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Menzies Lecture 2015: Paul Madden

K3.11 King's Building Strand Campus
27/05/2015 (18:30-20:30)

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His Excellency Mr. Paul Madden CMG, ‘How can diplomats influence a relationship as close as that between Britain and Australia?’

The UK/Australia relationship has many strands - governmental, business, cultural and myriad personal connections. How can a relationship this close and warm be influenced by the respective countries' diplomats? Paul Madden CMG, who has recently returned to London on completion of his term as British High Commissioner in Canberra, will talk about the role of the High Commission and Consulates around Australia. His experiences over the last four years include Australia's hosting of the G20, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and its two years on the UN Security Council. It was also a period when the Australian economy boomed and UK exports expanded significantly. Plus three Ashes series and a British and Irish Lions Tour. And three Australian prime ministers...

Paul Madden CMG is a diplomat at the FCO in London. He was formerly British High Commissioner to Australia (2011-15) and to Singapore (2007-11). He has also served in Washington and Tokyo. He was Managing Director at UK Trade and Investment (2005-7) and Head of Public Diplomacy at FCO (2003-5). He has also worked on Climate Change and European Union issues, and at the Department of Trade and Industry, where he was private secretary to two ministers. He has an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge and an MBA from Durham, studied Japanese at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His first book Raffles: Lessons in Business Leadership was published in 2003 and his first play Alternate Serve was performed at Sydney's Short and Sweet festival in 2015. Born in Devon, he is married with three children. 

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