Ditchley Foundation

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According to the Ditchley Foundation's website:

The Ditchley Foundation was established by Sir David Wills in 1958 to advance international learning and to bring transatlantic and other experts together to discuss the world’s problems. Ditchley’s original objective was to promote Anglo-American understanding on issues of mutual interest and American and Canadian sister Foundations, set up in 1964 and 1981 respectively, remain our most active partners. Since then Ditchley conferences have broadened to include the concerns and participation of nations all over the globe.[1]

The foundation is based at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, UK.


Council of Management

Members of the Council of Management are the Trustees of the Ditchley Foundation. They are chosen from amongst the ranks of the governing body. The term of office is four years, renewable once. The current Chairman is the former UK Prime Minister, Sir John Major.

The Governors

Ditchley Governors are chosen by the Council of Management and constitute the Foundation’s governing body. Members serve five year terms.

The current Governors are:

Sir Antony Acland, KG, GCMG, GCVO. Formerly British Ambassador to the United States of America and Chairman of the Council of Management, The Ditchley Foundation. | Lord Adonis. Minister for Education and Skills. | Senatore Giuliano Amato. Formerly Prime Minister of Italy. | Sir Michael Angus, DL. Formerly Chairman, The Boots Company plc; Chairman, The Leverhulme Trust. | His Excellency Signor Giancarlo ARAGONA. Ambassador of Italy to the Court of St James’s. | Count Riprand Arco. President,American Asset Corporation, New York. | Dr John Ashworth. Chairman Barts and The London NHS Trust. Formerly Chairman, The British Library and Director, London School of Economics. | Mr Robert Ayling. Chairman, Holidaybreak plc. Formerly Advisory Director, Next Inc and Chief Executive, British Airways plc. | Professor Dr Kurt BIEDENKOPF. Chairman, The Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Formerly Minister-President of Saxony | Mr Karan Bilimoria, CBE, DL. Chief Executive, Cobra Beer. | The Rt Hon Paul Boateng. British High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa. | Dr Clemens Borsig. Chairman, Deutsche Bank AG. | The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, JP. Formerly Secretary of State for Health and for National Heritage. | The Honorable John Brademas. Chairman, The American Ditchley Foundation. President Emeritus, New York University. Formerly Democrat Congressman for Indiana. | Sir Rodric Braithwaite, GCMG. Senior Advisor, Deutsche Bank AG London. Formerly British Ambassador to Russia. | The Rt Hon Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, QC. Vice Chairman, UBS Warburg. Formerly Vice-President, European Commission. | Sir Samuel Brittan. Principal Economic Commentator, The Financial Times. | Mr George BROCK. Managing Editor, The Times | Sir Nigel BROOMFIELD, KCMG. Chairman, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation. Formerly Director, The Ditchley Foundation and Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. | Ambassador John BRUTON, TD. Ambassador of the European Community to the United States of America. Formerly Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland. | His Excellency Mr Jose Mauricio BUSTANI. Ambassador of Brazil to the Court of St James’s. | Lord BUTLER OF BROCKWELL, GCB, CVO. Master, University College, Oxford. Formerly Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service. The Rt Hon David Cameron, MP. Conservative Member of Parliament for Witney and Leader of the Opposition. | The Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell, CBE, QC, MP. Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Fife North East and Leader of the Liberal Democrats. | His Excellency Mel CAPPE. High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom. | The Rt Hon Lord Csrrington, KG, GCMG, CH, MC. Formerly Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Secretary-General of NATO. | Ms Shami Chakrabarti. Director of Liberty. | The Rt Hon Baroness Chalker of Wallasey. Formerly Minister for Overseas Development. | Sir John Coles GCMG. Formerly Head of the Diplomatic Service. | Mr Robert CONWAY. Senior Director, Goldman Sachs International. | Mr Robert Cooper, CMG, MVO. Council of the European Union. | Lord Dahrendorf, KBE, FBA. Formerly Non-executive Director, Bankgesellschaft, Berlin. | The Rt Hon Baroness Dean of Thornton-Le-Fylde. Formerly General Secretary, Society of Graphical & Allied Trades. | His Excellency Gérard Errera. Ambassador of France to the Court of St. James’s. | Mr Francis Finlay, CFA. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clay Finlay Inc. | Professor Timothy Garton Ash, CMG. Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford. | Sir John Gieve. Deputy Governor, The Bank of England. Formerly Permanent Secretary, Home Office | Sir Nicholas GOODISON. Formerly Deputy Chairman, Lloyds TSB Group plc. | Mr Nik GOWING. Main presenter/anchor, international TV news service, BBC World. | Sir John GRAHAM, Bt, GCMG. Formerly UK Permanent Representative to NATO and Director, The Ditchley Foundation. | Professor Malcolm GRANT, CBE, MA, LLD. Provost and President of University College London. | Mr Damian Green, MP. Conservative Member of Parliament for Ashford. | Professor Christopher GREENWOOD, QC, CMG. Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science. | Lord Hannay of Chiswick, GCMG. British Government Special Representative to Cyprus. | Professor Peter HENNESSY, FBA. Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. | Dr Miguel HERRERO DE MIÑÓN. Lawyer. | Sir Christopher HOGG. Former Chairman, Reuters Group. | The Earl of HOME, CVO, CBE. Chairman, Coutts & Co. | Professor Sir Michael HOWARD, OM, CBE, MC, FBA. Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford. | The Rt Hon Lord HOWE OF ABERAVON, CH, QC. Formerly Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. | Lord HUNT OF TANWORTH, GCB. Formerly Secretary of the Cabinet and Chairman, The Ditchley Foundation. | The Honorable Bob Hunter. Senior Policy Analyst, RAND. | The Rt Hon Lord HURD OF WESTWELL, CH, CBE. Formerly Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs | Mr Will HUTTON. Chief Executive, The Work Foundation | Sir Michael JAY, KCMG. Permanent Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. | The Honorable Peter JAY. Formerly British Ambassador to the United States of America. | Sir John KEMP-WELCH. Formerly Chairman, London Stock Exchange. | Sir Anthony KENNY, FBA. Formerly Warden, Rhodes House, Oxford. | Lord KERR OF KINLOCHARD, GCMG. Formerly Head of the Diplomatic Service. | Professor Sir David KING. Government Chief Scientific Advisor. | Sir John KINGMAN, FRS. Director, Isaac Newton Institute. Formerly Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol. | The Rt Hon Lord KINNOCK OF BEDWELLTY. Chairman, The British Council. Formerly Vice President of the European Commission. | Mr Andrew Knight]]. Director, The News Corporation. | Mr François LAGRANGE. Chairman, National Commission for Privatisation and President of the Patent Office, France. | Mr Anthony LOEHNIS, CMG. Director, Mitsubishi Securities plc. Formerly Executive Director, The Bank of England. | The Rt Hon Lord LUCE, GCVO, DL. Lord Chamberlain to the Queen’s Household. Formerly Governor of Gibraltar. | Sir Roderic Lyne, KBE, KCMG. Formerly British Ambassador to Russia. | The Honorable Roy MACLAREN, PC. Formerly Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Minister of Trade. | Ms Bronwen Maddox. Foreign Editor, The Times. | Mr Bryan MAGEE. Formerly Member of Parliament for Leyton. | The Rt Hon Sir John MAJOR, KG, CH. Formerly Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. | Sir Christopher MALLABY, GCMG, GCVO. Formerly Managing Director, UBS Warburg and British Ambassador to France. | The Hon Dr Philippa MALMGREN. President, Canonbury Group, London. | The Rt Hon Peter MANDELSON. Commissioner for Trade Policy, European Commission Formerly Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. | Professor Sir Laurence MARTIN, DL. Formerly Director, Royal Institute of International Affairs. | Sir Peter MIDDLETON, GCB. President, The British Bankers’ Association. Formerly Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury. | The Rt Hon David Miliband, MP. Labour Member of Parliament for South Shields and Minister of Communities and Local Government. | His Excellency Carlos MIRANDA, COUNT OF CASA MIRANDA. Ambassador of Spain to the Court of St James’s. | Mr John MONKS. Formerly General Secretary, Trades Union Congress. | Dr Glen R MORENO. Chairman, Pearson plc. | Sir Jeremy MORSE, KCMG. Chancellor, University of Bristol. Formerly Chairman, Lloyds Bank plc. | Edward Mortimer. Chief Speechwriter to the Secretary General of the United Nations. | Sir Richard MOTTRAM, GCB. Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator, Cabinet Office. | Dr Geoff Mulgan. Director, The Young Foundation. Formerly Head of the Forward Strategy Unit, Prime Minister’s Office. | The Rt Hon Sir Patrick NAIRNE, GCB, MC. Formerly Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Security and Master, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. | Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, DCMG. Formerly a Governor of the BBC and Political Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. | His Excelleny Yoshiji NOGAMI. Ambassador of Japan to the Court of St. James’s. | Sir Gus O'Donnell, KCB. Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service. | Sir David Omand, GCB. Formerly Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office. | Lord O’NEILL OF CLACKMANNAN. Formerly Member of Parliament for Ochil. | Baroness O’NEILL OF BENGARVE. Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge. | His Excellency Judge Hisashi OWADA. Judgeship of the International Court of Justice. Formerly Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations. | Ms Elizabeth PADMORE. Global Director, Policy and International Affairs, Accenture plc. | The Rt Hon Sir Michael PALLISER, GCMG. Formerly Head of the Diplomatic Service. | Baroness PARK OF MONMOUTH, CMG, OBE. Formerly Principal, Somerville College, Oxford. | The Rt Hon Lord PATTEN OF BARNES, CH. Chancellor of Oxford University. Formerly Member of the European Commission and Governor of Hong Kong. | Sir Ashley PONSONBY, Bt, KCVO, MC. Formerly Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. | Baroness PRASHAR OF RUNNYMEDE, CBE. Chair of the Judicial Appointment Commission. Formerly First Civil Service Commissioner. | Sir Michael QUINLAN, GCB. Formerly Director of The Ditchley Foundation and Permanent Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence. (The Honourable Sir Peter RAMSBOTHAM, GCMG, GCVO, DL. Formerly British Ambassador to the United States of America. | Lord Renwick of Clifton, KCMG. Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, J P Morgan plc. Formerly British Ambassador to the United States of America. | Mr Grant L REUBER, OC, FRSC. Formerly President, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation. | The Rt Hon Lord RICHARDSON OF DUNTISBOURNE, KG, MBE, TD, DL. Formerly Governor, Bank of England. | Mr David RICHMOND, CMG. Director General, Defence and Intelligence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. | Baron Dr Hermann von RICHTHOFEN, GCVO. Formerly Ambassador of Germany to the Court of St. James’s. | The Honourable Dr Matt RIDLEY. Freelance journalist and author Deputy Chairman, Northern Rock plc. | The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, KCMG, QC, MP. Conservative Member of Parliament for Kensington and Chelsea. Formerly Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. | Mr Ronald S RITCHIE, CM. Honorary Chairman, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation. Formerly Director and Senior Vice President, Imperial Oil Limited. | Professor Sir Adam ROBERTS, KCMG, FBA. Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. | The Rt Hon Lord Robertson Of Port Ellen, KT, GCMG, FRSE. Deputy Chairman, Cable and Wireless plc. Formerly Secretary General, NATO, and Secretary of State for Defence. | Mr Alan RUSBRIDGER. Editor, The Guardian. | Mr John SAWERS, CMG. Political Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. | Dr Friedrich SCHMITZ. Global Head of Asset Management, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt. | The Honorable Raymond SEITZ. Vice Chairman, Lehman Brothers Europe Limited. Formerly United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s. | His Excellency Mr Kamalesh SHARMA. High Commissioner for India to the Court of St James’s. | Dr Constanze STELZENMÜLLER. Director, Berlin Office, German Marshall Fund of the United States. | Mr Philip STEPHENS. Associate Editor, Financial Times. | The Rt Hon Jack STRAW, MP. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. | The Honorable Edward J STREATOR. Formerly Minister, United States Embassy in London and former Ambassador to OECD. | Baroness Symons OF VERNHAM DEAN. Formerly Minister of State for International Trade and Investment, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. | Sir Kevin Tebbit, KCB, CMG. Permanent Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence. | The Honorable Barbara S THOMAS. Chairman, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Deputy Chairman, Friends Provident plc. | Sir Crispin TICKELL, GCMG, KCVO. Chancellor, University of Kent at Canterbury. Formerly United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations. | Lord Tugendhat. Chairman – Europe, Lehman Brothers. Formerly Vice-President, European Commission. | Lord TURNBULL OF ENFIELD. Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service. | His Excellency Robert H Tuttle. United States Ambassador to the Court of St James’s. | Field Marshal the Lord VINCENT OF COLESHILL, GBE, KCB, DSO. Formerly UK Chief of the Defence Staff and Chairman, NATO Military Committee. | Dr Diana WALFORD. Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford. Formerly Director, Public Health Laboratory Service, London. | Baroness WARNOCK, DBE. Formerly Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge. | Mr Simon WEBB, CBE. Director General, Delivery and Security, Department of Transport. | Sir John Weston, KCMG. Formerly United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations. | Mr John Weston, CBE. Chairman, Spirent plc. Formerly Chief Executive, BAe Systems. | Dame Margaret Weston, DBE. Formerly Director, Science Museum. | Mr David Willetts, MP. Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant and Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills. | Baroness WILLIAMS OF CROSBY, PC. Director, Project Liberty, Harvard University. Formerly Secretary of State for Education and Science. | Dr [[Catherine Wills]. | Lady WILLS, JP. | Lord WILSON OF DINTON, GCB. Master, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Formerly Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service. | Lord WILSON OF TILLYORN, KT, GCMG. Master, Peterhouse, Cambridge. Formerly Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Hong Kong. | Lord Windlesham, CVO, PC. Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords. Formerly Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. | Dr Ngaire Woods. Fellow in Politics and International Relations, University College, Oxford. | Professor Sir Robert Worcester, KBE. Chairman, Market and Opinion Research International | Lord WRIGHT OF RICHMOND, GCMG. Formerly Head of the Diplomatic Service.The Foundations

Former Directors

Sir Nigel BROOMFIELD, KCMG August 1999-August 2004 Non-Executive Director, Smiths Group plc (1998-). HM Ambassador to Germany (1993-97); Deputy Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1990-92); HM Ambassador to GDR (1988-90); Deputy High Commissioner and Minister, British High Commission, New Delhi (1985-88).

Sir Michael QUINLAN, GCB August 1992- August 1999 Permanent Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (1988-92); Permanent Secretary, Department of Employment (1983-88); Deputy Secretary, HM Treasury (1981-82); Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Policy, Ministry of Defence (1977-81); Under-Secretary, Cabinet Office (1974-77); Defence Counsellor, UK Delegation to NATO (1970-73); Appointments in Air Ministry, then Ministry of Defence (1954-70).

Sir John GRAHAM, Bt, GCMG August 1987- August 1992 HM Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to NATO (1982-86); Deputy Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1980-82); HM Ambassador to Iran (1979-80); Deputy Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1977-79); HM Ambassador to Iraq (1974-77); Minister and Head of Chancery, British Embassy, Washington (1972-74).

Sir Reginald HIBBERT, GCMG August 1982- August 1987 HM Ambassador to France (1979-82); Minister, British Embassy, Bonn (1972-75); Political Adviser to C-in-C Far East (1970-71); Charge d’Affaires, Ulan Bator (1964-66); Special Operations Executive (1943-45).

Sir Philip Adams, KCMG January 1977-August 1982 HM Ambassador to Egypt (1972-75); Deputy Secretary, The Cabinet Office (1970-72); HM Ambassador to Jordan (1966-70); HM Consul-General, Chicago (1963-66).

Sir [[Michael Stewart], KCMG, OBE July 1971- December 1976 HM Ambassador to Greece (1967-71); Minister, British Embassy, Washington (1964-67); Instructor, Imperial Defence College (1962-64); Charge d’Affaires, British Embassy, Peking (1959-62).

Henry (Harry) Vincent HODSON (as Provost of Ditchley) November 1961- July 1971 Assistant Editor and Editor, The Sunday Times (1946-61); Ministry of Production (1942-45); Reforms Commissioner, Government of India (1941-42); Ministry of Information (1939-41).

Current Staff

Director Sir Jeremy GREENSTOCK, GCMG (2004-) Formerly: H.M. Diplomatic Service (1969-2004); UK Special Representative for Iraq (2003-04); Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York (1998-2003); Political Director (1996-98); Deputy Under Secretary Middle East/Eastern Europe (1995); Minister Political, Washington (1994-95); Assistant Under Secretary Western and Southern Europe (1990-94). Special Adviser to the BP Group (2004- ); Non-Executive Director, De La Rue plc (2005- ); Governor, London Business School (2005 - ); Board Member of the International Rescue Committee, UK (2005 - ).

Deputy Director Mr Ashish BHATT (2001-) Formerly: Special Assistant to The Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP (1996-2001); European Commission, Justice and Home Affairs Task Force (1994-96). A Trustee, Wateraid; 19 Princelet Street, Museum of Immigration and Diversity. Member, Board of Directors, The United Nations Association, UK; Advisory Board, The Trans Atlantic Institute.

Bursar Brigadier Chris Galloway (1998-) Formerly: Career Army Officer in Royal Engineers 1963 – 1997. Served in UK, Germany, Cyprus, Oman, USA and Belize.

Head of Development Ms Carol McCALL (2004-) Formerly: Director of Development, Hertford College Oxford (2001-2004); Development Executive, University of Oxford Development Office (1996-2001); Deputy International Officer, University of Oxford (1991-1996); Assistant Graduate Admissions Officer, University of Oxford (1987-1991).

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is an advisory committee constituted of Governors, academic, political and international experts. Their role is to advise the Director in the drawing up of Ditchley’s forward programme of conferences. The current Chair is Sir Rodric Braithwaite. Current members are listed below:


Sir Rodric Braithwaite


Mr Tom Bentley Mr Hans Henning Blomeyer-Bartenstein Sir Samuel Brittan Mr Robert Cooper Dr Steven Everts Mr David Goodhart Sir Jeremy Greenstock Professor Peter Hennessy Mr David Johnson Ms Bronwen Maddox Mr Michael Moore, MP Ms Anne Pringle Professor Sir Adam Roberts Ms Kitty Ussher, MP Mr David Willetts, MP Dr Catherine Wills

Development Committtee

The Development Committee is a Committee of Governors and Members of the Council whose role is to oversee Ditchley’s development campaign and 50th Anniversary appeal. The Development Committee is chaired by Mr John Weston. Current Members are listed below:




Website http://www.ditchley.co.uk/



  1. About The Ditchley Foundation, The Ditchley Foundation website, accessed 3 August 2009