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BCS 2017 AGM

The BCS’s AGM took place on April 18th with accounts for the year ending 31st December 2016 presented and approved and a new Council voted in. 

Newly elected or returning candidates are in bold.

Chair - Jenny Byers

1st Deputy Chair - David Richardson

2nd Deputy Chair – Anna Whyte

Hon. Secretary - Luke Simone 

Hon. Treasurer - Bill Ballantyne

Alex Cacouris

Alexander Corrie

Margo Black

Richard Laver

Susan Malpas

Noreen Smith



Robert Barclay

Kathryn Wilson

Tim Young (Treasurer’s alternate)


There are also four ex-officio members, who are representatives of British institutions in Rio: the British Consulate General, Christ Church, The British School and as the most recent past Chair, Philip Carruthers.


Anna Whyte – If you have been to a good community event in the last few years it is probably because it was Anna who organised it. Whether for the BCS, the American Society or the International Club, Anna has put her own mark on events and fundraising and has raised unimaginable sums of money for local youth charities in the process.  Australian by birth and married to a Brazilian-American, Anna has lived in Rio since 2005 and has raised six children, four of whom attended the British School (one now in his final year).  Apart from excellent marketing skills Anna possesses boundless energy, which she has put to good use for the BCS over the last few years.



Luke Simone - Luke was born in Surrey, England to an Italian father and English mother. By profession he is a dual-qualified lawyer (England and Wales and the State of New York in the United States of America). He has for the past eight years devoted his time to marginalized communities in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and is currently building a community center to serve the needs of underprivileged people in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Luke is a co-curator of The English Cemetery in Rio, close to the community he serves.


William Ballantyne (Candidate for Honorary Treasurer) – Bill is a British citizen and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Manchester, in 1970. He has been in Brazil since 1975, working for Coopers & Lybrand (1978-1998), Arthur Andersen (1998-2002) and Deloitte (2002-2010); he also ran the Natural Resources Practice for these firms. A member of the BCS since 1977, he was on the Fiscal Council of the Niteroi Rest Home until its incorporation into the BCS, and since then is a member of the Investment Committee of the BCS. He is a former Treasurer of the British School, where his son was a pupil and former President of the Rio Branch of the British Chamber of Commerce. Now retired, Bill supports projects of the Rio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (ACAM) and attempts to keep a golf handicap in between trips with his Brazilian wife, Anna. He has been Hon. Treasurer of the BCS for the last two years and is prepared to serve another mandate.


Margo Black – Margo has lived in Rio since 2000 and since moving here has been Chair of the Royal British Legion (Rio Branch) and has served on the British School Board and on the St. Andrew Society Committee. She was responsible for reviving the RBL’s annual fundraising party and promoting it to Ball status, a tradition that survived for several years after her involvement ended. Margo is a busy executive, the head of a major foreign re-insurance company here. She will be retiring this year and is looking forward to contributing her organizational skills towards the BCS and its aims and to greater involvement in the community.



Susan MalpasSusan has lived in Rio or São Paulo for most of her life and both her sons attended the British School in Rio. From 2001 to 2005, Susan worked at the School as Development Officer, dealing with publications and manuals and, most importantly, coordinating the development works for the early stages of the Barra campus. At the time she was also a very engaged member of the original Botafogo site committee, working with Christ Church and the BCS as the School’s representative.  Susan has the history of the BCS literally at her fingertips, having managed several editions of the Society’s Yearbook, including the landmark 70th Anniversary Edition in 2010. She is now an active grandmother and returns to her lifelong hobby of painting whenever she has time. Despite her charm, Susan is often elected síndica of her building, which attests to her excellent organisational skills; she is now willing to use these for the benefit of the BCS.


 Richard Laver – Born in Rio, the son of a Croatian mother and a British father. He holds a degree in Business and Law, works as a Simultaneous Interpreter and is the current Member for Brazil of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Conference Interpreters. He is the managing partner at Comunica, an equipment provider for events and also owns an oriental restaurant in Lagoa. He started preparing for his role as a simultaneous translator by being in the cast of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, staged by The Players in October 1989, in which he played a very small Peer. Richard was elected to the Council in 2016 as an Alternate, and is now offering to join the ranks as a full Council Member.



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