Gerard is the youngest and one of the newest members of the Bristol Hannover Council committee, but his connection with German is anything but. He started learning German aged 11 during his first year at secondary school and stuck with it for 7 years, visiting Germany for the first time aged 17, and becoming the only student in his year to study German for A-Level.
He took a passion for languages, culture and travelling to Exeter University, where he studied History and German and spent his year abroad teaching English in Austria. An enthusiastic historian, he wrote dissertations on Social Democracy in the First Austrian Republic and Confessional Development in the Holy Roman Empire after Martin Luther during his studies.
Keen to keep up his German after leaving University, Gerard was coopted onto the Bristol Hannover Council committee in December 2011. He now serves as BHC representative for BAGS (Bristol Anglo-German Society), with whom he is also a member.