Jimmy Burns Marañon


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, poltics, crime and security. He has also contributed to various other UK, Spanish and US print and media over the years 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 and Trustee of Friends of Battersea Park; a member of the Management Council of Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies Blanch Centre (London School of Economics), and a member of the Executive Committee of Penya Blaugrana.

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.
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.

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.

Christopher Nason


Christopher Nason is a Director at PwC where he focuses on corporate intelligence, political risk, anti bribery and corruption. He has a special interest Spain and Latin America, having spent time living in Madrid. Christoper trained as a barrister and has an MA in Spanish.

Carmen Bouverat

Trustee - Events Coordinator

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.

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 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.

Hugh Elliott


Hugh Elliott has been Director of Communication at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2013. Hugh joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989 and has served in a variety of roles in London and at British Embassies overseas, including in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Paris. From 2006 to 2013, he worked at Anglo American plc, a diversified global mining company, where he was Head of Government Relations. Hugh was Chairman of Canning House, the UK’s centre for Latin America from 2009 to 2012. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of FCO Services, the Trading Fund supplying services globally to the FCO and other clients. He studied Spanish and French at Trinity College, Cambridge and is married to Toñi MartínElena. They have one son and one daughter.