The Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has announced two key appointments as it looks to bolster its platform for business in 2018.
The organisation, which has its HQ in London and a branch in Aberdeen, has welcomed a new president and general manager to head up its flourishing activities in trade and investment.
As the new president of NBCC, Angela Balteskard has a long-standing and close affiliation with Norway, having moved to Stavanger in 1988.
She began her professional career in Norway teaching French and English. She previously taught English at the University of Poitiers, France. Following her teaching career, Angela worked predominantly as an interpreter and translator for the Stavanger Law Courts.
Angela was also heavily involved in the oil and gas industry, working as a journalist for Noroil Publishing and has lived extensively in the UK, Norway, the US and the Middle East.
Commenting on her recent appointment, she said: “I am delighted to be making a real contribution and a difference to shaping the future of the NBCC.
“The future of the NBCC is very bright with a lot of new initiatives in terms of providing a platform for its members and discussing their issues both on a political as well as commercial level.
“I’m looking forward to all that can be achieved in the new year and I will divide my time between both London and Stavanger as we hopefully look to make an impact on both sides of the North Sea.”
Speaking English, Norwegian, French, Spanish, German and Italian, Angela recently trained as a Cordon Bleu Chef at Tante Marie and runs a successful corporate catering company. During her spare time, she is a keen runner and takes part in marathons for her chosen charities.
As the new general manager, Jan Bertelsen has been a great supporter of the NBCC through his previous role at the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce. Jan has a background in design both in fashion and interiors, as well as product design and fine art.
He began his career working in education before working for top designers in both London and Paris, eventually setting up his own underwear company.
Jan said: “I am thrilled to take on this role and have always had a strong link to Norway through my fathers’s company and the family business going back a number of years.
“Together with the NBCC Council and Aberdeen Chapter, we will bring a revived events programme for 2018 and all members are encouraged to engage colleagues, clients and competitors in the chamber – everyone who has an interest in the trade between Norway and the UK are very welcome.”