Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme and launch of panel reports

London, United Kingdom

Fri Oct 23 2015

Event type

  • Public
  • Other


2015 is the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death and the seventy-fifth anniversary of his “finest hour” in 1940 when he became Prime Minister. To commemorate this anniversary the aim of this 21st century statesmanship programme, with The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH as the Patron, is to provide a fitting tribute to Churchill’s memory and his legacy as a world statesman and to put the finger on today’s top level strategic issues. The key elements of the programme are:

  • World class organisations.
  • Eminent international panels.
  • Examining the big global strategic issues.
  • Short recommendations report for global leaders.
  • Seminar focusing on the skill sets required of 21st century leaders (in due course - date TBC).
  • Joining the dots from the panels for 21st century statesmanship.
  • For leaders, future leaders, policy makers, academics, and global citizens.
  • Reports digitally and collectively published.
  • Mainstreaming student and next generation engagement throughout.
  • Patron - The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH.
  • Chair - The Rt Hon The Lord Robertson KT GCMG.

Latest news

  • The number of panels contributing reports to the programme has exceeded initial expectation.
  • Numerous panel events have taken place including beyond UK in Washington and Singapore.
  • Panel reports deadline for submission is 31 July 2015.
  • Reports will be published collectively and downloadable free to all by early October and coinciding with a media launch event on a date yet to be confirmed.
  • Separate single panel and multiple panels media events will also take place – details to follow.
  • The London Guildhall Seminar previously planned for 23rd October 2015 has been postponed. This allows maximum effort to be focused on the various media events taking place around the reports publication, and on setting up a new and sustainable structure taking the programme forward into an ‘action agendas and global impact’ next phase.
  • Prior to rescheduling the date for the London Guildhall Seminar focusing on the skill sets required of 21st century leaders, an interim Phase 2 launch event is envisaged – details to follow.

The programme launched at the Churchill War Rooms on 3 March, 2015. Nigel Hall, Director of the 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders programme, explained the programme as 'a fitting response to this chaotic world'.

You can watch the full video of the launch event, including talks by Sir Nicholas Soames, Lord George Robertson, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Harriet Green, Sir David King, and Kirsty Lang, here.


Click here to read press releases from the panels.

  • The Royal College of Defence Studies (established by Churchill) – “The use of the military instrument” (Sir Tom Phillips, General Sir Richard Barrons, Professor Ashley Jackson, General Manfred Lange, Dame Mariot Leslie, General Sir John McColl, Lieutenant General Lex Oostendorp).
  • Churchill College Cambridge (established by Churchill) – “Joined-up scientific advice for 21st century leaders” (Dame Athene Donald, Lord Peter Henessy, Dr Robert Doubleday).
  • King's College London – “Instability and conflict in the 21st century” (Chair: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman; Professor Theo Farrell, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Sir David Omand, General Sir Rob Fry, Sir John Sawers, Dr Edwina Moreton; King’s Think Tank – student-led policy institute).
  • The Ditchley Foundation – “Democracy in the digital age” (Sir John Holmes, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve, Lord Peter Hennessy, Bronwen Maddox, Matthew Smith).
  • The Royal United Services Institute – “Leadership in conflict and war: The Transatlantic Intelligence Relationship” (Professor Michael Clarke, John D Negroponte, Sir Richard Dearlove, Professor Sir David Omand, Gill Bennett, Professor Philip Bobbitt).
  • The Met Office – “Taking the planet into unchartered territory: the changing climate” (Sir David King, Dame Julia Slingo and others).
  • LSE IDEAS– “21 st Century Power: shifts, diffusion and decay” (Professor Michael Cox, Sir David Manning, Professor Danny Quah, Dr Nicholas Kitchen, Susan Scholefield).
  • UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (Singapore) – “Vision, Foresight and Statesmanship” (Patron - Helen Clark, Head of UNDP and former Prime Minister of NZ).
  • The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House – “Tackling Global Diets to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Dr Robin Niblett and others).
  • Von Hugel Institute, Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, St Mary's University Twickenham, Theos, Faith in Leadership, Christ Church Oxford, Georgetown University – "Faith and religion in the 21st century" (Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, Vice Chancellor Francis Campbell, Vice President Thomas Banchoff, Professors John Loughlin, David Ford and Nigel Biggar).
  • Tomorrow’s Company, BlackRock, Telos Partners, Veritas Investment Management – “Business and Finance” (Harriet Green, Mark Goyder, Ewen Cameron Watt, Luke Chappell, Anthony Rosenfelder, Peter Ward, Karen Blackett, Jenny Dawson, Jane Galvin, Chris Hirst, Kathryn Parsons, Gillian Stamp, Gillian Secrett).
  • Learn to Lead, Møller Centre, Churchill College Cambridge, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – “Next Generation Leadership” (Senior panel: The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP, Sir Clive Woodward, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Professor Georgia Sorenson, Major General Stuart Skeates, Gillian Secrett, Baroness Usha Prashar; Churchill Next Generation Leaders Training Fellowship - 20 Next Generation Leaders 19-25 year olds - see
  • Nik Gowing & CIMA – “Thinking the Unthinkable: a new imperative for leadership in the digital age” (Lord Nicholas Stern, Dominic Barton, Sir Robert Cooper, Sir John Holmes, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Sir Jeremy Greenstock , Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Professor Michael Clarke, Professor Ian Goldin, Charles Grant and others).
  • Møller Centre, Churchill College Cambridge – “Practical Leadership: Capabilities and behaviour to adapt and thrive in the 21st Century” (A symposium of CEOs and senior leaders wwith Ane Maersk, Mc-Kinney Uggla and Gillian Secrett).
  • Manchester University and BT Group – “Workplace Wellbeing in an Aging Society” (Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Dr Paul Litchfield, Lord Layard, Patrick Watt and others).
  • Barbican Centre, British Council, Creative Industries Federation – “The Power of Culture: global leadership and the Arts” (Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Sir Roger Gifford, Graham Sheffield and others).
  • The Institute for Security & Resilience Studies at University College London – "Transformative Leadership in the Service of the Public" (Lord John Reid, Bernard Jenkin MP, Dr JP Macintosh and others)

Venue details:

Gresham Street
United Kingdom