Past Speakers

In the last ten years, we have welcomed a plethora of thought-leaders, industry-shapers and opinion-formers to speak at our dinners. With a little number-crunching, we can demonstrate the phenomenal breadth and depth of this distinguished company, from political leaders and industry legends to entirely fictional characters*.



2nd Dec 2020

Graham Norton

Multi BAFTA award winning comedian, chat show host and DJ – Alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

4th Nov 2020

Sir Jeremy Farrar

OBE, Director, Wellcome Trust

7th Oct 2020

John Sopel

North American Correspondent, BBC

9th Sept 2020

Alison Rose, Group CEO, NatWest Group in conversation with Phil Collins, The Times

1st July 2020

Alan Jope, Chief Executive Office, Unilever in conversation with Sue Garrard

3rd June 2020

Building Back Better

June Sarpong OBE, BBC Director of Creative Diversity in conversation with Vanessa Kingori MBE, Publishing Director of British Vogue, Sarah Brown, President of Theirworld & Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education, Shelley Zalis, entrepreneur & founder & CEO of the The Female Quotient and Matthew Taylor CBE, Chief Executive of the RSA.

6th May 2020

Special Online Event

Panel: Sir Craig Oliver, Mark Thompson, Lord Hague of Richmond, Ursula Burns & Dave Lewis

4th March 2020

Tony Hall

Baron Hall of Birkenhead, CBE, Director-General of the BBC

5th February 2020

Tim Warrillow

CEO, Fever Tree


4th Dec 2019

Ruth Wilson in Conversation with Claudia Winkleman. Music from the BBC Singers.

6th Nov 2019

Panel of speakers chaired by Kamal Ahmed, Editorial Director of the BBC News

The Panel included, Camilla Tominey, Matthew d’Ancona, Ben Page, & Andrew Marr

2nd Oct 2019

Sebastian James

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Boots UK & ROI

4th Sept 2019

Ross Brawn

Managing Director of Motor Sports, Formula 1®

3rd July 2019

Dame Carolyn McCall


5th June 2019

James Harding


1st May 2019

Chuka Umunna MP & Anna Soubry MP

Change UK

3rd April 2019

Mike Coupe

CEO, Sainsbury’s<

12th March 2019

Philip Rycroft

Permanent Secretary

6th March 2019

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

OBE, Dynamical Oceanographer, British Antarctic Survey

6th February 2019

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Member of Parliament for North East Somerset


5th December 2018

Aled Jones MBE, performing
Speaker, Caroline Casey, activist & founder of Kanchi

7th November 2018

Keith Weed interviews Carolyn Everson

VP Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

7th November 2018

James Timpson

OBE, CEO, Timpson

3rd October 2018

Omar Abbosh

Group Chief Executive, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture

5th September 2018

John Ridding

CEO, Financial Times

2nd July 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum with Dr Tristram Hunt

6th June 2018

Stephane Kurgan

Chief Operating Officer, King

2nd May 2018

John Motson

OBE, Football Commentator

4th April 2018

John Mulholland

Editor, Guardian US

7th March 2018

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Partner, McKinsey

21st February 2018

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond

Chancellor of the Exchequer

7th February 2018

Jayne-Anne Ghadia

CEO, Virgin Money


6th December 2017

Idris Elba


8th November 2017

Malcolm Walker

CBE, CEO, Iceland

4th October 2017

Matt Frei

Channel 4/LBC

13th September 2017

Sir Ben Ainslie


5th July 2017

Ivan Menezes

CEO, Diageo

28th June 2017

Members event at Lords in the Long Room

25th May 2017 (breakfast)

Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer/h5>

3rd May 2017

‘Fake news, fake metrics, fake brands’

David Pemsel, CEO, Guardian. Sir Craig Oliver, formerly of Number 10, + one speaker to be announced. Chaired by Torin Douglas/b>

5th April 2017

Tamara Rojo

CBE, Artistic Director and Lead Principle Dancer of the English National Ballet

1st March 2017

Brexit, Article 50

Dr Pippa Malmgrem (Former US Presidential Advisor on Economic policy), James O’ Brien, Journalist and LBC presenter, John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce & Phil Collins, Journalist at the Times

5th February 2017

Carolyn Fairbairn

Director General, CBI



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