2021 – A Year in Review


We kicked off 2021 with a Virtual Accelerated Networking event

February – March

Mitch Wexler and the team from Fragomen Law presented a fabulous webinar on the topic of Work Visa and Green Card Options for British Investors, Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Our very own board member Shaun Robinson and his lovely wife cashed in their “closest to the pin” prize from the 2020 golf tournament and enjoyed a weekend playing in this gorgeous Aston Martin. Thanks to Jeff West and the staff at Aston Martin Newport Beach!


We were joined by British Consul General in LA, Emily Cloke, Deputy Trade Commissioner Kunal Khatri, Bernhard Gilbey of 11 Health, David Bahnsen, Kimberlee Davis and Carlo Cavagna for an amazing webinar to discuss the UK economy, future US/UK trading relationships and opportunities for investment in the UK.


May was a month of golf!! The BABC OC 31st Annual Charity Golf Tournament was an amazing success at the beautiful Strawberry Farms Golf Club. Thanks to board member Tim Roberts for leading the charge on another great tournament which raised funds for Pure Game.

We also supported the Elephant Cooperation by participating their annual fundraiser with board member Simon Trumper and Exec. Director Jacquie Blair


In June we welcomed our members at our first in-person networking event of 2021, the Annual General Meeting and New Member Reception at the beautiful Newport Beach Yacht Club.


July saw the return of the Annual Summer Garden Party with the stunning views from the Balboa Bay Resort. The fancy hats and British finest were on top form as always.

Board members Lee Evans, Deirdre O’Neil-Machin, and Shaun Robinson enjoyed a friendly and productive lunch with Consul General Emily Cloke and DIT representative Carlo Cavagna hosted by the Anaheim Hilton.


We kicked off a series of in-person monthly networking events named “First Thursday” where we gather on the first Thursday of each month for a little beer, business, and banter. Join us on the first Thursday of next month!


We launched the 1st Annual Best of British Brands Event hosted by Aston Martin Newport Beach. A variery of British brands showcased their products while guests enjoyed a great evening on the coast. Look out for the 2nd Annual British Brands event returning September 2022.

BABC OC were invited to the OC Fashion Week awards evening where Jacquie Blair was honored with the “Influential Role Model” award.


The Newport Beach Film Festival was a massive success. Thanks to BABC OC board member and NBFF CEO Gregg Schwenk for the invitation. Such an honor to meet the great Tony Hawk.


Thanks to our community partners The Greater Irvine Chamber for hosting a fabulous networking event.

BABC OC corporate partners Orange County Soccer Club celebrated an amazing season with a championship win of the West Coast Conference and also the National Conference. Congrats chaps!

Our very own BABC OC President Lee Evans was invited to participate in the Scottish North American Business Council’s “Doing Business in the USA” webinar.


The 28th Annual Traditional Christmas Luncheon was an amazing afternoon. Thanks to all that attended in support of the BABC OC Scholarship program. We were honored to be joined by TV Presenter Ant Anstead and world famous DJ Richard Blade.

We were so delighted to support Human Options with a toy drive. The generousity of our Christmas Luncheon attendees was above and beyond amazing. Thank you!



Thank you to all our friends and members that contributed throughout last year to make 2021 not only a ‘bounce-back’ year but also to make it one of the most successful years that BABC OC has ever enjoyed. We can’t wait to bring you an informative and fun calendar of events in 2022!

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