Christina Hippisley
General Manager
Christina became a director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK in 2006 and she has been the Chamber’s General Manager since February 2009.
After reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge, Christina started her career working for the Valin Pollen Group, an international advertising and public relations network with its HQ in London. The company eventually posted her to Lisbon, where she lived and worked for 10 years, in the process learning Portuguese and meeting a wide range of business contacts.

Christina then set up her own contract publishing business in Portugal, supplying guidebooks in several languages to the Portuguese Tourist Offices in Portugal and around the world, and publishing lifestyle magazines on behalf of large tourism resorts and hotel chains.

In 1998, Christina sold her business in Portugal to the London-based Hemming Group, and returned to London. She then continued her career in magazine and book publishing back in the UK, working in senior roles at the Hemming Group, Archant Specialist Media, Virgin Books, and Merricks Media. Since 2006 she has been focussing once again on UK-Portuguese business, working firstly for an international property developer with interests in Brazil and Portugal and latterly for the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

Christina is responsible for the Chamber’s programme of online and live Moving to Portugal Shows and Seminars, which are held in the UK every year and attract thousands of visitors.

She also runs the Chamber’s events programme with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Portugal. The purpose of the APPG is to increase awareness amongst members of the Houses of Parliament about the political situation in Portugal; and to encourage political, trade and business relations between the UK and Portugal. Post Brexit, the APPG plays a vital role in connecting leading Portuguese companies with British politicians and senior British business people who have an interest in Portugal.
Carolina Maia
Office & Events Manager
Carolina grew up in Coimbra, and speaks fluent Portuguese, English and French. She graduated in Anthropology from the Universidade de Coimbra in 2017 and has a Masters in Sociology from the same University.
In 2020 Carolina moved to London, where she worked at the Portuguese Embassy as an Administrative Assistant to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of European Union 2021

Carolina runs the Chamber’s Starting in the UK (SUK) programme, which advises Portuguese companies who wish to expand their existing operations into the UK market on how best they should proceed. Typically this will include advising them on market research, business development, lead generation and setting up a distributor or agency network.

Carolina will work on organising events that enable Chamber members to expand their businesses and contacts here in the UK. She will also be working closely with Christina on our new members recruitment programme.
Namrata Majithia
Special Projects Manager
Namrata grew up in Lisbon, and speaks fluent Portuguese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Gujarati. She graduated in International Relations from the Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa in 2014 and collected a Master of Governance and Human Rights from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 2016.
In 2017 Namrata moved to London, where she worked simultaneously as a Fundraising and Events Officer for an anti-human trafficking organization and also as a Research and Business Development Consultant for a sustainable power company.

Namrata worked at the Chamber as our Office and Events Manager from September 2018 until October 2021, when she moved to Dubai to explore new professional opportunities.

As our Special Projects Manager, Namrata is now working on developing new ideas for the Chamber, as well as on our Moving to Portugal events for 2022.
Scott Bennett
Marketing & Communications Consultant
Scott is based in Portugal, and over the past 15 years his marketing career has embraced the four business sectors of tourism, residential property, sport and retail. Scott holds an M.B.A and advises the Chamber on their marketing and communications, with special responsibility for promoting the Chamber’s Moving to Portugal Shows and Seminars online and via social media.