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THE BRITISH SPANISH SOCIETY TIMELINE

The Times

September 1916

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Oxford University

September 1916

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St Ermin’s Hotel of Westminster

November 1916

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King's College London

1916

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The structure

April 1917

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The foundation of provincial delegations

1917 Onwards

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The Anglo-Spanish Society in the interwar period

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The double mission of the Anglo-Spanish Society after the Great War

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Forward to the Society’s dissolution

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The Society during the Spanish´s Civil War

1936-1939

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The Society during the 1940s

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The rebirth. The League of Friendship

The context during 1950s

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The Anglo-Spanish League of Friendship was officially formed

1951

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Structure and Activities of the Anglo-Spanish League of Frienship during 1951-1956

1951 - 1956

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Alexander Roger and the Executive Committee proposed the dissolution of the association

1956

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The new Executive Committee

1957

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Halliday Sutherland resigned and was appointed Vice-presidente

1958

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A return to the origins. The new Anglo-Spanish Society

1958

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Rowland Denys Guy Winn was Chairman of the Society

1959

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John Balfour replaced Lord St Oswald as Chairman

1961

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John Balfour continued to seek British sponsors to ensure the future for the institution

1964 - 1965

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Hugh Ellis-Rees replaced John Balfour as Chairman

1967 - 1973

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The Anglo-Spanish Society and Spanish democracy

1973

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Hugh Ellis-Rees resigned as Chair of the Anglo-Spanish Society

1973

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Activities at the end of 1970s

1979

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John Wriothesley Russell replaced Allen as Chairman of the Society

1980

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The Duke of Wellington was elected to replace John Wriothesley Russell

1984

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The Society reached great stability and prosperity

1986

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Robert Wade-Gery was named Chairman of the Anglo-Spanish Society

1995

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Robin Fearn was named Chairman of the Anglo-Spanish Society

1999

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David Brighty was Chairman of the Anglo-Spanish Society

2002

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Muir Sutherland became treasurer of the Anglo-Spanish Society

2004

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Albert Jones and Bethan Jones joined the Executive Committee

2005

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Stephen Wright became Chairman of the Anglo-Spanish Society

2007 - 2009

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Denise Holt, the first woman to hold the Chair position of the Anglo-Spanish Society

2009 - 2013

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Jimmy Burns replaced Denise Holt as Chairman of the Anglo-Spanish Society

2013 - 2016

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WHO WE ARE

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ABOUT BRITISH SPANISH SOCIETY

The BritishSpanish Society is a registered charity whose object is to promote friendship and understanding between the people of Britain and Spain through knowledge of each other’s customs, institutions, history and way of life.

Events

Our events cover the broad spectrum of British and Spanish culture, including concerts, food and wine tastings, film screenings and visits to exhibitions and places of interest. In addition to this, members are invited to attend three annual gatherings: the Gala dinner, summer party and Christmas party.

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Scholarships

Since its inception in 2008, the BritishSpanish Society has had the pleasure of awarding Scholarships and Bursaries to over 40 post-graduate students conducting research in fields as diverse as medicine, urban planning, engineering, linguistics, literature, physics, architecture, marine archaeology and music.

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La Revista Magazine

La Revista is the BritishSpanish Society’s flagship magazine. Published three times per year, it is received first by our members before being distributed more widely in London and elsewhere. La Revista covers the Society events, helping to recruit new members and serving as a promotional platform for our corporate supporters.

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DID YOU KNOW?

“The object of the society will be to promote more intimate relations, both intellectual and commercial, by offering hospitality and opportunities of social intercourse to Spanish-speaking visitor in the British Isles; by fostering in Great Britain and Ireland the study of Spanish language, literature, art, and history; and by assisting British students to enter Spanish lands.”

J. Mackay, Edward Hilliard et alter “Anglo-Spanish Sympathy. A new Society founded”, The Times, 15 September 1916, P.9.

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SOME FUN FACTS

These are some of our awesome achievements since 2008.
As a result, we continue inspired and firmly committed with the new coming up projects.

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Scholarships since 2008

17

 Bursaries since 2008

197042

Pounds invested

100

 Successful events

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BRITISH SPANISH SOCIETY GOVERNANCE

We believe in a diverse range of personel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

JIMMY BURNS MARAÑON

JIMMY BURNS MARAÑON

CHAIRMAN

Jimmy Burns Marañón, chairman. Author and journalist. Also works as a political risk and business intelligence analyst. Married, two daughters.

SIR STEPHEN WRIGHT

SIR STEPHEN WRIGHT

VICE CHAIRMAN

Sir Stephen Wright, Vice-Chairman, was British Ambassador to Spain and a career diplomat, now an adviser to companies. Married to Abbey.

JUAN REIG MASCARELL

JUAN REIG MASCARELL

TREASURER

Juan Reig Mascarell has lived the last 18 years in London. He is currently a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. Married with three children.

JOSÉ IVARS

JOSÉ IVARS

Trustee

Jose Ivars-Lopez, Trustee, is a finance professional living in London since 2001. Jose is a keen mountaineer, adventurer and fellow member of the Alpine Club.

SCOTT YOUNG

SCOTT YOUNG

Trustee

Scott Young is Managing Partner of Gemini Capital, with a focus on healthcare and renewable energy. Previously Morgan Stanley and Rothschilds. Doctorate in Law and MBA.

MARIAN JIMÉNEZ-RIESCO

MARIAN JIMÉNEZ-RIESCO

Trustee

PhD in History. Post-doctoral investigation at Cañada Blanch Centre (LSE, London). Experienced researcher and project manager. Founder and CEO at Istorikos.

CHRISTOPHER NASON

CHRISTOPHER NASON

Trustee

Christopher Nason read Spanish at university and lived and worked in Madrid. He advises companies on entry into Spain and the Spanish speaking world.

CARMEN YOUNG

CARMEN YOUNG

Trustee

Experienced international management consultant, partner at Gemini Capital UK dealing with client relations and strategic consulting and founder of bespoke events company Asana.

JIMMY BURNS MARAÑON

JIMMY BURNS MARAÑON

CHAIRMAN

Jimmy Burns Marañón, chairman. Author and journalist. Also works as a political risk and business intelligence analyst. Married, two daughters.

SIR STEPHEN WRIGHT

SIR STEPHEN WRIGHT

VICE CHAIRMAN

Sir Stephen Wright, Vice-Chairman, was British Ambassador to Spain and a career diplomat, now an adviser to companies. Married to Abbey.

JUAN REIG MASCARELL

JUAN REIG MASCARELL

TREASURER

Juan Reig Mascarell has lived the last 18 years in London. He is currently a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. Married with three children.

JOSÉ IVARS

JOSÉ IVARS

Trustee

Jose Ivars-Lopez, Trustee, is a finance professional living in London since 2001. Jose is a keen mountaineer, adventurer and fellow member of the Alpine Club.

SCOTT YOUNG

SCOTT YOUNG

Trustee

Scott Young is Managing Partner of Gemini Capital, with a focus on healthcare and renewable energy. Previously Morgan Stanley and Rothschilds. Doctorate in Law and MBA.

MARIAN JIMÉNEZ-RIESCO

MARIAN JIMÉNEZ-RIESCO

Trustee

PhD in History. Post-doctoral investigation at Cañada Blanch Centre (LSE, London). Experienced researcher and project manager. Founder and CEO at Istorikos.

CHRISTOPHER NASON

CHRISTOPHER NASON

Trustee

Christopher Nason read Spanish at university and lived and worked in Madrid. He advises companies on entry into Spain and the Spanish speaking world.

CARMEN YOUNG

CARMEN YOUNG

Trustee

Experienced international management consultant, partner at Gemini Capital UK dealing with client relations and strategic consulting and founder of bespoke events company Asana.

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TESTIMONIALS

  • Jackeline Agorreta

    “En mi retina quedan las experiencias vividas, y la satisfacción de haber cumplido con uno de los objetivos de la Anglo-Spanish Society: establecer lazos de unión entre una universidad española (la Universidad de Navarra) y una universidad británica (la Universidad de Oxford). Muchas gracias a la Anglo-Spanish Society por proporcionarme la financiación necesaria para realizar el proyecto.”

    Jackeline Agorreta
  • Fernando González Zalba

    “Thanks to the Anglo-Spanish Society and its generous 02-Telefónica scholarship I can play a role in this still ongoing revolution and contribute with a tiny grain of sand (a silicon compound) to the fulfilment of Moore’s law.”

    Fernando González Zalba won an award in 2010 under the Anglo-Spanish Society’s scholarship programme with the support of O2 Telefonica. He is a PhD candidate in Physies, Microelectronics Research Centre, Cavendish Laboratory.

    Fernando González Zalba
  • John O´Neill

    “It was for all of us an unforgettable adventure, made possible through the grant provided by the Anglo-Spanish Society, to whom I would, on behalf of the whole company, like to express my gratitude.”

    John O´Neill
  • Marcos Fernández Barrero

    “Thanks to the scholarship awaded by O2 via the Anglo-Spanish Society I was able to finance my musical studies to pursue a postgraduate degree/qualification in composition at the Royal College of Music.”

    Marcos Fernández Barrero

  • Jackeline Agorreta

    “En mi retina quedan las experiencias vividas, y la satisfacción de haber cumplido con uno de los objetivos de la Anglo-Spanish Society: establecer lazos de unión entre una universidad española (la Universidad de Navarra) y una universidad británica (la Universidad de Oxford). Muchas gracias a la Anglo-Spanish Society por proporcionarme la financiación necesaria para realizar el proyecto.”

    Jackeline Agorreta
  • Fernando González Zalba

    “Thanks to the Anglo-Spanish Society and its generous 02-Telefónica scholarship I can play a role in this still ongoing revolution and contribute with a tiny grain of sand (a silicon compound) to the fulfilment of Moore’s law.”

    Fernando González Zalba won an award in 2010 under the Anglo-Spanish Society’s scholarship programme with the support of O2 Telefonica. He is a PhD candidate in Physies, Microelectronics Research Centre, Cavendish Laboratory.

    Fernando González Zalba
  • John O´Neill

    “It was for all of us an unforgettable adventure, made possible through the grant provided by the Anglo-Spanish Society, to whom I would, on behalf of the whole company, like to express my gratitude.”

    John O´Neill
  • Marcos Fernández Barrero

    “Thanks to the scholarship awaded by O2 via the Anglo-Spanish Society I was able to finance my musical studies to pursue a postgraduate degree/qualification in composition at the Royal College of Music.”

    Marcos Fernández Barrero
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Cultural Diplomacy:
One Hundred Years of the British-Spanish Society

Dr Luis G. Martínez del Campo

To mark its Centenary, The BritishSpanish Society is proud to announce the publication by the award winning University of Liverpool Press of the Society’s bilingual history by a scholarship winner Dr Luis G. Martínez del Campo (Paperback format in English and Spanish).

Britain and Spain led the two greatest Empires of the modern era, with perhaps the most important legacy that their two languages are amongst the most widely spoken in the modern world. Yet the relationship between these two cultural giants has not always been straightforward. The founding of the BritishSpanish Society has its origins in 1916 as the Anglo-Spanish League of Friendship which was founded during the First World War by a group of British academics, students and businessmen. It was a means of reaching out in social, cultural and trade friendship with their Spanish counterparts at a time when Spain’s official neutrality seemed to be edging closer towards Germany. Subsequently known as the Anglo-Spanish Society, and finally the BritishSpanish Society, its members continued to promote these objectives after that particular war had come to an end. Much has changed since then, with an ever-shifting political and diplomatic environment affecting the relations between Britain and Spain, but throughout this the core values of the Society have remained constant. This fascinating book , filled with fascinating characters from spies to eccentric academics, from entrepreneurs to ambassadors, tells the story for the first time of an organisation at the heart of the relationship between two of Europe’s major powers. It will be compulsory reading for those interested in the process of ‘soft diplomacy’ but above all for those interested in the relationship between Spain and Britain.

Order your copy now by emailing membershipsupport@britishspanishsociety.org or write to The BritishSpanish Secretary, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN.

Retail: £15 excluding p&p (royalties to the Society Centenary Fund).
Should you have any question or wish to receive any further information about the book?
Please contact us membershipsupport@britishspanishsociety.org
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