After reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge, Christina started her career in advertising and media relations, working first in London and then in Lisbon, before moving into magazine publishing in 1988. Having built a successful book and contract magazine publishing business in Portugal, with offices in Lisbon and the Algarve, in 1996 she sold the business to the London-based Hemming Group and returned to London. She then continued her career in magazine and book publishing, working in senior roles at Archant Specialist Media, Virgin Books, and Bath-based publishers Merricks Media.
Christina joined the Chamber Council in 2006 and became the Chamber’s General Manager in February 2009.
After graduating in Tourism Management from the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria in 2005, Alice moved to London where she worked as a Senior Business Travel Consultant for a leading travel agency specialising in the Lusophone market
In 2009, alongside her existing job, she undertook a part time M.A in Conference and Events Management at London’s Westminster University in order to pursue a new career in event management.
Alice joined the Portuguese Chamber in February 2012. She wants to learn more about international trade relations, and is keen to help organise events that enable members to expand their businesses.
Matilde Melo graduated in Communication Design from Lisbon’s Academia das Belas Artes in 2015. After her degree she applied to AICEP’s acclaimed INOVcontacto internship programme. As a result, she moved to London to intern at the leading online retailer Butterfly Twists, where she then stayed working as an e-commerce and digital marketing assistant for nearly a year. During this period, she improved her skills in multi-tasking, customer service and digital marketing, and with her great design skills we anticipate she will certainly have ideas to improve the Chamber's marketing and communications. We are delighted to welcome Matilde to the Chamber team!
Simon is the Director of the Chamber’s Algarve event programme. He is on the Council of the Chamber and a member of the Chamber’s management board. Simon is also the Managing Director of Perks Property Finance Solutions Limited in London.
In September 2009 Anne joined the Chamber as our representative in Portugal, helping recruit new members and organising events. Anne also works for Abacus Financial Services, part of Price Waterhouse Group of Companies.
Lucília Cruz Pinto has 20 years experience in the hospitality and retail management sector, recently working as the Tourism, Marketing and Communications Manager for two big Portuguese developers in the tourism real estate sector.
Prior to this, she was the CEO and founder of Viva in Portugal - a global web platform designed to promote Portuguese residential tourism and she also worked as the General Manager at ILM • THR, one of the top hospitality and tourism consultancy companies in Portugal.
Lucilia has also worked as the Marketing Manager of MDC – Multi Development Corporation, a specialist operator of shopping centers, and as the General Manager’s Assistant at the five-star Penha Longa Spa & Golf Resort in Sintra.