President's Message
As we step into 2023, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.
The New Year always brings with it a great opportunity for contemplation and renewal. With that said, I’d like to ask you, our members and community at large, how we can help you in 2023. What would you like your BABC to do for you this year? Please take a moment to complete our quick survey and give us your ideas and feedback. Thank you.

At the BABC OC our mission is to facilitate and foster collaborative relationships between people, businesses, and cities in Orange County and the UK. We thank you for supporting our mission this past year and we look forward to bringing you a full program of events in 2023.
Without a doubt 2022, has been a rollercoaster for most of us. The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth lost a greatly cherished and much-loved Monarch who had been an ever-present and steadying influence on all our lives for over five generations. Like most of her generation, the young Princess Elizabeth served the Allied cause during World War II. She understood and was grateful for the enduring friendship and partnership between the two great nations of the USA and UK. It is that same legacy and spirit with which continues through BABC OC today and in to the future.
Finally, thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Luncheon and generously donated to help fund our Scholarship Program. We're delighted to report that the Christmas Luncheon was the largest attendance we've ever had which will assure that we will once again continue our search for more disadvantaged students from Orange County to send on the same positive, life-changing experience in the UK in 2023. BABC OC is proud of how many young people that we've helped over the years.
From my family to yours, I wish you a safe and prosperous 2023!

Lee Evans
President, BABC OC
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Thursday, February 2nd
5:00pm - 7:00pm
First Thursday Monthly Business Networking
Special Appearance and Book Signing with Dean Stott
Join the BABC OC's "FIRST THURSDAY" Monthly Business Networking evening.

Make 2023 your best year for business yet! We'll see you for a little
Beer, Business and Banter on....

THURSDAY, February 2nd 5pm - 7pm

Thank you to our February Sponsors: Ysidora at Inn at the Mission
Special appearance and book signing

Don’t miss the chance to chat with Dean Stott, former British Special Forces Soldier, 2x World Record Cyclist, and Author. Dean will be signing copies of his new book, Relentless.
This is a complimentary event.
Light bites kindly provided by the Inn at the Mission.
Additional food and beverages available to purchase.
January 27th
11:00am - 12:00pm
State of Learning 2023
BABC OC member and ambassador, Paul Butler and his business partner Mark Griffiths of Newleaf Training and Development return for the 6th year to co-facilitate this free professional development webinar—State of Learning which has proven to be an invaluable resource for both, internal employees and external consultants.

  • evaluate delivery platforms you’ve perhaps never considered before to engage learners in 2023.
  • share and hear what programs are hot and what’s not, as we head into a new year.
  • what mix of insourcing and outsourcing is expected this year.
  • discuss new processes available to mitigate the mundane in your role.
February 25th & 26th, 2023
World Rugby Sevens Series
World Rugby and the HSBC LA SEVENS returns to Southern California and its traditional window of February 25-26, 2023 at Dignity Health Sports Park.
LA Sevens, part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, will feature Team USA and the 15 best rugby 7s nations as they go head-to-head in Southern California, at the same open-air stadium that will host rugby at the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. The weekend will also feature broadcast coverage across multiple NBC platforms, including live television coverage on NBC Sports.
Tickets for HSBC LA SEVENS are on sale at or by calling 1-888-9AXS-TIX.
March 6th - 9th, 2023
Meet your Elected Officials in Washington D.C
BABC Congressional Fly In
Come to beautiful Washington D.C. in the Spring to meet your elected officials and deliver your message. BABA will arrange all the logistics except for your travel to and from Washington D.C. Included in the price are a welcome reception and dinner with keynote speaker, and breakfast, lunch and reception on Hill Day.
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The BABC OC is a membership based non-profit organization. Without our wonderful members, we would not exist. We send a heartfelt thank you to all our returning and new members. Don't forget to take the membership survey to give us your ideas and feedback.

Individual Membership allows any individual with a general interest in British American relationships to stay connected with other individuals and companies who share that interest. Our Individual Membership provides opportunities to extend your personal and business networks by providing access to the full range of social events and programs.

Corporate Membership is designed for SME's, branch offices or larger companies. Corporate Level Membership offers excellent value by providing access to a range of opportunities to promote your company and its services, extend your business networks, and acquire relevant business intelligence.

If you have enjoyed our events in the past, we ask you to please consider becoming a member and/or renewing your membership. Membership dues are what keeps us ticking! We look forward to bringing you more valuable content in 2023 and we thank you for your continued support.



John Mowbray
We're absolutely delighted to announce new Board Member, Alana Stott MBE. Alana was recently honoured with an MBE for her services to vulnerable women and mental health. She is set to release five books in 2023 starting with a series of empowering children’s books titled Mollie’s Adventures.
Alana is a wonderful addition to the BABC OC Board of Directors and we are honoured to have her.
Welcome to the team Alana!
Mollie's Adventures: Mollie loves adventures of all kinds, especially those that make her laugh, fill her with joy, and cause her to feel wild and free!
One day while she is happily climbing a tree, her friend, Sophie, tells her to come down before she hurts herself. After Mollie reluctantly inches her way to the ground, she decides to find another adventure. But as she tries to ride a horse, soar on a roller coaster, and zip down a water slide, she is stopped each time by a fearful yet well-meaning friend who tells her she should not try anything dangerous or new. Now it is up to Mollie to teach everyone around her the importance of living her own way.
In this charming tale, a little girl with a thirst for adventure decides to embrace her unique abilities and walk her own path through life.
The BABC OC Job Board exists to help our Members fill vacancies within their organizations and we are pleased to share below our current listings. If you are interested in any of the opportunities presented, please contact the person noted on the listing and let them know you were referred by the BABC Job Board.

BABC Company Members can advertise your open positions for free. It is included in your Membership. To post your open positions, please contact Jacquie

Not a Member? You can still advertise your open positions on the BABC Website for $150 per position. Our mailing list has over 2,000 subscribers and your listing will appear on the Job Board page of our website it and will be posted on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Contact Jacquie to reserve a space on the job board.
Be a part of the BABC OC Ambassador Program
The mission of the BABC OC Ambassadors Committee is to actively promote and represent the BABC OC in the business community.
As an ambassador, you’ll be part of a dynamic group that will take the lead in welcoming new members and help existing members stay connected.

Benefits to serving as a BABC OC Ambassador:
  • Opportunity for high visibility networking
  • Recognition at various BABC OC events
  • Recognition on monthly newsletters
  • Link to your LinkedIn page on BABC OC website Ambassador page
  • Create business relationships while serving in the British-American community
  • Ambassador rewards program

Contact Sven, Stewart, or Jacquie to find out how you can become a BABC OC Ambassador

Get to know our BABC OC Members via the same fun and interesting questions each month.

MAGGIE MORA - North Hills Realty
1. What is your hometown and country? I was born & grew up in Gloucester, but my Parents were from Donegal, Ireland. Growing up, I was so fortunate to have family in both Britain and Ireland.
2. What year did you move to the US and why? I moved in February 1988 to the US to Worcester, Massachusetts, to work as an intake caseworker with juvenile delinquents. I had graduated the previous year and was working in an accounting department at a dental company, not really having a clue what I was doing! :) I saw an advertisement in the Guardian newspaper to work with youth in America, I was intrigued. I thought it would be a great way to start my career and get to travel to America.
3. Where do you work and what’s your job title? My early years in America, I worked primarily as a social worker. About 9 years ago, I became a Real Estate Agent and work for North Hills Realty located in Tustin.
4. What’s your favourite word? Cheers 😊
5. What's your least favorite word? Phlemg ☹
6. What’s your favourite sport or hobby? I love most sports but especially football. I am a lifelong fan of Liverpool FC. Growing up, I played netball & tennis. I love to walk especially on the beach, go to concerts or listen to live music both indoors & outdoors.
7. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt and
why? - I have worked as a Real Estate Agent for 9 years and love it. I love working with people and if there was a job that allowed me to travel back & forth from America to Britain / Ireland, I would love to give it a go. It would be great to get a "fix" of home more often.  
8. If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now about
living and working in OC what advice would you give YOU, arriving
here on Day 1? Not so much advice I would give myself but action to take upon arriving here, would be to join groups/organizations that expats belong to as soon as possible. The support system and feeling of connection is priceless.  
9. What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you in OC? "Work really hard and your opportunities to have a great life in America will be endless."
Thank you to Maggie for being our January Member Spotlight! If you have any questions for Maggie you can message her HERE

We'd love to highlight you!
To be our next Monthly Member Spotlight email Jacquie
BABC OC Premier Corporate Member, OC Soccer Club, invite you to their first ever OCSC Foundation Gala, where you can dine with OCSC players, present a Championship ring, and give back to a great cause, helping them bring soccer to underserved communities in Orange County. If you can’t attend, they're also seeking a few more auction items. No item is too big or too small!! Email Jacquie to donate.
Tables are going fast, so secure yours today!
Full details and registration: CLICK HERE

And check out the 2023 season schedule. Home opener is Saturday March 11th at 7pm!
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Duncan Edwards
British American Business
A very happy new year to members and friends of BritishAmerican Business. I hope everyone was able to enjoy at least a few days of downtime before heading back into the fray. 

The new year newspapers are full of the usual forecasts and predictions for the year ahead which are always worth reading to get a sense of the prevailing mood as much as for the likely accuracy of the forecasts. In fact, the one thing you know for certain is that the forecasts, especially economic, are going to be wrong, it is just a question of by how much! But the more interesting stories are the qualitative predictions, the evaluation of risks, the sense of optimism or otherwise that is in the minds of the authors, the economists, the think tanks and journalists that produce these pieces.

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