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  Thursday, April 22, 2021  


Schedule of Events   

5:30 pm EDT  Reception 

  6:00 pm EDT  Program including  

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH
in conversation with Her Majesty’s Consul General to New England Dr. Peter Abbott OBE
with special presentations by event hosts D. Brenton Simons and Ryan J. Woods




      Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree  

    The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH  Former UK Prime Minister  
    Sir John entered the British Parliament in 1979 and joined Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet in 1987. He became Prime Minister in November 1990. As Prime Minister, Sir John focused his efforts upon securing peace in Northern Ireland and upholding Britain’s position in the world community as a political, social, and economic leader. He was Prime Minister throughout the first Gulf War and, at home, instigated long-term reforms in education, health, and public services. On leaving Office in 1997, he handed over the strongest economy any incoming UK Government had inherited. Sir John retired from Parliament in 2001. In 1999, Sir John was awarded the Companion of Honour by HM The Queen, in recognition of his initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. In 2005, HM The Queen appointed him a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, England’s highest award for chivalry.  


    In Conversation With

    Dr. Peter Abbott has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service since 2005. Before becoming British Consul General to New England in 2020, he served as Counsellor at the British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, with operational oversight of the largest mission in the UK’s overseas diplomatic network. Earlier in his career, Peter was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Lisbon. Before being posted to Portugal, Peter covered West Africa, with a particular focus on the emerging threat of terrorism and instability in Mali and the Sahel. Prior to this, he led the Government’s review of the UK counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, based in the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism at the Home Office. This followed a posting to the British Embassy in Washington where he was Private Secretary to the Ambassador, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, from 2008-2010. Before joining the FCDO, Peter lived, studied and worked in the United States, including interning in the office of Dennis Hastert when he was Speaker of the US House of Representatives and working on Arianna Huffington’s 2003 gubernatorial campaign in California. Peter holds a double first-class honours degree from the University of Cambridge as well as a PhD in Greek tragedy. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours List for services to British foreign policy. He is married with three children.


       Hosted By

 D. Brenton Simons is President & CEO of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society and is Vice Chairman of the Plymouth 400th Anniversary State Commission by appointment of His Excellency, The Hon. Charles. D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts.




Ryan J. Woods is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society and is Lieutenant Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Christopher R. Wolf is a private investor, advisor, distinguished board member with global operations, and Chairman of the legendary 134-year-old Social Register Association.



Access to a personal device and internet connection is required to take full advantage of  the live broadcast.    

 This program will be shared over Zoom Video Conferencing  

Access to a personal device and internet connection is required to take full advantage of the live broadcast.  

One ticket required per household 

To submit your question for Sir John, please email Events Manager, Courtney Reardon at 


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