Early-bird booking for our traditional Parliamentary Day Lunch on 5 September 2024 is ending soon!

This year’s distinguished guest speaker will be Simon Gerard McDonald, Baron McDonald of Salford, GCMG, KCVO, who will also host the event.

Drinks will be available on the Cholmondeley Room Terrace from 12.15pm. Lunch will be served at 12.45pm in the Cholmondeley Room. The event will end at 2.30pm.

A ticket includes a three-course lunch. Drinks not included.

You can now book your early-bird tickets via our designated booking page. Please log in to your account before accessing the booking page linked below. If you are still unable to access the page after logging in, please check your membership is up-to-date, or contact us.

Booking page:…y-day-lunch-2024/

Simon McDonald was born and educated in Salford, and read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he is now an Honorary Fellow.

He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1982 and, early in his career, served in Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn and Washington, D.C.  He was British Ambassador to Israel (2003-2006) and to Germany (2010-15).  In September 2015 Simon became Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO and Head of the Diplomatic Service.  After leaving the FCO in Autumn 2020, he was appointed a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher in February 2021.

Simon is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) and  Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).

His first book – Leadership:  Lessons from a Life in Diplomacy– was published in November 2022 and his second – Beyond Britannia: Reshaping UK Foreign Policy – in November 2023.  If you would like to get the books ahead of the event, please use the code PARLIAMENTARYDAY30 at checkout for a 30% discount.

Simon became the 39th Master of Christ’s College in Cambridge on 1 September 2022. 



5 September - 5 September
Time 12:00 - 14:30
House of Lords

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