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

 

Nationality

 

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.

Ian KENT
BLS Treasurer

 

Nationality

 

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

 

Luxembourgish

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.

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.

Latest News

New Website - In development

  • April 22 - 2019

Welcome to the new website ! This new website not only gives the British Luxembourg Society a completely new look and responsive design (for those of you who prefer to read on your smartphone or tablet), it also provides new membership management, course and event registration features to help...