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The DSF's Co-founder, Lady Olga Maitland
Welcome to The Defence and Security Forum

The Defence and Security Forum was founded by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983. It was originally a campaigning organisation known as Families for Defence launched to challenge the anti-nuclear protest movements such as CND. Families for Defence’s remit was to promote the NATO case for multilateral nuclear disarmament. In the course of doing so the purpose was to focus on the importance of a proper provision for the defence of the United Kingdom.
Major General Patrick Cordingley, our Chairman Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Defence and Security
‘The International Order Under Threat – What Next for the UK?’ Booking forms

Sir Mark Lyall Grant, former National Security Advisor to Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May; and a former UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, discusses the current international order and considers whether it under threat, and answers the question: What next for the UK.



Sir Mark was National Security Adviser to Prime Ministers David Cameron and then Theresa May 2015 – 2017.  In that position he was head of the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office and Secretary to the National Security Council. He was formerly the UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Moderator(s): Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville, KCB.  After a distinguished career in the RAF, he became Chairman of Westland Helicopters.

Date: Wednesday, 24th April 2019, at 7.30 pm for 8 pm.

Venue: BROOKS’S CLUB, St. James’s Street, St James’s, London, SW1A 1LN 

Dress code: Back tie.

Ticket price: 80 p/p

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A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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