Our team

The Cheshire Commonwealth Association is run by a dedicated group of Directors all with a wealth of experience and a shared passion for promoting the Commonwealth.

David Briggs MBE, KStJ. Lord Lieutenant Of Cheshire – Patron

As the Queen's representative in the County, it has been David's initiative to set up the Cheshire Commonwealth Association.

In this role he takes a keen interest in the business and industrial life of the County and he hopes that this Association will help Cheshire businesses to grow and to increase their trade with Commonwealth countries.

David Maisey, OBE, DL – Chair

David Maisey, OBE, DL – Chair

CEO and Co-Founder of ICC Solutions

With over 30 years’ experience in the payments industry and extensive involvement in Chip & PIN, contactless, and mobile phone payments. He has led his company to achieve four Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade and Innovation. David and his wife Wendy were both recipients of an O.B.E. (An Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020.
He has a strong desire to help enhance British exporting, and to inspire others to investigate the growth opportunities offered by international trade. Of particular interest is promoting the values of The Commonwealth and spearheading export education for young people working in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Jasbir Dhesi – Director

Jasbir Dhesi – Director

Principal and Chief Executive of Cheshire College South & West

Under his leadership, a merger of South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College created the largest FE College and apprenticeship provider in Cheshire & Warrington, with modern vibrant campuses in Chester, Crewe and Ellesmere Port. With an annual turnover of circa £40m, employing 700 staff, the College has over 11,000 students and provides training and support to over 1,300 employers, including a number of prestigious national contracts.

Dhesi is passionate about educating students across Cheshire all about the Commonwealth and the opportunities it provides.

Louise Wood – Director

Louise Wood – Director

Head of Commercial Communications & Marketing, University of Chester

Louise joined the University of Chester in 2016 as Head of Commercial Communications & Marketing. She is responsible for the development and management of all commercial communications and marketing activity across a number of commercial sectors.

Louise leads on all marketing and communications activities for the Association. Louise is passionate about promoting the international opportunities to businesses and students in Cheshire.

Jacqui Morris – Director

Jacqui Morris – Director

International Trade Manager, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce

Jacqui joined the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce in 2016 as Chamber Manager & Coordinator of International Trade and in 2017 chose to move into the role of International Trade Manager to help develop overseas trade within the South Cheshire area.

Jacqui is proud to be a Director of the Cheshire Commonwealth Association to encourage businesses to export and import within Commonwealth countries.