In this interview series we would like for you to meet the people of NBCC’s Council Board who uphold and continuously work to maintain and develop the 115 year long history of trade between the UK and Norway. Please meet Maren Strandevold, Council Member of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, Maren. Can you please tell us about yourself?
I am a Norwegian and English hybrid and as of this year I have lived half my life in Norway and the other half in England. I am a lawyer and I have spent most of my career advising companies in the energy sector on contracts and disputes. My passion for working with the energy sector has led me to get involved in a number of initiatives relating to the energy transition, and I am currently working on the programme for NBCC’s own energy transition event which is coming up in October together with Kyrre and Tim Hare from DNV. I am also the editor of Haynes and Boone’s newsletter, Energy Pathways.
With Brexit being a part of our new normality, what are your thoughts on the relationship between Norway and the UK going forward?
The relationship between the two countries goes back a long way, with strong cultural and trading links. Whilst Brexit will undoubtedly have implications, at least in the short term, there is no reason to think that this will unravel the existing relationship. The UK is a very important export market for Norway and the UK relies heavily on Norwegian energy. I therefore hope that there will be continued trade and co-operation, and of course a Norwegian Christmas tree being delivered to Trafalgar Square every year.
Finally, what would you say are the benefits of being a member of the NBCC?
The NBCC gives you access to a great network. Whether you are Norwegian and trying to break into the English market or you are an established Norwegian company looking to instil some Norwegian culture, the NBCC can connect you with relevant people. Also, as things are opening up again, we hope that we can get back to socialising and arranging some great events for our members. The board represents a diverse range of industries and interests, which helps make us relevant to a wide range of members.