Former Directors


September 2010-August 2016

Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee UK (2012-). Formerly: Director, The Ditchley Foundation (2010-2016); Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, The United Nations, New York (2007-10); Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service (1973-2006): Ambassador to France (2001-06); Ambassador to Portugal (1999-2001); Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997-99); Private Secretary to Prime Minister Sir John Major for Overseas Affairs (1996-97); Head, European Union Department (External), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1995-96). A Member of the Board of Directors of the American and Canadian Ditchley Foundations.
>>>Go to Sir John Holmes' first Ditchley conference

August 2004-August 2010

Governor, London Business School (2005- ); Board Member of the International Rescue Committee, UK (2005- ); 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).
>>> Go to Sir Jeremy Greenstock's first Ditchley conference

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 German Democratic Republic (1988-90); Deputy High Commissioner and Minister, British High Commission, New Delhi (1985-88).
>>> Go to Sir Nigel Broomfield's first Ditchley conference

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).
>>> Go to Sir Michael Quinlan's first Ditchley conference

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).
>>> Go to Sir John Graham's first Ditchley conference

Sir Reginald HIBBERT, GCMG
August 1982- August 1987

HM Ambassador to France (1979-82); Minister, British Embassy, Bonn (1972-75); Political Adviser to Commander-in-Chief Far East (1970-71); Charge d’Affaires, Ulan Bator (1964-66); Special Operations Executive (1943-45).

>>> Go to Sir Reginald Hibbert's first Ditchley Conference

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).

>>> Go to Sir Philip Adams' first Ditchley Conference

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).

>>> Go to Sir Michael Stewart's first Ditchley Conference

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).

>>> Go to Harry Hodson's first Ditchley Conference