuguese, French and German languages. Bruce’s career as a publisher in Portugal spans more than 30 years, having worked on projects in the Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira as well as joint ventures in other destinations such as Macau, China and Malaysia.

The Open Media Group’s titles include both lifestyle and news media. Well know titles published by the company include the Essential group of magazines. Over recent years the group has expanded by way of acquisitions, taking control of three other publishing companies in the Algarve in order to merge some of the region’s longest established media titles into the group. In 2012 Open Media acquired the weekly newspaper Algarve Resident (established 1989) followed by the Portuguese language newspaper Barlavento (established 1977) and the German language monthly magazine Entdecken Sie Algarve, both in 2014.

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.

is the Head of Country at real estate consultants firm Savills. His practice centres on commercial real estate in Portugal. He is graduated in Economics and is the President of ACAI Associação de Empresas de Consultoria e Avaliação Imobiliária.

Entrepreneur, Project Manager, Business Leader and 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.

Tim is a Londoner and after university in France began his career at Ogilvy & Mather in London. Subsequently his career  took an international turn,  working also in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Turin and Milan. In 1995, he was named CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Japan, and relocated to Tokyo, with the responsibility to establish and build the Ogilvy presence in Japan. In early 2002, he returned to Europe with various regional responsibilities before moving to Lisbon to manage Ogilvy in Portugal. As retirement approached, Tim engineered the acquisition and subsequent merger with BAR, recognized as Portugal’s most awarded creative agency. After spending one year as chairman of the merged entity, Tim finally retired but remains in Lisbon.