The Anglo-Danish Society

The Council


Christian D L Williams (Helsinki and London) was born in Surrey, but was brought up and educated in Denmark, where he served his national service with the Royal Danish Navy. He is now a retired international businessman, having spent almost all of his business life in England, Hong Kong and Germany .He is an Assistant and a Past Master of The Drapers' Company. He joined the Anglo Danish Society in 1994 and served as Honorary Treasurer from 2004, since 2006 as Vice Chairman and since September 2010 as Chairman of the Council.


Vice Chairman

Peter Davis OBE (Surrey). Peter is British (half Danish - his late mother was Danish). His wife Anne is Danish. Peter has been the Director General of the British Plastics Federation from 1997 to 2014. Amongst his previous positions are: Special advisor to Secretary of State Kenneth Baker (now Lord Baker of Dorking); Head of Home Affairs in the Conservative Research Dept; Director of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Chief Executive of the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment; Goodwill Ambassador for the City of Copenhagen. He joined the Society in 1996, was co-opted in June 2014, elected to the Council in May 2015 and elected Vice Chairman Oct. 2016.


Honorary Treasurer

Graham Hughes, FCA (East Sussex) is a chartered accountant and has had a career mainly  in international banking and specifically with what is now Nordea in the years immediately before retirement. He joined the Society in 2005 and became Honorary Treasurer in 2006.


Honorary Secretary

Bette Petersen Broyd (Surrey)

Bette grew up in Skanderborg, spent a year as an au-pair in USA and worked in many different jobs from tour guide to Karolinepige and receptionist. She studied English and Drama at University in London, taught English for a number of years in secondary schools before becoming Lead Teacher at The Royal Marsden Hospital where she also carried out research and wrote books on teaching pupils with cancer.  She does free-lance translations from Danish to English and taught Danish at The Danish Church for 15 years. She was elected to Council in May 2016 and elected as Honorary Secretary in Oct. 2016.

Bette is married to Ian whom she met in The Anglo-Danish Society Student Section where she was active on the committee for many years. They have 3 grown up children.


Lisbeth Ehlers (Suffolk) studied languages in Denmark and Art History at Birkbeck College in London, worked for Lego A/S and has lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland and England.  She joined the Society in 1997, was Honorary Secretary from 2000 until 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. Lisbeth stood down as Honorary Secretary in Oct. 2016 and will stay on for a handover period.


Honorary Scholarship Secretary

Margit Stæhr (Derbyshire) was educated as a trilingual commercial correspondent at Copenhagen Business School, worked for the East Asiatic Company and later Maersk where she became head of recruitment and personnel development in Maersk Oil, Copenhagen before settling in the UK in the mid-1980s.  She joined the Society in 1989, has served as Administrator from 2004 and since 2008 as a member of the Scholarship Committee before being appointed Honorary Scholarship Secretary in 2013.


Niels Ring Andersen (Surrey)

Niels was  born and educated in Denmark. Following national service in the Danish Ministry of Defence, Niels and his family spent several years in the USA, gaining an MBA and starting his career at the World HQ of Ford Motor Company. Joining McKinsey in London for some years, he has since been a board director in several large multinationals, typically responsible for finance and strategy. Niels was responsible for the renovation of the administrative systems of the BBC in London. He has also been Chairman of several smaller technology companies. Niels joined the Society in 1985, was co-opted in June 2014 and elected to Council in May 2015.

Alan Davey, FCMA (Essex)

Alan was born in Portsmouth, studied business and eventually became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He worked predominantly in life sciences and mostly in the pharmaceutical sector. Through merger and acquisition he worked in Eastbourne, Dagenham, Paris and Frankfurt for major international research and discovery based organisations.Returning from Frankfurt to the UK Alan joined The British Plastics Federation where he spent the last 10 years before retirement as Director of Finance & Administration. Alan and his wife Glyn live in Essex and enjoy time with their three children and two grandchildren.

Christian Rasmussen (Essex)

Christian is the son of the late Jens Peter Rasmussen, a former long- standing member of the Anglo-Danish Society. Christian has been greatly influenced by his father’s pride in all things Danish, to the point where he feels as much Danish as he does British. Christian studied International Business at Nottingham Trent Business School and has worked in Private Banking in London and Los Angeles. He is currently an Associate Director at Julius Baer in London and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He lives with his wife Emma in Essex.

Ex officio members:

Lone Britt Christensen

Cultural Attaché at the Royal Danish Embassy in London. Since 2006 a member of the Scholarship Committee. Lone was educated at University of Southern Denmark, Odense and Trinity College, Dublin and joined the Embassy in 1997.

Palle B Pedersen, R

General Manager of KFUK in London since 1991 and a member of the Anglo-Danish Society since 1992.

Pastor Flemming Kloster Poulsen

Pastor at the Danish Church, London (per 24 July 2016). Flemming was invited to Council in the Autumn 2016 when he and his wife Hannah became members of The Anglo-Danish Society.


Members of the Scholarship Committee:

Margit Staehr (Chair) (as above)

Lone Britt Christensen
(as above)

Birger Jensen
, former Vice Chairman and Scholarship Secretary of the Anglo-Danish Society 

Dr Kristian Jensen
, R, Head of Collections and Curation, British Library, London. 

Dr Claire Thomson
, Senior Lecturer, Scandinavian Studies, SELCS, University College London.