CentreForum at Liberal Democrat Spring Conference 2015

March 2015

CentreForum hosted a lively fringe programme at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Liverpool. Here are some summaries of what happened at each event.













Conference on mental health in the workplace

Wednesday 11 March

Keynote speaker: Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The video can be found here


  • Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP (Chair)
  • Prof Lord Richard Layard, Director, LSE
  • Karen Jackson, Director of Wellbeing, didlaw - ppt
  • Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind
  • Karen Steadman, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation - ppt
  • Dave Moore, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Santander - ppt
  • Fiona King, Benefits Rehabilitation Manager, Legal & General - ppt
  • James Kempton, Associate Director, CentreForum - ppt
  • Oonagh Aitken, Chief Executive, CSV - ppt
  • Jan Hutchinson, Director of Programmes, Centre for Mental Health - ppt

Schools minister addresses CentreForum on education policy

27 November 2014

Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, chose CentreForum to deliver a speech on early years, schools and college policy in this parliament and beyond. The full text of the speech is below.


Launch of 'Progress matters in Primary too'

21 January 2015


  • James Kempton, associate director, CentreForum (chair)
  • Chris Thoung, researcher, CentreForum
  • Louis Coiffait, CEO, NAHT Edge
  • Zoe Carr, CEO, WISE Academies
  • Lord Storey CBE, Liberal Democrat education spokesman, former head, Plantation Primary School


Justice Minister addresses CentreForum and the Prison Reform Trust

19 November 2014

Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties, delivered a speech to CentreForum and the Prison Reform Trust which outlined a liberal approach to reforming criminal justice and penal policy. The full text of the speech is below.