The Rt. Hon. Lord (Paddy) Ashdown KBE is one of the country’s best known and most respected political figures.
Born in New Delhi, Paddy Ashdown spent his childhood between India and Britain. He joined the Royal Marines in 1959, and became a member of the Special Boat Service. He went on to study Mandarin at Hong Kong University, and then spent five years as a British diplomat.
Paddy Ashdown entered the House of Commons in 1983 when he became Liberal MP for Yeovil, and in 1988 he became the first leader of the merged Liberal and Social Democratic Party, a post he held for 11 years.
He received a knighthood in 2000, and entered the House of Lords a year later. During the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paddy Ashdown was one of the leading advocates for decisive action by the international community. He became High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 2002 until January 2006.
In addition to his distinguished political career, Paddy Ashdown has written several books including his autobiography – A Fortunate Life, Swords and Ploughshares and The Ashdown Diaries.
He has presented and featured in many TV and Radio programmes including Question Time, The Wright Stuff, The Andrew Marr Show, Loose Women and Midweek.
In 2007, Paddy presented the highly acclaimed Battle For The Holy Land for Channel 4.
Paddy Ashdown has a wealth of experience in presenting, speaking and lecturing to audiences at National and International Level.
Speaking topics include:
- The Political Landscape
- Transformational Leadership
- The Future of the Balkans
- Post Conflict Peace and Stabilisation
- Security and Risk
- Globalisation, Opportunities and Threats