Public Affairs Commission (PAC)

About

The Public Affairs Commission (PAC) serves as a business platform for furthering the understanding of political and economic issues of common interest to the British and Swiss business communities. This is of particular importance since both, the UK and Switzerland, are about to re-establish their respective relationships with the EU and, as a consequence, have to redefine the UK-Swiss bilateral relations. The PAC meets quarterly and organises, on an annual basis, the Public Affairs Dinner in Westminster to encourage dialogue between members, parliamentarians and the broader business world.

The PAC offers a forum and platform for those industries that share challenges and opportunities across both Switzerland and the UK.

Financial Services

A modern economy is hardly conceivable without a financial sector in both Switzerland and the UK. The industry is undergoing a true transformation that will change the face of banking and insurance for the year s to come. The financial services group will closely follow these developments with a special focus on cross-border business between Switzerland and the UK.

Travel & Tourism

The travel & tourism industry is one of the biggest employers in both Switzerland and the UK. The travel & tourism industry which has been particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic is an important employer in both Switzerland and the UK. While the sector is very heterogeneous with a broad variety of players, there is a significant interdependence between them. This special compilation and the involvement of both private and public sector induce a need for extensive cooperation within the industry. The BSCC will identify the challenges and opportunities in the sector and make its contribution to support this cooperation.

Life Sciences

The UK and Switzerland excel in the healthcare life sciences, with their pharmaceutical sectors having served as key contributors to technological innovation. Of the European pharmaceutical industry’s total annual R&D investment, the UK accounts for 19% while Switzerland accounts for 17%. The BSCC’s aim is to support innovation and future projects by connecting organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Consumer Goods: Food & Beverage and Luxury Goods

The Swiss and British luxury and food industries belong to the leading industries worldwide. The luxury industries have a long tradition and contribute strongly to both countries’ exports. Luxury brands carry significant PR weight on the global stage and add significantly to Switzerland’s and Britain’s image and brand awareness. The BSCC will capitalise on this by providing a platform for British and Swiss industry leaders to connect and discuss future challenges.

Commission

It is our pleasure to introduce the following members of the Public Affairs Commission:

Andreas Hammer

PAC Chair
Deloitte

Dr Reto Böhi

PAC Deputy Chair
Eversheds, Zürich

Zürich

Britta Classen | Deloitte
Florian Klemm | Credit Suisse
Urs Eberhard | Switzerland Tourism
Kurt Lötscher | ABB
Andreas Kellerhals | Europa Institut at the University of Zurich (EIZ)
Ron Abegglen | Swiss International Airlines
Adrian Marriott | Zurich Chapter
Luana Banu | Takeda

Bern

Alison Winzenried | Berne Chapter Chair
Noel McEvoy | British Embassy Berne

Geneva

Nicholas Niggli | Directorate General for Economic Development, Research & Innovation from Republic and State of Geneva

London

Mike Belton | UK Chapter
Isabelle Price | Amazon Web Services