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Trustees and Members of the Executive Committee
Regions
Executive
Peter Barnes
Chairman
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Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes has been Chairman of the British-German Association since 2018, and is responsible for the overall leadership of the BGA.

Peter worked in HM Treasury, at Boston Consulting Group and for The Economist, before founding his own public affairs consultancy, which he wound up in order to focus his energies on the BGA.

Peter was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford (First Class BA Hons, PPE) and at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA).

As an undergraduate, Peter was encouraged by his Politics tutor to spend his two Summer holiday in Germany. This was the start of his continuing fascination with Germany.

Duncan Johnston
Honorary Treasurer
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Duncan Johnston

Duncan Johnston has been Honorary Treasurer of the British-German Association since 2021, and is responsible for the finances of the charity and for fundraising..

Duncan was a partner at Deloitte for 20 years until his retirement in May 2022. He focussed on M&A transactions in the industrial and services sectors

Duncan studied German and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, starting his interest in German and the German language.

While at Deloitte, he worked extensively in Germany and for a five year period lived and worked in Duesseldorf.  It was this period which sparked his desire to work on strengthening the civil society links between the UK and Germany.

Dr Sybille Steiner
Honorary Secretary
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Dr Sybille Steiner

Sybille is the Honorary Secretary of the British German Association.

Sybille is from Germany but came to the UK with a scholarship from the DAAD and British Council a long time ago and stayed in the UK. She is a dual qualified solicitor and Rechtsanwältin in England/Wales and Germany and a Partner in the Employment and Immigration team of Irwin Mitchell LLP. Sybille is also the Chairman of the British German Jurists’ Association.

Andrew Gilchrist
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Andrew Gilchrist

Andrew Gilchrist has been a Trustee of the British-German Association since 2020 with a particular interest in military and business issues.

Andrew served in the British Army, spending several years in Germany with BAOR, and subsequently was with The Boston Consulting Group, The Financial Times, and Egon Zehnder. Andrew has now qualified as a full time Executive Coach.

Andrew was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge (MA, Cantab) and the Harvard Business School (MBA).

With a German mother, Andrew has always been drawn to Germany and it remains a primary focus of his personal and business interests.

Paul Stocker
Head of Youthbridge
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Paul Stocker

Paul is Head of Youthbridge, which supports the teaching of German in UK schools. His background is in education, as Head of Modern Languages in both maintained and independent sectors, and in education consultancy. He has written and co-authored numerous textbooks for A Level German, for undergraduates, adult learners and travellers.

He is on the Board of the Dresden Trust, responsible for the Scholarship programmes.

A graduate in German and French (Sheffield), he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

His fascination with Germany was piqued as a child through his love of music, and by family holidays.

Miriam Thiede
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Miriam Thiede

Miriam Thiede has been on the board of the BGA since 2018 with particular responsibility for BGA members under the age of 35.

She has worked at Magdalen College, Oxford, the Royal College of Music and is now the Senior Development Manager at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Miriam was educated at schools in both Germany and England and went on to read Theology at Worcester College, Oxford.

She holds dual nationality and strongly believes in fostering activities relating to strengthening ties between the UK and Germany. 

Maurice Hirt
Honorary Secretary – Student Members
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Maurice Hirt

Maurice Hirt joined the BGA Executive Committee in 2020. He is responsible for student and U-25 members. 

From 2019 to 2021, Maurice led the LSE German Symposium which has cooperated closely with the BGA for many years. 

Maurice read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the London School of Economics and is currently completing his MPhil in European Politics at the University of Oxford. 

Having lived, worked and studied in Germany and the UK, Maurice is passionate about the bilateral relationship, in particular fostering exchange between both countries. 

Richard Carter
Chairman, North England

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Peter Brown
Kent
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Peter Brown

Barbara Ford
Surrey

Barbara Ford

Nathan Bray
Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire
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Nathan Bray

Abigail Hucker and Susan Vinther
Hertfordshire
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Abigail Hucker and Susan Vinther

Ann-Kristin Vetter
Buckinghamshire
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Ann-Kristin Vetter

Rob Grimmond
Somerset
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Rob Grimmond

James Allan
The North of Scotland
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James Allan

Thomas Nutt
County Durham
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Thomas Nutt

Robin Hart OBE
Oxfordshire
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Robin Hart OBE

Ray Hagger
West Sussex
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Ray Hagger

Paul Bristow
Devon
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Paul Bristow

David Goater
Derbyshire
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David Goater

Chris Horne
Central and Southern Scotland
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Chris Horne

Rosemary Campbell
Worcestershire
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Phil Coppard
South and West Yorkshire
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Richard Cutler
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
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Richard Cutler

Dr Tamara Aberle
Programme and Membership Lead
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Dr Tamara Aberle

Tamara has joined the BGA in June 2023 and is the Associations’s Programme and Membership Lead.

Tamara is a British-German dual national and holds a PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has previously worked as a festival coordinator and most recently as an editor and translator for finance- and education-related content.

Arne Muus
Regions, Partnerships and Schools Lead
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Arne Muus

Arne joined the BGA in August 2023 as Regions, Partnerships and Schools Lead. He is responsible for town twinning and regional partnerships, manages the BGA’s regional representatives, and supports our Youthbridge network in promoting German language teaching. He also maintains our social media presence.

Having studied at the Universities of Freiburg, Bristol and Oxford, Arne worked in opera before embarking on a career in classical music publishing, where he was a senior manager at Edition Peters. He is also a qualified translator.

Honorific Officers
Royal Patron
Patrons
Youthbridge Advisory Council
Sir Paul Lever KCMG
Chairman, Honours Committee

Sir Paul Lever KCMG

The Hon Stephen Watson
President

The Hon Stephen Watson

The Lord Watson of Richmond CBE
President Emeritus

The Lord Watson of Richmond CBE

John Hobley
Vice-President

John Hobley

HRH The Duke of Kent
Royal Patron
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HRH The Duke of Kent

The relationship between Britain and Germany is highly important to both our countries.  As partners in Europe, in NATO, and with huge interests in business and commerce, it is vital that we continue to forge links and deepen mutual understanding.  I have had a long relationship with Germany and it is a country I’ve visited many times.   The British-German Association, which was founded in 1951, has played a pivotal role in furthering and shaping the relationship between Britain and Germany.  Today, it is a thriving and vibrant Association, bringing together leaders in politics, business and culture.  It is also a place where many people, from all walks of life, can come together as friends and share their interest in our two countries.  I am delighted to serve as the British-German Association’s Patron and would like to encourage you to join and get involved.

HE Miguel Berger
Patron
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HE Jill Gallard CMG
Patron
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Bernadette Holmes MBE
Advisory Council

Bernadette Holmes MBE

Professor Katrin Kohl
Advisory Council

Professor Katrin Kohl

Professor Sarah Colvin
Advisory Council

Professor Sarah Colvin

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