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Forum news

18 Jun 2019

Boosting client productivity

The annual Productivity Summit included presentations by Jessica Northend, director of corporate affairs at Be the Business; Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD); Nida Broughton, head of work and economy at the Behavioural Insights Team; and Forum founder and chief executive Richard Chaplin.

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05 Jun 2019

Reputation management and mitigating risk

May’s session on risk, hosted by Grant Thornton International, covered strategies for reputation management and mitigating political risk for professional services organisations. Keith Tracey, of Aon Global Professions, introduced survey findings which showed that most organisations are concerned with emerging risks that are outside their control.

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06 Jun 2019

The evolution of innovation

At May’s MTT session, hosted by Lockton Companies and chaired by Maureen Penfold, managing partner of Kingston Smith, Professor Philip Treleaven, professor of computer science, presented the game-changing technologies that are transforming financial services.

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10 May 2019

The future of partnerships

At April’s Management Team Together meeting, while Ciarán Fenton commented that the writing is on the wall for professional partnerships, William Wastie argued that it is the ideal platform for professional services to evolve to keep pace with the business and technology ecosystem.

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How we can help

Strategic leadership

Helping those responsible for leadership and strategy to be the best they can

  • Attend leadership roundtables and Summits
  • Learn from and share common issues with peers
  • Apply for excellence awards

Management excellence

Helping teams survive and thrive in a fast evolving business landscape

  • Attend management team and specialist events
  • Access the management library
  • Apply for excellence awards

Independent voice

Helping professionals be heard on matters affecting their sector and the wider business world

  • Deliver our commitments to Government
  • Engage in Forum campaigns
  • Attend local meetings to share productivity tips



Building and sustaining talent

Firmwide Leaders

Building and sustaining talent

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Janet Gaymer, JG Consultancy

Tackling behavioural barriers to innovation

Knowledge, Innovation & Technology

Tackling behavioural barriers to innovation

Thursday 27 June 2019

Marie Bernard, Bleu de Prusse

Stuart Cobbe, Brevis

Practical consequences of external shareholders

Management Team Together

Practical consequences of external shareholders

Wednesday 10 July 2019

John Llewellyn-Lloyd, Arden

Invites are sent out approximately six weeks before each event. All events take place in London unless otherwise stated.


Vital contributors

Our sector makes a vital contribution to the UK economy, local communities and public life. The campaign aims to set the record straight. 

Independent NEDs

Forum members would make ideal NEDs at corporates as this is not only beneficial for them and their firms, but could result in a material boost to UK productivity.


340,000 individuals with more than £1m of investable wealth give some £1.3bn annually to good causes. Those who are well advised give up to 17 times more.


Local leaders from every sector of the UK economy, business schools, professional bodies and Government, working together to help solve the UK's productivity problem

I have been a member of the Forum for the whole of my 12 year run as Managing Partner and now CEO of Lewis Silkin.  Membership has provided me with a great deal of useful networking and personal development activity, plus some fun and good memories along the way.

Ian Jeffery
CEO, Lewis Silkin