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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

Booking forms

PETER SHAW, a banker with Standard Chartered Bank, was brutally kidnapped in the Georgian city of Tblisi. He will give a harrowing account of five months pushed into a dark hole underground in freezing conditions.
 Cramped, cold, wet and isolated, how did he cope with the mental and physical pressures while a demand of $2m was being made as ransom?
 A lesson to others as kidnapping is now on the increase world wide. This will be a truly motivational session for companies tasked with the responsibility of protecting employees from kidnap.

Psychologist, DR LESLEY PERMAN-KERR, a professional in supporting ongoing/post hostage, kidnap and other incidents, will look at the wider picture of preparing individuals for secondments in hostile areas abroad; and lessons learnt from other hostage experiences.

Introduction by DAVID BURRILL, OBE, expert in international security management

Date: Wednesday 7th May 2014

Venue: Naval and Military Club, 4 St. James’s Square, London, SW1 4JU

Dress Code: Black ties.

Time: 7.30 for 8 pm.

Ticket Price: 85pp made payable to the Defence and Security Forum and posted to 21 Cloudesley Street, London, N1 OHX.

Apply to Lady Olga Maitland at or tel. 0207 837 9212 or mobile 07778 917133.

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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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