ROBERT HART, Treasurer

In late 1978 I and my family, Judith, whom I married in 1967, and three children, arrived in Chile at the start of what was planned as a two-year posting as financial director of a multinational’s subsidiary. It was our first overseas posting and we enjoyed it so much that I took the option to stay on and we were there until 1983 when we went to the Netherlands. My final posting was in Italy and, after five years there, I retired back to the UK in 1997. ​ Throughout we maintained contact with the many friends we had made in Chile so I was delighted to discover the Anglo Chilean Society, which I joined in 1998. The treasurer’s post became vacant the following year and it has been a pleasure to fill that role since then. It was a great honour to be awarded the Bernardo O'Higgins medal for services to Anglo-Chilean relations in 2017 on the recommendation of the then Ambassador, Ronaldo Drago. All my children are equally fond of Chile and have returned and I hope at least some of my eight grandchildren will have the chance to get to know the lovely country.