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The Future of: Britain in the World with Sir Simon Fraser GCMG OP, 1970-74, and Lt Col Thomas Tugendhat MBE OP, 1986-91

20 JANUARY 2022


St Paul's School/Zoom Webinar

The Future of… will include a series of fireside chats on The Future of Britain between Old Pauline Club President, Lord Vaizey of Didcot, and an array of Alumni.

On the 20 January, Sir Simon Fraser GCMG OP, 1970-74, and Lt Col Thomas Tugendhat MBE OP, 1986-91 join us to discuss The Future Of: Britain in the World. Expect a wide-ranging discussion on the future direction of Britain following Brexit, Covid, withdrawal from Afghanistan and much more…

As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Old Pauline Club, we have decided to look to the future. We are modernising and updating the Club, hoping to attract greater involvement from Old Paulines across the ages.

The Future of… series will highlight and share with our community important discussions about the future direction of Britain. A number of eminent Old Paulines, who have generously agreed to volunteer their time, will discuss this future and talk frankly on a number of topics. What will happen in British politics over the next ten years? What will change about Britain’s place in the world? What is the future of key public services like healthcare and education? What does the future hold for the business sector and the arts?

This event will be held in a hybrid format – if you would like to attend the event in person, there will be a soft drinks reception at 6.30pm, followed by the interview at 7.00pm. Tickets are available to book for £10 here.

Alternatively, this event will be streamed live to our community via Zoom – please register here.


Sir Simon Fraser GCMG OP is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the business consultancy firm, Flint Global. He advises on policy, political and regulatory issues in the UK and Europe. Simon is also an influential public commentator on International Affairs. Simon was Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service (2010-2015). As a Senior UK Diplomat, he ran the global network of British embassies and was on the National Security Council. As Permanent Secretary, Simon led the UK Department for Business (2009-2010) in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, playing a central part in planning for recovery. Prior to that Simon was, for four years, Chief of Staff to the European Commissioner for Trade in Brussels. He was closely engaged in EU trade negotiations with the US and China. Simon is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), a member of the UK board of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Honorary President of BFPG, the British Foreign Policy Group.

Lt Col Thomas Tugendhat MBE OP is the Member of Parliament for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling (2015-present). After leaving St Paul’s, Tom read Theology at Bristol University, and then studied his Masters’ in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University, which included learning Arabic in Yemen. After graduating, Tom went to Beirut as a journalist, establishing one of Lebanon’s first PR companies and winning major international clients. Upon returning to the UK, Tom worked in management consultancy and energy analysis before joining the Territorial Army in 2003. In 2013, Tom left the British Army after a career serving on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as the military assistant and principal adviser to the Chief of Defence Staff. As a Territorial Army officer, Tom established the Armed Forces Muslim Association, work for the Foreign Office and helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the government in Helmand Province. Tom remains a reserve officer for the British Army. In Parliament, Tom sat on the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on Works of Art and is the current Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a Honorary Fellow at St Augustine’s College of Theology, Patron of Hospice the Weald, The Bridge Trust and Spadework, and Vice-patron of the Kent Autistic Trust.

It is free to register for any of our virtual events. However, if you wish to express your appreciation for the programme, please make a donation to the Old Pauline Club 150th Year bursary fund, here, and help talented boys benefit from a St Paul’s education.

Suggested donation – £10 per household.

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The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Future of… series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of St Paul’s School and its employees. The webinars are available for private, non-commercial use only – you may not edit, modify or redistribute.

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