BECCG (Belgian Edith Cavell Commemoration Group)
BECCG came together in 2010 as a group of “admirers” of Edith Cavell and her story. All the members work benevolently and are fully committed to the organization of the commemoration activities planned to take place around October 2015.
Presented below are short résumés of each member:
Andrew Brown is a retired businessman having worked for Ernst&Young in the UK, France and Belgium. He was also Chairman of EGIAN (The European Group of International Accounting Networks) and a member of Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Andrew is the Group Chairman.
Hugh R. Boudin is a Belgo-Scot, who in 1944/45 worked with the Canadian and British YMCA war services, studied theology in Lausanne and later became history professor and rector of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Brussels. He is now retired and recently published a book on Protestant and Anglican resistance in Belgium during WW II.
Ian Boag was a member of the British Diplomatic Service, a reinsurance broker in the City of London and, for more than thirty years, an official of the European Commission. He represented the Commission in Morocco, Brazil, Egypt and Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.
He is retired.TOP
Birte M. Day is trained in Political Science and Religious Education. She is German Lutheran and joined the Anglican Church in Belgium for whom she is currently working as director of education in Flanders and Brussels. Birte is member of Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral Anglican Church Brussels where Edith Cavell worshipped.
Emmanuel Debruyne has a Doctorate in History and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Louvain La Neuve and resident at The Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris. He is currently undertaking research on resistance activities in WW1. He is co-author, with Laurence van Ypersele, of a book entitled “Je Serai Fusillé Demain”.
Debora Delheusy, before retirement, was Deputy Head of Nursing at the Edith Cavell Hospital in Brussels where she worked for most of her career. She was instrumental in re-opening the hospital in 1983 after a short period of closure. She works tirelessly to maintain the memory of Edith Cavell.TOP
Graham Keen is a retired marketing consultant and has lived in Brussels for over 30 years. His current interests include voluntary social work (assisting mentally handicapped people), classical music (choir member and volunteer at the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra)
and various parish activities.
John Wilkinson is Associate Chaplain at Holy Trinity, Brussels, where Edith Cavell worshipped. Before coming to Brussels he was a chaplain in France for sixteen years and before that in the UK.
BECCG is working with several organisations in the preparation of the commemoration activities, including:
- The Uccle Commune
- The British Embassy Brussels
- The Belgian Senate
- The University of Louvain La Neuve
- Holy Trinity Church, Brussels