Goodbye from him and hello to her - Weekly musings

It’s goodbye from him….and hello to her

Every three and half to four years, the British residence gets a brand new Consul General and Deputy Consul General. About a month ago we bid farewell to Bernie Greene and welcomed Collette Weston, who has jumped right into the thick of things. She has already been to our weekly Breakfast Blub to meet members and she hosted a wonderful celebration for gay pride at the Abbey earlier this month, as well as attending a screening of British short films at the Soho House.Collette has even enjoyed an evening at the ballet. The new C-G seems to settling in nicely and I’m glad we are all making her feel welcome.
Departing British C-G Chris O’Connor (above, with Helen Mirren) was a tireless promoter of British culture and business in Los Angeles
It was also time to say goodbye to Chris O’Connor who has not only thrown some fabulous parties at his home for the last number of years but has also supported some of our wonderful causes and organizations. To be the first foreign representative to ever take part in a gay pride parade, two years in a row in fact. Hosting an evening for the Special Olympics, bestowing UKares awards to Joan Collins, Lisa Vanderpump and Audrey Harrison, and introducing us to Sarah Brown’s wonderful charity. The events have been endless, but their work is not just about throwing parties. The entire team at the Consulate work tirelessly, helping British and Commonwealth citizens in times of need. From advice, to passports and visa help and to even some that may end up in the prison system.
Though we are sorry to seem him go, we at Brits in LA wish Chris a very fond bon voyage and would also like to acknowledge all the staff that stay in and keep things running smoothly, not just in the home but in the office too. Matt, Jeff, Barbara, Alison, Maxine, Len, Caroline and all the team. Hats off for your marvelous work and we at BRITS IN LA look forward to assisting you in greatness through out the next few years.
Wishing you all a great week,
Craig Young

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