About The Enterprise Forum

History

The Enterprise Forum was founded in 1997 by Andrew Cumpsty and Alistair Burt through a desire to ensure business involvement in the Conservative Party's policy development. Its aim is to improve the quality and flow of information between the business community and the Conservative Party. Alistair Burt was the first Chairman of the Enterprise Forum. Andrew Cumpsty took over from Alistair Burt as Chairman after Burt’s re-election to Parliament in 2001.

The first formal meeting, by the Enterprise Forum was with Peter Lilley MP, the then Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party. Since that time the Enterprise Forum has had virtually every front bench Conservative Politician speak at one of its meetings.

Additionally, the Forum also engages with key policy stakeholders outside of the Government and the Conservative Party. These have included Director Generals at the CBI, Deputy Governors at The Bank of England, the Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, the SNP, the TUC, Devolved and Local Government.


Membership and Meetings

The Enterprise Forum’s members are businesses and organisations that want to engage on policy with the Government and other politicians. Membership includes commercial organisations (including FTSE 100 companies and SME’s), trade associations and charities.

The programme of events is determined by the policy priorities of the member organisations. The majority of meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule.


President, Vice Presidents and Directors

The President of the Enterprise Forum is The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles. Vice-Presidents of the Enterprise Forum are The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP (Founder and former Chairman of the Enterprise Forum), Sir Graham Brady MP, The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Malcolm Harbour CBE and Mark Prisk MP.

The Enterprise Forum is run by an unpaid board of senior directors drawn from business and industry (see biographies opposite)


European Parliament Representative

The Enterprise Forum holds regular European Parliament update meetings in London and Brussels.

Executive Members
Ian Twinn CBE Director

Ian Twinn is a former UK Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton in north London (1983-1997) and a former Conservative Member of the European Parliament for London (2003-4). He was an alternate member of European Economic and Social Committee 2013-14. Ian was also the London Regional Chairman of the Conservative Party.

From 1975 to 1983 Ian was a Senior Lecturer in Town Planning at the then South Bank Polytechnic. He has a PhD from Reading University on pressure groups and road planning and a degree in Geography from the University of Aberystwyth.

Ian was the Director of Public Affairs at ISBA – The Voice of British Advertisers from 1998 to 2017. He was responsible for UK and European Union affairs, internal and external communications and is still a media spokesman. Ian was also Chairman of UK ICC Marketing and Advertising Commission.

Ian is also:

  • Deputy Chair British Caribbean Association.
  • Freeman of the City of London
  • Commander of the Order of Honour (Greece)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Member Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR)

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