Ron Fennell MBE Memorial

The memorial service for former BTS chairman and vice-president, Ron Fennell MBE, will be held in the Chapel at Westminster Central Hall at 2.00pm on Sunday 20th August, followed by in informal social gathering over tea and cakes in the Aldersgate Room.

Ron Fennell MBE

Ron Fennell MBE

BTS Vice President and former BTS Chair, Ron Fennell, passed away peacefully on
Wednesday 12 th April, attended by family.

He and his wife, the late Liz Fennell MBE, had a great love for Tanzania and were stalwarts
of the Society, including providing substantial support to the work of the Tanzania
Development Trust.

Ron and Liz met while studying geography at Cambridge University and they married in
1956. He worked in Sierra Leone for 12 years until 1966, when he joined the International
Monetary Fund and moved to Washington, DC. He joined the World Bank three years later
and the family lived in Nigeria and Tanzania, before returning to the United States in 1987.
They retired to the UK in 1995, settling in West London.

Thereafter, Ron and Liz were active members of BTS known in particular for their energetic
support to the Society at events and to TDT where they would take long trips to Tanzania to assess and support projects, at their own cost and even to the most remote areas.

Ron and Liz were both made MBEs in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list for services to
building relations between the UK and Tanzania.

A memorial service is planned, in central London. We will share those details once we have

With warm memories and our sympathies to the family,

Paul Harrison
Britain Tanzania Society

BTS AGM 2022

Britain Tanzania Society AGM took place on Wednesday November 30th at 1pm, 2022

We were delighted that our speakers this year were David Concar, UK High Commissioner in Tanzania and John Woodcock, Lord Walney and UK trad envoy to Tanzania.

Chair, Paul Harrison, was hosted at the UK High Commissioner’s residence in Dar es Salaam Tanzania along with members of Britain Tanzania Society Tanzania members and via Zoom by Britain Tanzania Society UK members and others. After the speakers updates were given about the work of both the society and Tanzania Development Trust and the associated annual reports. Officers for the society were confirmed without change.

A recording of the meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

A pdf of the AGM minutes can be viewed here.

Have you are anyone you know completed a PhD in China?

Dear BTS,

I hope this email finds you well!

I am a researcher at the University of Oxford, Department of Education. I am researching the experiences of Tanzanians who have completed PhDs in China, and I am currently recruiting participants for this study. Participation would involve a one hour interview.

I was wondering whether it would be possible to publicise this research through your network? I would be happy to provide further information.

Many thanks,

Dr Natasha Robinson

Post-doctoral Research Officer

Department of Education, University of Oxford

Tel: +44(0)7858347221


Britain Tanzania Society AGM 2021

Britain Tanzania Society AGM took place on Saturday October 30th at 2pm, 2021 by ZOOM

We were delighted that our speaker this year was The Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen O’Brien KBE.

Sir Stephen is a British internationalist, humanitarian, diplomat, politician, global health advocate and campaigner, business leader and mentor, industrialist and lawyer who completed his term as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator in late 2017. He was born in Tanzania.

The new officers of the society are:

Chair : Paul Harrison

Vice Chair : Godlisten Pallangyo

Executive Secretary : Charlotte Pallangyo

Minutes Secretary : David Gibbons

Treasurer : Jeremy Lefroy

The recordings of the addresses from H E David Concar, UK High Commissioner to Tanzania and of Sir Stephen O’Brien

The recording of our members presentations is here:

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