"They Call It Diplomacy”: A Virtual Roundtable with Sir Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to the US, and Bob Garrett, BAB Chair

On behalf of BAB Chairman, Bob Garrett, we are thrilled to invite you to a virtual roundtable featuring Peter Westmacott, seasoned British diplomat and author of a new book “They Call it Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad.”  Peter joins us to share his perspective on the value of diplomacy in politics today, the evolution of the ‘special relationship’, the Biden administration’s approach to foreign policy, and his views of a post-Brexit Britain.

After Peter’s remarks, Bob will open the discussion around the table for an interactive conversation.

All participants will receive a copy of “They Call it Diplomacy” ahead of this roundtable.

Sponsored By


Robert P. Garrett
New York Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

Bob Garrett is managing partner for KPMG LLP’s New York metropolitan area, responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s strategic direction in its largest market. He oversees delivering high-quality client service, and driving KPMG’s culture of high performance, ethics and integrity, innovation, and diversity. He serves as account executive for many of KPMG’s largest clients.  

Bob served as the partner-in-charge of KPMG’s New York Financial Services Audit practice, and was the Asset Management industry leader for the New York office. He also served as a moderator for KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute New York Roundtable Series, facilitator at Corporate Board Member’s Annual Boardroom Summit. 

A 2009 David Rockefeller Fellow, he is active in British American Business (vice chairman), Lincoln Center Corporate Fund board, the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity, the Ireland Funds, the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, the Oswego College Foundation, the Accountant’s Coalition (New York chair), and the Association for a Better New York.  

Bob earned an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University and a B.S. degree from State University of New York at Oswego.   


Sir Peter Westmacott 

Former British Ambassador to the United States, France and Turkey

Sir Peter Westmacott was British Ambassador to the United States from January 2012 until January 2016. He then spent a semester at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Westmacott was British Ambassador to France from 2007-2012 and to Turkey from 2002-2006. His 43- year diplomatic career included four years in Iran before the 1979 revolution and a secondment to the European Commission in Brussels. He was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Director Americas from 1997-2000 and Deputy Under Secretary of State from 2000-2001. From 1990-1993, he was Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales.

He is now an a Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Senior Adviser to Chatham House, Chair of the International Advisory Board of Tikehau Capital, a Non-Executive Director of We.Soda Ltd, Volex Plc and Glasswall Holdings, and an Advisory Director of Campbell Lutyens Ltd.


Tuesday May 11


 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm BST


Zoom – link will be sent to invited guests