Manama, Bahrain: Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) held its Annual General Meeting at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, attended by H.E. Roddy Drummond, the British Ambassador to Bahrain. The meeting was highlighted by the re-election of the majority of the current executive committee for the 2023-2025 term and the addition of two new committee members, with Khalid Al Zayani OBE continuing as the BBBF Chairman.
The executive committee members for the next term are:
- Khalid Al Zayani OBE, Chairman
- Paula Boast MBE, Vice Chair
- Philip Solarski, Treasurer
- Nasser Al Arayedh, Honorary Secretary
- Ava Garbutt, Committee Member
- Mark Gravener, Committee Member
- Mike Jackson, Committee Member
- Omar Khalifa Shaheen, Committee Member (new)
- John Molloy, Committee Member (new)
- Dena Wales, Executive Manager
BBBF Vice Chair Paula Boast MBE opened the proceedings and BBBF Chairman Khalid Al Zayani OBE, gave his annual report summarising the forum’s activities for the past year.
During the year, numerous new members joined the forum strengthening its position as the largest and most active business group in Bahrain. The forum arranged frequent meetings and events, featuring high-profile speakers from local businesses and government entities, including ministers, and business and community leaders, from Bahrain and the UK.
Khalid Al Zayani OBE said in his address: “We are delighted to be back to in-person meetings and I am always amazed how diverse the BBBF membership is, and how many great business leaders and entrepreneurs we are fortunate to have as members. We are pleased to have welcomed new members, and we look forward to welcoming many more this year, particularly new Bahraini members to boost our membership even further.”
Mr. Al Zayani OBE expressed his appreciation and thanks to the forum’s Executive Committee, and corporate sponsors Euro Motors, CharlesRussell Speechlys, Etihad Airways, Gulf Brands International, and Yoiku PR.
“I would also like to thank our extremely supportive British Ambassador, H.E. Roddy Drummond, and H.E. Stuart Summers, Deputy Ambassador, for their unwavering support. The committee looks forward to making the year ahead even more successful”, concluded Mr. Al Zayani.
The BBBF was set up in 1995 and has grown to over 470 members today. It aims to promote trade and investment between Bahrain and Britain in a non-discriminatory, non-political and non-profit making manner. The BBBF is widely recognised in Bahrain and the UK as a leading impartial business sector group. The Forum works to create and sustain a favourable business environment. The BBBF strives to assist and introduce new trade and investment to both countries to benefit and enhance the common economic interests of our member companies.