The BCF Patron

Rt.Hon. Lord Llewellyn of Steep, OBE
British Ambassador to France

Edward Llewellyn (Lord Llewellyn of Steep) became British Ambassador to France on 9 November 2016.

Before joining the Embassy, he was the Downing Street Chief of Staff under former Prime Minister David Cameron (2010-2016) and his Chief of Staff as Leader of the Opposition (2005-2010).

Lord Llewellyn started his career in 1988 in the Research department of the Conservative Party. In 1992, he worked as an adviser to Governor Chris Patten in Hong Kong, and then in the office of the High Representative in Sarajevo in 1997.

He worked with Chris Patten again in Brussels from 1999 when the latter was appointed European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. In 2002, he returned to Sarajevo as Chief of Staff to the High Representative, Lord Ashdown.

A francophone, Ed Llewellyn is married to Anne, herself a French national, and they have three children. In 2016, he was appointed Lord Llewellyn and became a member of the House of Lords.


The Chairman of the BCF

Richard Hallows
studied PPE at Oxford before entering an industrial career, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant on the way. After an MBA from Insead, he successively joined multinational groups in the food and agro-food sectors, leading him to work in Belgium, France, Iran and South Africa. After retirement, he has been involved in the promotion of qualified non-executive directors in France. Trustee since 2011, he became Chairman of the BCF in 2019.



The British Charitable Fund Paris is a UK charitable trust, registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales; it is administered and managed by a board of Trustees of between eleven and sixteen members. The current members are listed below. The charity is represented in France by the charitable association, the “British Charitable Fund in France”, registered with the French authorities in Nanterre, Hauts-de-Seine; the association is managed by a board (conseil d’administration) of between eight and fifteen members.
All the members have spent many years living in France and give their time and expertise freely, working as a close-knit team, ensuring that objectives of the BCF are correctly fulfilled; the team conducts all aspects of the charity’s work competently and efficiently, whilst keeping running costs to a minimum. The BCF employs one administrative assistant and is grateful to the Hertford British Hospital Charity for providing the BCF office in Levallois-Perret, France.

The Board of Trustees

Mr. Richard Hallows (Chairman)
Mr. Jonathan Goatly
Mrs. Julia Howes
Mr. Guy Mullaly (Treasurer)
Mrs. Fiona Anderson Astolfi (representing the British Ambassador to France)
Mr. Iain Cheyne

Mrs. Kim Borel
Mr. Steven Collins
Mrs. Pamela Conger
Mrs. Sarah Hardenberg
Dr. Gunita Jolly
Mrs. Shirley Jones