The British American Business Council of Houston held its Starry Knight Gala benefiting the British American Foundation of Texas on November 11 at the Westin Oaks Hotel.  440 guests enjoyed an evening of "feasting and merriment" including a cocktail reception, dinner, speeches, live and silent auctions, raffles, wine pull, live music and a couple of surpises including confetti and pipers.  The event had a real "New Year's Eve" feel to it and raised $400 000 for the education of gifted and talented students from underprivileged households in Texas.

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On April 24 the British American Foundation of Texas held its annual Awards Ceremony at the Federal Reserve in Houston.

26 awards were presented, bringing together benefactors from as far afield as New York and Baltimore with the brightest academic stars of Texas. 

Her Majesty's Consul General, Karen Bell, welcomed guests and gave a brief outline of the work carried out by BAFTX and why it is so vital for the future of our communities.  Ziba Colah, BAFTX Award Winner 2016 and student of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of Houston spoke about how the award has changed her life and her future plans for a medical career.  De Matthew Ware, originally from Swansea but currently researching nanotechnology and its medical applications at Baylor, was the keynote speaker.  

Benefactors from ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Hess Corporation, Williams Companies, British Airways, Enbridge Inc, Enterprise Products Partners, ACS International Schools Wood Mackenzie, TD Securities, British American Business Council, King and Spalding, FWB Park Brown and Faithful+Gould presented awards to students from Texas A&M, University of Houston, University of Texas, Houston Community College, Houton Baptist University, KIPP Generations Collegiate, Northside High School, Cesar Chavez High School, Carnegie Vanguard High School and Wharton Dual Language K-8 Academy.

It was also the occasion to present the inaugural Susan Howard Community Service Award for future philanthropists and those who put the needs of their community first.

As one recipient of a college scholarship noted: “This scholarship will serve as a motivator for me moving forward to continue working hard and to always push forward”

More photos of the evening may be viewed here.



BAFTX's six Junior Achievers for 2017 have been selected. 

In July, Charity, Chastity, Da'Triana, Gabriela, Natalie and Robert will head off to London where they will benefit from a busy schedule of visits and tours, taking in the highlights that the capital city has to offer, learning about British culture, politicy and history.  In addition, they will become more independent, more confident and gain a more global vision of the world, understanding the benefits that travel and experiencing other cultures can bring.  Our 2017 Junior Achievers are smart and ambitious .... we will certainly be hearing more from them as they embark on their adventure this summer.


BAFTX held its annual Wine Women and Song event on January 21st at the Junior League of Houston.  It was our biggest ever Wine Women and Song event with nearly 200 guests enjoying champagne, delicious food, fantastic tombola and raffle prizes, great speeches and the awesome entertainment provided by the Fab Five.  Most importantly however, it raised $16 000 for the Foundation, providing college scholarships for gifted and underprivileged students in Texas.

Photos are available here.

The Board of BAFTX are delighted to introduce new Executive Director, Kay Thomson.

Kay is a British citizen who has been living in Houston, Texas for the past 3 years. She has worked in higher education in the UK, both academically and in management, as well as chairing a non profit for several years in Singapore. Most recently she worked as a consultant for Scotland's Robert Gordon University, taking care of their marketing, alumni and college transfer activities in Houston. As someone who has studied and worked overseas herself, Kay is keen to continue the invaluable contribution that BAFTX has made over the past 10 years, to ensure that many more students can reap the benefits that education, overseas travel and study bring.

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BAFTX would like to extend congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II – officially Britain’s longest reigning monarch acceding Queen Victoria.

Elizabeth came to the throne 63 years ago, in 1952, at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI. She has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development.