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The Rt Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes

Former European Commissioner for External Relations and Former Governor of Hong Kong

Lord Patten of Barnes was appointed Governor of Hong Kong in April 1992, a position he held until 1997, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China. He was Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement, which reported in 1999. In September 1999 he was appointed European Commissioner for External Relations, a post he held until November 2004. On leaving office in Brussels he was made a life peer and took his seat in the House of Lords in January 2005. In 2006 he was appointed Co-Chair of the UK-India Round Table.

"Arriving in Hong Kong, more than anything else in my life, affected my views - both my views on political life and my views on leadership"

Chris Patten of Barnes

In detail

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was appointed Chancellor of Newcastle University in 1999, and elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003.

What he offers you

Using the lessons learned in Hong Kong Lord Patten is able to offer audiences tremendous insights into dealing with the Chinese. As a recent EU Commissioner he also has a wealth of expertise in European as well as global politics and economics. He is ideally qualified to advise organisations keen to expand in Europe.

How he presents

Lord Patten is an eloquent speaker with a wealth of experience as a diplomat on the world stage, this together with his expansive knowledge of international relations, provides an excellent source for his witty and erudite presentations on the current worldview.


He presents in English.

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  • Dealing with the Chinese
  • The Future of Europe
  • European Politics and Economics
  • World Affairs
  • Leadership
  • Crisis Management


  • Chris delivered well above expectations. The content fitted absolutely with our mission and the audience felt very positive - Edition Agrippa


  • 2008
    What Next?: Surviving the Twenty-First Century
  • 2006
    Cousins and Strangers: America, Britain, and Europe in a New Century
  • 2005
    Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths about World Affairs
  • 2004
    The European Dream
  • 1998
    East and West: China, Power, and the Future of Asia
  • 1983
    Tory Case

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