Programme Committee

The Programme Committee supports Ditchley’s mission by meeting biannually to shape and discuss the future conference programme. Ditchley draws on the broad range of expertise of the committee members to select ideal Chairs and identify candidate invitees to ensure rich discussions at each conference.

Future meeting dates:
Wednesday 8 May, 2024

  • Mr Bim Afolami MP
    Economic Secretary of State to the Treasury
  • The Rt Hon. Douglas Alexander
    Visiting Professor, New York University (Abu Dhabi); Director, Consequitur Limited
  • James Arroyo OBE
    Director, The Ditchley Foundation
  • Mr Rüdiger Bohn
    Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Germany to the United Kingdom
  • Mr Robert Fry
    Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom
  • Mr Charles Grant, CMG
    Director, Centre for European Reform
  • Mr Will Hines
    Director for Strategy, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Mr Darren Jones MP
    Member of parliament for Bristol North West
  • Ms Elizabeth Linder
    Founder and Chief Diplomatic Officer, Brooch Associates
  • Minister Hiroshi Matsuura
    Japan's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in the United Kingdom
  • Ms Alison McGovern MP
    Member of Parliament for Wirral South
  • Professor Rana Mitter OBE FBA
    Professor of History and Politics of Modern China, Oxford University China Centre
  • Dr Edwina Moreton OBE
    Formerly Diplomatic Editor and Deputy Foreign Editor, The Economist
  • Mr Rajay Naik
    Chief Executive Officer, Skilled Education; Chairman, UK Commission on Lifelong Learning
  • Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA
    Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College and formerly President, The British Academy
  • Ms Sonia Sodha
    Chief Leader Writer and Columnist, The Observer
  • The Rt Hon. Rory Stewart, OBE
    President of GiveDirectly and Former Secretary of State for International Development
  • Ms Jo Swinson CBE
    Director, Partners for a New Economy
  • Mrs Xenia Wickett
    Director, Wickett Advisory