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Are there English-speaking organizations promoting business and professional activities not yet listed here, but catering to the British Community where you live in France? If so, we’d like to hear from them. Why not ask their Chairman or a committee member to contact the British Community Committee by e-mailing us on

CIMA France

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) was formed in 1919, and has grown to become one of the largest international accountancy bodies, representing, in 2007, 158,000 students and 70,000 members in 161 countries. Recently, development has been concentrated in emerging countries, particularly China and Eastern Europe. In France, there are approximately 350 members and students – the largest base being in the Paris area.

The Committee comprises volunteers from the membership. Its purpose is to promote the interests of the members and our profession, establish and maintain links with the Employer base and other accounting organisations, and to provide a point of contact with CIMA in London.

Secretary - Hilary Parker FCMA
88 bis Chemin de Fonteze, 30700 Arpaillargues
04 66 22 40 45

The Association of British Accountants in France

Of the 830 members of the various British and Irish Institutes of accountants registered as resident in France (active and retired), some 150 are members of ABAF. The Association holds a number of technical and social meetings during the year which are open to members and guests.

President - Nicholas L E Rolt FCA
Secretary – Jonathan Benford FCA

The Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute (C.M.I.) is the leading British management institute, with 90,000 members worldwide. Members have free access to the largest management information centre in Europe.

Chairman - Allan Wilson-Brooks

Contact - Ms Julie Knapp
01 45 20 41 59

The Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Founded in 1873, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce is leading the Franco-British community in France. It creates opportunities and connects people, assisting members to promote and develop their activity within the Franco-British business community.

The Chamber has established a strong network of public and private partners both in France and in Britain. We develop bespoke events (and sponsorship) to help members increase their visibility and reputation within the Franco-British business community. We are also business information service offering a wide network of experts who can provide assistance in setting up business in both countries.

10 rue de la Bourse – 75002 Paris
Tel : 33 (0)1 53 30 81 30 - Fax : 33 (0)1 53 30 81 35

The Institution of Civil Engineers

The ICE French Local Association (loi 1901) serves the 170+ Members of the Institution in France by organising about six technical events a year.

These include lectures and visits to major construction projects throughout France and also Europe. Most events are open to the French sections of the other UK engineering institutions and guests.

The ICE Local Association meetings are an excellent way to network whilst keeping informed about technical and business developments in Europe.

Chairman - Chris Polwin
06 12 35 33 17
Secretary - Derek Gear
03 85 44 83 80

The Institute of Directors, France

IoD is the UK's longest running organisation for professional leaders. We are dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice.

IoD's French branch supports IoD members, working, living or doing business in France creating networking opportunities, promoting good governance and a professionnal approch to the director role. We help facilitate contact between the French and British business communities and welcome members from both.

France Amériques 9 AV. Franklin D Roosevelt 75008 Paris

Chairman - Robert Thompson
Vice Chairman - David Burns
Secretary - Paul Johnson-Ferguson

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The IET is one of the world's leading professionnal societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

Non-members are welcome to attend our events on engineering and technology matters.

French Network Chairman - Robert McCann
Secretary - Timothy Lorkin
Treasurer - Phil Dunbar

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

IMechE Groupe France has circa 400 members in France, out of its 110,000 worldwide members spread in 140 countries.

Most of our members are in Paris region, Toulouse and Rhône-Alpes areas. IMechE Groupe France has been in operation since 2000 and has been very active and dynamic since.

Its main activities are to provide support to all British-trained mechanical engineers, develop links with French-trained engineers and French Grandes Ecoles and to hold technical and social events for all its members in France. It has strong links with other British engineering institutions in France.

Chairman - Daniel FAYOLLE
06 87 76 29 16


Franco-British International Business Association (FIBA) - Lyon

What we offer: To be the principal contact and representative body for the Franco-British business community in the Rhône-Alpes Region of France.

As a member, you will have access to a network of services, which can help develop your Franco-British and international business activities through:

In addition we offer to put you in contact with persons outside the Association for help, advice or accompaniment.

President - Tim Hughes
Secretary - Nicolas Delorme

The Women's Professional Networking Group (WPNG)

The Women’s Professional Networking Group in Lyon (WPNG), is a multinational networking group of English-speaking professional women living in Lyon and its surrounding area. We meet once a month and organise regular meetings, and facilitate discussions and workshops to improve member's professional and personal skills.

Contact : Fariyal Wallez