The Council of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce has elected Patricia Godfrey as the new Chairperson to succeed Dr Klaus Peter Fouquet, ex-president of Robert Bosch in the UK. Patricia is the first woman to hold the post.
Patricia Godfrey is a partner in the banking, finance and restructuring team and also holds the Head of International position at law firm Nabarro. Patricia brings a wealth of experience to the position of Chair through her broad range of skills and experience. As Head of International at Nabarro, Patricia was integral to the launch of the Broadlaw Group, a network of independent law firms: GSK Stockmann + Kollegen in Germany, Lefèvre Pelletier & associés in France, Nabarro in the UK, Nunziante Magrone in Italy and Roca Junyent in Spain.
Patricia’s responsibilities for the Broadlaw Group include overseeing and implementing international priorities and plans, consolidating and expanding relationships within the Broadlaw Group, monitoring the firm’s international groups (Africa, China, Europe, India, Israel, Middle East and North America), and exploring opportunities for further international growth.
Patricia is a German speaker and has throughout her career maintained a close relationship with Germany having worked with a number of German clients for many years. She led Nabarro’s German desk before becoming Head of International and is a board member at Nabarro.
Commenting on the appointment, Mrs Godfrey said: “It is a privilege to be the first female elected as Chair of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce and I am delighted to take over as Chair having been a Chamber board member for many years. I look forward to working with the Chamber in enhancing business opportunities for both British and German companies at a pivotal point in time in Europe both politically and economically.
“The prospect of a UK referendum by the end of 2017 coupled with heightened economic uncertainty in some parts of the EU and elections on the horizon in 2017 in both Germany and France are but some of the challenges that lie ahead.
“Germany is the UK’s largest export market in Europe and the second largest globally after US. Given the importance of this trading relationship and the relative strength of both Germany and the UK as partners within the EU, I look forward to working with the Chamber in helping our members maintain and develop business opportunities going forward.”
The German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce is part of a network German Chambers of Commerce abroad, with about 750 German and British member companies. Founded in 1971, it has helped German and British companies to start or expand their export activities through providing business contacts, information and advice.