Social Mobility Conference- Unlocking the UK’s potential: making social mobility work for all

On the 14th December 2017, Reform will hold its inaugural social mobility conference, setting the agenda over the rest of this parliament for this cross-cutting issue. There will be a keynote speech delivered by Rt Hon Justine Greening MP as well as three panels on each phase of citizens’ lives.

Whether it is attainment, employment or income, on many measures the gaps between Britain’s richest and poorest only widen from birth. Some local areas are facing particular challenges, with twelve Opportunity Areas announced so far to help. The Secretary of State has made social mobility her number one priority for post-Brexit Britain, with support across Government including through the industrial and digital strategies. Reform is keen to bring together key voices to raise the profile of successful solutions that are already having an impact, and to identify further areas for improvement.

Speakers so far include (more will be announced in due course):

  • Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities (keynote speech)
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation
  • David Johnston, Commissioner, Social Mobility Commission and Chief Executive, Social Mobility Foundation
  • Emran Mian, Director of Strategy and Social Mobility, Department for Education
  • Sam Freedman, Executive Director, Teach First
  • Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation
  • Melanie Richards, Deputy Chair, KPMG UK and founder member and UK Board member of The 30% Club Steering Committee.
  • Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation


08:50 – 09.00 Welcome and introduction

09.00 – 10.00 Keynote speech: The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

10.00 – 11.00 Panel session one: Years 0-14 – a fair start in life 

11.00 – 11.20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12.20 Panel session two: Years 14-21 – developing future capabilities (in partnership with KPMG)

12:20- 13.20 Panel session three: Years 21-67 – rewarding lives for every citizen (in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

13:30 Close

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14 December 2017
08.50 - 13.30