[caption id="attachment_29323" align="alignnone" width="640"] New BAM President John-Luigi Megginson with Vanessa Ilsley[/caption]
On Tuesday, March 13, the British Association Monaco (BAM) held its AGM at the Maisons des Associations. After four years as President, Vanessa Ilsley has stepped down.
Highlighting some of the events that had been changed or implemented during her tenure, Vanessa, a highly respected individual in Monaco, started with the Queen’s birthday cocktails, which have progressed into a successful fundraising occasion welcoming more government ministers and ambassadors over the years. “I believe this is very important to ensure that BAM’s contribution to the Principality is understood,” Vanessa said.
Vanessa, who is also involved with Outward Bound Monaco and the Monaco Air League, as well drew attention to the Hudson Foundation, of which BAM are administrators. Mr Hudson made his money in the production of soap flakes and as a result moved to Monaco and built the Villa Paloma, which is today a national museum. His Foundation is for the benefit of English in the Principality, and for the last two years BAM has awarded financial prizes each end of year to students in the three colleges: College Charles III, Lycée Albert 1er and Lycée Hotelier.
“Less obvious to members and something I am proud of,” Vanessa added, “is the implementation of a formal association with the Princess Grace Hospital. The BAM Community Support Team visitors are now formally accredited by the hospital authorities and hold badges to enable them to visit the hospital, the Centre Rainier III and Cap Fleuri.
“This is a welcome acknowledgement of the wonderful work the Community Support Team and their helpers are doing in the community. I would like to take the opportunity to thank these quiet volunteers for all their valuable time and unstinting support. Again this development by BAM in the community underlines my efforts to highlight BAM’s stature in Monaco.”
John-Luigi Megginson, who was educated in the UK from the age of 12 but returned to Monaco where he now runs a Family Office, has taken over as President. “I have very big shoes to fill. Vanessa has done such a wonderful job and I offer my thanks for her many contributions over the years and for being a source of inspiration to me," John Luigi said at the AGM.
“I hope to continue building on the success of the previous year, to increase subscriptions and keep up the high-caliber events we have throughout the year with a view to organising more great events.”
Both Presidents acknowledge the importance of working as a team with their committees.
The British Association of Monaco, a charitable association registered in the Principality, was founded in 1935 “to provide a focus for British and Commonwealth citizens residing in Monaco and surrounding areas to meet socially, represent their views in the Principality and to provide a welfare service for those in need".
The Association, which holds no political or sectarian aim, promotes and represents the British community within the Principality. Although Full Membership is open to British and Commonwealth citizens, all nationalities are eligible for Associate Membership.
The Community Support Team made up of volunteers was originally called the Assistance Fund Sub-Committee and it was formally recorded that "as a matter of principle the Relief Fund should not be used to assist gamblers".
Article first published March 14, 2018.
[caption id="attachment_29310" align="alignnone" width="640"] Presenting the Second Edition of the Monaco Ocean Week Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President and Managing Director of the Prince Albert II Foundation; Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute; Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Denis Allemand, Director of the Monaco Scientific Centre, and Bernard d'Alessandri, General Manager and General Secretary of the Monaco Yacht Club. Photo: Charly Gallo/DC[/caption]
The conference for the second edition of Monaco Ocean Week, which will take place from April 8 to 14, was held on Tuesday.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its partners – the Monaco Government, the Monaco Scientific Centre, the Oceanographic Institute and the Monaco Yacht Club – reaffirmed their commitment to take action on threats to the environment, especially concerning the oceans.
The objective of the week of events will be to find solutions to protect the marine environment, particularly in the face of climate change. The programme will have for its watchwords “alertness, awareness and education” as the Principality brings together local and international experts, the scientific community, economic actors, voluntary associations and public authorities around one single goal: to engage for the protection of the ocean.
All info and the programme can be found at www.monacooceanweek.org
The Junior Economic Chamber of Monaco (JCEM) will highlight finance during its first Business Time of 2018 with the theme being the attractiveness and prospects of Monaco as a financial centre.
The thematic networking event on Thursday, March 15, at CREM, the Club for Foreign Residents of Monaco, will be marked by presentations from three experts: Ben Robson, CEO of Spectrex Commodities and author of "Currency Kings: How Billionaires Traders Made Their Fortune Forex Trading;” Gregory Moscato, Director of Finance at the International University of Monaco; and David de Pariente, partner in the independent law and tax law firm Gordon S. Blair.
Financial activities are currently undergoing profound changes, both internationally and in the Principality. The speakers will demonstrate how Monaco is constantly adapting to attract investors and meet the increasingly demanding requirements of major players in the sector.
The talk at 6:30 pm will be followed by a networking cocktail. Tickets (€25) can be purchased online.
JCEM will also be holding a networking breakfast on March 22 under the topic: Monaco, towards a smarter city?
To be held at the Meridien Beach Plaza at 8:15 am, guest speakers will include Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, on the topic of Police Optimisation and Smart Parking Deployment, and Paul Jolie, Digital Advisor to the Minister of State, on Smart City Strategy of the Prince's Government. Sign up here.