Supporting members development

BLS English language 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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Language Skills

BLS Conversational Luxembourgish evening classes.

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Art Appreciation

BLS Art - Practical evening classes.

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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

 

Louise BENJAMIN
BLS 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.

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.

Jan KÖNIGHAUS
BLS Vice-President

 

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.

Darren ROBINSON
BLS Secretary

 

British

Managing Partner of Anderson Wise, an independent Recruitment & Executive Search firm founded in Luxembourg.
He has lived and worked in England, Australia and has permanently resided in Luxembourg since 2006.
Darren has been an active member of the British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg since 2008, holding the positions of Vice-Chair and Council Member.

Artur PINZARU
BLS Treasurer

 

 

With an audit background, Artur has extensive experience in various control functions within financial services organisations, which he acquired through participation in external audits, internal audits and compliance missions. Having worked in the private and public sectors, he has a good understanding of both perspectives on risk, compliance and internal control matters. Artur enjoys the multicultural environment that the Grand Duchy has to offer and believes in the team spirit.

Patrick BIRDEN
BLS Council Member
 

Debbie McDONNELL
BLS Council Member

 

 

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.
Lynda’s website can be found at: www.lyndashephardartist.com

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 Council Member

 

 

Graduated in philosophy, German literature and European politics and is currently working for the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
She served as secretary of the British-Luxembourg Society from March 2019 to October 2020.

Graham J. WILSON
BLS Council Member

 

British and Luxembourgish

Graham was born in England is now also a Luxembourg national.
Professionally he is both an English Barrister and an Avocat à la Cour, and has his étude in Luxembourg city.
Graham has just celebrated his silver wedding with his Dutch wife, Trudy, whom he met in Luxembourg.
Outside of work Graham enjoys both fitness and reading and has a weakness for old cars, cats and trees.

Nasir ZUBAIRI
BLS Council Member

Nasir is the CEO of The LHoFT Foundation - The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology. He sits on the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group for Finance and Technology and the OECD’s Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board. Nasir has worked in Financial Services for 24 years and across eight countries. He has a BSc from the London School of Economics, is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School and is an Honourary Research Fellow at University College London.


PATRONS

 

HE. Ms Fleur Thomas
Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador, Luxembourg

 

 

 

British

Patron-ex officio.

Previous roles include Head of Exports, Security, Policy and Operations at the Ministry of Defence from 2018 to 2021 and Regional Director, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central & South Asia, Defence and Security Organisation at the Department for International Trade from 2016 to 2018. Prior to 2016 she had various roles within the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations as well as Associate Lecturer and Consultant for the Open University, among other posts.

Fleur holds a First Class Honour Degree in Land Management, an MSc in Development Management, and an MBA. She is a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute.

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.

Patrick SANTER

 

Luxembourgish

Vice-President of the Council of State of Luxembourg and Chairman of its committee on economics and finance.
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg from October 1999 until March 2009.
Member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1995.

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.


HONORARY MEMBERS

 

David and Marilyn CLARK 

British

David was President of the British-Luxembourg Society 2018 - 2021
E
ducated at Oxford University his career in the international banking and finance industry has taken him from London to Cairo, New York, Stockholm and Luxembourg, most recently with the European Investment Bank.
He is Chairman of the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg.