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German British Forum


GBF Management Board

The Rt. Hon. Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC, President

Lord Hurd of Westwell was appointed Deputy Chairman of NatWest Markets and a main Board director of NatWest Group on 10 October 1995, retiring from the Board in April 1999. In early 1998 he became Deputy Chairman of Coutts & Co and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hawkpoint Partners Limited. Lord Hurd retired as Foreign Secretary in July 1995. After positions as Minister of State in the Foreign Office and the Home Office, he served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1984 to 1985, Home Secretary from 1985 to 1989, and Foreign Secretary from 1989 to 1995.

Lord Hurd was President of the Cambridge Union in 1952. After joining the Diplomatic Service, he went on to serve at the Foreign Office in Peking, New York (UN) and Rome. He ran Edward Heath’s private office from 1968 to 1970 and acted as his Political Secretary at 10 Downing Street from 1970 to 1974. He was MP for Mid-Oxfordshire (later Witney) from 1974 to 1997.

He was also appointed Chairman, British Invisibles in December 1997. He is Chairman of the Prison Reform Trust Charity. He was Chairman of the Judges of the 1998 Booker Prize for Fiction. He became a member of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords in February 1999.

Lord Hurd’s most recent books are The Search for Peace (with the 1997 BBC TV series) and The Shape of Ice (a novel, 1998).

Professor William (Willie) Paterson OBE AcSS FRSE FRSA, Honorary Chairman

Professor Paterson is a former chairman of the German-British Forum, which was established to promote links between the business communities and increase mutual understanding, and membership of the British Königswinter Committee.

He is also Honorary Professor of German and European Politics at the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Paterson is the former Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham, which he helped to found.

Directed by Professor Paterson since its foundation in 1994, the Institute is now the foremost British centre for the exchange of ideas and debate on Germany and has an established reputation as a research centre of international standing. Professor Paterson is also a former member of the Kuratorium of Allianzkulturstiftung.

Robert Bischof, Chairman

Robert Bischof is the current chairman of the German British Forum.

He started his business career in 1967 with Jungheinrich AG, Hamburg, when he was sent to the UK to start a new company. In 1991 he became non-executive chairman, Jungheinrich (GB) Ltd. and also took part in restructuring of East German industry under Chancellor Kohl’s action programme. In 1993 he was in charge of a USAID-financed defence conversion project in Slovakia.

In March 1994 he negotiated the acquisition of the Lancer Boss Group by Jungheinrich and headed the company as Chairman and CEO. He advised John Smith and several labour Shadow Ministers in the run-up to 1997 election.

In September 1997 he acquired a stake in the Liverpool-based direct marketing and mail order company McIntyre & King and was chairman until March 2002. In 2002 Linde AG assigned him to help repositioning of British subsidiaries.

He acts now as an advisor to the STILL board. He is on the board of the German-British Forum and the German British Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is a member of Learning and Skills Council’s Young People’s Learning Committee. He is a non-executive Director of Henderson Eurotrust plc and a member of the Advisory Council of T-Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.

Robert Bischof studied economics at the University of Hamburg and trained in Hamburg in merchant banking.

David Marsh CBE, Deputy Chairman

A board member and former Chairman of the German-British Forum, David Marsh was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford and began his career as an economics and business journalist with Reuters in London, Frankfurt, Brussels and Bonn.  Since then David has worked for the Financial Times, Robert Fleming & Co, Hawkpoint Partners and Droege & Company.

At present David is managing director and co-founder of OMFIF, chairman of London and Oxford Capital Markets plc, director of David Marsh & Co and a member of the European Advisory Board, Proudfoot Consulting Group.

In 2000 He was awarded a CBE for services to Anglo-German relations and in 2003 received the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) from the German Federal President.  He has held an honorary professorship at University of Birmingham (1998) and honorary fellowship at South Bank University.

David Marsh is the author of five books: ‘Europe’s Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved – And Why It Won’t Happen’ (2013); ‘The Euro – The Politics of the New Global Currency’ (2009 – re-released in 2011 as ‘The Battle for the New Global Currency’); ‘Germany and Europe – The Crisis of Unity’ (1994); ‘The Bundesbank – The Bank that Rules Europe’ (1992); and ‘Germany – Rich, Bothered and Divided’ (1989).

Patricia Godfrey, Deputy Chairman

Patricia Godfrey is Head of Insolvency & Restructuring at the London law firm, Nabarro.  She is accustomed to working at all stages of the decline curve ranging from turnaround, work-out and restructuring through to formal insolvency.

Patricia has strong Anglo-German business links and heads Nabarro’s German Group, is the Deputy Chair of the British German Chamber of Industry & Commerce and Vice Chair of the German British Forum.  Patricia is also Vice President of R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and a council member of Insol Europe.

Dr. Stefan Georg

Dr. Stefan Georg, an alternative asset portfolio manager, was until recently the CEO of Bayern LB in London and was the previous chairman of the German British Forum.

He has a distinguished career in investment banking and financial management including three years as Head of Power and Utilities for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and senior roles in Structured Finance, Project Finance and Risk Management in Russia, Singapore, Frankfurt and London for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Bayern LB.

Stefan is multi-lingual and in addition to his financial career has had experience as a Board Member and CFO of Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG and academic roles at Humboldt University, Berlin, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and Hitotsubashi University, Japan, building on his research into the Japanese, German and US banking sector.

He is a Board Member of the German British Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Delta Economics and Chairman of the German British Forum.

Dr. Rebecca Harding, Director

Rebecca is the co-founder and CEO of Delta Economics. She is an independent economist with an extensive background in modelling economic growth, trade, productivity, innovation and enterprise.  Most recently her work has focused on the drivers of long term growth globally and its relationship with financial systems.

She has been an adviser to several governments, written almost 200 articles on Economic issues, and held senior posts in leading academic, think-tank and corporate organisations.  These include her role as a Senior Fellow at London Business School, Head of UK Corporate Research at Deloitte, Chief Economist at the Work Foundation and Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor world-wide (based at London Business School and Babson College Boston).

She has also held visiting professorial roles at Birkbeck College and the Max Planck Institute for Growth Research and was on the Birmingham Business School Advisory Board from its inception in 2004 until November 2011.. She holds a BA in Economics and German and an MSc and PhD in the economics of Science and Innovation.

She has advised the European Union and regional governments or agencies in the UK and Germany on innovation and enterprise policy and was a Specialist Adviser to the UK’s Treasury Select Committee between 2004 and 2006 on regional productivity.  She was an adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship between 2005 and 2009.  Rebecca is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and a member of the Society of Business Economists.

She is a regular speaker at events and appears in the broadcast and print media frequently, most often putting the case for the promotion of Enterprise and Women’s Entrepreneurship, aspects of Access to Finance and increasingly, on the importance of trade as a driver of long term economic growth globally.

Dr. Ulrich Hoppe

Managing Director, German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Bernard Molloy
Director of Unipart Industrial Logistics; Non-Executive Director of HOPPECKE Industrial Batteries; Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Warehouse and Materials Handling Forum.

Holger Wessling

Based in Hamburg, Holger heads DZ BANK AG’s Corporate Banking Division “North & East Germany”. Holger has worked for DZ BANK AG since 1994. He has extensive experience advising corporates and financial institutions in the European, Asian, GCC, and North American market.

Before his posting in Hamburg, he was general manager of the bank’s London Branch (2006 – 2014) as well as General Manager of the bank’s Hong Kong Branch and CEO of North Asia (2002 – 2005). Before his banking career, Holger successfully co-founded a snowboard manufacturing company.

He holds a M.S. from the Technical University of Berlin and an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, Rochester, U.S.A. and the Graduate School of International Management, Niigata, Japan.

During his stay in London, he was a Councillor of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, and a Councillor of the Association of Foreign Banks’ EU Division Committee. He is member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Brigitte Stepputtis, Director
Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath

Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Born in Münster/Westphalia, Andreas studied law and economics in Münster, Freiburg, Bonn and Hamburg.

After working for in the US for 10-years for Deutsche Bank and Daimler-Benz AG, he continued to work for Daimler in Germany as head of PR for a subsidiary and then in a similar role for a large private bank.

Since August 2003 he has been director and member of the board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, the British-German business network organisation with currently over 900 member companies and entrepreneurs from the UK and Germany.

Nic Themistocli

Nic Themistocli is the General Manager of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg in London.

After working as a chartered accountant at Coopers & Lybrand, he worked for investment banks including NatWest Capital Markets, JP Morgan and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW).

In 1993 he moved to Frankfurt and in 1996 became head of core European government bond trading while at DrKW. In 2001 he became a managing director at DrKW and co-headed online markets, leading the bank’s strategic investments in bond and equity eCommerce platforms.

In 2006, he took on his current role managing the London activities of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.

Jürgen Krönig

Commentator and Author, Die Zeit


Advisory Board

Dr. Gottfried von Bismarck

Senior Consultant, Körber AG

Dr. Klaus Peter Fouquet

Peter Fouquet was appointed as President of Robert Bosch Ltd UK from the beginning of July 2009. He was formerly the Executive Vice President for the Automotive Aftermarket division in Karlsruhe, Germany and began his career with Bosch in 1987 as a trainee.

Since then, Peter Fouquet has held several management positions in Robert Bosch GmbH Germany in Personnel, Purchasing, Logistics, Controlling and Corporate Planning. From November 1998 till August 2004 he was General Manager and CEO of Bosch in Turkey and in May 2000 he was elected the first Vice President of the German Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Thomas Kielinger OBE
UK Correspondent, Die Welt

Ingrid McAlpine

Accounts and Administration

Zoe Pettman
Lauren Roberts
Nayani Bandara