CentreForum at the 2014 party conferences

CentreForum has a very full conference season in 2014 with events at the all three major conferences.

Open invitation events

Invitation only events

SATURDAY

How to win a European referendum

Saturday 4th October 1300-1400

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: British Influence

Speakers:

  • Danny Alexander MP;
  • Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde;
  • Craig Harrow, Director, Better Together;
  • Professor Dame Helen Wallace
  • Chair: Stephen Tall, Research Associate, CentreForum  

Is intergenerational conflict the next battleground?

Saturday 4th October 2015-2130

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: Social Liberal Forum

Speakers:

  • Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK;
  • Professor Harry Burns, University of Strathclyde;
  • Paul Burstow MP;
  • Josh Dixon, Youth Coordinator, Social Liberal Forum;
  • Tom Papworth, Associate Director, CentreForum
  • Chair: Naomi Smith

After the Scottish referendum, what happens now?

Saturday 4th October 2015-2130

Venue: Dochart 1, SECC

Partner: Electoral Reform Society

Speakers: 

  • Katie Ghose, Director, Electoral Reform Society;
  • Professor Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen,
  • Charles Kennedy MP; 
  • Willie Rennie MSP
  • Chair: Mure Dickie, FT

Protecting public services and making them work for the individual

Saturday 4th October 2015-12130

Partners:  Lib Dem Working Group on Public Services and PwC

Speakers: 

  • Julia Church, Lib Dem Working Group;
  • Jeremy Hargreaves, Lib Dem Working Group;
  • Norman Lamb MP
  • Chair:  Professor Stephen Lee

SUNDAY

Power Shift:  pathways to a consumer-driven UK energy system

Sunday 5th October 1100-1200

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: Ovo Energy

Speakers: 

  • Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change;
  • Stephen Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive, OVO Energy

Labour and the Lib Dems: possible partners?

Sunday 5th October 1300-1400

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partners: The Fabians

Speakers:

  • Lynne Featherstone MP inv;
  • Norman Lamb MP
  • plus Labour parliamentarians
  • Chair: Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Reading well by 11: tackling illiteracy among primary school children

Sunday 5th October 1430-1530

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: Save the Children

Speakers: 

  • Baroness Garden of Frognal;
  • Russell Hobby, NAHT inv;
  • Hollie Warren, Education Policy Adviser, Save the Children
  • Chair: Paul Marshall, CentreForum 

The Big Interview with Baroness Kramer

Sunday 5th October 1815-1915

Venue: Staffa Room, Crowne Plaza

Partner: The Transport Hub

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer in a wide-ranging interview. Whatever your transport issues, join the Transport Hub to listen and discuss with the minister. The meeting will include an opportunity for audience participation

Chair: Philip Pank, Transport Correspondent, The Times

 


Finance the Future: financial and related professional services in the UK and beyond

Sunday 5th October 1700-1800

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: TheCityUK

Speakers:

  • Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills;
  • Chris Cummings, Chief Executive, TheCityUK;
  • Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR;
  • John Thurso MP;
  • Chair: Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

Securing Britain's Energy Future - National vs Local:  Who Decides?

Sunday 5th October 1945-2100

Venue: Staffa Room, Crowne Plaza

Partner: Centrica Energy

Speakers:

  • Tessa Munt MP inv;
  • Adam Royle, National Trust;
  • Lord Teverson, Liberal Democrat House of Lords Spokesman on Energy and Climate Change;
  • Gabe Winn, Corporate Affairs Director, Centrica Energy
  • Chair: TBA

How can the Lib Dems respond to UKIP?

A liberal approach to immigration, identity and inclusion

Sunday 5th October 1945-2100

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner:  Barrow Cadbury Fund

Speakers:

  • Jeremy Browne MP;
  • Lorely Burt MP;
  • Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde;
  • Dr Matthew Goodwin, University of Nottingham
  • Chair: Mary Riddell, The Telegraph

 

 

MONDAY

Housing: how can we meet the challenge?

Monday 6th October 0800-0900

Venue: Boisedale 2, SECC

Partner: Home-Builders’ Federation and Lend Lease

Speakers:

  • Richard Cook, Head of Residential, Lend Lease;
  • Tim Farron MP;  
  • Dorothy Thornhill, Mayor of Watford;
  • John Slaughter, Director, External Affairs, Home-Builders’ Federation 

Election 2015: what women want

Monday 6th October 1300-1400

Venue: Staffa Room, Crowne Plaza

Partner: Carers UK, Age UK and Family and Childcare Trust

Speakers:

  • Caroline Abrahams, Age UK;
  • Helena Herklots, Carers UK;
  • Ian Peters, British Gas; Anand Shukla, Family and Childcare Trust

Chair: Professor Stephen Lee


Balancing technology and privacy: what's the best way forward?

Monday 6th October 1300-1400

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: Microsoft

Speakers:

  • Simon Hughes MP, Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties;
  • Baroness Ludford;
  • Hugh Milward, Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

 


2015: a manifesto for business – what should it say?

Monday 6th October 1815-1915

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: City of London

Speakers:

  • Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman, City of London;
  • Julia Goldsworthy, Parliamentary Candidate, Camborne, Redruth and Hayle;
  • Duncan Hames MP;
  • Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR
  • Chair: Duncan Greenland, CentreForum

Building wellbeing, confidence and resilience in our young people

Monday 6th October 1945-2100

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: National Citizen Service

Speakers:

  • Norman Lamb MP;
  • Michael Lynas, CEO, National Citizen Service;
  • Conor McKenzie, National Executive, Liberal Youth;
  • Jenny Willott MP;
  • Chair: Miranda Green

Renewable Energy Reception

Monday 6th October 2130-2300

Venue: Castle 1 Crowne Plaza

Partner: British Wind Partners 


TUESDAY

Supporting Britain’s global economic recovery: what role do legal and professional services have to play?

Tuesday 7th October 0800-0900

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partners: The Law Society

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell QC MP;  
  • Sarah Caplan, PwC;
  • Andrew Caplen, President, Law Society of England and Wales;
  • Lord Razzall
  • Chair: Lord Clement-Jones

 


Ethical Capitalism: embedding sustainability and social conscience into the markets

Tuesday 7th October 1300-1400

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partners: Aviva

Speakers:

  • Martin Horwood MP;
  • Catherine Howarth, Share Action inv;
  • Lord Newby;
  • Steve Waygood, Head of Sustainability Research, Aviva
  • Chair: Neil Sherlock, PwC

Good health, good business: the case for investing in employees' wellbeing

Tuesday 7th October 1815-1915

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Speakers:

  • Paul Burstow MP and others
  • Chair: Professor Stephen Lee, CentreForum

WEDNESDAY

What can business do to reduce child poverty and increase social mobility?

Wednesday 8th October 0930-1030

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: Webb Memorial Trust

Speakers:

  • Deborah Hargreaves, CEO, High Pay Centre;
  • Alan Milburn, Social Mobility and Poverty Commission;
  • Lord Shipley
  • Chair: Mike Parker, Webb Memorial Trust

The Energy Breakfast 

Wednesday 8th October 0930-1030

Venue: Barra Room, Crowne Plaza

Partner: Smart Energy GB

Speakers:

  • Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change;
  • Claire Maugham, Director of Communications, Smart Energy GB
  • Chair:  Anthony Rowlands, CentreForum

Invite Only Events

 

Conference Reception

Sunday 5th October 2200-0000

Venue: Argyll 1, Crowne Plaza

Partner: BVCA

Speaker:

  • Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland;
  • Tim Hames BVCA;   
  • Professor Stephen Lee, CentreForum

By Invitation Only

 


Investing in Higher Education: does structural reform matter?<

Monday 6th October 1430-1530

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: Higher Education Policy Institute, Greenwich School of Management

By Invitation Only


Helping Disadvantaged Customers

Monday 6thOctober 1600-1700

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner: British Gas

Speakers:

  • Ian Peters, Managing Director, British Gas
  • Chair:  Stephen Lee, Chief Executive, CentreForum

By Invitation Only 

 


The future economy: growth beyond 2015

Tuesday 7th October 0930-1030

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partners: Barclays

Speakers:

  • Danny Alexander
  • Chair: Tom Papworth, CentreForum

By Invitation Only

 


Early Years Roundtable

Tuesday 7th October 1430-1530

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Speakers:

  • Janet Grauberg;
  • Simon Wright MP inv
  • Chair:  James Kempton, Associate Director, CentreForum

By invitation only


“Responsible Business”:  what does it mean for business?

Tuesday 7th October 1600-1700

Venue: Boisdale 2, SECC

Partner:  KPMG

Speakers:

  • Gordon Birtwistle MP;
  • Michelle Quest, Tax Partner, KPMG;
  • Lord Wrigglesworth
  • Chair: Tom Papworth, CentreForum

By invitation only

Forthcoming events

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