The John and Elnora Ferguson Memorial Lecture delivered by Lord Hannay of Chiswick
David Hannay has been Chair of the Board of the United Nations Association of the UK since January 2006. He was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham from 2001 to 2006 and in 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour.
He entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1959, and was initially posted to Tehran and Kabul. He has been ambassador and permanent representative to the European Communities from 1985-90 and was then ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations until 1995.
Following his retirement from the diplomatic service he was the British Special Representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003. He also was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, which submitted its report in December 2004. He was created a life peer in 2001.
John and Elnora Ferguson were long-standing supporters of both UNA-UK and the University of Birmingham. John served as Chair of the UNA-UK Board of Directors during the 1970s and early 1980s, while Elnora was President of UNA Central Region until 2008. Elnora was also chair of the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, which currently funds the Chair of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham. The Trust also supports African Postgraduate Scholarships every year and has generously supported the new Bramall Music Building.
Cost: Free of charge, registration is essential