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Shevaun Haviland

Shevaun Haviland

Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce since April 2021, Shevaun was formerly Head of Business Engagement at Number 10 Downing Street and was at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office as Head of the Inclusive Economy Partnership.

She started her career in consultancy in London and New York before moving to a strategic planning role at the Walt Disney Company. From there she then joined Disneyland Paris and was involved in opening its second theme park. Having successfully overseen this project she then jumped into the agency world, running global accounts for Millward Brown, Mindshare and WPP.
Following this, she became a partner in a start-up digital innovation agency and venture builder, Independents United, where she also became an Advisor for the Danson Foundation. More recently, Shevaun was the New Ventures Director for Avado, building new businesses in Edtech and founding the Academy of Digital Business Leaders.

As a natural optimist she firmly believes in setting out a clear vision for change, the power of positive thinking and that business must be a force for good. A Trustee of Barefoot College International, she sits on the Board of the Women of the World Foundation (WoW). Shevaun is also on the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom and is an elected member of the General Council of the World Chambers Federation.

Since joining the BCC, Shevaun has fought for businesses facing a range of complex challenges; the impact of the pandemic, supply chain shocks, high inflation, rising interest rates and eye-watering energy bills.

Most recently, Shevaun launched the BCC’s National Campaign, Where Business Belongs, at the 2023 BCC Global Annual Conference. It aims to raise awareness of all the great, but unsung, work that Chambers do and the vital role they play.

She has also set up the BCC’s new Business Council comprised of prominent business leaders. The Council is a long-term project that brings together senior figures from across UK industry to consider the key policy issues facing British business.

The reach of Shevaun’s work also spans beyond the BCC and Chamber Network. She chaired the Advisory Business Group to the Government’s independent Climate Change Committee. Its ground-breaking report on how businesses can help the UK hits its Net Zero 2050 target was published in June 2023.