Australia Centre, Strand London, WC2B 4LG

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The Cook Society

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The Cook Society was founded in 1969 on the initiative of Prime Ministers Sir Alec Douglas Home and Sir Robert Menzies, with the aim of promoting British-Australian relations at a high-ranking level. The Society has counterparts in the Australian States.

Membership of The Cook Society in Britain is limited and by invitation only. Members represent a wide range of national interests, include senior business and professional people, academia, arts and representatives of government.

Throughout the year the Society holds three or four private lunches and a dinner, in London, which are attended by members and their invited guests. A distinguished person is invited to address the luncheon or dinner and points of interest to both countries are freely discussed.  In addition there are occasional events organised of interest to Cook Society members.

Every two years or so, about a week-long Gatherings of members are held alternately in the UK or Australia to discuss with governments and business leaders matters of import affecting the interests of both countries. The formal business activities of the Gathering are augmented with a wide range of social engagements.

Previous Cook Society Chairman

1969/70

1971/74

1971/74

1976/77

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

Sir Val Duncan & Sir Peter Runge

Sir Val Duncan & Sir Reay Geddes

Sir Val Duncan, the Hon Andrew Turner

& Sir Anthony Burney

Sir Anthony Burney, the Hon Andrew

Turner & Mr F G Hawkings

Lord Home (First Chairman)

Lord McFadzean

Sir Mark Turner

Sir Ronald Swayne

Lord Shackleton

Lord Hayter

Sir John Swire

Sir Donald Tebbit

Lord Cowdrey

Sir Jack Rampton

Sir Peter Baxendell

Sir Kerry St. Johnston

Viscount Caldecote

The Earl of Limerick

Mr Richard Lumley

Mr Michael Rendle

Sir John Leahy

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013/14

2015/16

2017/18

Sir Brian Shaw

Baroness Gardner of Parkes

Mr Peter Costain

Sir William Barlow

Sir Peter Gadsden

Mr Rohan Courtney

Mr Brian Harris

Mr Edward Scott (Died )

Sir Roger Carrick

Mr Maurice de Rohan

Sir Christopher Benson

Mr Michael Whalley

Mr Richard Turner

The Earl of Buckinghamshire

Mr Peter Box

The Hon Sarah Joiner

Mr John Allen

Ms Pauline Lyle-Smith

Alderman Neil Redcliffe

Sir Stephen Brown

Mr Jeffery Barratt

John May

Known as Convenors prior to 1978.

The Cook Society Committee 2019

Patron

His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Chairman

Neil Redcliffe

Deputy Chairman

John May

Deputy High Commissioner

Matt Anderson PSM

Members

Elise Edwards

Clare Hambro

Pauline Lyle-Smith

Paul Orchart

Elizabeth Wall

Jeffery Barratt

Peter Benson

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The Cook Society

Australia Centre, Strand, London WC2B 4LG

Telephone 020-7630-1075