The next ten years

Starts at: March 01, 2012 08:30
Ends at: March 01, 2012 12:40

Reform The next ten years

Clifford Chance
10 Upper Bank Street
E14 5JJ

1 March 2012

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Reform has established itself as a leading Westminster think tank focused on public sector reform and private sector productivity. Reform celebrates its tenth birthday in 2012. It will take that opportunity to publish a book of essays looking forward to the next ten years. 75 authors will write short essays on a key driver of politics in the next decade. Authors will include Rt Hon Theresa May, Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Jeremy Browne MP and Norman Lamb MP. The book will help to give policy makers the right long term perspective to advance their decision-making today.

Major conference

Reform will hold a major half-day conference on 1 March 2012 to focus attention on the key policy challenges for the next ten years. With three years to go before the next general election, the event will set out ideas for the major challenges: a stronger society, a stronger economy and a reformed government. It will provide a forum for 200 policy leaders from London, the UK and around the world. 

Full programme details:

08.30 – 09.00 Tea and coffee

09.00 – 09.05 Welcome from Clifford Chance

Mark Payne, Partner, Clifford Chance

09.05 – 09.20 The last ten years

Reform set up in early 2002 out of a concern that fast-rising public spending would not transform public services and would have a negative impact on the economy. The financial crisis in 2008 has brought these issues to the centre of politics. Andrew Haldenby, Reform’s Director and co-founder, will briefly set up the rest of the day’s discussion.

Andrew Haldenby, Director, Reform

9.20 – 10.35 A flourishing economy

The UK’s economic challenge is to adapt its domestic economy in order to harness the growth of Asia and the developing world. This session will discuss the UK economy in the context of the next ten years of the global economy. It will include prospects for greater fiscal devolution in Scotland.


Keynote: Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (confrimed)
Respondents: Hon Ruth Richardson, former Finance Minister, New Zealand (confirmed)
Tim Kelsey, Executive Director for Transparency and Open Data, Efficiency and Reform Group, Cabinet Office (confirmed)
Hamish McRae, Chief Economics Commentator, The Independent
Chair: Patrick Nolan, Chief Economist, Reform

10.35 – 11.15 Tea and coffee

11.15 – 12.15 A stronger society

The UK’s social challenge is both short term (welfare and education policy) and long term (an ageing population and intergenerational fairness). This session will chart the next decade of the UK’s social fabric within the context of tight government budgets throughout that period.


Keynote: Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Lead, Independent Review of Poverty and Life Chances (confirmed)
Respondents: Nick Bosanquet, Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College London (confirmed)
Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (confirmed)
Damian Hinds MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility (confirmed)
Chair: Nick Seddon, Deputy Director, Reform

12.15 – 13.15 A reformed government

The UK begins the next decade with government spending at around 50 per cent of GDP. The need to achieve greater value concerns both Whitehall and public services themselves.


Keynote: Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office (confirmed)
Respondents: Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury (confirmed)
Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs (confirmed)
Robin Fieth, Executive Director, Members & Operations, ICAEW (confirmed)
Chair: Dale Bassett, Research Director, Reform

13.15 – 13.45 The next ten years

Rt Hon Theresa May MP will give an overview of the UK’s key challenges and opportunities. The Home Secretary will set out a very personal vision of the next ten years.

13.45 – 13.50 Closing remarks

Andrew Haldenby, Director, Reform

13.50 Lunch

This conference is kindly sponsored by:

  • ABI
  • Arvato
  • Baxter UK
  • Benenden Healthcare Society
  • Bevan Brittan LLP
  • BP plc
  • Brewin Dolphin Securities Ltd
  • BSkyB
  • Cable & Wireless
  • Circle
  • City of London Corporation
  • Clifford Chance
  • Ernst & Young
  • Finnamore
  • G4S Secure Solutions
  • GE
  • Home Group
  • McKesson
  • Microsoft
  • NHS Partners Network
  • Novo Nordisk
  • PA Consulting
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Telereal Trillium
  • Unum