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Research - Public Interest - Labours think tank

The Social Market Foundation (SMF)

‘The Social Market Foundation (SMF), an independent thinktank, explores ideas that link the state and the market to create the just, free and prosperous Britain of tomorrow.’

Social Market Foundation
11 Tufton Street
phone 020 7222
fax 020 7222

The Social Market Foundation
The Social Market Foundation is an independent public policy think tank. It holds seminars and conferences and publishes pamphlets and books, all of which aim to elucidate the idea of the social market and explain why it is a fruitful source of solutions for public policy problems. Market economies must be social in two senses. First, no sophisticated economy can exist without an overlapping network of institutions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Second, although markets are the most powerful and effective means of allocating resources yet devised, they can have unwanted social consequences which necessitate public action. It is to this question, defining the proper remit of the market and the state, that the work of the Social Market Foundation is principally devoted.

A Brief History

The SMF was established in 1989 to provide a source of innovative economic and social policy ideas. Steering an independent course between political parties and conflicting ideologies, the SMF has been an influential voice in recent health, education, welfare and pensions policy reform. Our current work reflects a commitment to understanding how individuals, society and the state can work together to achieve the common goal of creating a just and free society.
We are located in the heart of Westminster at 11 Tufton St. Nearest Tubes are Westminster or St James' Park.

• David Lipsey (Chair)
• Philip Collins (Director)
• Anne Rossiter (Research Director)
• Jessica Asato (Researcher)
• Niall Maclean (Research Fellow)
• Johnny Williams (Researcher)
• Theo Blackwell (Targets Commission)
• Vidhya Alakeson (Life Chances resarcher)
• Robin Harding (Researcher)
• Valerie Johnson
• Jacqueline Cassidy (Conference Events Manager)
• Emma Carr (Events & Communications Officer)
• Ben Llewelyn (Company Secretary, Finance & Administration)

Board of Directors

• Viscount Chandos
• Gavyn Davies
• David Edmonds
• John McFadden
• Baroness Noakes
• Brian Pomeroy

• Lord Flowers
• Rt Hon Lord Owen CH
• Lord Sainsbury of Turville
• Professor Lord Skidelsky

Policy Advisory Board
• Wendy Alexander
• Tim Allan
• Matthew d'Ancona
• Simon Crine
• Don Cruickshank
• Lord Dahrendorf
• Evan Davis
• Ed Davey
• Daniel Finkelstein
• Prof. Tony Giddens
• Liam Halligan
• Lord Haskins
• Deirdre Hutton
• Peter Lampl
• George Osborne MP
• Lord Parekh
• Trevor Philips
• Lord Plant
• James Purnell MP
• Sue Slipman
• Lord Stevenson
• Dr Wendy Thomson
• Stephen Twigg MP
• Andrew Tyrie MP
• Shriti Vadera
• David Willetts MP

Business forum

The SMF has always believed in the importance of including the private sector in our work. We are able to offer a way in which leading companies can participate in on-going public policy debates, through membership of our Business Forum. Benefits include invitations to our extensive seminar and events programme and multiple copies of our publications. We also organize a series of private events for Forum members. Recent Business Forum events include lunches with Evan Davis of the BBC, Oliver Letwin MP and Charles Kennedy MP and seminars with Stephen Twigg MP and DerekHiggs. The next event is a lunch with Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, hosted by our chair, David Lipsey, in the House of Lords.
Membership of the Business Forum also provides the opportunity to extend networks of contacts within Westminster and leading public and private sector companies and also to benefit from the research knowledge and experience of the Social Market Foundation. Business Forum annual membership is £10,000 (+ VAT) and further information is available from Philip Collins on pcollins@smf.co.uk

Current members are:
Barclays Bank; British American Tobacco; BNFL; Boots; BP Amoco; BUPA;Centrica; Deloitte and Touche; Finance & Leasing Association; Fujitsu; Guidance Accreditation Board; GlaxoSmithKline; Go-Ahead Group; Marks & Spencer; Merck, Sharp, Dohme; ntl; Provident Financial; Safeway; Sainsburys;Shell; Sugar Bureau; Sun Microsystems; T-Mobile; Thames Water; Vodafone and the University for Industry.

Life chances and early years project

Vidhya Alakeson (Life Chances resarcher)

Vidhya Alakeson
Vidhya joined the SMF as Research Fellow in April 2004, working on life chances and early years. She was previously Principal Policy Advisor at the sustainable development organisation Forum for the Future and before that worked at Policy Network and the Foreign Policy Centre. She was educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics .

Vidhya's main research interests are in the fields of education, migration, sustainable development and new technologies. Her most recent publication is "Making the Net Work: Sustainable development in the digital society", Xeris 2003.

Party Conference Season 2004

Our plans for party conference season are well underway, but there are still opportunities to work with us on our well-respected programme of activities.
We are looking for partners to work with us on fringe events on topics including: education, skills agenda, life chances, health, public sector targets, poverty, pay,reinventing government, corporate governance, communications, gambling, localism,regulation and immigration.

We are also seeking sponsorship for our SMF/Think While You Drink Party, which is a must-attend event of conference!
If you would like to know more, please contact Jacqueline Cassidy at

SMF @ Conferences
The Social Market Foundation will be hosting fringe events at all the main party conferences this Autumn.
? TUC Conference (Brighton, 13 - 16 September 2004)
? Liberal Democrat Party Conference (Bournemouth, 19 - 23 September 2004)
? Labour Party Conference (Brighton, 26 - 30 September 2004)
? Conservative Party Conference (Bournemouth, 4 - 7 October 2004)

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