Supporting members development

BLS English language skills evening classes.

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The Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lectures

BLS host a series of eminent speakers from the British political, economic or cultural world

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Events

Throughout the year there are a number of events of interest to members and guests

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Welcome to the British Luxembourg Society

The British-Luxembourg Society was founded on 24 April 1947.
It is a non-profit association which strives to deepen, maintain and develop the bonds of friendship that exist between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Great Britain.

D'British-Luxembourg Society ass den 24 Abrëll 1947 gegrënnt ginn.
Et ass eng Non-profit Associatioun, déi déi frëndschaftlech Bezéiungen tëscht dem Grand-Duché an Groussbritannien verdéiwen, ënnerhalen and developpéiere wëll.

 

Council and Patrons

THE COUNCIL

 

Claudine ALS
BLS Council Member

 

Luxembourgish

MD, specialist in nuclear medicine
Agrégée de l'Enseignement Supérieur ULB Brussels, Belgium
Scientific research University of Bern, Switzerland
Member of the City Council Ville de Luxembourg 2005-2017 (Conseillère Communale)
President of Patrimoine Roses pour le Luxembourg asbl.

Chris ATKINSON
BLS Vice-President

 

British and Luxembourgish

St Peter’s College, Oxford
Institute of Education, University of London
VSO/IVS volunteer in Laos 1971-1975
Teacher of English, History and Philosophy at the European School, Luxembourg 1976 - 2017

In addition to being VP Chris manages the BLS courses and teaches the English Literature for Advanced Students course.

Louise BENJAMIN
BLS Vice-President

 

British and Luxembourgish

Cambridge graduate in law and languages (MA Law)
Luxembourg Avocat à la Cour and English Solicitor
Founder, Benjamin Law Firm: Luxembourg corporate and private client law
Chairman of STEP BeNeLux
Raised in Guernsey, Channel Islands, travelled extensively
Living in Luxembourg since 2002, married to a Luxembourger and active mother of 3 children.

Patrick BIRDEN
BLS Council Member

 

 

 

David CLARK
BLS President

 

British

Educated at Oxford University his career in the international banking and finance industry has taken him from the London to Cairo, New York, Stockholm and Luxembourg; most recently with the European Investment Bank.
He is a Vice-President of the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg.

Gerd GEBHARD
BLS Treasurer

 

 

Gerd Gebhard is the managing director of Pecoma Actuarial and Risk S.A., a consultancy specialising in actuarial, advisory and administrative services to pension funds and company pension schemes in Luxembourg.
Prior to this appointment Gerd Gebhard has worked as registered auditor in public practice, both in Luxembourg and in the UK, and he has held a number of managerial positions at JP Morgan in Luxembourg.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales in 1989 and holds an MBA from Cranfield University and EM Lyon.

Jan KÖNIGHAUS
BLS Council Member

 

German and Luxembourgish

Educated at the universities of Bayreuth and Kiel, Germany, and Oxford University, Jan Könighaus started his career as a German-qualified solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Düsseldorf advising in company law, international mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
He later moved to Luxembourg where he works as an in-house legal counsel in private equity and international corporate holding structures.
He is President of the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg.

Lynda SHEPHARD
BLS Council Member

 

British

Educated at Cambridge University, her career has involved much international travel as an educator and examiner in the History of Art and the Visual Arts.
Lynda has held several international solo art exhibitions as a watercolorist and founded the Creative Art Centre in Dubai in 1994.

Jacqueline SPENCE
BLS Council Member

 

British

A Psychologist by background, for 22 years Jacqueline worked as a consultant for the EU Commission on Social Issues and Public Opinion.
She then headed the Royal Academy of Dance for Benelux and France until 2016.
Alongside this she worked substantially in the voluntary sector including President of Interparents, representing all European Schools in EU and President of the Women’s Commission on the Conseil National pour Etrangers.

Andrée WIETOR
BLS Secretary

 

 

Graduated in philosophy, German literature and European politics and is currently working for the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

 

PATRONS

 

 

Sir Nicholas Forwood QC

British

Educated at Cambridge University, a former judge of the General Court of the Court of Justice of the EU (1999-2015), after a career as a barrister in London and Brussels.
He now lives in Luxembourg.

Maître Jacques Loesch CBE

Honorary President

Luxembourgish

Former President of the Council and now Honorary President of the Society.
He provides important continuity and source of advice to the new Council.

John Marshall
British Ambassador to Luxembourg


British

Patron-ex officio.

Joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1988. He was previously British Ambassador to Senegal and non-resident Ambassador to Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau from May 2011 to 2015. He has also previously served in Tokyo, Addis-Ababa and Kuala Lumpur.  

Hubert Wurth

 

Luxembourgish

Graduated in law (Paris II) and in political sciences (Paris IEP).
Ambassador of Luxembourg in the UK from 2007 to 2011, and  previously in the USSR, the Netherlands, to the UN in NY, and in France between 1989 and 2007.
His last posting was Vienna, until spring 2017.
In parallel he was active as an abstract painter, and he continues his activity in this field.
He has two daughters.

The Patrons and Council
of the British Luxembourg Society asbl

together with
The British Embassy in Luxembourg,
and the
Fondation Nationale de la Résistance

Request the honour of your presence at the

Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture 2019

to be given by

Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

Former Trade and Industry Minister and former Chairman of HSBC Plc
who will speak on

Whither Europe in the context of the rise of Asia

On Thursday 17th October 2019 at 18:00

In the Auditorium of the Cercle Municipal Luxembourg Ville
and afterwards at a reception at the Residence of the British Ambassador

RSVP
(Please click here to confirm your presence)


The event is sponsored byHSBC MASTERBRAND LOGO RGB.orig