Executive Committee

The Association is managed by an executive committee that is elected each year at our annual general meeting. Current members are:


Ladislav Hornan (Chairman)
Ladislav was born in Prague and came to London in 1968 where he completed his education and professional qualifications in accountancy and insolvency. For more than two decades he was managing partner of UHY Hacker Young LLP. Over the years he has held a number of positions in the BCSA including treasurer, chairman, president (1998-2014) and vice-president. In 2005 Ladislav received the Gratis Agit Award from the Czech government for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. More recently, in September 2017, he was awarded the silver Jan Masaryk medal for outstanding contribution to the development of bilateral relations between the UK and the Czech Republic.

Ruzena Holub (Vice Chair)
Ruzena was born in Prague and came to the UK in 1968. She worked as an interpreter and translator for over 30 years, and now teaches the Czech language. She has been a member of the BCSA since 1991, and on the Committee since 1995.

Douglas Gibb (Treasurer)
Douglas is a Scottish Chartered Accountant with a long-standing interest in the Czech and Slovak Republics. He has wide ranging business experience and is currently the Director of Finance for the Diocese of Canterbury.

Blanka Shrimpton (Secretary) 

Mike Ivory (Events Coordinator)
Originally a linguist (German, French, Italian), Mike subsequently taught town planning and landscape design at university level. On early retirement, his long-term interest in the countries of Central Europe, in particular the former Czechoslovakia, led to membership of the BCSA and to the writing of guidebooks to the region, as well as to the organisation and leadership of cultural tours. His knowledge of Czech and Slovak is limited, though long practice has enabled him to say “Ucim se cesky uz ctyricet let” quite fluently.

Ed Peacock (Writing competition organiser)
Semi-retired administrator, with family links to the Czech Republic; contact for the BCSA’s writing competition since its inception in 2002.

Angela Spindler-Brown (Editor, British Czech & Slovak Review)
TV journalist, specialising in historical documentaries made for British and US broadcasters. Prague born, has lived in London since 1968.

Julian Wilde
A retired secondary school Principal. His school has maintained a strong link with the Gymnazium Bozeny Nemcove in Hradec Kralove for over 20 years and Julian continues to go there to teach English each summer.

Sona Karikova
Sona is Slovak but has been based in London for 10 years. Her Master’s degree in Social Education was completed in Slovakia and a Masters degree in Business Psychology in the UK. Founder of the UK CEE Dialogue Centre, she is a strong supporter of good relations between the UK and the Central and East European region.

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Zuzana Slobodová-Nepil
Zuzana is a Slovak living in Britain since 1968.  She studied in Bratislava and Oxford, worked in London and Reading for the BBC World Service as broadcast assistant, monitor and European duty editor. She now freelances as a translator, journalist and writer. A member of the BCSA since 1991, on the Committee since the second part of the Nineties.

The Association is also fortunate to have as its President:
Sir Michael Burton KCVO CMG – former BCSA Chairman for more than ten years, he was British Ambassador in Prague from 1994 to 1997, which included The Queen’s historic State Visit to the Czech Republic. His wife Henrietta is Czech-born.