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:

Vice President of the German British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Member of the Skills Council, London First
Advisory Board Member of OMFIF, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
Former member of the UK Technician Council, a government-funded initiative to create a recognised “Technician” status – part of the BIS ‘Skills for Growth’ program
Former Chairman/CEO of Jungheinrich/Boss Group
Former UK Chairman of SCCO International Ltd, a Munich-based business consulting group
Former Non-Executive Director of 4Navitas Ltd, who have developed the first Vertical Axle Wind Turbine (VAWT). A very exciting world first, this is a mid-size Wind Turbine of 30-100KW output. Made with green composite materials, it is bird and radar friendly with a payback time of around 4.5 years.

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.

Former Board Members

Dr Steffen Hoffmann
President, Bosch UK

Steffen Hoffmann was appointed as the new President of Robert Bosch Ltd as of April 1, 2015.

With 23 years experience at Bosch, Steffen will be involved in many different aspects of the Bosch business in the UK. His position will cover two main areas of responsibilities: overseeing the overall Bosch UK business as the President of Robert Bosch Ltd, and regional co-ordination of finance and administration for all Bosch entities in the UK.

Steffen began his career in 1992 in Germany at Robert Bosch GmbH as a management trainee and went on to hold several executive commercial roles in different countries, including Germany, Japan and South Africa.

Before taking over his current position in the UK, Steffen was the Managing Director of Robert Bosch, Southern Africa, as well as the Head of the Automotive (Original Equipment) Business in those countries, holding the positions from late 2009 until December 2014.

Steffen is married and has a 15-year-old daughter. He is passionate about cars and is a keen golfer.

Career stages in the Bosch Group

Management Trainee, Blaichach Plant, Immenstadt, Germany

Section Manager Controlling, Nippon ABS Ltd., Yokosuka, Japan

Department Manager Accounting & Finance, Bosch Telecom GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Department Manager Corporate Planning, Bosch Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration, Diesel & Gasoline Division, Bosch Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Plant Manager, Hildesheim plant, Hildesheim, Germany

Managing Director, Robert Bosch (Pty.) Ltd., Midrand, South Africa

President, Robert Bosch Ltd, United Kingdom

Robert Bosch Ltd:

In the UK, Bosch is a leading global supplier of technology and services and has been present since 1898, when Robert Bosch opened the company’s first office outside Germany. Every one of the Bosch Group’s business sectors has a presence in the UK: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited and employs almost 4,000 associates across 42 sites. In 2013, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of 2.1 billion euros.



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.

Former Board Members

Philip Mallinckrodt, Schroders

Philip Mallinckrodt is a Director of Schroders plc, an international investment management firm.  The firm has 41 offices in 27 countries and manages in excess of £400 billion in assets.  He was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1985 to 1994.  He joined Schroders in 1994 and served in a number of executive management roles in investment banking, asset management and wealth management. He was a member of the firm’s Management Committee from March 2002 until March 2017 and served as Group Head of Wealth Management from 2006 to May 2016.

He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution, and a trustee of the Schroder Foundation, the Mallinckrodt Foundation and the German YMCA in London.  He is also Vice President of the German British Forum.

Mr. Mallinckrodt holds a M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.  He lives in London with his wife and two sons and has dual British and German nationality.


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.


VIP Speakers

Guests at 2014 GBF conference

GBF conference 2014

VIP Speakers

Dr Peter Fouquet, Bosch

Speaking at the 2014 German British Forum conference

Dr Peter Fouquet

VIP Speakers

David Marsh CBE with Gerhard Schroeder

German British Forum deputy chairman David Marsh with ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder


Mittelstand Tour 2014


15th Annual Conference: Investment in Skills and Productivity

Better training as the key to economic dynamism

Europe as a whole recognises that a high-skill, high-productivity economy provides the most effective platform to boost competitiveness and enhance well-being. As Peter Loescher, Chief Executive of Siemens AG, put it at the Annual Dinner of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce on 9 June 2010 in London; “We have to get the message across to our youngsters in schools and universities that we need to out-innovate the innovators all over the world.”

GERMAN INDUSTRY UK (GIUK) has been at the forefront of efforts by German businesses in the UK to attempt to provide in Britain a framework similar to the German Dual Training System. GIUK has held constructive meetings with Ministers from both the Labour government and the new Conservative-Liberal coalition administration and has now set up a working group within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The new UK government has made tackling the skills gap a significant priority in its efforts to spur economic renewal. There is considerable interest in learning lessons from Germany, where equipping the workforce with competitive skills through the vaunted apprenticeship and vocational training system, in partnership with industry, has long been a centre-piece of economic policy.

The presence of a large number of German companies in the UK has added impetus. Underlining this point, Robert Bosch, BMW, EON and Siemens are all giving support to the conference. The gathering will highlight the role of the Technician Council, a new body set up in the UK to promote a new non-academic route to technical excellence for employees in many different fields.

The conference addresses a number of pressing macro- and micro-economic themes:

•How can modern European economies find the best training solutions for keeping abreast with demand for sophisticated, high-quality output in manufacturing and services? How is Europe facing up to the task of assembling a high-skill, high-productivity society as set down under the objectives of the 2020 Lisbon programme? What role should training and personnel development play to achieve this?

•How can countries find the right balance between manufacturing and non-manufacturing to ensure growth and living standards at a time when the demarcation lines between manufacturing and services are increasingly blurred?

•How can the UK learn from experience in Germany, especially in lowering the cost and increasing the effectiveness of training? What is the evidence from Germany that a better-trained workforce will help the whole economy become more resilient in a downturn and more flexible in an upturn?

•What are the concrete steps needed to upgrade the status of engineers and ensure that the right streams of young people from schools and further education establishments reach the engineering profession? What should be the thrust and purpose of the Technician Council, how achievable is its objectives, how will it organise its funding and its qualifications practices and how can it best garner broad support?