The world is changing fast. The challenges of emerging technologies, geopolitical conflicts and demographic shifts need leaders equipped to address them.

The world is changing fast. The challenges of emerging technologies, geopolitical conflicts and demographic shifts need leaders equipped to address them.

Yet so few of our most capable citizens aspire to enter public life.

Many of them become leaders in their chosen fields. With the right encouragement and training they could also make a positive contribution to government and policy.

Civic Future will open up public life by identifying and educating talented young people in early or mid-career, as well as established leaders in the public, private and social sectors. We will equip them with the tools to navigate the arcane and often intimidating world of the British political system, providing intellectual insight and practical training. We will establish a new talent pipeline to attract brilliant and inspirational participants from different backgrounds, and support them to become the public leaders we deserve.

We are non-party political, not-for-profit, and grounded in the ideas and values that underpin liberal democracy.

We are non-party political, not-for-profit, and grounded in the ideas and values that underpin liberal democracy.

Our programme

Our programme

In early 2023 we will launch the Civic Future Fellowship, a one-year programme to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to become great public leaders. Through evening seminars, weekend residential events and overseas trips, Fellows will discuss the most important moral, technological and governance issues of our time and meet senior figures in government, industry, and society. The programme is designed to be conducted alongside a full-time job.

At the end of the Fellowship, participants will take part in career sessions offering insights about public service opportunities, and be paired up with a senior mentor already working in public life.

Selection for the Fellowship will be competitive and applications will open in early 2023.

We will publish details of our curriculum, speakers and events programme along with details of the application process.

Alongside the Fellowship, we will run a series of public events including debates, lectures, and conferences with some of the most important thinkers in the UK and across the world.

We will also offer training and briefings for existing and aspiring Parliamentarians and officials, on relevant topics including science, economics, delivery, and crisis management.

You can listen to our founder here, read her Times op ed here and her interview here

Forthcoming events

Forthcoming events

Why do liberal democracies today feel stuck?

About the event
Is liberal democracy fragile? Which moral, cultural and intellectual reserves must our politicians and institutions draw upon for the challenges ahead? Are the ideas that have shaped western liberal democracies historically worth defending at all? Supported by the King’s Centre for the Study of Governance and Society, Tyler Cowen and John Gray will discuss the potential challenges facing the democratic west and how we should address them.

Speakers
Renowned economist Tyler Cowen and philosopher John Gray

Chair
Munira Mirza is Chief Executive of Civic Future.

Thursday 17th November, 7-9pm

Venue: Bush House Auditorium, Kings College London, Aldwych London

Ticketing: Free but booking required.

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Abolishing the Political Class: From Aristotle to Hayek

About the event
Our Chief Executive, Munira Mirza will be speaking at the formal launch of the Hayek programme in Economics and Liberal Political Economy at LSE and picks up on themes in Hayek’s writings and that of many thinkers through the ages. It will examine the desire among some members of the public to have a democracy without parties or professional politicians, an idea which has its roots in the ancient world.

Speaker
Lord Sumption is a British author, medieval historian and former senior judge

Panel Discussants
Martin Loughlin
is Professor of Public Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and author
Munira Mirza is Chief Executive of Civic Future.

Chair
Nicola Lacey
is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy.

Wednesday 16th November, 6.30-8pm

Venue: Online and in-person at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Ticketing: Free but booking required.

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Virtual event: What is the Civic Future Fellowship?

About the event
In early 2023 we will launch the Civic Future Fellowship. This webinar, led by our Programme Director Jack Hutchison, is your opportunity to find out more about the Fellowship, the programme for the year, the curriculum and seminar leaders, and the admissions process. Selection for the Fellowship will be competitive. This session will include a Q&A.

Speakers
Jack Hutchison, Programme Director, Civic Future

Wednesday 18th January, 7-8pm

Venue: Online

Ticketing: Free but booking required.

Book here
Who we are
Who we are
Staff
Staff

Munira Mirza

CEO

Former Head of No10 Policy Unit; Former Deputy Mayor of London

Pamela Dow

COO

Former Founding Executive Director, Government Skills Campus and Leadership College; Former Director of Strategy, Ministry of Justice

Jack Hutchison

Programme Director

Former Associate Director, WPI Strategy; Former Lead Consultant, DevoConnect; and Researcher, Frank Field MP

Tobias Phibbs

Head of Talent and Outreach

Director of Research, Common Good Foundation

Inaya Folarin Iman

Senior Consultant, Events and Engagement

Founder & Director of Equiano Project; Former Free Speech Union & Index on Censorship

Diana Varley

Head of Operations

Former Deputy Political Secretary, No10

Henry Roberts

Fellowship Manager

Former Volunteer Coordinator, Royal Marsden Hospital

Julia Sandiford

Executive Assistant

Former Film Producer; Actor

Trustees
Trustees

Bill Bush

Senior Adviser, Premier League
Former Senior Advisor to Prime Minister (1999-2001)
Council Member, Arts Council England

Lord Mendoza (Chair)

UK Government’s Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal
Provost, Oriel College, Oxford

Emma Chamberlain OBE

Tax Barrister, Pump Court Chambers
Visiting Professor, Oxford University and LSE

Advisory Council
Advisory Council

Professor Sir Tim Besley
School Professor of Economics and Political Science, LSE. Member of the National Infrastructure Commission. President of the Royal Economic Society. Find out more

Professor Richard Bourke
Professor of the History of Political Thought and Fellow of King’s College, University of Cambridge. Specialist in enlightenment and post-enlightenment political ideas. Find out more

Natascha Engel
CEO of Palace Yard, a cross-party think tank. Former Labour MP for North East Derbyshire and House of Commons Deputy Speaker

Ben Evans
Director of the London Design Festival and Executive Director of the London Design Biennale. Governor of the University of the Arts London, and former Chair of the Mayor’s Cultural Leaders Board. Find out more

Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein
President of City, University of London. Former Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM Government. Find out more 

Lord Glasman
Maurice Glasman is a Labour Life Peer and Director of the Common Good Foundation. Author of Unnecessary Suffering (Verso 1996) and Blue Labour: The Politics of the Common Good (Polity 2022)

Andy Haldane
Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts. Former Chief Economist, Bank of England, and member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee

Mercy Muroki
Senior policy advisor to the government. Former Commissioner on the government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities from 2020-21. Former national broadcast journalist and columnist

Saffron Huang
Co-Director of the Collective Intelligence Project. Former Research Engineer, DeepMind. Find out more

Rt Hon David Laws
Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and Education Partnerships Group. Former MP for Yeovil, and Minister for Schools and the Cabinet Office, 2010-2015. Find out more

John Myers
Co-founder of the YIMBY Alliance, which campaigns for better housing and places with the support of local communities. Previously worked in technology, finance and law. Find out more

Stian Westlake
Chief Executive of the Royal Statistical Society. Former adviser to three UK science ministers. Former executive director of Nesta. Find out more

Professor Alison Wolf CBE (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich)
Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London. Founding chair of governors at King’s College London Mathematics School and adviser to successive governments on skills and higher education. Find out more

Oksana Matiiash
CEO, Teach for Ukraine. Masters of Public Policy, University of Oxford. Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe. Find out more

Dr Samir Shah, CBE
Former head of BBC Current Affairs, Deputy Chair of the V&A, Chair of the Museum of the Home, and member of the Cultural Recovery Board. Member of the Arts and Media Honours Committee. Find out more

Professor Mark Pennington
Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy, King’s College London. Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society. Find out more

Amanda Spielman
His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools since 2017, former chair of the exam regulator Ofqual. Previously worked in strategy consulting, finance and investment. Find out more. 

Support us
Support us

If you are interested in supporting our work, please contact us at info@civicfuture.org

Civic Future is currently in the process of applying for charitable status. We are fortunate to have received initial support from several philanthropic funders and hope to secure further partners in the future. Details will be published in our Annual Report in due course.

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