Who we are 

For over 75 years, Canning House’s Mission has been to build understanding and relationships between the UK, Latin America & Iberia.

We are the UK’s leading forum for contacts, thought-leadership and pragmatic debate on Latin American political, economic and social trends and issues, and business risks and opportunities.

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What we do

We publish newsletters and in-depth reports; and we convene insightful geopolitical, socioeconomic and business conferences and seminars to raise awareness and understanding, aid policy-making and disseminate best practice, and offer unrivalled networking opportunities.

We offer our corporate members opportunities to meet key players and decision-makers in the UK, Latin America and Iberia through a range of sector-focused trade and investment conferences, dinners with expert guest speakers and exclusive events such as high-level policy roundtables.

Canning House also acts as the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Latin America and its individual country APPGs. Through events and regular briefings with Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, Canning House helps to raise the profile of Latin American affairs in UK Parliament.

Who we work with

Our members and associates include

  • government departments
  • parliamentarians
  • embassies
  • companies
  • chambers of commerce
  • think tanks
  • universities
  • private individuals
  • anglo-friendship societies

Some of our members:

Mott Macdonald
BBVA
Air Europa
De La Rue
Fyffes
Hogan Lovells
LSE Enterprise
GPS
Control Risks
Shell

Some of our partners and associates:

  • Latin American and Iberian Embassies
  • Latin American and Iberian Chambers of Commerce
  • Latin American and Iberian Anglo Friendship Societies
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group for Latin America
  • The Department for International Trade
  • The Foreign & Commonwealth Office

  • The King’s Brazil Institute
  • LSE LACC - London School of Economics Latin America and Caribbean Centre 
  • Instituto Cervantes
  • ILAS - Institute for Latin American Studies

Canning House's History

Canning House - The History Book

Our People

Lord Mountevans

Lord Mountevans

Honorary President

Jeffrey Richard de Corban Evans is a London shipbroker and UK hereditary peer, who served as Lord Mayor of London from 2015 to 2016. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Cambridge-educated, he has worked in the City since 1972 when he joined Clarksons shipping as a graduate trainee. He is now a ship-broking executive and managing director at Clarksons, and has been a familiar figure in the City since he served as Sheriff of the City of London Corporation in from 2012-13. 

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Viscount Montgomery CMG CBE

Honorary President & Vice President 1987-2020

Lord Garel-Jones
Baroness Hooper CMG
Lord Brennan QC
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG

Viscount Montgomery CMG CBE

Honorary President & Vice President 1987-2020

Canning House regrets to announce the death of David Montgomery, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG CBE, who passed away on 8th January 2020 at the age of 91.

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Lord Garel-Jones

Baroness Hooper CMG

Lord Brennan QC

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG

Kenneth Clarke QC MP
Michael Portillo
Dr Enrique García Rodríguez
Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE
Sally Unwin OBE FCIB

Kenneth Clarke QC MP

Michael Portillo

Dr Enrique García Rodríguez

Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE

Sally Unwin OBE FCIB

Chris Bryant MP
Jeremy Browne

Chris Bryant MP

Jeremy Browne

Trustees

Beatriz Araujo

Beatriz Araujo

Chair of Trustees

Beatriz Araujo is a corporate partner in Baker McKenzie's London office. Since serving on the Firm's Global Executive Committee (2009-2013), Beatriz is spearheading Baker McKenzie's Corporate Governance Group. She also advises clients in Spain, Portugal and Latin America investing into the UK and Europe. Beatriz has been on the Board of Trustees at Canning House since June 2014 and assumed the Chair from 1 January 2018.

Trustees

Alan Charlton CMG CVO
Carla McRoberts
Giles Paxman CMG LVO
Hugo Shorter
Irene Mia

Alan Charlton CMG CVO

Alan Charlton was British Ambassador to Brazil from 2008-2013. He then founded the UK-Brazil Conversa, a bilateral discussion group, which has met in Cambridge, Rio de Janeiro, London and most recently in Sao Paulo in February 2019. He is the Robin Humphreys Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS). He is a member of the ILAS and the King’s College London Brazil Institute Advisory Boards.

Carla McRoberts

Carla McRoberts leads Veracity Worldwide's European operations and business development efforts. Carla previously worked at Citibank, where she helped companies and governments across Latin America access US equity markets, and at JP Morgan, where she focused on US equity products for companies in Eastern and Western Europe, Israel, and Egypt.

Giles Paxman CMG LVO

Giles Paxman was the British ambassador in Madrid and, before that, Mexico City, until his retirement from the British Diplomatic Service in 2013. Prior to that, much of his diplomatic career had been spent dealing with Britain’s relations with the European Union in Brussels, Paris and Rome, as well as in the Foreign Office in London.

Hugo Shorter

Hugo Shorter joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1990.  He has served at the UK Delegation to NATO (Brussels) and in senior positions at the British embassies in Brasilia and Paris.  He was Ambassador to Lebanon from 2015-18. 

Hugo grew up in Tokyo, Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, and took his first degree in Modern Languages at Oxford University.  He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris, obtaining a post-graduate diploma in Public Administration.

Irene Mia

Irene Mia is Global Editorial Director, Thought Leadership at the Economist Group. In her role, she is responsible for leading and growing the Thought Leadership business globally. Previously, Irene was regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), where she provided intellectual and strategic leadership to the regional editorial team within the EIU's Country Analysis division.

Joanna Crellin
John-Paul Rathbone
Juan Botín
Philip Paddack
Professor Linda Newson OBE FBA

Joanna Crellin

Jo Crellin was appointed Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Latin America and the Caribbean in April 2018.

Jo took office as British Consul-General in São Paulo, Brazil in February 2015 in her first post overseas. She is also the Director-General for the Department for International Trade (DIT) for Latin America.

John-Paul Rathbone

John Paul Rathbone is the former Latin America editor of the Financial Times and author of the NYT bestselling book, "The Sugar King of Havana: the rise and fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba's last tycoon". A graduate of Oxford and Columbia Universities, he joined the FT in 2008 after working throughout the Americas as a journalist and a stint at the World Bank.

Juan Botín

Juan Botín has served in a number of senior roles at Santander during an over-thirty-one year career at the bank, and is currently based in the Santander Wealth Management Division in London. He is also a Member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom.

Philip Paddack

Philip Paddack is UK Country Manager at BBVA, and has held several additional roles at the organisation during his more than twenty years there.

Professor Linda Newson OBE FBA

Linda Newson is Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. She is also Emeritus Professor of Geography at King’s College London, where she held a number of senior administrative positions, including as Head of Humanities. She is the author of seven books and many other articles on early colonial Spanish America.

Professor Rory Miller
Samuel Ribeiro

Professor Rory Miller

Rory Miller was Reader in International Business at the University of Liverpool Management School until 2017, and is now Honorary Research fellow there.  He was editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies for nine years, and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Liverpool. 

Samuel Ribeiro

Samuel Ribero has over 13 years of investment banking experience having spent the last 6 years arranging financing for Transport Systems worldwide. He has advised and helped to finance high profile transport projects in Latin America such as Transmilenio in Colombia, Metrobus in Panama and Transantiago in Chile, to highlight just a few.

Associate Fellows

Jon Farmer
Professor Gareth Jones
Jill Hedges
Anthony Kapcia
Maxine Molyneux

Jon Farmer

Jon Farmer is editor of the Latin American Weekly Report, LatinNews' flagship publication.

Professor Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones is Director of the London School of Economics Latin America and Caribbean Centre, and Professor of Urban Geography in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment.

Jill Hedges

Jill Hedges is Deputy Director of Analysis and Senior Latin America Analyst at Oxford Analytica, which she joined in 2001. She leads Latin America analysis and is responsible for Daily Brief coverage of Southern Cone countries and Venezuela.

Anthony Kapcia

Anthony Kapcia is Professor of Latin American History in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham.

Maxine Molyneux

Maxine Molyneux is Professor of Sociology at the UCL Institute of the Americas.

Diego Moya Ocampos
Anthony Pereira
Andrew Thompson

Diego Moya Ocampos

Diego Moya Ocampos is a principal analyst with the Americas Country Risk team at IHS Markit.

Anthony Pereira

Anthony Pereira is Director of King's Brazil Institute and Professor of Brazilian Studies at KCL. His current work concerns citizenship, human rights, public security, and state coercion in Brazil.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson is a freelance journalist also associated with organisations including the Oxford Business Group and LatinNews.

Staff

Cristina Cortes

Cristina Cortes

Chief Executive Officer

Cristina Cortes is an Oxford and LSE politics and economics graduate. She has worked in government, banking and energy across a variety of commercial, business development and government relations roles in London, Houston, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. Cristina joined Canning House in 2015, taking over as CEO in 2018.

Ian Perrin

Head of Policy, Research & Operations

Mélusine de Chazal

Corporate Manager

Angela Bourderye- Muñoz

Current Affairs, Culture & Communications Manager

Alex Cruz

Events Manager

Imogen Crossland

Corporate Officer

Freddy Nevison-Andrews

Communications Officer

Jade Cooke

Events Assistant

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