UK Delegates to the Council of the
Organisation of the Swiss Abroad 2017 – 2021

The 5 UK Delegates for the 2017 – 2021 term

 

UK Delegates to the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad

Nathalie Chuard

  • Place Of Residence: London

  • Languages Spoken: German, English, French, Spanish

  • Profession: Brand Manager for Cadbury

  • Interests: TRAVELLING: exploring new countries, understanding different cultures and meeting interesting people.

  • LONDON LIFE: Making the most out of this fascinating city by browsing food markets, strolling through parks, attending concerts and visiting art exhibitions with friends.

  • READING: I spend a lot of time commuting to work. Reading a book turns wasted time into a precious moment.

As a proud Swiss with a strong network, solid expertise in branding and the drive to make a difference, I would highly value being an active member of the CSA and strengthen ties with our home country.

I’m a dynamic, politically interested 30y/o Swiss citizen with a positive personality and an international mind set. During my studies at the Uni of St Gallen (HSG) I spent 2 semesters abroad (Argentina, Sweden).

In 2013 I moved to the UK to join the Cadbury Marketing team, for which I’ve led several campaigns to drive awareness of our heritage brands. This proven ambition would contribute to raise the profile of the OSA, as it would strengthen the expat community and create stronger ties to our home country. My thesis mirrors my interest in nation branding. Together with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs I measured the effectiveness of the Swiss Pavilion at the Expo in Shanghai.

I have access to a strong network, as I am an active board member of the HSG Alumni Club in London, organizing inspiring events for young professionals. My top priority as a CSA delegate is to implement e-voting, as I believe that this will be an integral step in living direct democracy abroad.

FRANZ MUHEIM

  • Place of Residence: Edinburgh

  • Languages Spoken: German, English, French

  • Profession: Professor of Particle Physics at Edinburgh University

  • Interests: Politics, science, traveling, I like to go hiking, bicycling and skiing, if I get the chance. I also regularly visit family who live near St.Gallen in Switzerland.

  • Swiss Member Of:  Swiss Club Edinburgh, FOSSUK committee member, Swisscommunity.org

  • Facebook groups: Swiss in the UK, Auslandschweizer

I am a member of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) and active on Swiss Abroad Social Media groups. I regularly travel to Geneva, Switzerland, for research at CERN. In these uncertain times, the CSA will play an even more important role for the increasing number of Swiss Abroard. Using my experience and knowledge in politics in Switzerland and in the UK, I would very much like to continue to represent the 34,000 Swiss citizens living in the UK at the CSA.

I am a professor of Physics at Edinburgh University where I teach. My area of research is particle physics with a strong involvement on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. I regularly travel to Switzerland.

I always had a strong interest in politics and actively follow the current affairs in the UK and in Switzerland. Since 2013 I am a member of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA). I am also regular contributor on “SwissCommunity.org” and the Facebook group “Swiss in the UK”.

As a CSA member I have been working to get Swiss politics to pay attention to the issues of the Swiss Abroad, e.g. by lobbying for E-Voting and ensuring that the Law of the Swiss Abroad, which recently came into effect, did not reduce the responsibilities of consulates and the FDFA to support the Swiss Abroad. I am passionate about the education of the young people. At the CSA I pointed out the importance of movement of students between European countries (Erasmus) and that the best research does not stop at borders. I am also chairing a CSA task force to find ways to improve the representation of the Swiss Abroad at the CSA. I regularly write articles in the Swiss Review and have been quoted and interviewed by Swiss media.

With FOSSUK I was an organizer of two of the forums in the last three years: “Further Education in the UK or in Switzerland?” and “Engagement of Youth Abroad in the Swiss Political Process”. These successful events attracted ~150 young Swiss living in the UK.

In these uncertain times, the role of the CSA will become even more important for the increasing number of Swiss Abroad. Using my experience and knowledge of politics in Switzerland and in the UK, I would very much like to continue to represent the 34,000 Swiss citizens living in the UK at the CSA. 

Alexandre Tissot

  • Place Of Residence: UK

  • Languages Spoken: English and French

  • Profession: Oracle Sr. Director - Europe, Middle East & Africa

  • Interests: Swiss Political, Cultural, and Business Affairs. My interests are both local and international.

  • Swiss Member Of: City Swiss Club London, Unione Ticinese, Swiss Church in London, FOSSUK Vice-President

I would like to continue making a difference for the Swiss Community in the UK.

I have persued re-election as a serving CSA Delegate to continue bringing my political, business and philanthropic experience to engage and build the voice of the UK Swiss Community. Successful at raising sponsorship for events, clubs and communities, your vote will allow me to continue community building at the highest levels.

I am an existing UK Delegatre to the OSA so interested to pursue re-election. I further am Vice- President of FOSSUK with responsibility over Events and Fund Raising. I believe that the annual FOSSUK events all have been successful and our bank account situation is sound.

I am an active member of the Swiss Community in the UK and especially as Trustee of the Swiss Church in London with responsibility over Fund Raising.

As a European banking executive with decades of experience I offer strong organisational skills and an important network of contacts in politics, business, art & culture. I bring these strengths for the benefit of the Swiss Community in the UK.

Vincent Croset

  • Place Of Residence: Oxford

  • Languages Spoken: French, English, (German)

  • Profession: Research Scientist in Neuroscience/Genetics

  • Interests: Grew up between the cantons of Vaud & Fribourg. Studied biology at the University of Lausanne. In the UK since 2013. Work at the University of Oxford.

  • Interested in politics since my youngest age with the aim of making a better world for all. Member of the Swiss Socialist Party.

  • Other interests include science, literature, travels and sports.

  • Twitter: @VincentCroset

  • Swiss Member Of: Oxford Swiss Society

In the lead up to Brexit, Switzerland and the UK will be negotiating new immigration and trade agreements. As Swiss people living in the UK we will be directly affected and face the prospect of radical changes to our situation. It is crucial that we make our voice heard during these negotiations!

As your OSA delegate I would urge our government to ensure that the new agreements:

  • preserve our right to live & work in the UK

  • facilitate business and collaborative innovation between our two countries

  • foster stronger relationships across education, scientific research, healthcare, and environment

Importantly Swiss people abroad should be able to remain connected to Switzerland and its political life. Therefore I will also campaign to:

  • increase representation of the Swiss abroad in the Swiss Parliament and related institutions

  • provide safe online voting to all Swiss people abroad

I will use all my determination for our views to be strongly represented!

Loredana Guetg-Wyatt

  • Place Of Residence: Poole

  • Languages Spoken: Italian, English and French

  • Profession: Business Risk Consultant and non Executive Board Member

  • Interests: My hobbies include organising charitable fundraising events, hiking, horse-riding, skiing, going to concerts, musicals and regularly meeting up with my Swiss friends.

  • Swiss Member Of: Unione Ticinese, New Helvetic Society (Vice-President) and FOSSUK President

It is important for the Swiss living in the UK to be supported and appropriately represented at the Council of the Swiss Abroad. All facets of the Swiss population in the UK should be heard and acknowledged; from long standing ex-patriates to newly arrived students or workers; from second or third generation of ‘Brit-Swiss’ to the first generation of Swiss who moved to the UK. They all have different challenges and priorities but all have in common their connection to Switzerland.

Full Profile: My name is Loredana Guetg Wyatt and I was born and educated in Ticino. After graduating from SUPSI in 1998, I joined an international risk consulting firm. I moved to the UK in 2004 in order to found the UK branch of the American Risk Consulting company Protiviti. At Protiviti I lead the internal audit and financial assurance team for ten years. I have now founded my own company and I work as a freelancer specialising in supporting global companies complying with local and international legislations.  I am an active member of the Swiss community in the UK and I am currently the Vice-President of the New Helvetic Society and the President of FOSSUK. Last but not least, I am a member of the Unione Ticinese.

I am currently the Chairman of the charity STEPS Worldwide and the Treasurer of Jubilee Gardens Trust and 'In Control' charity. My hobbies include hiking, horse-riding, skiing and of course going to concerts, musicals and plays. I am married to Jonathan and my son, Lawrence, keeps me very busy and active!

THE UK HAS FIVE REPRESENTATIVE DELEGATES TO THE CSA

Elections for the new UK Delegates were run over the past 6 months through social media, the FOSSUK website, Swiss Review UK Pages, e-news bulletins from the Swiss Embassy London and letters to Presidents of our corporate member clubs & societies. The elections process:

  • 30 November 2016: Call for candidates.

  • 10 February 2017: Candidate submissions closed. Candidates' eligibility were verified by the Swiss Embassy London - to stand as a candidate, you have to be a Swiss National resident in the UK and registered to vote in Swiss referenda.

  • 15 March 2017: Candidate profiles published. Call for votes from the UK Swiss Community. 

  • 18 April 2017: Voting closed. Valid voting slips were independendently verified by the Swiss Embassy London - to vote, you must be a Swiss national living in the UK and registered as such with the Swiss embassy London. Only original (signed) voting slips, posted to the Embassy were accepted. 

  • 21 May 2017: After independent counting by the elections sub-committee and verification by Swiss Embassy staff, the elected UK candidates were announced at the FOSSUK AGM.

UK Election Results for the current term:

  • 164 voting slips received

  • 388 votes received (327 valid votes)

  • 13 candidates stood for election


UK Delegates to the Council of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) 2012 - 2016 term were:

  • Margrit Lyster

  • Franz Muheim

  • Thomas Rast

  • Alexandré Tissot