BAS’ brand new project “Ladies & Gentlemen Club” is  an English-speaking discussion group focusing on current political and social affairs. The club has no particular political affiliation and aims to promote discussion as an exchange of views, arguments and ideas, in the spirit of mutual respect for one another’s opinions. It is intended as a platform for participants of different experiences, backgrounds and ages, who share an interest for discussion about the world around them. Through this project, BAS aims to re-create in Poland one of Britain’s most vivid traditions of argument interchange.

Meetings are held in English and can be attended by invitation only.  Should you be interested in obtaining the invitation, please contact Marta Reich of the BAS Board at Please include in your message a short information about yourself along with the explanation as to why you are interested in the project.

Sessions will take place every last Tuesday of the month, starting on June the 28th. They will be run by Mr Richard Washington, Director of Communications of the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe.  Born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands to a British father and a mother from the Caribbean island of Curacao, Richard Washington is graduate in History and Social Sciences of the Universities of Oxford and London as well as the College of Europe. He holds a diploma in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and enjoyed a nine year long career as a professional actor, taking part in numerous theatrical tours both in the UK and continental Europe, as well as working in the Royal National Theatre and for the BBC. Between 1998 and 2002 he was an elected member of the London Borough of Islington Council and has many years of political campaigning experience. Living in Warsaw since 2010, he has worked as a researcher in politics and history, lectured in International Relations Theory at Collegium Civitas, and is currently Director of Communications of the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe, a role in which he frequently deploys his skills as a speech writer, speaking coach, chairman and master of ceremonies. As well as his native English, he speaks Polish, French and Dutch.