Ann Kenrick awarded the insignia of Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite [fr]

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London, 17 April 2015

At the French Residence on 15 April, Ambassador Sylvie Bermann awarded Ann Kenrick the insignia of Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite.

Mme Bermann gave a speech congratulating Ms Kenrick on her brilliant career as Secretary-General of the British section of the Franco-British Council (FBC).

Created in 1972 under the initiative of President Georges Pompidou and Prime Minister Edward Heath, the FBC helps to promote better understanding and cooperation between the UK and France through meetings of leading representatives of the worlds of culture, science, education, politics, and business in the context of a developing Europe and an increasingly globalized community.

The Ambassador said: “Chère Ann, you have indeed played a major role in our bilateral relationship, wholeheartedly and effectively committing yourself to the post of Secretary-General of the Council’s British Section. By deploying your talents in management, event organization and fundraising, for 20 years you have used your great abilities and innovative spirit to serve Franco-British friendship.”

Sylvie Bermann also spoke about Ann Kenrick’s commitment as a model citizen: “You are strongly committed to protecting the environment through organizations such as the Groundwork Trust, with which you got involved in a rehabilitation project for a sensitive urban area in 1994. You also champion the place of women in society, participating in programmes for schoolgirls about women in business and management.”

Published on 20/04/2015

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