Key Members of Staff
The LBBC’s day-to-day operations are handled by an experienced and highly-regarded team of staff, each of whom has extensive working knowledge of the challenges and complexities associated with doing business in Libya. Senior members of the LBBC team include former British ambassadors to Tripoli and company directors with wide-ranging, first-hand experience of the UK-Libyan business scene and with expertise across multiple market sectors such as banking and financial services, construction and civil engineering and healthcare and medical supplies.
For further information about individual LBBC staff members, including career résumés, please click on the relevant link below. If you would like to speak to one of the Directors or Honorary members, in the first instance, please contact the LBBC Secretariat
Robert Gibbons qualified as a solicitor in 1962 and for 30 years was Senior Partner at Fox & Gibbons, helping to establish offices throughout the Middle East, until its acquisition in 1998 by Denton Hall, now Denton Wilde Sapte. Throughout his career, Mr Gibbons has enjoyed great success advising governments in Africa and the Middle East.
He has served as Chairman of the Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in London and of Highland Spring Mineral Water, having been one of the company’s founders. As Deputy Chairman of the LBBC, he works with the Libyan authorities to encourage trade and investment opportunities for our members.
Oliver Miles CMG
Oliver Miles CMG joined the Foreign Office in 1960 and served in a number of diplomatic posts, including Abu Dhabi, Jordan, South Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In 1984 he became Ambassador to Libya and, following the shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher in London, he was responsible for withdrawing the British Embassy from Tripoli.
From 1998 to 2004 he was President of the Society for Libyan Studies. And between 1999 and 2003, he advised trade missions to Libya and has taken part in the British-Libyan Non-Governmental Dialogue.
Mr Miles is a director of MEC International, a business consultancy based in London which specialises in helping corporate clients develop strategic interests in emerging markets.
Robin Lamb studied Arabic and history at Brasenose College, Oxford, and at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies (MECAS) in Lebanon. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1971 and his career has been almost entirely devoted to Britain’s relationship with the Middle East - encompassing appointments to British Embassies in Bahrain, Basra, Kuwait, Cairo, Riyadh, Jedda, Tripoli and Khartoum, as well as an assignment in Muscat. Appointments at the Foreign Office have included spells as a Director of Trade Partners UK (now UKTI) and as Deputy Head of the Middle East Department. He left government service in April 2007.
Robin has been Director General of the LBBC since May 2009. As DG, Robin supports the Chairman in delivering decisions of the Board and in maintaining contact with British and Libyan Ministers and senior officials. He also leads the small but effective team delivering services to LBBC members, including devising and executing our programme of trade missions and business workshops. Robin is also Executive Director of the Egyptian British Business Council.
Deputy Director General
Since the mid-1990s, John Parr has been running high-level trade and investment delegations and business-to-business events, specialising in emerging markets. He has worked across Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. He was closely involved with his colleague Dermot Graham in the formation of the LBBC in 2004, and was appointed as its Deputy Director General in 2006. As DDG, John works with the Chairman and Director General to devise, plan and deliver our programme of events and other Member services. As Company Secretary, John is also responsible for the LBBC Secretariat.
Born in Benghazi, Libya, and holding dual British/Libyan citizenship, in 2008 Mr. Fezzani retired as Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager of British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB), following over 30 years service. During his time at BACB he acted as the main interface between the Bank and its principal Arab customers, bankers and shareholders; he headed up the Institutional & Corporate Banking (ICB) department; and he was directly responsible for BACB’s Representative Office in Libya – its largest market.
Mr Fezzani was appointed as a Member of the LBBC Board of Directors in May 2009, having previously held the position of Honorary Council Member. In this role, he provides the LBBC and its members with invaluable advice and expertise regarding the Libyan business scene and unique access to its corporate and political hierarchy.
Eric Butterworth has over 35 years experience in the construction industry. He has worked on a wide range of international, world-class construction projects and a number of projects in Libya including the Al Fateh University in Tripoli, 25 new universities across the country, the African Economic City, Healthcare City, feasibility studies for hospital projects and several mixed use and commercial schemes. His qualifications include MSc (Project Management), FRICS (Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Project Manager), FAPM, and a Post Grad Diploma in property development. Eric was appointed to the LBBC Board of Directors in June 2011.
Honorary Council Members
Sir Richard Dalton KCMG
A diplomat from 1970 to 2006, Sir Richard began his career studying Arabic, followed by postings to the UK mission to the UN in New York, Jordan and Oman. In 1999, as the first UK Ambassador to Tripoli for 17 years, he re-established diplomatic relations with Libya. He was appointed Ambassador to Iran in 2003, where he played a key role in negotiations to prevent its development of a military nuclear capability.
Sir Richard stepped down as Director General of the LBBC in April 2009 following an incredibly successful tenure. Now, as a Member of the Board of Directors, he continues to assist and advise the LBBC as it enters a new phase of its development.
Vincent Fean joined the Foreign Office in 1975, learning Arabic in 1977-8. He has served in Iraq, Syria, Malta, Libya (Ambassador 2006 - 10) and Jerusalem (responsible for UK/Palestinian relations 2010 - 14).
He left the Foreign Office in February 2014.
Deeply interested in Libya/UK business, education and health cooperation, he is also a member of the Palestine Britain Business Council and an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
- Anthony Layden: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Mohamed Fezzani: (See above for details)
Adrian Perera is a chartered civil engineer with a Masters in Structural Engineering from Imperial College, London. He retired from consultancy giant WS Atkins International with over 30 years service in the UK and worldwide as Director within the Design Engineering & Architectural Group. Adrian continues to use his experience and technical and commercial skills in project management and as a facilitator, enabler, coordinator, organiser, business developer, strategist and mentor to support selected organisations in Libya and other Emerging Markets in construction and other sectors. He sees his new role within the LBBC as an opportunity to give back to the region and to the sector some of what he has gained and enjoyed within it during his career.
Stuart Smalley MBE,MSc,CIHM,FIHM,DipHSM.FCMI
Stuart has held a number of senior NHS and Government posts for over 35 years including Head of International Developments at the Department of Health, London. This role entailed supporting ministers and promoting collaboration with overseas governments – China, India, Libya and the Middle East including Iraq.
From 1996 to 2001 he held the post of Chief Executive at a regional specialist university NHS trust in Manchester where he was responsible for developing one of the largest PFI schemes outside London.
A Director of International Hospitals Group, Stuart manages overseas healthcare projects and advises governments on strategic and operational issues. As Chairman of the UK/Libya Healthcare Improvement Programme and UK health collaboration lead he has worked extensively in Libya and has supported the LBBC with healthcare trade missions to Tripoli.
LBBC Events and Member Services
Pauline Graham has spent her working career in the exhibitions and conference industry. With her late husband, Dermot Graham, she set up an events management company which organised trade and investment delegations to overseas markets specifically viewed as ‘difficult’. She was a co-founder of the Libyan British Business Council and is currently responsible for the business and administrative side of the organisation as well as for managing LBBC events both in Libya and the UK.
Pieter is a writer, editor, researcher and project manager. During his career, he has worked for publications and publishers including The Times, Daily Mail, London Metro, London Evening Standard, Daily Express, Centaur Media, Incisive Media and United Business Media, as well as numerous corporate clients and marketing and PR agencies. Pieter is responsible for the LBBC’s website and online strategy; he also assists the Secretariat and Events team to deliver services to the current membership, and devises and executes programmes aimed at attracting new members to the LBBC.