We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, where the members elected Duncan Graham as new Chairman together with 7 new council members elected for the next two years.

At our Annual General Meeting , Duncan GrahamManaging Director of G&G Wealth Limited, a financial and investment advisory company was elected as Chairman. Mr Graham established G&G Wealth Limited in 2012. Before that he worked for Newton Barr, a financial advisory company and Alliance as Senior Adviser in the United Kingdom. Duncan Graham is the Chairman of St Andrew’s Association in Hungary which promotes Scottish culture and manages charity programmes to support underprivileged and sick children. Duncan Graham will take over the position of Chairman of the BCCH from June 2019.

Our new Chairman has laid out the following general plan for the next two years: “My aim as Chairman is to guide, with the help of the elected Council and our Managing Director, the Chamber through the uncertain times ahead. We have a unique opportunity to show our commitment to the BCCH, demonstrating our ability to showcase the strengths of British Business and Community whilst developing our bonds and connections still further. The support and work undertaken by the Council over the last few years has given us an extremely solid foundation, we will build still further to cement and enhance our relationship with our host country Hungary. We will endeavour to ensure that we support our existing members as well as offering relevant and interesting events to attract new ones.”

Vazul Tóth, outgoing Chairman of the BCCH, who leaves the Chamber after six years, pointed out: “It has been an honour to serve our members for the past six years. I am proud of the achievements the chamber has been able to deliver during these years. As they say: you are only as good as your team and the BCCH team, both our council and our staff, have been extraordinary over the past years.  Keep Calm and Carry On the BCCH flag.”

As always, the AGM was held with the attendance of H.E. Iain Lindsay, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary, who added: “Many thanks to Vazul Tóth and Csilla Csurgai for developing and strengthening the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the UK and Hungary. I very much look forward to working with Duncan Graham in his new capacity as Chairman, Oliver Strommer as Executive Director and the newly formed Council.”

The members also elected the Council of BCCH who will contribute to the design and execution of the Chambers’ strategy going forward with:

1.     Douglas Arnott, EDMF Language Services

2.     Paul Fegan, Ecosse World Logistics

3.     Péter Gyúrós, Shell Hungary

4.     Judit Iglódi-Csató, GSK Hungary

5.     Kinga Kalocsai, FirstMed

      Károly Oelberg, AACM Central Europe Ltd.

In addition to the new Council, the BCCH will have new management: after 13 years, Csilla Csurgai, who has been Executive Director since 2009 steps down and is leaving the chamber as of 31 May. Over the past 13 years nearly 600 companies contributed to the work of the Chamber and almost 1000 professionals participated the Chamber’s events on a yearly basis. Under the leadership of Csilla the Chamber has developed with and adapted to the business environment. The conferences and events have prepared the representatives of the companies for the continuous changes and the new opportunities. In the last 13 years Csilla has supported several business contracts to be singed. She participated not only in the development of the Hungarian-British business relations, but she managed citizen initiatives and programmes to support young talents.
In the name of all the employees of the Chamber, current or previous, the Council Members of the last decade and the countless interns, Thank you, Csilla! Wish you the best in your future endeavours.

Her successor will be Oliver Strommer who led the British Business Centre in Budapest from 2014 to 2019. Mr Strommer worked as the Managing Director of the local subsidiary of Expomedia Group for nearly ten years, where he was responsible for building multi-functional state of the art exhibition centres across Eastern Europe whilst simultaneously launching new exhibition and conferences within their own centres. Previously to this, he filled the Divisional Director position at ITE Group operating in the UK, which is one of the largest exhibition organisers in the world. He obtained his BSc diploma in Business Studies at Swansea University (Wales).