Bob Bischof

Bob-BischofGerman Robert (Bob) Bischof has lived and worked in Britain for 40-years. He is convinced that the two countries can gain much by learning from each other.

Well-known for his outspoken comments on economic, political and industrial issues concerning Britain and Germany, he is a regular contributor to a range of newspapers and other publications, including the Financial Times and other national papers.

Current positions include:

He has co-authored a number of books, had numerous articles published in German and British newspapers and has frequently commented on TV and Radio in both countries.


Lord Chris Fox

Lord Chris Fox is Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He is a member of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee and for four years served on the Science and Technology Committee. He gained a chemistry degree from Imperial College, graduating in 1980. Before becoming a peer in 2014 he had a long career in the petroleum, nuclear, food, aerospace and automotive sectors. Serving on the executive committees of three FTSE-100 companies.


Patricia Godfrey

Patricia Godfrey is an independent lawyer and business advisor.

She was a partner in the Banking and Finance Group at law firm CMS since 1991. She has many years’ experience advising a range of stakeholders in challenging financial situations and has developed a particular expertise on international work involving complex structures across a range of jurisdictions. In 2012 she was named European Woman of the Year for Restructuring & Insolvency in the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards.

Throughout her career Patricia has had strong links to Germany.  She chairs the board of the German British Chamber of Industry & Commerce in the UK being the first female to hold this office. She is also a director of the German British Forum.

During her career Patricia has held a number of board and leadership roles.  She completed a four year term as a member of the Nabarro Partnership Board in May 2016 and held the role of Head of International within the firm from April 2012 to April 2017. Within the restructuring sector Patricia served a one year term as President of R3 (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals) being the first female appointed to this role.  She was elected President of Insol Europe for a one year term between 2009-2010. She is currently an officer of the International Bar Association (IBA) and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Patricia enjoys sharing the skills and experience gathered over the years with those in the early stages of their careers.  She is a visiting lecturer at Kings College London on the International LLM programme and recently joined the Risk & Advisory Committee of Cockpit Arts – an award winning Social Enterprise based in Holborn & Deptford and the UK’s only business incubator for crafts people.


John Hammond

John Hammond is the honorary company secretary at the German British Forum and a corporate lawyer who specialises in cross-border German/UK transactions. Originally a partner in CMS London, he moved to CMS Germany in 2002, where he remains a partner.

John has an M.A. in law from Keble College Oxford and is admitted as solicitor in England and Wales and a Rechtsanwalt in Germany.

His career was greatly influenced by the fall of the Berlin wall. In the early 90s he was one of the first English lawyers working on privatisation projects in Hungary and the Czech Republic before he moved to Moscow where he developed CMS’s office from 1995 to 2002.


Dr Ulrich Hoppe

Ulrich_HoppeThumbUlrich Hoppe is Director General of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce. Before joining the German-British Chamber in May 1998 he held the position of Vice President and Treasurer of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York. He joined the Chamber network in 1993 as a Finance Manager at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Bonn.

On leaving school he started his professional career as a commercial apprentice with Kühne und Nagel in Bremen and after finishing university he joined Lufthansa in Frankfurt followed by a management training programme at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt.

He holds a BA degree in Business Studies from Leeds Polytechnic, a Diplom-Betriebswirt from Hochschule Bremen, a MA degree in International Business from the University of Reading and a Doctorate in Governance from Queen’s University in Belfast. In addition, he attended various Senior Executive Programmes at INSEAD, Fontainebleau and Columbia University, New York.

The German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce

The ‘German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce’ was founded in 1971 and is a business to business organisation of some 750 British and German member firms. It is financially supported by the German Ministry of Economics and its mission is to promote trade and investment between the UK and Germany. With its commercial services it helps around 10,000 companies each year to start or expand their export activities through providing business contacts, information and advice.


Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Gillian GBFGillian is a co-founder of Fidelio Partners,  a Board Development and Executive Search consultancy. Fidelio is based in London and works internationally with a strong focus on Germany. Gillian heads Fidelio’s Board Practice and supports Chairmen and CEOs in building effective Boards and Executive leadership teams. This is underpinned by Gillian’s pre-eminent track record of shareholder and stakeholder engagement on a global basis.

Since March 2015 Gillian has also been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Jaguar Land Rover India.

With the 30% Club Gillian actively promotes greater Board effectiveness through increased diversity and Fidelio is a signatory to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search firms. Gillian is also a member of the German- British Chamber of Industry & Commerce  and a fluent German speaker.

Prior to founding Fidelio Gillian was a partner with Brunswick  and held  senior executive roles within some of  Europe’s leading corporates; this included the role of Global Head of Investor Relations for Volkswagen AG  (2000 – 20007) sitting on the Group Governance and Marketing  Committees – the most senior female executive globally. Previously Gillian had enjoyed a highly successful career in banking for example heading Group Investor Relations for UBS (1998- 2000). She started her career in Banking Supervision with the Bank of England.

Gillian has an MA in History from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and attended the Harvard General Management Programme.


Will Stirling

Will Stirling is a journalist and conference producer specialising in manufacturing. He was the editor and managing editor of The Manufacturer for five years and has written for manufacturing reports in The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

He is a copywriter for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency. He sits on the steering group for the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield, now in its sixth year.

Will has produced two conferences about Germany and Britain’s ‘Mittelstand’, hosted at JCB in January 2014 and Manchester United FC in January 2015, with support from GE Capital, Grant Thornton, Nabarro and UK Trade & Investment. He has led two tours by British businesses to visit four German manufacturing companies near Stuttgart, the most recent in February 2015.

Will is working on more projects that reveal the importance of mid-sized companies and manufacturing to the UK economy.

Stirling Media

Stirling Media is a new events and publishing company specialising in manufacturing, innovation and the real economy. It aspires to connect Britain’s engineers, innovators and manufacturing professionals with new ideas and practices from around the world.