At the 2012 AGM a change was made to the BBA Consitution to allow for the awarding of the title “Honourary Life Member” to those members, both past and present, that have given distinguished service to the BBA.
Jon was a member of the BBA for 22 years and 10 years as Chairman. He also served on the Board of Governors for the British International School of Al-Khobar (BISAK) during both its formative years and move to its current premises. Jon was awarded the MBE in 1995 for Services to British commercial interests overseas. He and wife Sandi have recently retired to their home in Turkey after 32 years in the Middle East. Jon gave significant service to the BBA and the community, in general. (April 2012)
John was in Al-Khobar for 14 years working for BAE. He was an active BBA member during this period and also served on the International Concert Committee (ICC) for 14 years with 8 as Chairman. He freely donated his time to organizing regular concerts with world class musicians providing enjoyment to music lovers as well as a social option for the community, in general. (April 2012)
Colin served over 10 years on the BBA committee, later as Vice Chairman and latterly serving 3 terms as Chairman. Colin was Chairman during a very difficult period and steered the association though that troubled time and made strides to give the association a more “business” approach. Following his move to Bahrain, Colin has continued to support and fly the BBA flag in and around the region as well as in the UK. Colin was also a strong supporter of the association via flight tickets, hotel packages etc., for the various social events. Colin epitomizes of the spirit and dedication of the BBA leadership and its membership. (April 2014)
David Harries OBE
David (Dai) served as Head of the British Trade Office, Al-Khobar for almost 4 years and made a significant contribution to the development of a strong working relationship with the BBA and the business community in general. Dai and Carol regularly opened their home for events and were recognized and acknowledged as stalwarts of the community. Dai departed Al-Khobar in July 2013 to take on a new challenge as Commercial Counsellor in Tripoli, Libya and without doubt Khobar’s loss is Tripoli’s gain. (April 2014)
Geoff Fennah MBE
Geoff Fennah stepped down from the BBA Committee at the AGM held in April 2016. At the time, Geoff had served on the Committee for over 25 years and acted as Chairman of the BBA EP for over 10 years. This is an astonishing record of service and there cannot be many people (if anyone) who have shown such dedication to promoting business ties with the UK through any business group, anywhere else in the Gulf. It is fair to say that Geoff has been at the heart of growing the UK-Saudi commercial relationship (both directly and through supporting the work of the BTO) for over a quarter century.
Past, present and future members will all be thankful to Geoff for his contribution to the BBA, not least in steering the Committee forward for over a decade. At the 2016 AGM, Geoff’s achievements were recognised, the members unanimously voted him Honorary Life Chairman, and he was presented with a commemorative watch to mark his many years of service. Geoff continues to work full-time in Jubail and remains an active BBA member.
Dr George Dinic
George Dinic acted as Chairman of the BBA’s Jubail Committee for over six years, before leaving the Eastern Province in late 2015. He was a BBA member and a secretary of the BBA committee in Jubail for about five years prior to becoming the Jubail Chairman, so he was associated with the BBA and its activities for over 11 years. During his tenure as Chairman, the Jubail Committee held a steady number of BBA members, with membership not falling below 30 even during the most challenging of periods. Under George’s stewardship the Jubail Committee organised regular monthly events, participated in all BBA events in Al Khobar, and played a prominent role in supporting a variety of UK trade delegations and business missions on their visits to the Royal Commission in Jubail. The BBA remains very grateful for all George’s efforts.