Guest Speakers

Every year our programs invite a special selection of guest speakers – successful men and women drawn from very different walks of life – to engage with students on a wide variety of political, economic, social, artistic, academic, and literary topics. 

Listed below are some of the speakers from recent summers.

Christopher Andrew

Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, former Visiting Professor of National Security at Harvard University, frequent BBC commentator, and the President of Corpus Christi College, Professor Andrew is one of the world's foremost experts on British, US, and Soviet intelligence services. Much of his recent research draws upon the unique collection of documents that the defector Vasili Mitrokhin stole from his KGB masters and brought to the West, and in 2009 he published the first authorized history of MI5, Defence of the Realm.

    Prof Sir John Gurdon

    The 2012 Medicine Nobel Prize winner, Professor Gurdon is based at the University of Cambridge Gurdon Institute - a leading research facility named in his honor. He is a pioneer in stem cell research. His work began in the 1960s with a series of experiments cloning frogs. In 2012, Professor Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become stem cells. His is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He previously served as the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

      Sir Christopher Hum KCMG

      A career diplomat, Sir Christopher joined the UK Diplomatic Service in 1967 after graduating from Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages. Much of Sir Christopher’s diplomatic career has been connected with China. He served in the Asian departments of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and for several years was closely involved in the negotiations on the return of Hong Kong to China. From 2002 to 2005, Sir Christopher served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Following his retirement from the Diplomatic Service, he was elected Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He served as the 41st Master of the College from 2006 to 2012.

        Nick Hutchison

        Mr. Hutchison is a director, actor, and lecturer, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe. He has served as a judge for the English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare on the Platform competition, directs for RADA's Shakespeare summer course, was for six years an assessor for the National Theater's Connections Program, and sits on RADA audition panels as well as the accreditation panel for the National Council for Drama Training. He has directed many Shakespeare plays throughout the UK and the US and, as an established actor, has played parts in About A Boy with Hugh Grant, Restoration with Robert Downey Jr, Miss Potter with Renee Zellwegger, and Golden Years with Ricky Gervais.

          Andrew Motion

          Professor Motion is the former Poet Laureate for all of the UK, a post renowned for its other previous holders such as William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson, and Ted Hughes. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the author of acclaimed biographies and anthologies of poetry, including Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life (1994) and Keats (1998). In 2006 he published his autobiography, In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood, and in 2007 he wrote The Five Acts of Harry Patch, dedicated to the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War.

            Prof Christopher Sangwin

            Christopher Sangwin is Professor of Technology Enhanced Science Education at the University of Edinburgh. A leading figure in mathematics education in the UK, he held Senior Lectureships at Birmingham and Loughborough Universities. For over a decade he worked with the UK Higher Education Academy to promote the learning and teaching of university mathematics. He is the author of a number of books, including How Round is Your Circle?, which illustrates and investigates the links between mathematics and engineering using physical models.