Catherine Le Yaouanc
General Manager, Franco-British Chamber
Catherine has been the General Manager of the Franco-British Chamber since 1993, when she accepted the challenge of the Chamber's financial recovery, the creation of new services and the development of membership. Projects to which will be added include numerous innovations in event typology, the development of new digital media and the Brexit challenge since 2016, which led to the creation in 2019 of the Think Tank, Cross-Channel Institute.
The Franco-British Chamber is today one of the most dynamic chambers of commerce in the United Kingdom on European soil, and has been awarded numerous prizes (Events, Membership and Digital communication...). For her 20 years in the Chamber in 2013, her European peers awarded her "The Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence". The number of memberships is constantly growing with a high attractiveness factor for all types of members – President’s Forum, Corporate and Entrepreneurs. Catherine previously held positions in a Special Products Export Department of the Elf Atochem-Ceca group. She is also a board member for the Fondation Franco-Britannique de la Colony de Sillery.
Vice-Chairman of the Board, Chief Financial Officer - Honorary Treasurer
Marie-Christine Bilbow is the CEO of Euro Airship, a company that develops and markets rigid airships for the logistics, tourism and surveillance markets. She has gained international experience in major industrial groups such as 3Com, Sterling Software, Assa Abloy, Brinks, Locatel. She has such held positions as CFO, subsidiary director and general manager.
She was appointed Vice-President of the Franco-British Chamber in 2015, in charge of finance, where she brings her knowledge and experience to the Chamber's development and growth.
Hubert Dupont L’Hotelain
Director – Business Development
Hubert Dupont L’hotelain was Treasurer of Vivendi from 1995 to 2016. Prior to that, Hubert was Treasurer of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Aérospatiale and Atochem, three French CAC 40 companies. He also has experience as a banker, as Director of Development at BFT (formerly CCF Group, now HSBC France) for two years, and as a Director of the Global Treasury Advisory Board of Citibank for five years.
His personal experience was built between France and Great Britain where he lived for 15 years. He has adopted a bicultural attitude in his relationships, trying to make the most of two exceptionally rich lifestyles. After leaving Vivendi, Hubert joined the Franco-British Chamber to develop activities and memberships, and has been a Director since 2017.
Business Development Manager
Nathalie is of dual nationality and of French and British culture. She began her career in Japan and then in South Korea where she was responsible for international relations at a university in Asia. She then joined an investment company in London as a research associate for several years. Back in France, she joined the OECD in Paris as part of the Financial Affairs Division.
Since January 2019, Nathalie has been in charge of business development at the Franco-British Chamber. Passionate about international relations, intercultural management and business diplomacy, in addition to English and French, she is fluent in German and Spanish and has a solid knowledge of Japanese.
V. Lecompte brings her clients more than 20 years of international experience in BtoB marketing-communications strategy in leading global groups listed in the USA and France. Director of communication in CAC40 groups (Cap Gemini, Technip, Veolia), then founder and director of a consulting firm in marcom & intellectual property strategies, Noesis Consulting Solutions, in London where she lived for 8 years, Véronique specialised in coaching during periods of major change (creation, mergers and acquisitions, re-engineering, strategic initiative or project, start-up, etc.).
Advising executives and senior managers, she assists them in defining strategic objectives in digital and global marketing-communication for their organisation, and implements her recommendations.
Jill Ledger, a British national and a 30-year resident of France, brings to the Chamber the experience of her 25 years as Director of Communication in international industry and her dual Franco-British culture.
Jill works as a strategic communication consultant for companies in France and abroad.
Language training and Certifications
Of British origin, Claire has lived and worked in France for more than 30 years. She has an abundance of experience in the field of language training having been an adult English trainer, Pedagogical Manager, then General Manager of a Parisian language school, designer of professional English tests and Linguistic Project Manager for companies and higher education institutes.
Convinced that trainers must continue to be trained throughout their careers, Claire is involved in the professional development of professional English teachers in France through the association The Language Network, which she co-founded. Since 2001 Claire has been responsible for the management and development of the Franco-British Chamber's professional English certifications.
Membership & Business Project Coordinator
George O'Leary, a British national, is currently studying French and Economics at the University of Leeds. He joined the Franco-British Chamber in September 2019, as Project Coordinator for Membership and Business, where he is very active in recruiting new members.
Passionate about travel, George wants to continue to practice French and other languages whilst working in other parts of the world
Events & Communications Project Coordinator
Luella Inglis, of British nationality, is currently studying French and Spanish at Exeter University. She joined the Franco-British Chamber in September 2019 as Project Coordinator for Events and Communications.
After finishing her studies, she hopes to pursue an international career in Event Management whilst continuing to practice French and Spanish.