The Labour Party has set out five missions for Britain and the work of civil society organisations lies at the heart of each mission area. Utilising the charity sector’s unique strengths will be key to any future success for these missions.

The Labour and Civil Society Summit will explore the important value of civil society in each mission area and set out a vision for the relationship between the charity sector and a potential future Labour government. This unique event will gather leading members of the Shadow Cabinet alongside senior executives from charities, voluntary and faith-based-organisations.

Speakers include

  • Sir Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party
  • Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Health Secretary
  • Bridget Phillipson MP, Shadow Education Secretary
  • Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Advice


09:15 – 09:20 - Welcome by Pro Bono Economics

09:20 – 09:55 - Panel discussion: Taking stock of civil society

Moderated by Dr Priya Singh, Chair, National Council for Voluntary Organisations


  • Neil Heslop, Chief Executive Officer, Charities Aid Foundation
  • Jane Ide, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations
  • Rajinder Sangha, Head of Transformation - Let’s Go Southall, Ealing Council
  • Thangam Debbonaire MP, Shadow Culture Secretary

10:00 – 10:15 - Keynote address

Sir Keir Starmer MP, Labour Party Leader

10:15 - 10:30 - In conversation: Civil Society’s role in a mission-led government

Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Advice

10:30 – 10:50 – Break

10:50 – 11:30 – Panel discussion: Fewer lives lost to the biggest killers

Moderated by Dr Rubina Ahmed, Director of Research, Policy and Services, Blood Cancer UK


  • Tinuke Awe, Founder, Five x More
  • Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, British Heart Foundation
  • Dr Nihara Krause MBE, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer, Stem4
  • Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Health Secretary

11:30 – 12:10 – Panel discussion: Halve serious violent crime

Moderated by Akiko Hart, Interim Director, Liberty


  • Jon Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Prisoners’ Education Trust
  • Nims Obunge MBE DL, CEO Peace Alliance
  • Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director, Forward UK
  • Speaker to be announced

12:10 – 13:10 – Break

13:10 – 13:50 - Panel discussion: Breaking down barriers and spreading opportunity for all

Moderated by Joel Davis, Chief Executive, Quintessentially Foundation


  • Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, Chief Executive Officer, Career Ready
  • Paul Brown, Chief Executive, YMCA Leicestershire
  • Catherine McLeod, Chief Executive Officer, Dingley’s Promise
  • Bridget Phillipson MP, Shadow Education Secretary

13:50 - 14:00 - Closing comments

Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Minister for Arts, Heritage and Civil Society  

Matt Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, Pro Bono Economics

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