After dinner entertainment
Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG
Sir Christopher Meyer was posted to Washington as British Ambassador towards the end of the
Clinton Presidency. After an extended five year term, he returned to the UK and went on to chair the
Press Complaints Commission.
Whilst in the States Christopher became deeply involved in several critical situations, from trade
disputes to the aftermath of 9/11 and the ‘war’ against terrorism. He gave over 200 speeches, visited
44 states and 120 cities, and formally introduced Prime Minister Blair to President George W Bush.
Christopher’s subsequent account of life behind the scenes, DC Confidential, caused a huge amount of
Prior to his role in the US, Christopher served as Ambassador to Germany; press secretary to John
Major; speechwriter to three Foreign Secretaries, and head of the political section of the Embassy in
Moscow. He also served in Madrid and Brussels. In his book and the accompanying BBC series
Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue - the Inside Story of British Diplomacy he
recounted the extraordinary events in diplomatic history that shaped the UK and the world.
On television, as well as regular appearances on the likes of Question Time and This Week,
Christopher has fronted the BBC documentary Mortgaged to the Yanks, looking at America’s post-war
loan to the UK which took 70 years to pay off. He’s also written and presented Sky’s Networks of
Power, looking at the modern centres of political and economic influence from Moscow to Mumbai
via New York.
Christopher is a wonderfully engaging speaker. Whether talking about the axis of power between
Europe and America, the power (and limits) of diplomacy, the Presidential race, ambassadorial
etiquette or the history of pop music (a favourite topic) - he speaks with enormous authority and a
subtle mixture of refinement and irreverence. He speaks Russian, French, Spanish and German - with
varying degrees of ability. In 1998 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael
and St George.
Here is what he had to say