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A Chairman's Welcome

28th January 2016

Dear Members and Friends of the British Business Club Düsseldorf,

I hope that those of you who attended our Burns’ Supper celebrations on Friday 22 January enjoyed it. It was a splendid event, the club’s most popular, this time enlivened by the presence of a surprise star performer,  a sword dancer,  There were also the usual haggis, nips and tattoos, whiskey, Burns’ ceremonials and Scottish dancing. We will add some photos from the event to be website shortly.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the kind sponsors of the Burns’ evening and the raffle and charity auction. Some EUR 1,162.00 was raised from the raffle and auction, the proceeds of which will be divided equally between the Royal British Legion, Rheindahlen Branch, and the Bahnhofsmission, Düsseldorf Branch.

The sponsors are listed below, in no particular order, with links, where appropriate, to their websites:

MoschMosch GmbH

Scottish Development International

Schloss und Park Benrath

Ulla Blennemann Architektur Innenarchitektur Garten

Holmes Place

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Teekanne

Kosaido International Golf Club

Mike’s Fudge Shop

Hattingley Valley

Baylis and Harding Luxury Toiletries

UKTI

Let’s Talk International Consulting

Annelie Schmidt

Paul Stheeman

Thelma Matuk

The next event in this year’s calendar is a guided tour of the Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann in Duisburg, on Thursday, 25th. February 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the largest industrial plants in NRW. If you click here, you will link to the official invitation.

The third event on our calendar this year is a dinner on Friday 18 March where our guest speaker will be the Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge University, Roger Mosey. This event is being held in conjunction with the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Rheinland.  Roger had a distinguished career at the BBC before taking up his present appointment. He was, at various times, Editor of the Radio 4 Today programme, Director of the London 2012 Olympic Games coverage, Controller of BBC Radio Five Live and Head of BBC Television News. He has recently written a book about his experiences at the BBC, Getting Out Alive. The topic for his talk to the club will be Broadcasting Past and Future. An official invitation has already been sent out to members. If you click here you will link to the official invitation.

If you would like to become a member of BBCD, the first year’s subscription is EUR 50, thereafter EUR 70 per annum. For an application form and direct debit mandate, please click here.

The club events and other information are now being routinely listed on the club website. A members’ only section is also under development and should be launched in the near future.

I hope that you will enjoy these upcoming events and the rest of the programme that we are preparing for you for 2016.

Kind regards

Andrew Gardiner
Hon. Chairman British Business Club Düsseldorf

Honorary Chairman
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  • Steelsystems Web- und IT Dienstleistungen UG
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  • Homes Place Provinzialplatz Düsseldorf
  • Steuerberater Günter Schwaderlapp
  • ABD Business Center GmbH & Co. KG
  • Center for English
     
  • Rina Strauß Management Services
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Committee

The Committee Members of the British Business Club Düsseldorf e.V.

Andrew Gardiner

Andrew Gardiner

Honorary Chairman View Details
Brian Hicks

Brian Hicks

Vice Chairman View Details
Paul Stheeman

Paul Stheeman

Treasurer View Details
Tam Pearce

Tam Pearce

Coopted Member View Details
Sylvia Tunmore

Sylvia Tunmore

Secretary View Details
Clodagh Durkan

Clodagh Durkan

Committee Member View Details
Monique Kerslake

Monique Kerslake

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Andrew Gardiner

Andrew Gardiner

Honorary Chairman

Andrew is the longest served member of the Business Club, having joined in 1972. He was born in Germany, his Mother being German, but moved to Edinburgh when 18 months old. He was educated in various parts of the UK, finally settling down in Hampshire. He joined NAAFI as a computer programmer and was posted to Krefeld in Germany in 1967. In 1981, he joined a German oil exploration Company based in Essen and retired from them in 1999. He has spent considerable lengths of time in Egypt. He is a very keen glider pilot and flying instructor.

Brian Hicks

Brian Hicks

Vice Chairman

Brian, an Oxford biochemistry graduate, ran his own market research and publishing business in Reading, Düsseldorf’s twin town, for twenty years. He then briefly worked for a charity, Feed the Children, before moving to Benrath and joined the club in 2011. Brian now works in the building technology and energy sectors. Fluent in German, French and Italian, he has a strong interest in languages and journalism. Brian is a member of the SGV walking club and used to be a reasonably good 10K and marathon runner. He has three children.

Paul Stheeman

Paul Stheeman

Treasurer

Paul is not only Treasurer of the BBCD, he also is a Treasurer by profession. Since 2010 he is self-employed, setting up Treasury functions for corporations and start-up companies. It was also in 2010 that Paul joined the BBCD. Paul is a Dutch citizen who grew up in the UK and first moved to Germany in 1974. While spending most of his time in Germany since then he has also lived in Norway and the UK. Paul enjoys anything to do with wine and cheese, he travels extensively and since March 2015 enjoys spending time with his granddaughter.

Tam Pearce

Tam Pearce

Coopted Member

Tam Pearce was born in Scotland, Joined the British Army in 1983 The Royal Engineers, Tam is a qualified Engineer, as well as a qualified English Teacher, He became self-employed while serving. He left the Army in 2002, taking on MOD and several EU government service contracts, He now runs two small consulting companies as the director with many private companies as clients. This year was Tam’s 25th wedding anniversary. He is a keen mountain climber and mountain leader, and has been a Scout for 42 years running a Scout group in Ayrshire Barracks since 1992. His favourite pastime is holding whisky evenings and Scottish events.

Sylvia Tunmore

Sylvia Tunmore

Secretary

Sylvia joined the club in 2013. Following a Foreign Office posting to Düsseldorf as Vice Consul (Information and Press) from 1978 to 1981 she decided to stay on and make her home there with husband Leslie. Her responsibilities within the British Consulate General changed to trade promotion and today she is Head of Trade Services for Germany. UK Trade & Investment are present in all 3 British missions: the Embassy in Berlin and two Consulates General in Düsseldorf and Munich. In her free time Sylvia enjoys the theatre and exploring new places.

Clodagh Durkan

Clodagh Durkan

Committee Member

Clodagh is dual national British and Irish and still has a home in Dublin where she attended both UCD and Trinity College. Professionally a Telecoms Security and Security solutions manager, Clodagh has been in Duesseldorf and the club since 2012. She currently works for Vodafone Germany which is her fourth country with Vodafone following assignments in Ireland, Ghana and Italy. She enjoys hiking, sailing, cultural events, and some amateur golf when she gets time to practice.

Monique Kerslake

Monique Kerslake

Committee Member

Monique-Alexandra Kerslake lived in central London for two years and has since returning back to Germany continued Studying Humanities and eventually obtaining the Management Certificate from the British Business University.
Monique is trained in business and has branched in to the Dusseldorf Fashion industry working for Burberry for the last 8 years as Office Manager and Senior Payroll Officer.
As a descendant of the publishing von Schroedel-Siemau family Monique loves books. She has changed her riding boots to Golf clubs, also likes Art, Music, cooking and participating in either charity (Voluntary Service for refugee’s) or business groups.

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Activities & Events

The Club offers events and activities organised by the club and its members.
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Visit to Krupp Mannesmann Hüttenwerke Duisburg <br>on 25th February 2016
Evening with Roger Mosey, <br>Master of Selwyn College, <br>Cambridge University, <br> Friday 18 March 2016
Golf Tournament 3rd June 2016 at Kosaido
Cricket Event – More details to follow later in the year
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We believe in a diverse range of talent and personality brings creative skills and ideas to the club.

Networking

The Club also offers great opportunity to meet a variety of new people from different businesses. Join the club and exchange ideas, find out more about Business in Germany, find new partners and clients or even friends.

Social Events & Activities

At the British Business Club we offer an array of social events throughout the year from traditional British events for the entire family to Charity Receptions and friendly sport matches.

British Tradition

Of course the Club can be a comforting link with home as it can be difficult living abroad especially if you are not fluent in German yet. The Club allows you to meet up with others finding themselves in a similar situation and others who have experienced it in the past. Traditional events like Burn’s Night bring a little bit of British tradition to Düsseldorf.

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It’s here at last – for members only

Your committee has created an awesome members section which will help you to network with each other and stay updated. Members will receive more information in the next few days.

New Member's Section

Members can now communicate with each other in a brand new members only section.

Networking within the club

The Club will become more transparent for every member. Features such as an all new members forum with a chat section will give a variety of ways for members to communicate and network with each other within the Club.

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Our Sponsors

We are proud to associated with the following sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us via the contact form on this website.

Steelsystems Web- und IT Dienstleistungen UG
ABD Business Center GmbH & Co. KG
Steuerberater Günter Schwaderlapp

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