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BBF Annual General Meeting 2015 held on 10 June

posted 7 Sep 2015, 02:58 by Sheeba Pius   [ updated 7 Sep 2015, 02:58 ]

The British Business Forum(BBF), a non-profit association of British business people in Kuwait held the Annual General Meeting at Wednesday to elect the board members for 2014 – 2015.

The proceedings of the meeting were conducted by Graham Kenny and Arthur Barber who gave a brief account of the activities of the BBF over the past year and shed light on future events.

During the meeting and before the vote the Chairman Graham Kenny informed those present at the meeting about the proposed amendments to some articles of the BBF constitution.

The new board has Graham Kenny as Chairman, Tareq AlOun as Vice Chairman, Arthur Barber as General Secretary, Donald Teale as Treasurer, directors – Steve Gardner, Venkat Chowdary, Dr. Musaed Al Najjar and Russell Byrne.


Following is the brief profile of those who have been elected to carry the BBF forward over the next year.

Graham Kenny has been in Kuwait for the past 10 years with AMEC Foster Wheeler, the UK-based Project Management and Engineering Services Company where he is a project manager on the Al Zour Refinery Project with KNPC.  He has been a member of the BBF for the past 8 years.  He was elected chairman in 2014 after serving for two years as General Secretary and one year as Vice-chairman.

Tareq Al-Oun who holds an MBA from the Gulf University for Sciences and Technology, Kuwait, and BA (International Business) Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma Washington), USA, has more than 13 years of experience in banking and investment fields in Kuwait and MENA region and has been a long serving supporter and contributor to the BBF and sector group meetings.

Arthur Barber has 25 years of professional experience in the Middle East including 20 years in Kuwait in the oil and energy industries, in environment and in risk and emergency management. He is currently HSE manager on the KOC environmental remediation project.

Donald Teale heads the Managing Consulting practice for the KPMG in Kuwait and has been based in Kuwait for just over five years, having relocated from Eastern Europe.

Russell Byrne has over 23 years of practical experience in the education, retail and financial services sectors, Engaged as a trusted C-level executive, management consultant, educator, and on certain occasions, a ‘change agent’.


Dr.Musaed Al Najjar, is a retired police officer with 29 years of service.  He has a PhD from Nottingham University in psychology and usually gives lectures that teach PTSD to the emergency responders (police, fire fighters, EMS).

Steve Gardner is an accomplished professional in entrepreneurial business development in Europe, Caribbean, the USA and Middle East.

Venkat Chowdary is Managing Director for Space Al Arabi General Trading Co WLL and Avanti Palace Restaurant Co WLL.

The BBF Board – the Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer and Directors – is responsible to the membership for the success of the BBF its overall strategic direction, its values and its governance.  It meets every month to discuss and make key decisions on the Forum’s affairs, direction, policy, planning, programme and major events.

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