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Founder• Andrew Haldenby
• Nick Herbert
Type• think tank
• lobby
Membership• Karol Sikora
• Frank Field
• Nick Herbert
• John Marks
• Stephen Pollard

Reform is a free market think-tank which describes itself as ‘an independent, non-party think-tank whose mission is to set out a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity’.

Official narrative

The group writes that they "believe that by liberalising the public sector, breaking monopoly and extending choice, high quality services can be made available for everyone." Their vision is "of a Britain with 21st Century healthcare, high standards in schools, a modern and efficient transport system, safe streets, and a free, dynamic and competitive economy". [1] In a March 2009 presentation Tim Montgomerie and Matthew Elliott described Reform as part of the infrastructure of the conservative movement in Britain.[2]


Reform was launched by Andrew Haldenby and Nick Herbert in 2002. In October 2001 The Times' reported having seen a strategy document for the future think-tank which stated that it would be modelled closely on Washington’s Heritage Foundation. The article reported that Reform would be launched in the New Year, i.e. early 2002. [3]

Reform It was incorporated as a not for profit company on 4 December 2001 under the name Reform Britain. The Daily Telegraph reported that it was run by its founders Andrew Haldenby and Nick Herbert, as well as media executive James Bethell.[4]

In May 2004 reform registered an associated charity the Reform Research Trust. Amongst the new charity’s objectives were to “educate the public on public policy issues, in particular in relation to public services and the economy”. [5]



  • Rupert Darwall Consultant Director, Rupert Darwall is a freelance strategy consultant. He was previously Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont.
  • Professor Nick Bosanquet Consultant Director, Nick Bosanquet is Professor of Health Policy at Imperial College, London. He is a health economist who first carried out research on NHS funding in the 1980's for the York Reports sponsored by the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and the Institute for Health Services Management. He has been Special Adviser on public expenditure to the Commons Health Committee since 2000. He is a non-Executive Director of a Primary Care Trust in London.

Advisory Board

  • Sir Christopher Gent Chairman, Sir Christopher is Chairman of GlaxoSmithKIine plc and a non-executive director of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. He was Chief Executive of Vodafone Group plc until August 2003.
  • Meg Allen is Director of DRAMLA SA, Geneva.
  • Jeremy Browne is the Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton.
  • Frank Field is the Labour MP for Birkenhead. From 1997 to 1998 he was the Minister for Welfare Reform, Department of Social Security.
  • Nick Herbert is the Conservative MP for Arundel & South Downs. He co-founded Reform with Andrew Haldenby.
  • Jonathan Hill is a Director of Quiller Consultants, the leading UK communications group which he founded in 1998. He was Political Secretary to the Prime Minister John Major until 1994.
  • Oliver Pawle Hon. Treasurer is Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank.
  • Sir Steve Robson was Second Permanent Secretary and Managing Director of the Finance, Regulation and Industry Directorate at HM Treasury until 2001.
  • Derek Scott is Economic Consultant to KPMG. He was Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister until the end of 2003.
  • Jeremy Sillem Hon. Treasurer, Jeremy Sillem was the Chairman of Bear Stearns International Limited, the European arm of the New York based investment bank, until January 2004.
  • Sir Richard Sykes became Rector of Imperial College London in January 2001. He was Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline plc until May 2002.

Advisory Council


During 2004 the Reform Research Trust received donations of £327,216 and an expenditure of £201,130.[6]



  1. Reform Home Page
  2. Tim Montgomerie, The growth of Britain's conservative movement, ConservativeHome, 14 March 2009.
  3. Tom Baldwin, ‘Davis team plan fuels fears over factions’, The Times, 27 October 2001
  4. George Trefgarne, ‘Let's get radical - and reform our public services’, Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2002
  5. Reform Research Trust Accounts 1 January - 31 December 2004 (PDF)
  6. Reform Research Trust Accounts 1 January - 31 December 2004 (PDF)