List of Speakers Since 1910

2019

Religion in Public LifeThe Rev. Lucy Winkett, Vicar St James’s Piccadilly

The United Kingdom’s Defence Policy Post BrexitGeneral Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff

Life with Five Prime MinistersLord Butler of Brockwell, Former Secretary of the Cabinet and Fead of the Home Civil Service

The Special RelationshipSir David Manning, Former Ambassador to the United States

2018

The Future of the Countryside – Mr. Tim Breitmeyer, President of the Country Landowners Association

Brexit and the CitySir Alan Yarrow, Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, Former Lord Mayor of the City of London

Prison ReformMrs. Claudia Sturt, Director of Security, Order and Counter Terrorism at Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service

UK Immigration ControlAdmiral Sir Charles Montgomery, Former Second Sea Lord and Head of the Border Force

Artists as a CatyalstMrs. Eileen Cooper, Artist and former Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools

How World War One Changed Europe – Sir Hew Strachan, Historian

2017

The Security Challenges facing the West in the Trump Era – Mrs.Sarah Macintosh CMG, Ambassador to NATO

The Future of Private Education  – Mr. Anthony Wallersteiner Headmaster of Stowe School

The Supreme Court – Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC, Former President of the Supreme Court

How Social Mobility Can Help Britain Close the Productivity Gap – The Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development

The Cabinet Office Sir Anthony Seldon FRSA. FRHistS. FKC., Historian, Biographer and Former Headmaster Wellington College

Bordeaux wine dinner – Mr. Derek Smedley MV

2016

Climate Change  Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science in the Department of Earth Sciences, University College London

Britain and the European Union  The Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP, former Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs

From War to God- Reflections From the Last 25 Years  Mrs.Caroline Wyatt, BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent and previously BBC Defence Correspondent

Pinkoes and Traitors – Professor Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and the Official Historian of the BBC

In Praise of Openness: Building International Links in an Uncertain Age – Sir Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council 

2015

Waterloo – The Battle Which Defined a Century – General Sir Richard Shirreff, Former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe

City Livery Companies – Mr. Adam Lee, Past Prime Warden of The Dyers Company to mark his retirement as Chairman of the Chatham Dining Club

The Condition of British Politics – Professor Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBAAttlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary University of London

2014

When is Military Support in Other Countries Justified? – Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, KGMG, QC, Chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee and former Foreign Secretary

Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP

The Good News About Free Schools – The Hon. Toby Young FRSA, Author, Journalist and Co-founder of the West London Free School

The Challenges Facing the Countryside – Sir Barney White-Spunner KCB CBE, Executive Chairman, The Countryside Alliance

2013

Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future – Mr. Timothy Beardson, Investment Banker and Author

100 Glorious Years: How Britain Saved its Heritage – Dr. Simon Thurley, Chief Executive, English Heritage

Choosing the Pope: Heads of the Modern Catholic Church and the Leadership of Pope Francis – Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor

The Arab Spring in the Gulf – Mr. Jamie Bowden, CMG, OBE, HM Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman

In The Footsteps of Polar Giants – Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, Army Officer and Polar Explorer

The Future of the Army – General Sir Nicholas Parker KCB CBE ADC Gen, Former Commander in Chief, Land Forces

Whipping in a Coalition – The Rt. Hon. Sir George Young, Bt., CH MP, Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons

2012

Current Government Finance in the United Kingdom – Lord Sassoon Kt, FCA, Commercial Secretary to H.M. Treasury

Lord Sassoon

Working with Cameras – A Sky Commentator’s View on Shaping National Events, Helping Soldiers Succeed and Making Downton Abbey – Colonel Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, OBE, Royal, Constitutional and Religious Commentator for Sky News

Safer Surgery: Your Life in their Hands – Mrs. Clare Marx, CBE, FRCS, DLPresident of the British Orthopaedic Association 2008/9

2011

The Politics of Cutting Spending – The Rt. Hon. The Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, PCFormer Government Minister

Diplomacy Past and Present – From the Congress of Vienna to Wikileaks – Sir Ivor Roberts, KCMG, MA Oxford, FCILFormer HM Ambassador to Belgrade, Dublin and Rome

China’s International Role in the next Decade – His Excellency Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China

His Excellency Liu Xiaoming

Stirring Dull Roots with Spring Rain – Tahrir Square and Beyond – The Hon. Dominic Asquith, CMGHM Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Carnarvon and Carter – The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon

The Evolving Role of the Country House – Lady Victoria Leatham

2010

Occidentalism: How Muslims see the West Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG, LVOForeign Secretary’s Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan

 Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG, LVO

100TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER – Mr. Adam Lee, Chairman, Club CommitteeMr. James Cripps, Club Committee, son of former Chairman

Organised Chaos Major Sir Michael Parker, KCVO, CBEMilitary & Civilian Event Organiser

2009

Taxing UK PLC – The UK Government’s Finances and Taxation – Dr. Vince Cable, MPLiberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor

Dr. Vince Cable, MP

From Neighbourhood to International – Policing in 2009 – Mr. John Giffard, CBE, QPM, DLFormer Chief Constable of Staffordshire

The New Order Global Financial System – Mrs. Nicola HorlickChief Executive Officer of Bramdean Asset Management

2008

The Ups and Downs of Life in Prison and Politics – Mr. Jonathan AitkenFormer Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and ex-prisoner

General Reflections – General Sir Mike Jackson, GCB, CBE, DSO, DLFormer Chief of the General Staff

The Centre for Social Justice – The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan-Smith, MPFormer leader of the Conservative Party, 2001-03

 

The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan-Smith, MP

Reflections on Helmand – Brigadier Mark Carleton-SmithFormer Commander British Forces and Helmand Task Force

2007

Practicalities and Problems in UK Transport Policy – Mr. Hugh Norie, former Director, Mott MacDonald

Truth and Fiction in Public Life and the Black Art of Spindoctoring – Dr. Michael Sheaformer Press Secretary, HM The Queen

Interest Rates – How and Why? – Sir Andrew Largeformer Deputy Governor, Bank of England

Sir Andrew Large

Are the baby boomers betraying our children? –The Hon. David Willetts, MPShadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Country House Opera – Ms. Wasfi Kani, OBEChief Executive of Grange Park Opera and Pimlico Opera

2006

France: The Social Chapter and the World – Rt. Hon. John Selwyn Gummerformer Chairman, Conservative Party

Rt. Hon. John Selwyn Gummer

When the World Goes Mad – Mr. Simon Winchester, Author, journalist, broadcaster

Speaking for Marriage – The Rt. Rev. Michael Scott-JoyntBishop of Winchester

2005

The Role of the TA in Iraq Now and in The Future – Major General. The Duke of WestminsterSenior Officer, Territorial Army

The Future of NATO – Lord Robertson of Port Ellenformer Secretary General, NATO

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

The NHS – Where are We? – Sir Barry Jacksonformer President, The Royal College of Surgeons

60 Years of Anglo-German Relations – His Excellency Mr. Thomas MatussekAmbassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

2004

The Role of the Press in Politics – Mr. Simon Jenkinsformer Editor, The Times

Mr. Simon Jenkins

Is there a Future for British Agriculture? – The Earl of Selborneformer Chairman, House of Lords sub-committee on EU agricultural and environmental regulations

Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice – Baroness Kennedy, QC

Intelligence and its Uses in the War on Terror – Dame Pauline Neville-JonesDiplomat and former Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee

Israel and Palestine from an Israeli Standpoint – Peter Afia, Past Bailiff, Weavers’ Company

2003

Accounting for Corporate Greed: Can it be Curbed? – Dr. Peter KnutsonAssociate Professor Emeritus, Wharton School of Pennsylvania

The Struggle against Terrorism – General The Lord Guthrieformer Chief of the Defence Staff

General The Lord Guthrie

Inside the BBC – Mr. Will Wyattformer Deputy to the Director General, BBC

2002

The National Health Service: The Future – The Earl HoweShadow Minister of Health, House of Lords

New News – Miss. Kate AdieJournalist

Miss. Kate Adie

Palestine: Why Oslo Went Wrong – Dr. Karma NabulsiFellow, Nuffield College, Oxford and former Advisor to Yasser Arafat

Funding the Arts: Can the Government see it? – Mr. John TusaManaging Director, Barbican Centre

Democracy, Deflation and Duisenberg – Mr. George MagnusChief Economist, S. G. Warburg

What is Education for? – Dr. Nick TateHeadmaster, Winchester College

1999

Self-Regulation: A Responsible Press in a Free Society – Rt. Hon. Lord WakehamPress Complaints Commission

Higher Education and its Prospects for the Millennium – Mr. A. Millns, Assistant Chief Executive, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

How Near are We to Permanent Peace? – Rt. Hon. Sir Richard Needhamformer Northern Ireland Minister

1998

Are We Using Our Prisons Properly? – General Sir David RamsbothamChief Inspector of Prisons

Farming: The Way Things Are – The Hon. Oliver WalstonFarmer and Broadcaster

1997

The Threat of Serious Crime – Mr. D. C. VenessAssistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

From the Gulf War to the Middle East Today – General Sir Peter de la Billière

1996

Lloyds: Reconstruction and Renewal – Mr. David RowlandChairman, Lloyds of London

The Northern Ireland Situation – Mr. David Trimble, MPLeader, Ulster Unionist Party

Cabinet and Civil Service – Sir Robin ButlerSecretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service

UK and US: Opportunities for Growth after the Election: A View from the American Midwest – Dr. Jeremy CrippsProfessor of Business Administration, Accounting and Economics, Heidelberg College, Ohio

1995

The Way Ahead for Transport – Mr. Steven Norris, MPUnder-Secretary of State for Transport

Peacekeeping in the Former Yugoslavia – Lieutenant-General Sir Michael RoseCommander, UN Forces Bosnia-Herzagovina Command

China after Deng Xiaoping – Sir. Richard Evansformer Ambassador to China

Fighting for the Nation – Mr. Jocelyn StevensChairman, English Heritage

The Security Service in the 1990s – Mrs. Stella Rimington

Mrs. Stella Rimington

1994

Racing to the Millenium – Mr. Tristram RickettsChief Executive, British Horseracing Board

Defence Cuts: Options for What – General Sir David Ramsbothamformer Adjutant-General

The BBC: Change for Good – Mr. Marmaduke HusseyChairman, Board of Governors, BBC

Britain’s Economic Prospects: Has Anything Changed? – Professor Patrick MinfordProfessor of Economics & Accounting, Liverpool University

Britain at the Heart of Europe – Rt. Hon. Tristan Garel-Jonesformer Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1993

United Nations Peacekeeping: A Role for the United Kingdom – Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian Oswald

“And what remains when disbelief has gone?” – Rt. Rev. Lord Bishop of Peterborough

Reform of the House of Lords – Rt. Hon. Lord WakehamLord Privy Seal & Leader of the House of Lords

1992

Muddling through to the Millennium – Sir Jeremy MorseChairman, Lloyds Bank

Commercial and Industrial Policy in the 1990s – Rt. Hon. Dr. Lewis Moonie, MPShadow Technology Spokesman, Department of Trade & Industry

Journalism with Limits – Miss. Eve PollardEditor, Sunday Express

The NHS: Funding for Life – Rt. Hon. William Waldegrave, MPChancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Lloyds: The Next Decade – Mr. David ColeridgeChairman, Lloyds of London

The Maastricht Treaty – Lord O’Hagan, MEP

Developments in the Administration of Justice during the Next Decade – Rt. Hon. Lord Taylor of GosforthLord Chief Justice of England

1991

Israel: Meat in the Middle East Sandwich – His Excellency Mr. Yoav BiranIsraeli Ambassador

WCC: How We Work – Lady PorterChairman, Westminster City Council

British Industry – Sir Robert ScholeyChairman, British Steel

The Train Industry in Motion – Sir Bob ReidChairman, British Rail

A Battalion Commander’s View of the Gulf War – Lt. Col. Iain Johnstone, Commanding Officer, 1st Bn. Royal Scots

1990

Hong Kong: Quo Vadis? – Mr. John YaxleyHong Kong Commissioner

An Independent View of Housing – Mrs. John Sutton, former Chairman, North Norfolk District Council Housing Committee

Between Now and 1992 – Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Howe, MPDeputy Prime Minister

The Gulf Crisis: A Strategic Overview – Col. M. K. O’M Dewar, Deputy Director, Institute of Strategic Studies

Will the Japanese Miracle Continue? – Sir Michael Wilfordformer Ambassador to Japan

The Role of the Speaker – Rt. Hon. Bernard Weatherill, MPSpeaker, House of Commons

Rt. Hon. Bernard Weatherill, MP

1989

British Agriculture Today and Tomorrow – The Hon. Sir Richard Butlerformer President, National Farmers’ Union

The Search for a Winning Strategy against the IRA – Professor Paul WilkinsonDepartment of Politics, University of Aberdeen

Educating Tomorrow’s Children – Mr. J. P. Sabben-Clare, Headmaster, Winchester College

South Africa – H.E. Mr. P. R. KillenSouth African High Commissioner

1988

The City: Fifteen Months after the Big Bang – Mr. Charles McVeighChairman, Solomon Brothers International Ltd., Lord Harris of High CrossChairman, The Institute of Economic Affairs

Globalising of Television and its News – Mr. David Nicholas, Chief Executive, Independent Television

International Relations and their Effect on the US Presidential Campaign – Professor Robert McGeehan, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford

1987

The Alliance in a Balanced Parliament – Mr. Charles Welchman, Liberal Parliamentary Candidate

NATO: The Challenge for the Future – General Bernard Rogers, United States Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

The Value to Industry and Commerce of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – HRH The Prince EdwardChairman, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

HRH The Prince Edward

1986

The Work fo the Save the Children Fund Worldwide – HRH The Princess AnnePresident, Save the Children Fund

Higher Education: What has Gone Wrong? – Rt. Hon. Lord BeloffFellow, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford

The Legitimisation of Structures in South Africa: Political and Climactical – Mr. Christopher Bell, Managing Director, Barclays National

Mergers, Take-Overs and the “Big Bang” in the City – Sir Gordon BorrieDirector General, Office of Fair Trading

Industry and Employment – Sir John Harvey-JonesChairman, Imperial Chemical Industries

Ad Hoc Speech – Mr. Ken Livingstoneformer Chairman, Greater London Council

Mr. Ken Livingstone

British Defence Policy in Cyprus – Major Gen. Sir Desmond Langleyformer Commander British Forces, Cyprus

1985

The Current Industrial Relations Scene – Mr. J. P. Lowry, Chairman, Advisory, Couciliation & Arbitration Service

Addiction Problems – Dr. Michael DixonCranston Project for Addiction Curing

75TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER – Rt. Hon. Julian Amery, MPson of the Club’s first speaker in 1910, Sir Gilbert Longdenformer Chairman, Club Committee, Mr. Anthony Cripps, Chairman, Club Committee

Rt. Hon. Julian Amery, MP

Why Britain needs a Designers’ Corner at Westminster Abbey – Lord VinsonChairman, The Development Commission

God is in the Heavens but Where is the Church? – The Rev. Roger RoyleBroadcaster and Journalist

1984

The Nuclear Debate – Field Marshal Lord Carverformer Chief of the General Staff

Trade Unions in the 1980s – Rt. Hon. Lionel MurrayGeneral Secretary, Trade Union Congress

The Reform of Lloyds – Mr. Ian Hay DavisonChief Executive, Lloyds of London

Financial Markets in a Changing World – Mr. Robin Leigh-PembertonGovernor, Bank of England

Maritime Britain – Admiral Sir Anthony GriffinChairman, British Maritime League

Britain’s Heritage under Threat – Rt. Hon. Lord Charteris of AmisfieldChairman, National Heritage Fund

A Defence Perspective – Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewinformer Chief of the Defence Staff

Defence: Current Issues – Rt. Hon. Michael Heseltine, MPMinister of Defence

1983

Unilateral Menace and the Merits of Trident – Marshal of the RAF Lord Cameronformer Chief of the Defence Staff

The Paths of Progress in Surgery – Mr. H. H. G. Eastcott, Vice-President, Royal College of Surgeons

Latin America: Problems and Opportunities – Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

The Falklands: A Battalion Commander’s View – Lt. Col. M. I. E. ScottCommanding Officer, 1st Bn. Scots Guards

Prison Problems for the 1980s – Mr. W. A. Brister, Deputy Director General, The Prison Service

1982

Exploration and Youth – Lieut. Col. J. M. Blashford-Snell

Lieut. Col. J. M. Blashford-Snell

The Future of the British Motor Industry – Mr. Sam ToyManaging Director, Ford Motor Company (UK)

Northern Ireland – Lieut. Gen. Sir Richard LawsonCommander-in-Chief, Northern Ireland

The Stock Exchange and British Business – Sir Nicholas GoodisonChairman, The Stock Exchange

Educational Sense and Nonsense – Mr. W. E. K. AndersonHeadmaster, Eton College

1981

Policing in the 1980s – Sir Kenneth NewmanCommandant, Police Staff College

The Middle East – Sir John GrahamDeputy Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The House of Lords – Lord BlakeProvost, Queen’s College, Oxford

Food and Agricultural Development in Europe – Sir Henry Plumb, MEPformer President, National Farmers’ Union

The Irish Question Today – H.E. Dr. Eamon KennedyIrish Ambassador

1980

Power in International Politics – Rt. Hon. Lord Home of the Hirselformer Prime Minister

Rt. Hon. Lord Home of the Hirsel

Prisons: Their Purpose and Effect – Sir John MayChairman, UK Prison Service Enquiry

Education and Society – Dr. John RaeHeadmaster, Westminster School

The Use of the Armed Forces in the 1980s – General Sir Edwin BramallChief of the General Staff

Institutions or People: Which are the Key to Fruitful Change? – Lord CockfieldMinister of State, HM Treasury

1979

The Trouble at The Times – Mr. William Rees-MoggEditor, The Times

1978

Governing London – Mr. Horace CutlerChairman, Greater London Council

1977

Cabinet Government – Rt. Hon. Lord Trendformer Secretary to the Cabinet

The Future of Nationalised Industries – Sir Derek EzraChairman, National Coal Board

The Bullock Proposals for Industrial Democracy – Mr. Clive JenkinsGeneral Secretary, Association of Scientific Technical & Managerial Staffs

The Future of the Official Secrets Act – Mr. Jonathan Aitken, MP

The House of Lords – Baroness Young

1976

Industrial Relations – Mr. Frank ChappleGeneral Secretary, Electrical, Electronic, Tele-Communications & Plumbing Union

East-West Relations – Rt. Hon. Lord Chalfontformer Defence Correspondent, The Times

The Mixed Economy: Can it Work? – Sir Kenneth Keith, Minister of State, The Foreign Office

1975

The New Towns – Sir Henry Chisholm, Chairman, Corby Development Commission

Conservative Policy – Rt. Hon. Sir Keith Joseph, MP

The Problems of State Patronage of the Arts Today – Lord GibsonChairman, The Arts Council

The Turf – Rt. Hon. Lord OakseyRacing Journalist

Rt. Hon. Lord Oaksey

European Architectural Heritage Year: 1975 – Countess of DartmouthBritish Chairman, European Heritage Year

1974

Race Relations in Britain Today – The Hon. Mark Bonham-CarterChairman, Community Relations Commission

Britain and the Middle East – Sir Richard Beaumontformer Ambassador to Egypt

The Theatre – The Hon. William Douglas-HomePlaywright

The Universities – General Sir John HackettPrincipal, King’s College, London

1973

Is the Public really interested by History and Tradition? – Dr. Roy StrongDirector, Victoria & Albert Museum

Dr. Roy Strong

British Farming in the 1970s – Sir Richard TrehaneChairman, Milk Marketing Board

The Relations between Government, Parliament and Industry – Rt. Hon. Lord ShackletonLeader of the Opposition, House of Lords

Recollections of a Central Banker – Rt. Hon. Lord O’BrienGovernor, Bank of England

China – Sir John KeswickJardine Matheson & Co.

Public Confidence in the Police – Sir Robert MarkCommissioner, Metropolitan Police

1972

What ought we to do with our criminals? – Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick LawtonLord Justice of Appeal

The Threat of International Subversion – Mr. Brian CrozierDirector, Institute for Study of Conflict

Japan – Sir John Pilcherformer Ambassador to Japan

Defence – Rt. Hon. Lord CarringtonSecretary of State for Defence

1971

The Government – Rt. Hon. Reginald Maudling, MPSecretary of State for Home Affairs

Developments in Government Organisation – Sir William ArmstrongHead of the Civil Service

The Third Party – Rt. Hon. Jeremy Thorpe, MPLeader, Liberal Party

1970

Defence Problems in the 1970s – General Sir Michael CarverChief of the General Staff

General Sir Michael Carver

Some Aspects of Monetary Policy – Rt. Hon. Harold Lever, MPPaymaster General

The Power of the Press – Mr. Hugh CudlippChairman, International Publishing Corporation

 

1969

The Future of Great Britain – Rt. Hon. Enoch Powell, MPformer Minister of Health

Anglo-Brazilian Affairs – Sir John Russellformer Ambassador to Brazil

Whither Transplantation Surgery? – Mr. John WatsonPlastic Surgeon

1968

The Law Commission – Sir Leslie ScarmanChairman, The Law Commission

Sir Leslie Scarman

Russia Today – H.E. Dr. SmirnovskyRussian Ambassador

Indo-British Relations – Rt. Hon. John Freemanformer High Commissioner, India

A Rationale of Separate Development – H.E. Dr. Luttig, German Ambasasdor

1967

Financial Journalism Today – Sir Gordon NewtonEditor, The Financial Times

Britain and the Common Market Five Years On – Rt. Hon. Sir Derek Walker Smith, MP

The War in Vietnam – Sir Robert Thompsonformerly with the British Advisory Mission, Vietnam

International Affairs – Rt. Hon. Duncan Sandys, MPformer Secretary of State for the Colonies

Towards International Understanding – Mr. F. J. Elphick

1966

The Future of Overseas Investment – Mr. Val Duncan, Chairman, Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation

British Techniques in Diplomacy – Sir Paul Gore-Boothformer Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office

Politicians must be Maligned – Mr. Peter Walker, MP

1965

The Functions of the Bank of England – The Earl of CromerGovernor, Bank of England

The Voluntary Services Overseas Movement – Rt. Hon. Viscount AmoryChairman, VSO

Guided Missiles and Micro-Technology – Mr. Sebastian de Ferranti

The General Election, 1966 – Mr. David Butler

1964

Crime and Punishment – Lord Parker of Waddington

Eton Today – Mr. Anthony Chenevix-TrenchHeadmaster, Eton College

1963

The Future of Education in Britain – Lord James of Rusholme, former High Master, Manchester Grammar School

National Economic Development Council – Sir Robert ShoneDirector General, NEDC

How Awful is the Press? – Mr. Gordon Brook Shepherd

1962

Britain and the Common Market – Rt. Hon. Edward Heath, MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

The Future of British Railways – Dr. Richard BeechingChairman, British Rail

The Future of Trade Unionism – Mr. George WoodcockGeneral Secretary, Trade Union Council

1961

Defenceless Britain – Mr. George Wigg, MP

Political Loyalty is not a Virtue – Mr. Nigel Nicolson

Conservatives in the Modern World – The Marquis of SalisburyFormer Cabinet Minister

Anglo-American Relations on Foreign Affairs – H.E. The Hon. D. K. BruceAmerican Ambassador

Western Strategy – Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of AlameinFormer Chief of the Imperial General Staff

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

1960

New Look in Kenya – Mr. Michael BlundellLeader, Multi-Racial Party, Kenya

Running a Diocese – Rt. Rev. Mervyn StockwoodBishop of Southwark

JUBILEE DINNER – 25TH MAY – Sir Cuthbert Headlamformer Chairman, Club Committee, Mr. R. Goold-Adams

1959

Why Liberals? – Mr. Jo Grimond, MPLeader, Liberal Party

The Fifth Republic – Mr. Frank GilesTimes Correspondant

The Commonwealth: Platitude or Reality? – Hon. C. M. WoodhouseDirector General, Royal Institute of International Affairs

Problems Confronting Shooting and Fishing in Britain Today – Mr. Gerald Best

Why the United Nations? – Mr. Terence Lawson, Secretary, UN Council for World Citizenship

1958

The Persian Gulf – Sir Charles BelgraveFinancial Advisor to the Government of Bahrain

The Army – Fire Engine or Rocket? – Brigadier Bernard Fergusson

The Running of a Cabinet – Rt. Hon. Earl Attlee,  former Prime Minister

Strategy – Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor, former Commandant, Defence College

1957

Partnership on the Copperbelt – Sir Ronald Prain, Chairman, Rhoderian Selection Trust

Social Equality: How and Why – Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell, MPLeader, Labour Party

Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell

Does the Commonwealth offer more than a Platitude? – Lieut. Gen. Sir Archibald Nyeformer High Commissioner to India and Canada

Private and Nationalised Industries: Some Fundamental Differences – Mr. Paul ChambersDeputy Chairman, Imperial Chemical Industries

House of Lords Reform – Members and Guests

Racing and its Problems – Lord Willoughby de Broke, Member, Jockey Club

1956

Fashions in Art Collecting – Mr. Geoffrey Agnew

Was the Sudan Prepared for Self-Government? – Mr. Paul Daniell, former Sudan Civil Servant

Our Organisation for Defence – Lieut. Gen. Sir Ian JacobDirector General, BBC

Why Write At All? – Mr. Alan Pryce-Jones

The Problems of a Divided Germany? – Herr Muddelmann

Trade Unions and Automation – Mr. Sam Watson, Labour Party Executive

The Unpopular Press – Mr. Donald TyermanEditor, The Economist

1955

Pakistan – Sir Gilbert LaithwaiteHigh Commissioner, Pakistan

Income Tax – Lord RadcliffeChairman, Royal Commission for Taxation

The National Trust – Mr. Christopher Husseyformer Editor, Country Life

Popular Press – Mr. Cecil Harmsworth KingChairman, Daily Mirror

Mr. Cecil Harmsworth King

Some Aspects of the Juvenile Court – Sir Basil HenriquesStipendiary Magistrate, London

1954

Influence of the Examination System in Education – Mr. Robert BirleyHeadmaster, Eton College

Trieste – Sir Victor Mallet,  former Ambassador to Rome

Television – Viscount DuncannonDirector, High Definition Films

Problems Confronting the Army Today – Field Marshal Sir John HardingChief of the Imperial General Staff

The Problem of the African – Lord Brand

The Worst and Best of Cricket – Mr. Denzil BatchelorSports Journalist

1953

Asia – Mr. Ritchie Calder

China – Sir Frederick Whyte

Modern Japan – Mr. K. Asakan

Russia’s Frontiers in Asia – Mr. Peter Fleming

Dealers and Collectors – Sir Kenneth Clark, Historian

Sir Kenneth Clark

Germany – Mr. Denis Healey, MP

Some Aspects of Colonial Policy – Rt. Hon. O. L. Lyttleton, MP

The Organisation of our Democratic Institution – Sir Hartley Shawcross

Anglo-American Relations – Colonel Barton S. Pulling

1952

The Prospect of Successful Self-Government, with special reference to Nigeria – Mr. L. E. H. Fellows

The Future of Trade Unionism – Mr. Arthur Deakin

The Suez Canal – Lord Hankey

The Purpose in Art – Mr. J. Christie

The Criminal Side of Police Work – Mr. R. M. Howe

Divorce: Remedy or Problem? – Mrs. Helena Normanton

Agriculture – Mr. H. D. Walston

1951

Productivity – Sir Henry Tizard

The Prospects of Unity in Western Europe – Sir George Rendel

The Economic Aspects of Town and Country Planning Legislation – Professor Sir Arnold Plant

Recovery in Norway since 1946 – Sir Laurence Collier

FORTIETH BIRTHDAY DINNER AT THE MANSION HOUSE by invitation of Sir Denys Lowson, Lord Mayor

Europe from the German Point of View – Mr. Wolfgang van Dower

Constitutional Development of Central Africa – Sir Dougal Malcolm

The Actual Transfer of Power in India – Admiral Earl Mountbatten of BurmaLast Viceroy of India

Admiral Earl Mountbatten of Burma

1950

Britain’s Needs and Prospects in the Dollar Markets – Sir Graham Cunningham

Getting the Most out of the Land – Dr. J. W. Scharff

Hopes and Fears in Pakistan – Sir Frederick Bourne

Germany – Mr. Duncan Wilson

Some Aspects of South Africa’s Racial Problem – H.E. Dr. A. L. Geyer, South African High Comissioner

The Modern Coroner and his Place in the Prevention of Crime – Mr. Bentley Purchase, Coroner of the Queen’s Household

1949

The Financial Outlook and the Position of Sterling – Mr. Paul Bareau

The Defence of the West – Mr. Douglas Jerrold

Cyprus and some Aspects of Colonial Administration – Lord Winster

The Council of Europe – Mr. David Eccles, MP

Soviet Foreign Policy – Major Gen. E. S. Lindsay

1948

Spain – Mr. W. Horsfall Carter

The Diplomatic Service – Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen

The Place of the Middle East in the World Today – Sir Ronald Storrs

Memories and Prospects in India – Lord Clydesmuir

Uses of Atomic Energy, Peaceful and Otherwise – Sir George Thomson

Cold War: East and West – Mr. Donald McLachlan

Catholicism in the Modern World – Mr. Douglas Woodruff

Modern Trade Unionism – Mr. Victor Feather

1947

Russia – Mr. John Lawrence

France – The Hon. Harold NicolsonDiplomat and Author

Hon. Harold Nicolson

Emigration, with Special Refernce to Australia – Mr. Norman Mighell, Australian High Comissioner

The Economic Outlook – Mr. Geoffrey Crowther

Palestine – Major The Hon. Martin Charteris

Incentives in Industry – Mr. Nigel Balchin

Anglo-American Relations – Mr. R. H. S. Crossman, MP

Japan – Mr. W. Teeling, MP

1946

The Future of the Club – Major Gen. G. P. Dawnay, Chatham Dining Club Co-Founder

The Prevention of War – Admiral Hon. Sir Reginald Plunkett Ernle-Erle-Drax

International Law – Mr. Willy Freund

1939

British Policy in the Mediterranean – Mr. Compton MackenzieAuthor

Mr. Compton Mackenzie

The Ukraine – Mr. Vladimir de Korostoretz

The Nervousness Prevalent in the Balkan States – Vice-Admiral C. V. Osborne

The Recovery of a Friendly Spain – Mr. Arnold Lunn

Can Public Schools Maintain their Position in Modern Conditions? – Dr. Cyril Allington

1938

Dictatorship, with Special Reference to Portugal – Sir Francis Lindley

Ireland – Hon. Francis Pakenham

What is Likely to be the Financial Outcome of the Armaments Race? – Professor Lionel Robbins

Palestine – Sir Ronald Storrs

Dictatorship – Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen

Population – Sir Arnold Wilson

The Crisis during September and its Effects – Members only

1937

The Restoration of Property and the Ending of the Proletariat – Mr. Hilaire Belloc

Empire Migration – Mr. Malcolm Macdonald

The Character and Customs of the Club – Members only

Monetary Reform – Mr. Patrick Barrington

Italy – Mr. C. J. S. Sprigge

Our Stake at Shanghai – Sir Sidney Barton

Canada – Mr. Vincent Massey

The Influence of America – Mr. Robert Boothby, MP

1936

The Labour Party and Sanctions – Mr. W. A. Ewer

The Future of the League of Nations – Sir Walter Layton

Industrial Mobilization – Mr. G. C. Whitham

Far Eastern Affairs and their Implications – General Sir Kenneth Wigram

The Present Position of Central Europe as it is seen by Czechoslovakia – Mr. Jan Masaryk

The Position of the Youth Movement in Germany – Mr. T. P. Conwell Evans

The Spanish Tragedy – The Marquess Del Moral

1935

Monetary Reform – Dr. T. E. Gregory

India – Sir Malcolm Hailey

Germany – Count Montgelas

Where the Capitalistic System Fails – Mr. James Maxton, MP

Territorial Army – Lt. Col. A. K. Dunlop

Broadcast Programme Policy – Colonel A. C. Dawnay

Problems and Progress in the USA – Dr. Moritz Bonn and Sir Harold Hartley

1934

Some Problems of Merchant Shipping – Mr. Philip Runciman

The Police and Responsibility to the Public – Sir John Moylan

Unemployment Problems in Europe – Mr. W. Teeling

Youth in the New Germany – Prince Biron von Courland

Reconstruction: The Next Step – Mr. Harold Macmillan, MPPrime Minister 1957-1953

Mr. Harold Macmillan, MP

Are We Fair to Hitler? – Mr. Ernest Tennant

The Balkan Problem in the Light of Recent Events – Dr. Seton Watson

The Derelict Areas – Captain Euan Wallace, MP

1933

British Government Shareholdings in Foreign Soil – Sir Arnold Wilson

The Polish Corridor – Mr. V. Poliakoff

The Great Illusion, 1933 – Sir Norman Angell

America’s Part in the Crisis – Mr. O. R. Hobson

The Army and Imperial Defence – Lieut. Gen. Sir Ronald Charles

The Navy and Imperial Defence – Captain V. H. Danckwerts

The Air Force and Imperial Defence – Group Captain R. H. Peck

1932

Road Transport – Colonel P. D. Ionides

Kenya – Sir Edward Grigg

Co-Partnership and Profit Sharing in Industry – Sir Alexander Walker

The Crisis in the Far East – Sir Frederick Whyte

Germany’s Foreign Policy – Count Bernsdorf and Count Montgelas

The Problem of Manchukuo – Mr. Y. Tsurumi

The Progress of Industrialisation in Russia – Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland

Air Communications – The Master of Sempill

1931

Air Survey Possibilities – Colonel Crosthwaite

Economy – Sir Ernest Benn

Iraq and Middle East Policy – Sir Arnold Wilson

Technical Education in Russia – Professor Mouat Hones

TWENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY DINNER – The Future of the Club – Major Gen. G. P. Dawnay

Political Capitalism and Political Labour – Mr. Austin Hopkinson, MP

Empire Poetry – Mr. J. C. Squire

1930

Institute of Pacific Relations – Hon. H. A. Wyndham

Women in Modern Industry and Politics – Rt. Hon. Margaret Bondfield, MP

British Policy in the East – Lord Lloyd

Present Position of the West Indies – Sir Edward Dawson

Economics of the Turf – Sir Clement Hindley

Public Schools and Business Careers – Sir Francis Goodenough

The Power of the Press – Mr. R. D. Blumenfeld

1929

Amateurism in Sport – Mr. F. H. Mugliston

The Situation in India – Sir Leslie Wilson

The Dangers of Too Much Air Propaganda – Rear Admiral J. E. T. Harper

The Economic Mission to Australia – Mr. D. O. Malcolm

Banking and Industry – Mr. H. D. Henderson

The Zionist Movement and Palestine – Mr. Chaim WeizmannFirst Prime Minister of Israel

Mr. Chaim Weizmann

1928

India and the Reform Act – Lord Lytton

Fascism – Professor G. Salvemini

America’s Attitude to Europe – Mr. J. D. Whepley

The Co-operative Movement – Mr. A. V. Alexander, MP

1927

Public School Problems of Today – Dr. Cyril Norwood

Present Day Problems of Japan – Mr. W. E. Laxon Sweet

Social Problems and Empire Policy – Dr. L. Haden Guest

The Air Defence of London – Marshal of the RAF Sir John Salmond

The British Film Industry – Mr. Charles Tennyson

Business and Politics – Sir Ernest Benn

The Relation of Science and Scientific Research to Everyday Life – Mr. H. T. Tizard

Industrial Problems – Sir Alfred Mond

Geneva Naval Conference – Capt. W. A. Egerton

1926

The League of Nations and Disarmament – Mr. H. Wilson Harris

Some Lessons of Present Industrial Prosperity in the USA – Mr. W. F. Lloyd and Mr. B. Austin

The Question of the Second Chamber – The Earl of Selborne

The Political Position in China – Dr. Hu Shih

1925

The Control of Alien Immigration – Mr. W. Haldane Porter

The Problem of Crime – Sir Evelyn Ruggles-BrisePrison Administrator and Reformer

Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise

The Legal Position of Trade Unions – Lord Summer

The Trend of Events in Germany – Mr. L. J. Maxse

The Future of the Coal Mining Industry – Sir Richard Redmayne

Communism and the Trade Unions – Mr. H. Wickham Steed

The Dynamics of Locarno – Dr. A. Shadwell

1924

Fleet Street and Downing Street – Sir Philip Gibbs

The Position of British Services – Sir George Lloyd

The Financial Policy of the Labour Party and Capital Levy – Mr. F. W. Pethick Lawrence, MP and Mr. H. P. Lees-Smith, MP

Singapore – Major Gen. Sir Neill Malcolm

Fascism – Mr. I. G. Manzi Fe

The Positions of the Dominions in Foreign Affairs – Sir James Allen

Dangers of Geneva and Protocol in its Present Form – Mr. H. C. Hyde

1923

Problem of Migration within the Empire – Mr. T. Macnaghten

The Future of National Physique – Brig. Gen. R. J. Kentish

The Future of Agriculture – Mr. C. S. Orwin

Some Problems of Aviation and Defence – Major Gen. Sir Frederick Sykes

Asiatic Problems in South and East Africa – Major Gen. Sir Humphrey Leggett

Some Apsects of the Unemployment Problem – Sir Lynden Macassey

The Economic Relation of Russia to Other European Countries in India – Mr. E. F. Wise

1922

The Future of Palestine – Mr. Shibley Jamal

The Future of the Universities – Mr. Ernest Baker

The German Mind Today – The Very Rev. Albert Victor Baillie KCVO, DD, Dean of Windsor

Reparations – Hon. R. H. Brand

Europe and America – Col. McMullen and Mr. Knight

1921

Some Criticisms of the House of Lords – Mr. W. A. Appleton

Thrift: Individual and National – Mr. Alfred Hoare

The Task before Lord Reading in India – Lord Meston

Germany Today – Major Gen. Neill Malcolm

The Future – Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson

Some Problems of National Finance – Mr. L. E. Jones

Japan and the Washington Conference – Lieut. Col. R. J. Drake

Our Present Position and Policy in Turkey – The Hon. Aubrey Herbert, MP

1920

British Responsibilities in the Middle East – Mr. D. G. Hogarth and Professor Arnold Toynbee

Agriculture and the State – Major Gen. G. P. Dawnay

The Decay of Parliament – Mr. Hilaire BellocPoet and Author

Mr. Hilaire Belloc

Rise of National Democratic and Labour Party – Capt. E. E. Loseby, MP and Mr. R. Macleod

The Imperial General Staff – Maj. Gen. Sir John Davidson, MP

Industrial Reconstruction – Rt. Hon. J. R. Clynes, MP, Rt. Hon. J. H. Thomas, MP and Mr. J. Sexton, MP

The Foreign Office and Balkan Policy – Mr. J. C. Lawson

1919

The Industrial Situation – Sir Basil Thomson

Life and Liberty – Rev. Canon William Temple

Dominion Solution of Irish Home Rule – Sir Horace Plunkett

The United Services Fund – General Lord Byng of Vimy

1914

The Territorial Force – Major Ladislaus Pope-Hennessy

The Present Situation in Ireland – Rt. Hon. W. Long, MP

A Commonsense Military Policy – Mr. A. Schvan

Are Political Parties Going to Develop on Socialistic Lines? – Mr. Philip Snowden, MP

Australia – Lord Chelmsford

1913

His Majesty’s Navy – The Earl of Selborne

A Labour View of Empire – Mr. Joseph Poynter, MP

The Best Means of Obtaining Under Present Conditions the Military Requirements of the Near Future – Earl Percy

France and British Sea Power – Mr. John St. Loe Strachey

1912

Lombard Street and War – Hon. R. H. Brand

England’s Food Supply – Mr. C. Turner

Islam and the British Empire – Rt. Hon. Syed Ameer Ali

Labour and the Empire – The Hon. J. N. Ridley

India and the British Democracy – Mr. Harold Cox

Some Balkan Problems – Mr. G. Lloyd, MP

The Possibility of an Imperial Federation – Mr. D. O. Malcolm

 1911

The Participation of the Dominions in the Conduct of Imperial Foreign Relations – Mr. S. P. Cockerell

The Declaration of London – Mr. A. H. Charteris

The Great Illusion – Mr. Norman Angell

The Relations between Navy and the State – The Hon. Reginald Plunkett

The Conditions of Representative Government – Mr. John Buchan

India as Part of the Empire of Today – Sir James Dunlop Smith

The New Patriotism – Mr. H. H. Schloesser

A Conception of Imperial Power – The Rev. Canon Jasper Maud

Mr. John Buchan

1910

The Idea of Imperial Unity – Mr L. S. Amery, MP

The Constitutional Conference and its Consequences – Mr F. S. Oliver

Imperial Foreign Policy and Armaments – Capt. R. Ommanney

Mr. L. S. Amery