The Right Honourable Jack Straw

The Rt Hon Jack Straw is one of three senior Ministers to remain in Cabinet throughout the 1997 to 2010 Labour Government. He served as Foreign Secretary (2001 to 2006), Home Secretary (1997 to 2001), Leader of the Commons (2006 to 2007), and Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007 to 2010). He was Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 7 May 2015, when he retired from the Commons.

Before becoming an MP, Jack practiced as a Barrister, and then worked as a Special Adviser in the Labour Government of 1974 to 1979. He served on the Opposition Front Bench from 1980 to 1997.

Appointed Foreign Secretary in 2001, Jack played a leading role in the dramatic foreign policy problems arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and the resulting interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was instrumental in helping avoid an extremely dangerous armed conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir in 2002. He was a member of the European Council for five years. In 2005 he led successful efforts to open formal EU membership negotiations with Turkey. He is co-Chairman of the government-sponsored British-Turkish Forum. He was given the Order of the Republic of Turkey by President Abdullah Gül in 2012.

With his French and German counterparts, Jack initiated the “E3” (later “E3+3”) negotiations with Iran over their nuclear programme, and has taken a close interest in Iran ever since, having visited it eight times.

He is a Visiting Professor at University College London School of Public Policy. Since 2015 he has been Chairman of the Blackburn Youth Zone, and from 2017 a Trustee of the Tauheedul Education Trust.

 

Sir David Manning GCMG, CVO

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Sir David Manning GCMG, CVO joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1972. He served in Warsaw, New Delhi, Paris and Moscow.

From 1994-5 he was Head of Policy Planning; from 1995-8 Ambassador to Israel; and from 1998-2000 he was Deputy Under Secretary of State for Defence and Intelligence and a member of the Foreign Office Board.

He was the UK Permanent Representative at NATO (Brussels) from 2000-2001 before returning to London as Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat (2001-2003). He was then Ambassador to the United States for four years from 2003-2007.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild

RothschildSir Evelyn de Rothschild is currently Chairman of E.L. Rothschild Ltd, a private investment company focussed on India. He was Chairman and CEO of NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd, the international investment bank, from 1976 until 2003. During that time, he increased the total assets of the business from £400m in 1976 to £4.6b in 2003. He also expanded the number of offices worldwide from 15 to over 50.

From 1972 until 1989, Sir Evelyn also served as Chairman of The Economist Group, where the family is a large minority holder. During that time, its circulation increased from 101,000 to 362,000 copies; the turnover increased from £4.4m to £70.8m. Sir Evelyn is also a Director of IMG Worldwide Inc.

Previous corporate directorships include: Director of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd, and Director of IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd.

Sir Evelyn has served the British government in various capacities, including as Chairman of United Racecourse, and Deputy Chairman of Milton Keynes Development Corporation. He has also been a member of the UK Business Delegation with Prime Minister Blair to South America and has represented the UK at the International Institute of Strategic Studies meetings in Bahrain.

Sir Evelyn has maintained a lifetime commitment to philanthropy. He is Chairman of the ERANDA Foundation, a family foundation he founded in 1967 to support charities working in the fields of medical research, health and welfare, education and the arts. In this capacity, he funds the Integrated Rural Development Corporation in Tamil Nadu, which supports 26,000 people. He also built and operates the Lady Lynn Joyful Home for Children for 50 orphans in Tamil Nadu. Also in India, he serves as co-Patron with the Rajmata of Jaipur of the Elephant Family.

In addition, Sir Evelyn currently serves as a Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Chairman of Cambridge Business School Appeal, co-Patron of the Interfaith Foundation and Honorary Life President of Norwood and Ravenswood Children’s Charity.

He was formerly Chairman of St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in Paddington, London, Member of the Council of the Shakespeare Globe Trust and President of the Evelina Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Sir Evelyn was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 for services to banking and finance. He is married to Lynn Forester and has three children and two step-children.

Baroness Fall

Kate Fall is a member of the House of Lords where she sits on the International Relations and Defence Select Committee.  She is a Parliamentary Visiting Fellow at St Anthony’s college Oxford, a NED on the Cultural Recovery Board, a Trustee of Atlantic Partnership, and member of the Advisory Board of the centre right think tank Onward.

Kate was deputy chief of staff to David Cameron for 6 years while he was the British Prime Minister and for 5 years when he was Leader of the Opposition.

Previously, Kate ran the business liaison unit and covered the foreign affairs brief for the then Leader of the Conservative party, Michael Howard. She worked for the CBI under Howard Davies, and for the Conservative Research Department. Her first job was for a British MEP.  She was also formerly a Governor of Fairley House School for dyslexic children.

Kate is a graduate from Oxford University where she read PPE.

She is the author of The Gatekeeper: Life At The Heart of No. 10, published by HarperCollins.  She is a regular contributor to UK political broadcasts.

Meg Allen

AllenMeg Allen is currently Director, DRAMLA S.A., Geneva. Born and raised in the U.S.A. (Hawaii, then California), her qualifications include a BSc. Degree (Accounting and Economics) and an Investment Management Certificate.

Meg co-founded the partnership, DRAMLA Consulting U.K. in 1984 where she was responsible for financial management and providing intermediary services for companies looking to establish joint ventures in China. In 1995 she co-founded DRAMLA S.A. in Geneva where she is currently Director responsible for portfolio management.

Meg co-manages a charitable foundation which supports health, education, arts, sports and community projects.  Other than family and sports activities, she has several interests and commitments in the Arts and in Transatlantic politics.   Meg is married to David and they have three children.