Terry Cooper

Executive Assistant to the CEO


Terry is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Guy Platten. She also works closely with the Executive Board, provides PA support to the President and Vice-President and is a point of contact for both members and colleagues

Terry has been with the UK Chamber since 1987 and uses her extensive knowledge of the Chamber and its stakeholders to support the team and our members. 

This year Terry has been taking part in the Inspiring the Future initiative which asks those in the world of work to go to schools and speak to pupils about their own career and experience.  

Tel: 020 7417 2842
Email: tcooper@ukchamberofshipping.com

Getting to know Terry: 

Tell me about your career path and how you came to be working at the UK Chamber?
I came to the UK Chamber, or GCBS  as it was in 1987, to work for one of the Managers in the technical department, having left my last job as I thought eight years was long enough with one organisation.  Well here I am 30 years later still at the UK Chamber.  My role has always been administrative but has changed as I moved to work in different parts of the organisation.  I wouldn’t describe my journey as a planned career path, I just took opportunities as they arose and have ended up working for the last four Chief Executives as well a working with numerous President’s and of course their assistants, who are pivotal to making the president’s time in office run smoothly.

Tell us a bit about your role and what you are working on at the moment?

The one thing I can guarantee is that no two days are ever the same and the requirements during each day change constantly.  The most important part of the role is to ensure that our Chief Executive, Guy Platten knows where he needs to be and has the information he will need.  It is also about making sure those background processes that help the office run smoothly happen, forward planning to foresee and avoid potential problems, including in areas of IT.  We have a project at the moment looking into new possibilities for the Chamber and I am working with my colleague Fena on an idea - an interesting and exciting challenge.

What’s your greatest accomplishment, personally or professionally? 
Setting up from a bare plot of land an overseas rental property.

Tell us about someone – living, dead, real or fictional - that inspires you?
A friend of mine Margarite Dix  is a complete inspiration to me.  In 1945 at age 17 she was put on a train from Koenigsberg, East Prussia by her Father, that was the last time she saw any of her family members.  From this not very promising beginning she went on to marry, study, teach and raise a family, living life to the full making friends everywhere she went.  She always had a positive outlook on life with a huge capacity for friendship and love.

If you were a type of ship which one would you be and why?
If I were a ship I think I would be a cable layer, as much of the time I am either making arrangements for people to meet or connecting them.  I see myself as a facilitator for communication both internally and externally.

Give us three words which best describe you?
Organised, reliable, wanderlust

And finally, fun facts:
I am a latin and ballroom dancer, have flown a glider, enjoy interacting with birds of prey.

Tel: 020 7417 2842
Email: tcooper@ukchamberofshipping.com