Women in work conference

Wednesday 21st November, 2018, 08.45 – 13.00ONWARDS

Bright Blue’s Women in work half-day conference provides an opportunity to discuss and champion successes for women in the workplace alongside solutions to the challenges women still face. The half-day conference will begin with a keynote speech from The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities.


Agenda

08.45am Registration

09.00am Introduction by Alexandra Jezeph, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue

09:05am Keynote speech by The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities

Read the speech here

10:00am Coffee break

10.30am Panel discussion on ‘Improving employment prospects for women’

Speakers

  • Jessica Zambrano, Cleaner and representative of Fair Work Campaign, Citizens UK

  • Zamila Bunglawala, Deputy Director, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office and Visiting Fellow, LSE International Inequalities Institute

  • Ruby Peacock, Deputy Head of Public Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses

  • Ann Francke CEO, Chartered Management Institute

  • David Isaac CBE, Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Diane Banks, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

11.55am Closing remarks from Rachel Johnson, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue

12.00pm Networking lunch

 

Date and time: Wednesday 21st November, 2018, 08.45 – 13.00

Location: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James, London, SW1Y 5AH

 

The conference was kindly supported by Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Conservative Party Conference 2018

Somewhere secure: helping ‘left behind’ Britain 

Sunday 30th September 2018
17:45 – 19:00 | Jury’s Inn Birmingham, Room 112

Syed Kamall MEP, Chairman, European Conservatives and Reformists
Lord Glasman, Founder, Blue Labour
Rafael Behr, Columnist, The Guardian
Ros Wynne-Jones, Columnist, Daily Mirror, and Founder, The Wigan Pier Project
Sarah Whitehead, Director, Community Pride
Diane Banks, Non-executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

Britain’s post-Brexit immigration system

Sunday 30th September 2018
19:45-21:00 | Jury’s Inn Birmingham, Room 112

Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Prof Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck University of London
Adrian Wooldridge, Political Editor, The Economist
Tom Hamilton, Research Director, Global Future
Mike Buckley, Consultant, The Fabian Society
Alexandra Jezeph, Non-executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

Making child poverty history

Monday 1st October 2018
17:45-19:00 | Jury’s Inn Birmingham, Room 112

Jeremy Lefroy MP, Member, Joint Human Rights Select Committee
Matthew Oakley, Author, DWP Independent Review of Benefit Sanctions
Dr Kitty Stewart, Associate Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Jackie Long, Social Affairs Editor, Channel 4 (Chair)

Progression in the professions

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
08:45-10:00 | This event is by invitation only

Robert Buckland QC MP, Solicitor General
Simon Woolley, Chair, No 10 Race Disparity Advisory Group
Jane Malcolm, Executive Director, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  

Stop-and-search: effective or divisive?

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
10:45-12:00 | Jury’s Inn Birmingham, Room 112

John Howell MP, Member, Justice Select Committee
Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice
Katrina Ffrench, Chief Executive, StopWatch
David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
Nick Glynn, Senior Programme Officer, Open Society Foundation
Rachel Johnson, Non-executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

Top of the mind? Young people and mental health

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
15:15-16:30 |  Jury’s Inn Birmingham, Room 112

Anne Marie Trevelyan, PPS, Department of Education
Prof Russell Viner, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr Jo Casebourne, Chief Executive, the Early Intervention Foundation
David Gold, Director of Public Affairs and Policy, Royal Mail
Julie Bentley, CEO, Action for Children
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)


Fighting for Freedom? Conservatism, human rights and discrimination conference

Tuesday 12th June, 2018, 08.45-13.30 onwards

Bright Blue’s Fighting for Freedom? Conservatism, human rights and discrimination conference explored and championed centre-right approaches to tackling all forms of discrimination in education, employment and wider society as part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Burning injustices’ agenda, and to strengthening human rights overseas as part of the Government’s post-Brexit ‘Global Britain strategy’.

Agenda

08.45am Registration

09.00am Keynote speech by Dr Phillip Lee MP, the Minister for Human Rights

10.15am Panel discussion on ‘Tackling discrimination in the UK’

Speakers:

  • The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP Chair, Women and Equalities Select Committee

  • David Isaac Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Simon Woolley Chair, Government’s Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group

  • Sir Michael Tugendhat Former High Court Judge and author of Bright Blue’s Fighting for Freedom?

  • Olivia Utley Communications Manager, Bright Blue (Chair)

11.30am Panel discussion on ‘Championing human rights overseas’

Speakers:

  • The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP Former Secretary of State for International Development

  • Kate Allen Director, Amnesty International

  • Benedict Rogers Co-founder, Conservative Party Human Rights Commission

  • Anthony Smith Chief Executive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy

  • Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue

  • Anna Williams, Former Head of BBC World News (Chair)

12.30pm Networking lunch

 

Date and time: Tuesday 12th June, 2018, 08.45-13.30

Location: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James, London, SW1Y 5AH

 

The conference was kindly supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Global Dialogue


Launch of ‘Burning injustices’ essay collection

Burning Britain? Tackling ‘burning injustices’ that blight Britain

To launch our cross-party essay collection Burning Britain? Bright Blue and Joseph Rowntree Foundation hosted a panel discussion with several contributors on their essays.

Speakers:

George Freeman MP, Chair, Conservative Policy Forum
Lucy Powell MP, Member, Education Select Committee
The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair, Science and Technology Select Committee
Rachel Sylvester, Columnist, The Times (Chair)

Highlights of the essay collection include: the Conservative Party’s Nicky Morgan MP – now Chair of the Treasury Select Committee – writing about the nature and scale of gender discrimination; the Labour Party’s David Lammy MP examining the extent of racial discrimination; Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb MP – Chair of the Science and Technology Committee – exploring mental health in modern Britain; and the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas MP focussing on drug abuse.

You can read the essay collection here

 

Date and time: Tuesday 8th May, 2018, 10:15-12:00

Location: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR


Conservative Party Conference 2017

From 'burning injustice' to social justice 

Sunday 1st October 2017
15:45-17:15 | Manchester Central, Exchange 6-7

Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
David Cohen, Campaigns Editor, London Evening Standard 
Sir Ferdinand Mount
, Former Head, Number 10 Policy Unit 
Dr Faiza Shaheen
, Director, CLASS 
Alison Garnham
, Director, Child Poverty Action Group
Matthew d’Ancona, Chair, Bright Blue (Chair) 

Britain's place in the world after Brexit

Sunday 1st October 2017
17:45-19:00 | Manchester Town Hall, Committee Room 1

The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for International Trade
Lord Douglas Hurd, Former Foreign Secretary (invited) 
Dan Hannan MEP
Jonathan Freedland, Columnist, The Guardian (invited) 
Sue Edwards, Spokesperson, Destination for Education
Laura Round, Communications Manager, Bright Blue (Chair)   

Creating the great meritocracy

Sunday 1st October 2017
19:45-21:00 | Manchester Town Hall, Committee Room 1

Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Employment
The Rt Hon Lord Willetts, Chair, Resolution Foundation 
Shalini Khemka, Founder, E2Exchange (invited) 
Jenni Russell, Columnist, The Times (invited)  
Jane Malcolm
, Executive Director of External Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Diane Banks, Non-exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

Opening the doors and breaking the glass: women in work

Monday 2nd October 2017
08:30-10:00 | This event is by invitation only

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chair, Treasury Select Committee
Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management
Jane Malcolm, Executive Director of External Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  

A country that works for everyone - achieving fairness for disabled people

Monday 2nd October 2017
10:30-12:00 | This event is by invitation only

The Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (invited) 
Tom Newton Dunn
, Political Editor, The Sun (invited) 
Mark Atkinson
, Chief Executive, Scope
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)   

What should the immigration system look like after Brexit?

Monday 2nd October 2017
17:45-19:00 |  Manchester Town Hall, Committee Room 1

The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP
John Longworth
, Co-Chair, Leave means Leave 
David Goodhart
, Head of Demography, Immigration and Integration, Policy Exchange 
Professor Robert Ford
, Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester 
Julia Onslow-Cole
, Global Head of Immigration, PricewaterhouseCoopers  
Matthew d’Ancona, Chair, Bright Blue (Chair) 

Left behind no longer: Achieving social justice in Britain

Monday 2nd October 2017
19:45-21:00 |  Manchester Town Hall, Committee Room 1

Chris Skidmore MP, Minister at the Cabinet Office
Polly Toynbee, Columnist, The Guardian 
Christian Guy
, Former Policy Adviser, Number 10 Downing Street 
Dr Jo Casebourne
, Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation 
Chris Sherwood
, Chief Executive, Relate
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

Closing the attainment gap

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
15:45-17:15 |  Manchester Central, Exchange 8

The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards
Mary Bousted, General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers 
Russell Hobby, Chief Executive, Teach First
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Andy Ratcliffe, Chief Executive, Impetus-PEF
Randeep Ramesh, Chief Leader Writer, The Guardian (Chair) 

Journeying to an inclusive world of work

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
21:30-23:00 |  This event is by invitation only

Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury (invited) 
Fatima Manji
, Correspondent, Channel 4 News  
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  


Conservative Party Conference 2016

Responding to the refugee crisis

Sunday 2nd October 2016
12:45-14:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham

Pauline Latham OBE MP Member, International Development Select Committee   
Kevin Watkin CEO, Save the Children
Tim Stanley Columnist, The Daily Telegraph
Owen Jones Columnist, The Guardian
Ahmad al-Rashid Refugee, and former aid worker for UNICEF
Julia Onslow-Cole Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Kate Maltby Associate Fellow,Bright Blue (Chair)   

Improving life chances 

Monday 3rd October 2016
15:00-16:15 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

John Glen MP PPS to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Baroness Stroud Executive Chair, Centre for Social Justice
Philip Collins Columnist, The Times
Danny Kruger Chief Executive, West London Zone
Alison Garnham Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Diane Banks Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

Working women: is gender equality beyond reach?

Monday 3rd October 2016
15:00-16:15 | Work + Play 1, Malmaison, Birmingham

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP Former Minister for Women & Equalities    
Rachel Johnson Columnist, Mail on Sunday 
Mike Thompson Director for Early Careers, Barclays
Sam Smethers Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society
Dr Carole Easton Chief Executive, Young Women's Trust
Kate Maltby Associate Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)  

Closing the disability employment gap

Monday 3rd October 2016
17:45-19:00 | Dolce, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Penny Mordaunt MP Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work (invited) 
James Moore Deputy Business Editor, The Independent
Seamus Nevin Head of Employment & Skills Policy, Institute of Directors
Roy O'Shaughnessy Chief Executive, Shaw Trust
Laura Round Communications Manager, Bright Blue (Chair)  

Responding to the refugee crisis

Monday 3rd October 2016
21:00-23:00 | This event is by invitation only - please contact fiona@brightblue.org.uk 

David Burrowes MP Member, Home Affairs Committee
David Goodhart Head of Integration, Policy Exchange   
Dan Hodges Columnist, The Daily Telegraph   
Mark Goldring CEO, Oxfam   
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)   

Social justice for disabled people

Tuesday 4th October 2016
10:30-11:45 | This event is by invitation only - please contactfiona@brightblue.org.uk 

George Freeman MP Chair, Prime Minister's Policy Board  
Jessica Elgot Political Reporter, The Guardian
Mark Atkinson CEO, Scope
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

Conservatives, social mobility and the world of work 

Tuesday 4th October 2016
12:45-14:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture  
Ryan Shorthouse
Director, Bright Blue  
Frances O'Grady
General Secretary, TUC
Rachel Sylvester Columnist, The Times (Chair)

Is our immigration system working for British businesses?

Tuesday 4th October 2016
15:45-17:00 | Exec Room 1, ICC, Birmingham

The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP    
Alp Mehmet MVO Vice Chair, Migration Watch  
Professor Ian Preston Professor of Economics, University College London
Janet Daley Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph
Julia Onslow-Cole Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Alexandra Jezeph Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  

Human Rights & Conservative Government 

Tuesday 4th October 2016
19:30-21:00 | Hall 9, ICC, Birmingham 

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Chair, Intelligence and Security Committee 
The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP
Chair, Women and Equalities Select Committee 
Crispin Blunt MP
Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee 
Ryan Shorthouse
Director, Bright Blue
Martha Spurrier Director, Liberty
Fatima Manji Correspondent, Channel 4 News (Chair)


Labour Party Conference 2016

Closing the disability employment gap

Tuesday 27th September 2016
12:30-14:00 | Meeting Room 6, Hilton Liverpool City Centre

The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Afua Hirsch Social Affairs & Education Editor, Sky News
Kirsty McHugh Chief Executive, ERSA
Roy O'Shaughnessy Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Trust
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  


Conservatism and human rights conference

Tuesday 22nd March, 2016, 08.45-13.30 Onwards

To launch our Conservatism and human rights essay collection, Bright Blue hosted an agenda-setting half-day conference with a keynote speech from The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General.

Contributors to our essay collection and speakers at our conference included:

  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC, Former Foreign Secretary

  • Trevor Phillips OBE, Former Chair, Equalities & Human Rights Commission

  • Justin Forsyth, Former CEO, Save the Children

  • The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women & Equalities Select Committee

  • Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics & Public Policy, University of Oxford

  • Crispin Blunt MP, Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

  • Timothy Stanley, Columnist, The Daily Telegraph


Agenda

08.45am Registration

09.00am Panel discussion on 'Tackling discrimination'

Speakers:

  • Suella Fernandes MP

  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future)

  • Benjamin Cohen, CEO, PinkNews

  • Samantha Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society

  • Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

10.00am Keynote speech with The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General

Read the speech here

11.30am Panel discussion on 'Strengthening human rights in the UK and abroad'

Speakers:

  • Shami Chakribarti, Director, Liberty

  • Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation

  • Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK

  • Benedict Rogers, East Asia Team Leader, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

  • Rupert Myers, Associate Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)

12.30pm Networking lunch

 

Date and time: Tuesday 22nd March, 2016, 08:45-13:30

Location: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James, London, SW1Y 5AH

 

The conference was kindly supported by The Thomas Paine Initiative.