Jimmy Burns Marañón, OBE


Born in Madrid in 1953 to a Spanish mother and British father, Jimmy Burns Marañon has been the Chairman of the BritishSpanish Society since March 2013.

As a journalist Jimmy worked for the Financial Times for over three decades (1979 – 2009), during which he was posted as a foreign correspondent in Lisbon, Madrid and Buenos Aires before working for the newspaper as a senior reporter in a number of fields including industrial relations, special investigations, politics, crime and security. He has also contributed to various other UK, Spanish and US print and media over the years , is a conference speaker, and communications adviser and maintains an active blog.

Jimmy is the author of several books and is an independent consultant on Spain and Latin America. He has been a member of the BritishSpanish Society since his university days in the 1970s and was appointed as Trustee and Vice-Chairman in 2009. Jimmy was also the Editor of the Society’s magazine La Revista from 2010 to 2013, now serving as Executive Editor alongside his responsibilities as Chairman.

Aside from the BritishSpanish Society, Jimmy is also the Co-Founder of Friends of Battersea Park; has served as a member of the Management Council of Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies (London School of Economics), is a Director of The Tablet Publishing Company, and President Elect of the Stonyhurst Association.

Juan Reig Mascarell


Juan Reig Mascarell has been a member of The British Spanish-Society for the last 8 years. He has lived in London for the last 16 years, where he originally moved after finishing University to work in the City of London. Juan grew up in Denia – Alicante-, lived for a year in the United States and went on to complete a BA in Business Administration in Valencia.
Juan is currently a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, where he trades corporate credit within the Markets Division.
Cristina Álvarez-Campana

Trustee - Head of Communications & Marketing Development

Cristina Alvarez-Campana has been a member of The British Spanish-Society from 2014. She moved to London with her family in 2012, from Madrid where she worked in Ministry of Public Works for more than 16 years. She holds a degree in Law, MBA IE Business School and a huge experience in change management and business development.

Carmen Bouverat de Young

Trustee - Head of Events

Carmen Bouverat has been a Trustee of the BritishSpanish Society for ten years. She is an experienced management consultant with a wealth of experience in different industries.

Carmen is half Spanish and half Swiss, and has lived in Spain, Switzerland, the UK, France, Egypt and India. She was the Managing Director of an alliance of eight leading independent European corporate law firms under a single brand. In this role she developed and co-ordinated alliances between the European member firms and several North American law firms. Key practice areas were Corporate Law, IT and Telecoms, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Employment, Litigation and Competition Law. Prior to this position, Carmen was Head of MBA Recruiting at KPMG Consulting. Carmen has an Executive MBA from IE Business School.

Roger JA Golland, OBE


Roger Golland served for 32 years in HM Diplomatic Service, including tours in Ankara, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Brussels and stints as a Director in London.  In recent years he has delivered capacity-building programmes to government partners overseas.  He was Chair of the campaigning charity Transform Drugs Policy Foundation from 2012 – 2017 and is a trustee of Release.  Roger is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Statecraft and an active participant in other think-tanks.  He is married to Jane, a schoolteacher, and lives in west Kent.

José Ivars


José has been member of the BritishSpanish Society for nearly ten years. Originally from Denia he has lived and worked in London since 2001 when he came to study and ended up running a property business in parallel. Since then José has held senior positions in a diverse range of companies and industries, and at present he heads the banking partners division in one of the top financial services companies in UK.

With an extensive range of contacts across industries and countries, José plays a valuable role in strategic projects involving Spain and UK. As result of this he holds several non-executive positions in venture capital and investment firms both in Spain and the UK.

In his spare time he enjoys endurance trail running, rock climbing and relaxing walks within the surrounding counties.

Dr Marian Jiménez-Riesco

Trustee - Scholarship Coordinator

Marian Jiménez Riesco has been a member of the BritishSpanish Society since 2011 and was appointed as a Trustee in 2012. She has a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Navarre and is currently conducting a research project at the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies (London School of Economics). She is also the Co-founder and Director of Istorikos.

In 2009 Marian received the Cuatre-Casas Gonçalves Pereira grant through the BritishSpanish Society. In addition to her role as Trustee at the Society Marian also serves as Corporate Supporter Manager.

Fernando Menéndez

Fernando Menéndez has been a member of The British Spanish-Society for the last 5 years. He lived in London for 3 years, where he discovered and joined the British-Spanish Society. Fernando grew up in Madrid where he obtained an MSc in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. He lived in Paris for 5 years, where he obtained an Engineering degree from Ecole Supéléc. He has held an international career including France, China, Philippines, US, UK and Spain. Fernando is currently a Commercial Manager for Spain and Portugal at BP Oil.

Dr Mike Short CBE FREng FIET


Dr Short has held positions in Electronics and telecommunications for 40 years. From a Director of Cellnet to Vice President of Telefonica Europe he has had experience with 5 Generations of Mobile technology and mobile data services including the establishment of a new 5G innovation centre (5GIC) based at Surrey University.   He has been involved in mobile licence bids, network launches and in recent years Innovation for business development in areas as diverse as Mobile TV, connected cars, smart metering, smart cities and emergency services. After running design and manufacturing for subsidiaries of Philips Industries, and Toshiba, he joined BT in 1983 and was appointed in 1989 as a Director of O2 UK, now part of Telefónica to launch Digital 2G or GSM mobile networks. He later went on to run the 3G business case and launch 3G in the UK.  He is a former elected Chairman of the global GSM Association and UK Mobile Data Association, and a former President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET – 2011/2102).  Mike was honoured with a CBE by the Her Majesty the Queen in June 2012 for services to the Mobile industry after 25 years Mobile experience, and holds Honorary Doctorates from Staffordshire, Brunel and Kingston Universities. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey and Leeds Universities and a co-founder of 5G IC at Surrey University. Mike was appointed as a Chief Scientific Adviser for The Department for International Trade (DIT) in October 2017 to play a key role in ensuring the department’s policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice and to advise on the technical aspects of future trade deals. He is to also work closely with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to promote British scientific and engineering exports around the world.

Scott Young


Scott Young is an experienced investment banker with extensive cross-border transaction experience in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Young is founder and Managing Director of Gemini Capital in London, which is involved in providing strategic advice to a wide range of entities, including private businesses, multinational companies, family offices, private equity groups and sovereign wealth funds. Mr Young is also a co-founder of Cambridge Quantum Computing.

Mr. Young was previously with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York in the International Capital Markets group. Earlier positions include Corporate Finance, Fixed Income and Equity Sales and Syndication with LF Rothschild in New York as well as the US offices of the OECD in New York.

Mr. Young received his Doctorate in Law and MBA degrees with distinction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.