The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is delighted to invite our members to join a briefing in Guangzhou on Monday 25th January 2021 at the British Centre with Jo Hawley, HM Consul-General and David Bull, Director for Regional Affairs, Greater Bay Area, British Consulate-General in Guangzhou.


The briefing is designed to update CBBC members on important policy changes, economic trends, business opportunities and high-level visits across Southern China that affect British businesses in Southern China, including the Greater Bay Area (GBA). This event will provide a platform for CBBC members to ask questions to Jo and David and exchange views on trending topics, and network with each other.


We look forward to having you join us for this event!




  • 10:00 - Registration & Networking
  • 10:20
    • Opening Introduction: Sally Zhang, Director, South China, CBBC
    • Keynote Speech: Jo Hawley, HM Consul-General
    • Keynote Speech: David Bull, Director for Regional Affairs, Greater Bay Area, British Consulate-General in Guangzhou
  • 12:30 - Q&A
  • End of Event




Jo Hawley

HM Consul-General


Ms Hawley was appointed to the HM Consul-General in Guangzhou in July 2019. She leads the British Government’s engagement in South China, which includes the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan and Jiangxi.


Ms Hawley has worked for the British government for nearly 20 years. From 2014 to 2017, she was the Director of International Trade and Investment at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong. She previously served as Private Secretary to a Minister of State and completed two postings at the UK Representation to the European Union. In addition to working for the Foreign Office and Department for International Trade, she has worked at the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education in roles focused on improving and modernising public services.


David Bull

Director for Regional Affairs, Greater Bay Area, British Consulate-General in Guangzhou


David is a career Diplomat, having served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Brazil, Zambia, Portugal, Jamaica, Nepal, Scotland, USA and the Private Sector.


In October 2015 he was posted to Guangzhou as Deputy Director for China, Advanced Manufacturing, Innovation, Technology, & Transport. His remit included a national responsibility for automotive, advanced manufacturing, chemicals, and marine industires.


At the beginning of 2019, David took on a new assignment to lead a proposed UK Greater Bay Area Office. Based in Shenzhen, David is responsible for supporting the development of the UK’s relationship with the Greater Bay Area. 


Sally Zhang
Director, South China, China-Britain Business Council 


Based in Shenzhen, Sally Zhang supervises the CBBC offices in South China (Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Changsha) and has been with the CBBC for twelve years. Besides providing strategic consultancy to British companies on BD in China, she is also in charge of building and maintaining long-term relationships with the UK and local stakeholders, including government bodies, key industry associations, and renowned Chinese companies in South China.


She is also responsible for the UK VIP government and enterprise delegations to South China, as well as delegations from South China to the UK.