In October 2014 The Society has established a new Forum, the Cambridge Whitehall Group. It is a high level influential policy discussion and thought leadership group of well-connected Cambridge alumni, who are mainly members of CULS.
It pulls together a previous legacy of high quality events over the last decade which are outside the mainstream of CULS activities, into a special group with a membership of individual and corporate members. It operates through a series of about 25 focused business lunches and dinners a year based in London, for up to 20 attendees per meeting under the Chatham House Rule.
Its events cover a wide range of macroeconomic, business, social and educational issues of the day – the Economy, Foreign Affairs, Social and Health Policies, Finance and Investment, Environment, Housing, Technology, Real Estate Investment and Finance, Urban Planning, Education and Politics. Membership is by way of an annual subscription.
Speakers who have addressed these events so far, include the Rt Hon Lord Heseltine; Lloyd Grossman OBE; Lord Browne of Madingley; Professor Lord Hennessey, Attlee Professor of History, London University; Gideon Rachman and Martin Wolf, CBE of the Financial Times, Professor Orlando Figes; Rt Hon Peter Lilley, MP and the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP. Future events for this year include Rt Hon Lord Howard of Lympe, Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Stewart Wingate, CEO Gatwick Airport; Lord (Adair)Turner, Fraser Nelson, Editor of the Spectator and Dr Ian Black Middle East.
In addition, the Cambridge Whitehall Group runs the recently launched Whitehall Lecture series. The first four lectures, three of which have been published so far, are:
- Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, CBE – ‘The extraordinary challenges of future healthcare and the estates implications for the NHS,’ given at The Royal Institution, London in March 2014
- Lord Deighton KBE – ‘Infrastructure in the 21st Century: from the Olympics to High Speed Rail and beyond,’ given at One Silk Street, London in January 2015
- Dame Kate Barker, CBE – ‘How will we house our children? The future for UK housing policy,’ given at 10 Bishops Square, London in April 2015
- Professor Chris Ham, CBE , Chairman of The Kings Fund – ‘ What needs to be done to secure the future of the NHS,’ given at Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BJ in December
If you are interested in joining please contact Douglas Blausten: email@example.com
The Cambridge Whitehall Group, Chairman