The people behind it
Nicole Bischof Hon. Treasurer and Secretary
Nicole Bischof joined the committee in 2013 and is the youngest member. She become involved with the Swiss community in London due to her job as an Office Administrator at The Swiss Church in London. Nicole was born in Switzerland and came to Harrow straight after her apprenticeship (KV) as an Office Administrator. She worked in a beautiful countryside hotel for a year and then left to work in Geneva. There, she improved her French but really missed London, so she came back last summer and is happy about every minute she can spend here! She loves going to London’s markets and parks and enjoying what this city has to offer.
Martina Garamendi Embassy of Switzerland Representative
Martina Garamendi has been working in the Regional Consular Centre in the Swiss Embassy London since 2011.
During the last 15 years she has been posted to Cairo, Madrid and Mumbai, together with her husband and two children.
Ian Giuliani Venue Manager
Ian Giuliani of Ticinesi descent has been the President of the Unione Ticinese di Londra for the past five years. During this time his policy has been to serve the original Ticinese membership (mostly Bleniesi and Leventinesi); encourage membership from Ticino, in respect to those indigenous Ticinesi who have close family connections with the UK; and particularly to encourage participation in the UT by contemporary Ticinesi migrants (generally professionals working in London), via a range of cultural and social events. Ian Giuliani, although running an architect's practice in the UK, maintains close working links with Ticino via his involvement with a small family farm in Valle di Blenio.
Daniel Pedroletti Chair
Daniel Pedroletti was born and educated in Switzerland. After studying business and working for a health insurance fund in Lausanne, he moved to the UK in 1968. In 1969, he briefly worked in the City for an insurance broker and underwriters at Lloyds. He joined the staff of the Embassy of Switzerland in London in January 1970. After 33 years at Montagu Place, he took up a managerial post with the Federal Department of Finance, Swiss Compensation Office, in Geneva as Head of the Contributions Section. He retired in February 2008. He is a long-standing member of several Swiss clubs and is currently the President of the New Helvetic Society.
Marc Peter Website & Catering Manager
Marc Peter was born and educated in Switzerland, completing a Typographic Design Diploma in 1990 and an apprenticeship at Ringier Holdings in 1992 from where he moved to Zürich, practising as a freelance graphic designer. Marc moved to London to complete an MA Interactive Media (University of the Arts) in 1999, the same year that his first book, Flash 4 – Interactivity by Design, was published. Industry magazines in Switzerland, Germany and the UK have consistently published Marc’s comment and articles. Marc frequently teaches short courses on interactive design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst and Online Labor in Zürich. Marc is the Creative Director of on-IDLE, a design and web development agency he co-founded with his now wife in 2000 and is a long-standing member of the City Swiss Club.
Ursule Thurnherr Fundraiser
Ursule Thurherr was educated and brought up in the German and French parts of Switzerland. She graduated in economy and politics and had various work periods in Europe, US and the Middle East. She made London her home in 1979 and settled with her family in the UK a few years later. Her main areas of work are troubleshooting, re-organising companies, setting up companies in the UK and ultimately mentoring of start-ups.
It was a great honour for Ursule to become the first woman member of the City Swiss Club over 20 years ago and recently to become a member of the board.
Languages are her passion, as is travelling by alternative means of transport, especially in the Middle East.