Reform (think tank)

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Formation2001; 20 years ago (2001)
Typethink tank
Legal statuscompany limited by guarantee and charity
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Charlotte Pickles

The Reform Research Trust is a private limited company with charitable status founded by Nick Herbert (later a Conservative MP) and Andrew Haldenby.

The name "The Reform Research Trust" was first registered with companies house on 4 March 2004 and as a charity on 13 May 2004.

The trust is categorized as a think tank which publishes its own research and also publishes papers from external authors.

The trust is funded by large donations from big business including: BUPA, Prudential, BMI, UnitedHealth AbbVie, Association of British Insurers (ABI), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Barclays, Baxter, Bayer, Beckton Dickinson (BD), British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), BT, Deloitte, Department for Education, DoctorLink, DRD Partnership, DXC Technology, G4S, Incisive Health, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, PMG, Liberata, MSD, PA Consulting, Quadram Institute, Sanofi, Serco, Social Enterprise UK, Sodexo, Sopra Steria, Taurus Healthcare,The Finsbury Group and smaller donations from individuals.

Reform has been given a C grade for funding transparency by Who Funds You?

Reform research trust publishes reports on a variety of different issues, adopting what it considers to be an evidence-based approach to public policy.

It has published reports on health and education reform, Britain's regional economic performance, the economic position of young people, and on the tax and welfare system.


Previous deputy directors include Elizabeth Truss, elected as a Conservative MP in 2010, and Nick Seddon, appointed as a Senior Policy Advisor for Health and Social Care to Number 10 Downing Street.[1][2]

Advisory Board[edit]


  • James Palmer, Chair [3]
  • Catherine Davies, Managing Partner, Monticle [3]
  • Dr Lara Stoimenova, Managing Partner, Sigma Economics [3]
  • Jeremy Sillem, Chairman of Bear Stearns International [3]

Speakers at the trusts events have included:

Name of trust[edit]

The Trust was originally named "The Reform Research Trust" however it sometimes refers to itself as the abbreviated "Reform" such as the website which has led to some disputes regarding the name.

In November 2020 the trust voiced its opposition to the electoral committee when the Brexit Party, a British political party, intended to change its name to Reform UK. The charity feared that its non-partisan status would be brought into disrepute by the name change, and requested for the party to come up with an alternative. In January 2021, the Electoral Commission approved of the Brexit Party's name change to Reform UK.


  1. ^ Nick Seddon,, 16 June 2010, Getting value out of the health budget
  2. ^ Health Service Journal (HSJ Live), 8 May 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "REFORM RESEARCH TRUST. - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e f[bare URL]

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