Manchester Working Group

Mission Statement

To enhance the business, education and cultural relationship between China and Manchester.

Manchester to Beijing: First Direct Flight Outside of London to China Takes Off

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

10 June 2016 marked a major milestone in the drive to create a Northern Powerhouse, as the first ever direct, scheduled flight from anywhere outside of London to mainland China launches, from Manchester Airport.

Focus Group Members

Chair: David Percival MBE, Managing Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA LLP

Sherry Fu, China Director, University of Manchester
Ray Chisnall, Country Manager China, Gleeds China
Elizabeth Huang, Special Advisor, ChinaSure
William Vanbergen, Founder and CEO, BE Education Ltd.
Phil Roebuck, Executive Director, The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai
Timothy Johns, Senior Manager, Business Development, KPMG China
Nick Whittingham, Consul-General, British Consulate-General Wuhan
Clare Pearson, International Develoment Director, DLA Piper

Chamber Executive Committee Sponsor: Sherry Fu, China Director, University of Manchester

Chamber Office Facilitator: Jun Wang

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