The United Kingdom branch of the International Churchill Society held its annual awards dinner on November 1 and recognized two very special women. Meeting appropriately at the Churchill Hyatt Regency London, members warmly applauded the presentation of awards to Lady Williams of Elvel and Dame Athene Donald. Also recognized that evening were historian Andrew Roberts and businessman Stephen Rubin.
As Jane Portal, Lady Williams went to work as a secretary to Winston Churchill in 1949 and remained with him until he retired as prime minister in 1955. ICS Chairman Laurence Geller presented her with the 2018 Blenheim Award, which has gone in the past to many of Churchill’s closest associates. Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College at Cambridge University, was presented with the society’s first Clementine S. Churchill Award in recognition of her scientific research and promotion of gender equality.
Stephen Rubin, chairman and co-owner of the Pentland Group, was recognized for his support of the Winston Churchill Design Competition, which fosters the development of young talent in British design. Finally, Andrew Roberts received the Churchill Literacy Award for his major new biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
House of Cards author Lord Dobbs delivered the keynote speech, and Roberts sat down for a Q&A with Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove. To watch a brief video of the evening’s highlights, please CLICK HERE.