Our History

The Society was established in 1982 as the Anglo-Costa Rican Society. In 1988, as the result of much closer links between the countries in the area, the Society decided to extend its aims to include all Central American countries, with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua joining in the same year. Panama joined in 1991 and the inclusion of Belize was agreed in 2000. The Dominican Republic joined in 2012. 

Our Mission

The Society is an apolitical organisation and a UK registered charity with three main aims:


  • To raise awareness in the UK about Central America, its people, its history and culture, its economy, its language and literature, its art, and its institutions.

  • To encourage and cement friendly relationships between Central America and the UK by connecting people, who have a common interest or connection with the area, with others in the UK. 

  • To support local organisations in Central America working with vulnerable children and elderly people

Council members

The Society is managed by a Council, made up of volunteers who are selected from among the society's members. The Ambassadors of the Central American countries, in rotation, are the Honorary Presidents. 

Current council members are: 

  • Honorary President - Ambassador of Nicaragua

    • H. E. Ms Guisell Morales-Echeverry 

  • Trustees​

    • Richard Austen

    • Rafael Castro (Treasurer)

    • Nitzia Embiricos

    • Victoria Illingworth​

    • Edward Longhurst-Pierce (Chair)​

    • Brad Merchant

    • Jean Pateras (Honorary Vice-Chair)​

    • Rodrigo Serrano

© 2016 by ACAS The Anglo Central American Society. 


ACAS, Flat 1, Lurgan Mansions, Lower Sloane Street, London, SW1W 8BH
Email: anglocasociety@gmail.com
UK Registered Charity No. 275099

Photo credits to: Beatriz Eugenia Alfaro Rivas, Victoria Illingworth, Mihela Kralj and the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo - INGUAT)


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