Forum exists to help senior leaders and influencers to use their platform for good and to collaborate in their work to create a better world.
Our network draws together influencers and culture makers from a broad set of backgrounds and at all stages of their career, to support, develop and inspire leaders of character who are driven to make a difference in the world around them.
Forum hosts a mixture of lectures, dinners and weekends away where leaders from different sectors can meet, build relationships and plan how they can utilise their resources to work for a better world.
Further information about Forum can be found here.
Those who have previously spoken at Forum events include:
Martin Ivens is a widely respected figure in the world of journalism, with a long-standing career at The Times and having spent the last seven years as Editor of The Sunday Times. Renowned for well-informed, shrewd coverage he has presided over major global stories, and used his platform to provide readers with balanced coverage and quality analysis, while holding political figures to account.
Erica Komisar is a leading expert in the development of emotionally and mentally healthy children, an adviser to leaders across society and a regular commentator in the media. An excellent and inspiring communicator, Erica offers thoughtful insights for all who want to transform the outcomes for the next generation. a.
Zeinab Badawi is one of the best-known broadcast journalists. Her work includes Hard Talk for the BBC, which features some of the world’s most notable personalities and politicians; and presenting Global Questions and World Debate on BBC World TV. She is Director of Kush Communications, Chair of the Royal African Society, and Founder and Chair of the Africa Medical Partnership Fund, a charity which aims to help local medical professionals in Africa.
James Graham is an Olivier award-winning British playwright and screenwriter. In 2020 ITV successfully adapted his play “Quiz”, while his others works including “This House”, “Labour of Love” and “Ink” have been staged throughout the UK and internationally at theatres including the Bush, Soho Theatre, and the National Theatre. He received an OBE in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to drama and young people in British theatre.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
The late Rabbi Sacks was an award-winning author and regular contributor to national media, frequently appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and writing opinion pieces in some of the UK’s leading newspapers.
Baroness Grey-Thompson is a Welsh politician, television presenter, and former Paralympian as one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK.
Natasha Kaplinsky is a presenter and journalist who is best known for her roles as a studio anchor on Sky News, BBC News, Channel 5, and ITV News. She was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission and serves as a patron of The Willow Foundation and an Ambassador for Save The Children.
David Goodhart is a British journalist, commentator and author. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine.
Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi
H.E. Yamina Karitanyi was appointed the High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom in 2014, having previously served as Minister Counsellor at the mission since August 2010.
Rt Hon John Anderson
John Anderson is the former deputy Prime Minister of Australia, who spent 19 years in the Australian parliament as a senior politician. He is known for a cross-partisan approach, and has spent his career advocating for quality debate between those that disagree.
Baroness Newlove is Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.
James Timpson OBE
James Timpson is Chief Executive of Timpson. He is also the Chair the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending, Chair of the Prison Reform Trust, and has appeared in The Sunday Times’ 500 Most Influential list.
Sir Richard Dearlove
Sir Richard Dearlove is the former head of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and former master of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.
Julia Immonen is a double world record holding Atlantic rower, and a campaigner against modern slavery and human trafficking.
Niall Ferguson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is also a bestselling author and writes a column for The Sunday Times.
Baroness Williams is a politician and academic. She is Professor Emerita of Electoral Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is the daughter of the writer Vera Brittain and philosopher Sir George Catlin.
Arthur Brooks is a best selling author, social scientist, and former President of the American Enterprise Institute. He is one of the world’s leading thinkers on the juncture between culture, economics and politics.
Cristina Odone is a journalist and commentator, formerly Editor of The Catholic Herald and Deputy Editor of the New Statesman.
David Brooks is one of America’s foremost commentators and cultural critics. He has written a column for the New York Times since 2003. Previously with the Wall Street Journal, he has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller The Road to Character.
Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. Her documentaries have been watched by over a 100 million viewers worldwide. She is passionate about learning from the past in order to shape the future and lists loyalty and bravery amongst her favourite qualities.
Fraser Nelson is the Editor of the Spectator and a columnist for The Daily Telegraph. Under his leadership the Spectator is selling more copies than at any time in its 189 year history and print circulation is growing at its fastest rate since 1989.
Lady Edwina Grosvenor
Lady Edwina Grosvenor has spent more than 15 years campaigning for prison reform.
Os Guinness is an author, public speaker, and social critic who has written or edited over 30 books. He regularly addresses leaders from business, politics, and the arts around the globe.
Rhidian Brook is a novelist, screenwriter, and broadcaster, whose best-selling novel The Aftermath has been translated into over 30 languages and adapted into a film produced by Sir Ridley Scott.
Liz Earle is a retail entrepreneur whose eponymous brand is one of the biggest-selling luxury skincare brands in the UK.
Nick Grono is the CEO of the Freedom Fund, the world’s first privately philanthropic initiative dedicated to ending modern slavery, which has impacted over 200,000 people since its inception in 2013.
Dr Patrick Dixon is a futurist keynote speaker and CEO of Global Change. He is one of the world’s leading experts in how the speed of change is affecting business, the arts, and every other part of our lives.