• The Rt Hon.Lord Peter Hennessey

  • General Sir A Bradshaw-NATO-Dep Supreme Allied Commander .

  • Admiral :The Rt Hon Baron West Of Spithead 2015- Former Naval First Sea Lord .

  • Nobel Laureate: Prof: Parmesan. “Climate”






Mr. Vikram K Doraiswami joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992.1996 he was posted to the Embassy of India in Beijing where he served for nearly 4 years. 2000 , he was appointed Deputy Chief of Protocol (Ceremonials) .He later served as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.2006-Mr. Doraiswami was posted to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York as Political Counsellor.2009 he served as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa. 2011, Mr. Doraiswami returned to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi, where he was Head of the Division for the South Asian Associationfor Regional Cooperation (SAARC). During this period, he was also Coordinator for the Fourth Summit meeting of BRICS in New Delhi in March2012 . October 2012 to October 2014, Mr.Doraiswami was Joint Secretary to MEA of Americas Division
2014,he became Ambassador o to Uzbekistan 2015 assigned Ambassador to the Republic of Korea . July 2018, he served as Head of Division for Bangladesh and Myanmar. April 2019, he was tasked with setting up a new Division at MEA for the Indo-Pacific. 2019, designated Additional Secretary responsible for International Organizations. 2020 to 2022.Mr Doraiswami served as Bangladesh Indian High Commissioner.2022.he took charge as Indian High Commissioner of India to the U.K

MAY 2023

Sandra Howard (Lady Howard)

” Love at War  ”

Lady Howard ( Sandra)- Introduced her latest book “Love at War” (a true story )before Lord Howard’s talk .Sandra Howard, one of the leading fashion models of the 60s and 70s, appearing on the cover of American Vogue for two months in succession.  She has written six previous novels and her latest, “Love at War”, is based on a true story set mainly in Cairo and East Africa during WW2. Sandra is married to our speaker, the former British Conservative Party Leader, Michael Howard, and has three adult children.

MAY 2023

Rt Hon Lord Michael Howard CH PC KC . Spoke on :

” Declining Britain ”

November 2003 to December 2005.  Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition. In the Governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major Cabinet positions :Secretary of State for Employment (1990-92), Secretary of State for the Environment (1992-93) Home Secretary (1993-97).1983 – 2010.  He was the Member of Parliament for Folkestone & Hythe from when he retired from the House of Commons and was appointed a Life Peer.He was appointed to the Order of Companion of Honour in 2011. Lord Howard recently captained the Peterhouse Cambridge team to victory in the Christmas University Challenge.

Lady Howard ( Sandra)- Introduced her latest book “Love at War”



Sir Michael Burton KCVO CMG

Spoke on :

” On Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service “. Senior Diplomat . Minister in Berlin at the fall of the wall . In charge of Middle East policy in the Foreign Office in the mid-nineties . Ambassador to many countries including Prague , where he received a visit from Her Majesty the Queen . He has lecture extensively in the Middle East , Central and Eastern Europe




Spoke on :” Radical Uncertainity ”

Mervyn King served as Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to June 2013. Succeeded by Mark Carney.  He was knighted (GBE) in 2011, made a life peer in 2013, and appointed by The Queen to be a Knight of the Garter in 2014.Lord King is the Alan Greenspan Professor of Economics and Professor of Law at New York University and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.In 2016 he published The End of Alchemy. Including a new preface, it appeared in paperback in 2017 and has been translated into many languages.His new book (with John Kay) Radical Uncertainty was published in March 2020. Born in 1948, Mervyn King studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He taught at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities.Lord King was visiting Professor at both Harvard University and MIT.In October 1984 he became Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, where he founded the Financial Markets Group.Lord King is Chair of the Pilharmonia Orchestra and a member of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.



Sir David Omand

Sir David Omand GCB-  His Posts in Govt >Director of GCHQ-UK security & Intelligence co-ordinater>Permanent Secretary of the Home Office>Deputy Under-secretary of state for policy in the MOD> Principle Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence>Served for Seven Years on the UK Joint Intelligence Committee> Sir David Omand is a visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and at PSIA Sciences Po in Paris.

Sir David Omand was speaking on :

” How Spies Think “



David Goodhart

Journalist. Founder of ‘Prospect ‘ magazine. Director of London based think tank Demos. Heading Demography, Immigration & Integration unit at the Think Tank Policy Exchange.

“Smart people have too much power- Democracy in crises- understanding political disaffection in the west ”


Panel discussion
The Rt Hon The Lord Garner, Kt PC QC

        “What next for Britain”

Panel discussion

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC  MP

2019 Attorney General (Guest Speaker)

       “What next for Britain”


Michael Fallon


Rt Hon Sir Michael Cathel Fallon KCB MP
Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon M “Responding to Russia”


Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns-rtd GCB, KCVO, CBE, FRAeS

Panel: Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight – rtd,
Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine – rtd,
Air Marshal Sir Tom Stonor – rtd
“British Air Power”



Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVOE

Former British Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. A distinguished Diplomat
              “What the jihadis really want”

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB 0BE


General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB 0BE
Officer of the legion of Merit (USA)

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander NATO
“Britain NATO security & Russia”


The Lord Hennessey of Nympsfield . FBA


The Lord Hennessey of Nympsfield, FBA

Hon Fellow of St Johns college, Cambridge. The London School of Economics & St Benets Hall, Oxford .
“Britains Place in the world and in the aftermath of an Historical European Referendum”

Dominic Grieve QC MP


Dominic Grieve QC MP
Former Attorney General

Present Chairman Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee
“Does the United Kingdom have a future and what can be done to preserve it?”


Jonathan Fenby CBE


Jonathan Fenby CBE

Former Editor Reuters . Former Chief Correspondent , The Economist.
“The Rise and Rise of China”

Admiral The Right Honourable Baron West of Spithead. GCB DSC PC ADC Duniv


Admiral The Right Honourable Baron West of Spithead. GCB DSC PC ADC Duniv
Former First Sea Lord of the Navy
Head of Naval intelligence & Chief of Defence Intelligence in the Kosovo war

Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Former NATO Commander-in-Chief Atlantic . Former NATO Commander Allied Naval Forces North.
He led the UK Maritime Response to 9/11 and the Invasion of Afghanistan.
First and Principal Naval aide-de-camp to H.M. The Queen.
Led the Navy in the initial invasion of Iraq
UK’s first ever National Security and Cyber Security strategies and Strategies for Countering International Terrorism.
Privy Counsellor in 2010. Chairman of QinetiQ Defence Advisory Board .Chairman of National Security Forum
“Can The Royal Navy Defend British Shores ? ‘Blood – Letting ‘ on Aircraft Carriers & Impact of Cyber Warfare”


Lord Hameed CBE DL

Panel discussion –INTER-FAITH
Lord Hameed CBE DL
“Religion in society-from clash to dialogue” Islam and other faiths

Lord Blair QPM


Panel discussion -INTER-FAITH
Lord Blair  QPM
“Religion in society-from clash to dialogue”
Christianity and other faiths

Lt Gen David Leakey . CMG CBE


Lt Gen David Leakey, CMG CBE
“Monarch and Parliament”  Black Rod speaks on a public servants role in a challenging and changing political arena.


William Horseley


William Horseley
Advisor Council Of Europe & UNESCO
UK Chairman : Association of European Journalist
“Europe- In or Out”

Field Marshall Baron Charles Guthrie of Cragiebank GCB LVO OBE DL


Field Marshall Baron Charles Guthrie of Cragiebank, GCB LVO OBE DL

Former Chief of Defence Staff
“Can we still defend ourselves”


Sir Michael Burton. KCVO, CMG


Sir Michael Burton KCVO CMG, Former Director Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Office , Arabist and senior Diplomat in charge of the Middle East desk. Ambassador in various Middle East countries and senior minister in Germany on the fall of the Berlin wall .
“Arab Spring-Turbulence in the MiddleEast/Syria-what does it mean for us”

The Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC (Paddy Ashdown)


The Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC (Paddy Ashdown)
Former leader of the Liberal Party.
Former High representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina
“The world is never going to be the same again and what we should do about it”



INAUGRAL LECTURE -2011- 21st October

Lord Janvrin GCB GCVO

HM Diplomatic Service
Queens Private Secretary
Deputy Chairman of HSBC Bank & now a Senior Advisor
Various other positions
“The Relevance of the Monarchy in the Digital Age”



 The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP

2018 to 2020 – Former Attorney General under Theresa May & Boris Johnson and oversaw Brexit .

Spoke on

” Does The UK Constitution Work ”

Conservative member for Torridge & West Devon .Called to the Bar in 1982 .  He founded the Thomas Moore Chambers and took silk in 2003. He has appeared in many high profile cases receiving National & International Publicity from trial to appeal before the Court Of Appeal , the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the Supreme Court . Standing Counsel to the Government of Mauritius . He has a wide International Practice ,Cayman Islands , Mauritius and Dubai . and increasingly in International Commercial and  investment arbitrations.



Sir Mark Lyall Grant CMG,KCMG

British permanent Representative to the UN . 4 times President of the Un security council , National Security advisor, Senior diplomat .

” Challenges & Threats- The Western
Alliance & Uk-Post pandemic,Post Brexit  “


Lord Peter Ricketts GCMG GCVO

British diplomat for 40 years. Britain’s first National Security Adviser.

” National Security, rethinking Britain’s role in the world “




Professor Camille Parmesan

Nobel Prize Winner. Fellow of the Ecological Society of America . Conservation Achievement Award in Science, Who’s who of the United Nations Environment Programme.

   “Responses of wild Plants , Animals & Humans to Man Made Climate , Change Challenges &  Solutions”



The Rt Hon. The Lord Judge PC

Former Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales.
President of the Courts of England & Wales
   “The Rule of Law –a Judicial Point of View”

LONDON – Inaugural Lecture 2016




Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette was the Chair of the Arts Council and the Chairman of ITV at the time . He spoke on
  “Why should the Public fund the Arts?”




Caroline Drummond

MBE, Hon DSc, NSch, HonFSE, FRAgS, FIAgM, FRSA, FSB, CEnv, BSc(Hons) Agric, Chief Executive of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)

“Profitability & Practical Solutions for Centre Stage Healthy Farming, Food, Planet & Politics “



Dr. Alastair R Leake FRAgS MBPR CEnv

BSc in Horticultural Science and PhD in Organic and Integrated Farming Systems.
“Life Outside The Cap: A Threat Or An Opportunity For Farming?”

LANDSTALK -2017  DEVON : Inaugural Lecture


Neil Parish

MP for Tiverton & Honiton
“In BREXIT: What matters most?”

iwespeak. Mumbai, India


Panel Discussion: “Indian citizenship in our Times”
Mr Anil Dhakar (Founder & Director of Literature Live fest in Mumbai).
Mr Sanjay Jha
(Indian National Congress spokesperson)


Ambassador Pavan K Verma

Writer, diplomat. Joined the Indian  Foreign Service in 1976. He has been Press secretary to the President Of India, the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs. Joint secretary for Africa , High Commissioner for India in Cyprus, Director of the Nehru Centre in London, Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi and ambassador of India to Bhutan. A writer of depth and insight he has written over a dozen bestselling books . A widely admired public speaker and television commentator. He is currently the National General Secretary and National Spokesman of the Janata Dal (United)

“The Grandeur of Hindu Philosophy , lessons for today”



 Ms. Malavika Rajkotia

Supreme Court Advocate and author of “Intimacy Undone. Law of Marriage, Divorce and Family in India”
“The State of the Indian Marriage and a Uniform Civil Code”

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