Nov 16th-17th 2019


The Forum Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for a select group of distinguished leaders and influencers from a diverse range of professional backgrounds to build relationships in a relaxed and private setting.

The programme is designed to provide time and space to connect with one another and to consider how leaders can create positive change, and work together to address the greatest challenges that we are facing, either in their own sector or right across society

We will be joined by Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Chair of ITV; Sir Oliver and Lady Isabel Letwin; and journalist Iain Martin. Alongside your hosts, Philippa and David Stroud, they will help participants to explore the ways to develop and utilise their platforms for good, drawing on their own extensive experience and contribution to society.

Couples are encouraged to come together, and attendees come from a wide range of sectors, including business, the arts, politics, education, media, non-profit, government and the leisure industry.

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16th and 17th November 2019



The programme will consist of interactive, high quality main sessions, guest speakers, plenty of time to get to know other delegates



£175 for an individual, or £300 for a couple. Includes Saturday night accommodation, all food and refreshments, and the main sessions.



The weekend will be held at the peaceful De Vere Latimer estate, a short distance from London. The recently refurbished mansion house hotel is surrounded by peaceful formal gardens and 30 acres of grounds, with sweeping views of the Chess Valley and Chiltern Hills. The red brick mansion, dating from 1838, has an interesting history as a private home, and as a centre for military intelligence during World War II

Included in the weekend is accommodation and refreshments, including a three course dinner on Saturday evening, in addition to the programme. Guests are also free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, including Wifi, the beautiful library and bar, and the hotel gym, indoor poor, sauna and steam room.


About Forum:

Forum exists to serve leaders and influencers from all sectors of society to create a better world. Forum is an initiative of the Legatum Institute Foundation.



David & Philippa Stroud, the founders of Forum will be hosting the weekend & speaking at some of the main sessions.


Baroness Philippa Stroud

Philippa is the co-founder of Forum. She is the Chief Executive of the Legatum Institute, formerly the Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and additionally to the Prime Minister. She is a member of the House of Lords.


David Stroud

David is the co-founder of Forum, the Senior Minister of ChristChurch London, a public speaker & leadership coach. He has trained leaders around the world. He is an alumnus of IMD business school and has a theology degree from Durham University.






Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP and Lady Isabel Letwin CBE

Sir Oliver is the Member of Parliament for West Dorset, and previously served in a number of senior roles including Minister for Government Policy and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Lady Isabel is Director of Central Legal Services at the Ministry of Defence, taking overall responsibility for the provision of legal advice to the Secretary of State.




Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter is the Chair of ITV, and over his career has devised some of the most popular television shows of recent history including Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms.  He was Chair of Arts Council England from 2013-2017, and also chaired the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He is the author of ‘The Empathy Instinct’ which explores how the art and science of compassion can build a better society.



Iain Martin

Iain Martin is a political commentator, author and public speaker. He writes a weekly column for The Times and is co-founder, editor and publisher of Reaction. He is a former editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and the author of books on the financial crisis and the City of London. Previously, he was Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe, a columnist at the Daily Mail, and a co-founder and editor of CapX.