Council and Advisory Board

Dr. Ulrich Hoppe

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Dr Ulrich Hoppe is Director General of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce and Chairman of the European College of Business and Management. Before joining the German-British Chamber in May 1998 he held the position of Vice President and Treasurer of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York. He joined the Chamber network in 1993 as a Finance Manager at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Bonn.

On leaving school he started his professional career as a commercial apprentice with Kühne und Nagel in Bremen and after finishing university he joined Lufthansa in Frankfurt followed by a management training programme at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt.

He holds a BA degree in Business Studies from Leeds Polytechnic, a Diplom-Betriebswirt from Hochschule Bremen, a MA degree in International Business from the University of Reading and a Doctorate in Governance from Queen’s University in Belfast. In addition, he attended various Senior Executive Programmes at INSEAD, Fontainebleau and Columbia University, New York.


Dr. Ann Thorne

Dr Ann Thorne currently works for the Quality Assurance Agency as a Reviewer of Higher Education quality across the UK and is a member of the Advisory Board of the European College of Business and Management. She also undertakes consultancy and advisory roles for several UK Universities.

Prior to this she worked as Executive Dean of a major UK private HE College and before that as Director of the Liverpool Business School and Director of Operations for the Faculty of Business and Law at Liverpool John Moores University. Ann also has practitioner experience working in both the private and public sectors in a range of senior HR roles.


Jon Pike

Jon is a Senior Lecturer at WBS, and Course Leader on the MA Marketing Communications programme, Module Leader for Marketing and Media Research on this programme, as well as Module Leader for Marketing Research on the Undergraduate programme. Previously, Jon has delivered Chartered Institute of Marketing professional courses and DMS/MBA distance learning programmes in Portugal, Norway and Germany, as part of a partnership between the German Chamber of Commerce and the University of East London. Jon also has extensive experience in both academic research and consultancy in transport studies in the UK and abroad that includes substantial work on forecasting demand for the Channel Tunnel.


Ina Redemann

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Ina Redemann is Deputy Director General of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce in London and a member of the Council of the European College of Business and Management.

On leaving school she started her professional career as a commercial trainee with Sparkasse Münsterland Ost before going into law. After having studied law at Würzburg University with an Erasmus year in Bristol she trained to become a fully qualified German lawyer in Münster.

Ina started working for the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce in February 2016 and heads the Legal Department. She has joined the Chamber network in 2012 as a Legal and Tax Advisor at the Chamber of Industry & Commerce in Koblenz.


Anna Lowe

Anna joined Commerzbank in January 2005 after graduating with a MSc in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from UMIST. Her first role was in Learning and Development responsible for all the training for the London Branch. In 2012, she worked in our New York and Singapore offices introducing them to the Bank’s Talent Management practices. In 2013 Anna returned to London to the role Head of Talent Management for International Locations and in July 2017, was promoted into her current position, Head of HR for London.


Markus Follman

Markus Follmann Director of HR for United Kingdom and Ireland at Robert Bosch UK Holdings Ltd and an Advisory Board Member of the European College of Business and Management.

Markus Follmann joined the Bosch Group as a HR Business Partner in 2003 after achieving a diploma in International Business from the ESB in Reutlingen, Germany. In 2007, he took over as an HR Director for the Bosch plant in Crailsheim, Germany, thereby being responsible for the entire HR Management, Training and Development as well as payroll and all social, medical and canteen services. As Commercial Director of Ampack GmbH from 2012 on, he was leading the integration of the newly acquired company into the Bosch Group. His responsibilities included heading up HR, Controlling and Finance. Since 2015, Markus has been appointed Director of HR for United Kingdom and Ireland. In this role, he is responsible for 5’200 employees as well as steering process and HR topics whilst integrating regional perspectives and executing governance functions for Bosch in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Nathan Taylor-Wright

Nathan Taylor-Wright graduated with the ECBM in 2006 having completed his vocational traineeship with Commerzbank.

Since this time, he has had spells on the Board of the Brokerage Citylink and was responsible for spearheading the vocational trainee programme at both Commerzbank and State Street Bank and Trust with the European College of Business and Management.

Nathan is a qualified chartered management account (CIMA) and now works as a Financial Crime professional for Toronto Dominion Securities. Nathan was appointed as a member of the Council of the ECBM in 2018.