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BAB Transatlantic Growth Awards

Date: Monday 30 March 2020

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: etc. venues County Hall, Westminster SE1 7PB

BAB’s Transatlantic Growth (TAG) Awards celebrate the special relationship in style, recognise and reward the companies from SMEs to MNCs that invest in the transatlantic economy, creating growth, prosperity and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.
BAB enjoys a fantastic relationship with both the UK and US Governments, and we have received their formal support for this initiative. Click here to view event flyer.

The TAG Awards ceremony provides an unmissable opportunity to put your brand squarely in front of senior US/UK Government representatives and business leaders.

The awards categories have been chosen to show the opportunity and potential of the transatlantic trade and investment relationship in action; real companies that have done real things. Click here to view award categories.

Martin Myrone, “From Gainsborough to Gothic Nightmares”


Join Dr. Martin Myrone, Senior Curator of British Art to 1800 at Tate Britain in London, UK, for a presentation exploring the extraordinary life and art of Richard St. George in its art historical context. Myrone will discuss how he identified St. George as the sitter for Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait, previously known to art historians only as An Officer of the 4th Regiment of Foot, on loan to the Museum of the American Revolution from the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). Re-identifying this striking portrait opened up an expected set of connections between the historical trauma of the Revolution and the fantastical culture of the Gothic, involving cheap shocks, weird plots, and amateur dramatics.

Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Museum of the American Revolution


Following the talk, you are invited to take a closer look at Cost of Revolution, open for all ticketed guests this evening from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. and during regular Museum hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through March 17, 2020.

Martin Myrone is Senior Curator, British Art to 1800, at Tate Britain, and has been Visiting Tutor in the History of Art at the University of York and at the Courtauld Institute of Art. As a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British art, he has delivered a range of exhibition and display projects at Tate Britain, including Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination (2006), William Blake’s 1809 Exhibition (2009), John Martin: Apocalypse (2011–12), and British Folk Art (2014), all complete with published exhibition catalogues. He was co-editor of Court Country City: British Art and Architecture 1660-1735 (2016), and his new book on art education and artistic identity at the advent of liberal modernity, 1770-1840, is due to be published by Yale University Press in Fall 2020. His newest exhibits include a major exhibition of the work of William Blake at Tate Britain, London (11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020), and a survey of British art 1760-1820, L’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise, at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris (11 September 2019 – 16 February 2020).

Revolutionary Women – Blazing a Trail & Leading the Pack


Join the international business community for a program featuring global female executive leaders. Speakers will discuss their vision, and chronicle their rise to the top, showcasing the positive change they are promoting throughout the world in their respective industries. The seminar will educate participants about the waves of change the presenters are advocating, and the exciting paths they are blazing.  It is an ideal time for a forum about leading women spearheading international enterprise and change. The program will include c-suite global multinational executives as well as future leaders across industry sectors who will discuss their paths to success, stumbling blocks and solutions, and their positive influence on gender diversity and inclusion.


  • Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing; and Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers


  • Vanessa Z. Chan, Ph.D., Brassington Professor of Practice at Penn Engineering; Board Member; and Angel Investor
  • Julie Coker, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Deborah Driscoll, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania; Vice Dean for Professional Services, Perelman School of Medicine; and Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Bethany Edwards, Co-Founder & CEO, LIA Diagnostics
  • Jami Wintz McKeon, Partner and Chair of the Firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Click here for speaker bios.

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: The Museum of the American Revolution – which will open the special exhibition When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807, on August 22, 2020, four days before the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Member Ticket: $65

Non-Member Ticket:$85

Power of Three Ticket Package: $195



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A Musical Adventure with the British American Business Council and the Philadelphia Orchestra


We pulled some strings and are honored to offer you an exclusive evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This very special BABCPHL Program will include:

  • A behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center;
  • A meet and greet with musicians; AND
  • Reserved VIP seating to enjoy a performance of Benjamin Britten’s eloquent “plea for peace”— the Sinfonia da Requiem — originally rejected by the Japanese government and eventually given its premiere in the US in 1940, on the eve of World War II. Inspired by the theater organ in William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon (fictionalized as Xanadu in Citizen Kane), Michael Daugherty’s lush Once Upon a Castle brings out what the composer calls the “Technicolor” nature of the instrument. And what exactly is Elgar’s “enigma?” We may never know but we can still enjoy these 14 charming variations on a theme that Elgar composed “to my friends pictured within.” British conductor Edward Gardner, chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic and principal conductor designate of the London Philharmonic, makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, and keyboard virtuoso Paul Jacobs returns to the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 6:00-10:00pm
Location: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Member Tickets:
Two for $125
One for $75

Non-Member Tickets:
Two for $175
One for $100


The Queen’s Six

The Queen’s Six were established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of The Queen’s Six are also Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls.

Performing in Philadelphia for ONE night only.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Cost: $35/ticket

To purchase tickets on-line click here.
OR mail a check to:
The English-Speaking Union
1221 Locust Street, Box 502
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Include name and email or phone #
Phone: 215-545-3619

For reserved seating in the first five rows and dinner with the Queen’s Six at the Prime Rib following the concert, please contact Judith at or call 215-545-3619. Space is limited.


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Lord Wei Visits Philadelphia

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Select Greater Philadelphia hosted a welcome lunch in honor of Lord Wei.  The objective of the lunch was to build relationships and congregate local leaders interested in discussing Brexit, Hong Kong, China, and the emerging role of cities influencing societal changes.  Attendees included a diverse group of professionals from both the public and private sectors, including the Asian American Chamber of Commerce.  Lord Wei, Mayor Michael Nutter and Rachel Molano, Former Advisor to Bristol City Council, were the distinguished guests.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President led the discussion and introduced the featured speakers.  Baron Nat Wei of Shoreditch, East London, is a current Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom.  He is a business and social entrepreneur, focused on strengthening economic ties throughout the UK and the world.  Previously, Lord Wei advised Her Majesty’s Government on social policy, working with Prime Minister David Cameron.  He holds numerous board and advisory positions in the real estate, technology investment, education and wealth management sectors. Lord Wei has been a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and adviser to a number of city mayors and leaders in the UK and globally.  He is currently an Advisory Committee member of the Global Parliament of Mayors along with Mayor Michael Nutter.

It is through Lord Wei’s connection to Mayor Nutter, and to Chris Bravacos, President & CEO of Bravo Group, Pennsylvania’s largest independent public relations firm, that our group met to discuss these top of mind issues.  Chris and Lord Wei are working together to find commonalities that can bring cities and local communities to the forefront of socio-economic and technological progress.  Lord Wei enthusiastically spoke about the important historic ties between the US and the UK, and the need to strengthen the friendship between the two nations.  He emphasized the great opportunity for cities to enhance trade, with a focus on education, sustainable growth, AI, data, and technology.  Lord Wei espoused the important principals of the law and social justice.  He talked about “democracy 3.0,” and how citizens need to work together to provide solutions to problems.

The Q&A portion of the program was dynamic.  The role of centralized government and how this affects both major and surrounding cities was discussed. Repositioning the four nations – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales was also touched upon in the context of Brexit.  And lastly, questions about how to use data responsibly to drive innovation and positively empower future generations was also covered.

Special thanks to Rob Wondering, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for sponsoring the lunch.


Click here to view photos from the event.


Time to Act: British American Business Policy Update

Economic and political shifts are forcing businesses to respond to changing international landscapes. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are being called upon to develop legislation, regulation, and treaties that will protect and enhance the bi-lateral trade and investment relationship between the US and the UK.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted a business roundtable breakfast meeting about the current state of the US and UK economies and future prospects for trade and growth.  This high level discussion focused on the current economic environment in the two countries, areas of growth, and realistic future market scenarios.  Laura Hickey, Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate General New York presided over the meeting, engaging Ryan Wang, US Economist at HSBC Securities in a dynamic discussion about the global economy and trade factors influencing commerce.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and introduced the speakers.  Ryan, a US economist for HSBC Securities, a principle line of business for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, set the stage for the discussion by providing a broad overview of the global economy.  Ryan is part of a worldwide team of more than thirty economists based out of New York, London, Hong Kong, and other major financial centers.  He is responsible for the bank’s view of the outlook for the US economy, including projections for growth, inflation, and Federal Reserve policy.  During the BABCPHL breakfast meeting Ryan talked about economic growth and recession throughout the world during the past decade, and what US GDP might look like this year.

Laura presented a general overview of the strength and resilience of the UK economy; the UK Government’s long-term economic plan to drive productivity and growth; and the Government’s ambitions for enhancing UK-US trade and the economy after the UK’s departure from the EU.  Laura supports the Consul General, promoting UK economic, commercial, foreign policy and national security priorities, and consular services.  She provides leadership and direction to the teams driving economic, trade and climate policy, political engagement, public diplomacy, communications and consular work as well as providing strategic oversight for the wider work of the 110 person strong team, covering a four-state area of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

After Ryan and Laura each spoke for a few minutes about their respective country’s economic conditions, Laura engaged Ryan in a “fireside chat” about trade, slow global growth, and how this will affect the US economy, as well as other factors such as increasing protectionist policies, the EU and US trade relationship, and prospects for US-China economic relations.. Audience Q&A followed Ryan and Laura’s dialogue.  Questions were related to several hot button issues such as tariffs, taxes, immigration, and the environment/climate.  Conversations continued long after the meeting was adjourned as guests networked, and exchanged business cards.

Special thanks to Laura Hickey, Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate General New York, and Ryan Wang, US Economist at HSBC Securities for presenting this timely symposium.

Click here to view photos from the event.

2019 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the BABCPHL hosted our Signature Annual Holiday Lunch, which included a Penderyn whisky tasting during cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton.  We are living in a time of transformative change throughout the world.  Nearly 200 guests gathered for this special annual event to celebrate the strong ties between our region and the UK.  The US’ historic connection with the UK and our many shared cultural, economic and political values bind our two nations together and enable us to support one another throughout transition.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and introduced special guest, Mayor Jim Kenney who commented on the auspicious date.  December 12th was the day of the General Election in the UK.  Mayor Kenney stated, “As the birthplace of the American democracy, Philadelphia values and encourages everyone to use their right to vote. I wish the UK a smooth process.”

Mayor Kenney talked about how the relationship between the US and UK extends way beyond the polling stations.  The UK is the largest foreign direct investor and ranks first for the number of jobs from foreign investments, in our region and state. Many representatives of those UK companies participated in the BABCPHL Holiday program.  There are also 15,000 UK passport holders in our region – one of the most sizeable foreign-born communities.  Additionally, the UK is our top overseas visitation market.  Mayor stated, “Despite our history nearly 250 years ago, we remain great allies.  We are such good friends and partners that my first trip overseas was to the UK – also supporting the Birds against the Jaguars in Wembley Stadium at the time!”

The City of Philadelphia receives numerous visitors from the UK – from investors to high ranking diplomats.  Mayor Kenney recognized and thanked Oliver Franklin, our local diplomatic representative for the UK.  For more than 20 years Oliver has worked tirelessly to create ties between Philadelphia and the UK including business programs, high school exchanges, and more. He’s been distinguished by the Queen for his services.  Mayor emphasized Philadelphia as a global city, welcoming people from all over the world – and most certainly, from our oldest partner, the UK.

Michael thanked Mayor Kenney and the hard work he and his team deliver on a daily basis, enabling all of us and our businesses to thrive.  Michael formally introduced BABCPHL 2019 Honoree – Oliver St. Clair Franklin – someone who is very important to maintaining UK/US diplomatic relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.  Oliver has been a BABCPHL Board Member for more than two decades.  He was appointed by the UK Government in 1998 to represent British interest in the Philadelphia region.  Oliver is the 3rd British Honorary Consul in Philadelphia.  In this role Oliver liaises with the Consul General in New York and the British Embassy on providing advice to businesses, solving consular issues in the region and engaging in public diplomacy.  Oliver’s relationship with the UK started as a college student in 1966 after graduating from Lincoln University.  In 2002 Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the OBE Honour in recognition of his services to British business.  In his public diplomacy role Oliver has hosted senior members of the British Royal Family as well as government ministers and members of Parliament.  He created a program for Philadelphia public high school students to visit London and founded another initiative to provide opportunities for mid-career American minorities to work in UK investment banks.  Most recently, Oliver received ‘The Distinguished Friend of Oxford’ Award in September 2019, and last month was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford where he studied as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  Honorary Fellows are expected to enter the intellectual life of the college and university.  Oliver, thank you for all that you do to promote the diplomatic, business and cultural ties between our region and the UK.

Following a delicious lunch, event sponsors: Simon Hawkins, Director, US/UK Sales Alliance & Market Development from Virgin Atlantic Airways; Nick Lotz, Head of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Banking for HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Mark Carrow, Regional Managing Partner for Citrin Cooperman; and John Hodge, Managing Partner, Americas, Miramar Global each spoke for a few minutes about their companies and their commitment to the BABCPHL.

It would not be a BABCPHL holiday event without some fun and good cheer.  Christmas crackers were popped, paper crowns were donned, and Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL Membership Chairman and Raffle Draw Master of Ceremonies Extraordinaire oversaw our coveted gift giving tradition.  Our program concluded with more than 20 raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including roundtrip Virgin Atlantic Upper Class tickets to the UK.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2019 Holiday Lunch headline sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: Citrin Cooperman; HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Miramar Global; Virgin Atlantic Airways; The Welsh Government, and Penderyn Distillery.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season.  We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


A Welsh Feast – An Unforgettable Evening of Whiskey Tasting & Welsh Hospitality

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the BABCPHL hosted A Welsh Feast: An Unforgettable Evening of Whisky Tasting & Welsh Hospitality at The Pyramid Club.  The room with magnificent views overlooking the City was crowded with nearly 100 guests who were eager to sample the delicious assortment of Penderyn Whisky as well as the Welsh delicacies thoughtfully prepared by the Club’s talented Chef.  The evening began with the whiskey tasting, generously provided by the Welsh Government.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and thanked sponsors: Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner & Practice Leader for International Taxation from Citrin Cooperman and Efe Izilein Sokol, Senior Representative in the US from the Welsh Government.  Citrin Cooperman is a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm, and the Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.  Both Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government are active Club Level members of the BABCPHL.

Efe spoke for a few minutes on behalf of the Welsh Government.  She has been in her role for nearly a decade, and is based in NYC with the British Consulate.  Efe raises the business, political, trade, investment, art, sports and culture profile of Wales in the Northeast US, and she is an active BABCPHL Board Member.  The Welsh Government and the BABCPHL work closely throughout the program year.  We are fortunate to collaborate with Efe and her team to welcome Welsh Ministers and Government Officials to the region.  In the spring of 2019, the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language came to Philadelphia for an exclusive roundtable meeting with BABCPHL members.  In prior years we liaised with the Welsh Government to host the First Minister of Wales and on another recent occasion, the Secretary of State.  Pennsylvania has a very long history with Wales.  It is an honor to welcome Ministers and Government Officials to Philadelphia to strengthen our relationship with Wales, enhance trade, and promote transatlantic ties.

BABCPHL guests mingled with Pyramid Club members long into the night, creating valuable business to business connections.  We offer special thanks to event sponsors Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government, and to the Pyramid Club for their hospitality.  The evening was complete with a business card raffle draw for a bottle of Penderyn Whisky generously donated by the Welsh Government.

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British Composer, Graham Fitkin’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra

This year’s PS Festival Concert in Verizon Hall will include an unusual performance of a contemporary work by British composer, Graham Fitkin. Performed only once, in Britain, Fitkin’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra became one of three celebrated orchestral works to be nominated last year for the BBC’s British Composer Awards 2018.

Click through the flyer here for additional details and how to purchase tickets.



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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government