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.

  • Mr Bim Afolami MP
    Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden
  • James Arroyo OBE
    Director, The Ditchley Foundation
  • Ms Sarah Fountain Smith
    Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Dr Dougal Goodman OBE FREng
    Vice President, The Foundation for Science and Technology
  • Mr Charles Grant, CMG
    Director, Centre for European Reform
  • Mrs Julia Gross
    Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Germany to the United Kingdom
  • Dr Ian Kearns
    Co-Founder and Director, European Leadership Network
  • Mr Chris Leslie
    Formerly Member of Parliament for Nottingham East (2010-2019)
  • Ms Elizabeth Linder
    Executive Director, Beautiful Destinations
  • Mr Peter Mather
    Group Regional Vice President (Europe) and Head of Country (UK), BP plc
  • Dr Edwina Moreton OBE
    Formerly Diplomatic Editor and Deputy Foreign Editor, The Economist
  • Mr Rajay Naik
    Chief Commercial Officer, Study Group. Formerly Director, The Open University.
  • Minister Takashi Okada
    Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan to the United Kingdom
  • Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA
    Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College and formerly President, The British Academy
  • Dr Liane Saunders OBE
    Director of Strategy, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • The Rt Hon. Rory Stewart, OBE
    Formerly Secretary of State for International Development
  • Ms Jo Swinson CBE
    Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Mrs Xenia Wickett
    Vice President for Political Analysis, Equinor
  • Dr Catherine Wills