Rules Britannia? Better regulation for a better Britain

Tuesday 5th October | 12.45 – 1.45


One in, two out. Successive attempts to cut Britain’s red tape have floundered, with governments of every colour failing to tame the size of the regulatory state. Post-Brexit and post-pandemic, the UK has a very specific window in which to take bold action. Can we establish a better regulatory framework now we are outside of the EU, or do politicians need to fundamentally rethink their attitudes towards regulation?

Ruth Porter (Chair) | has spent nearly two decades working as a public policy and strategic communications professional. Before becoming a Managing Director at Finsbury Glover Hering, Ruth spent four years at London Stock Exchange Group heading up their UK Government Relations and Regulatory Strategy, then International Affairs.

She has worked as a Special Adviser at the Ministry of Justice, DEFRA, the Department for Transport and in the Cabinet Office (to the Leader of the House of Commons).

Prior to that she spent nearly a decade in think tanks, including heading up Economic and Social Policy at Policy Exchange and as Communications Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Sarah Boon | is Managing Director of Corporate Affairs and is responsible for the overall strategy and delivery of UK Finance’s press and campaigns, UK and international public affairs, content, design and marketing. Prior to joining UK Finance, Sarah was Director of Media Relations at London Stock Exchange Group and has worked across a range of communications disciplines at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Bank of England and the Association of British Insurers. She also worked as press secretary to Andrew Bailey as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, acting as his Special Adviser when he then became the FCA’s Chief Executive.

George Freeman MP | is the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk. Previously Minister for Life Science, Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum, and the editor of “Britain Beyond Brexit” published by the Centre for Policy Studies, George was recently asked – alongside Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villers – to lead the government’s Taskforce on Innovation Growth and Regulatory Reform.

Victoria Hewson | is Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Victoria is a qualified lawyer and practiced for 12 years in the fields of technology and financial services, before joining the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission to focus on trade and regulatory policy. She has published work on the implications and opportunities of Brexit in financial services and movement of goods and the issues in connection with the Irish border. Before entering the legal profession Victoria worked for Procter & Gamble in the UK and Germany.

Philip Salter | is Founder and Director of The Entrepreneurs Network, a think tank for Britain’s entrepreneurs. He was previously Business Features Editor of City AM and Programmes Director of the Adam Smith Institute.