European Liberal Forum Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of Europe

17-19 May 2015

CentreForum was pleased to help with the organisation of a three-day conference held at Madingley Hall in Cambridge from 17th-19th May.  

The third and final of three workshops organised by the European Liberal Forum on 'The Future of Europe', the conference discussed the future of European policy in the areas of Reform of European Institutions, Financial and Economic Reform, Foreign Policy and Defence, and Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law.  Reports of the conclusions of the conference working groups will be published in September 2015. 


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.













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


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.