Thames Valley Forum

Championing the Thames Valley

We are the independent economy, environment and infrastructure body for the Thames Valley. We champion a vision of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Vibrant’ Thames Valley for the benefit of the region and the whole UK.

About Thames Valley Forum

We exist to help to address thematic and cross boundary issues by joining up dots between local areas and ecosystems to support their growth and development in both policy and practical ways via a series of reports, events and activities.

We bring together businesses and stakeholders from across the region to address the biggest challenges facing the regional economy and suggest ways forward to achieve these aims.

We address medium-long term thematic issues by creating visions and strategic frameworks for action. We work with partners to achieve the aims and vision of the strategic framework by helping to facilitate practical action.

Thames Valley Forum is not-for-profit, independent and impartial – this means we receive no Government funding and do not represent any particular interest group.

Thames Valley Forum Leadership Board

The Leadership Board is our most senior and influential forum. It convenes the senior leadership from across the region to address major topics of the day, engage with national policymakers and set the direction for Thames Valley Forum.

The Leadership Board is formed of contacts from Thames Valley Forum Patrons and invited guests representing key organisations in the region.

The Chair is currently being rotated, with Ian Howells, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe chairing the Autumn 2021 Leadership Board meeting. The role of the Leadership Board is to:

  • Set the direction for Thames Valley Forum
  • Consult on major issues of the day such as relevant Government White Papers
  • Engage with national policymakers

Patrons

Organisations are invited to become Patrons of Thames Valley Forum to support the organisation’s work to ensure the region is ‘Green, Inclusive and Vibrant’.

Patrons oversee the work programme, help to inform the reports, and are invited to attend and speak at events.

Patron members are invited to a series of dedicated roundtables as well involvement in the full extent of Thames Valley Forum activities.

Patrons include:

  • Activate Learning Education Trust
  • Blake Morgan
  • DevComms
  • EY
  • Homeless Oxfordshire
  • Honda Motor Europe
  • KPMG
  • Lichfields
  • Natwest
  • Royds Withy King
  • Segro
  • Silva Homes
  • Stantec
  • Thames Water
  • University of Reading
  • Willmott Dixon

Director: Ian Binns

Thames Valley Forum’s Director is Ian Binns, who also founded the company. Ian grew up in the region and lives in West Berkshire with his young family. His career has been spent in both London and Thames Valley working for a range of membership organisations and professional services. Ian’s first career role was five years spent with the CBI to help them set up their Thames Valley region including a series of policy papers, committees and events. After some time in business development in professional services, Ian returned to the membership world to work in London for CIPD and then TheCityUK, representing financial and related professional services.

After three years in the City, Ian returned to the region for a brief spell at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce before heading back to London to work for London Chamber of Commerce & Industry to head its Patron Membership team. Ian was inspired by seeing the work of many great purpose led organisations focused on London issues such as Centre for London, and New London Architecture and believing that the Thames Valley was in need of its own body to articulate the issues in the region and work with other stakeholder bodies to bring about improvements and enhancements to the area for the benefit of not only its local citizens, but the entire UK.

Economy

Thames Valley Forum’s economy work focuses on the value of the region to the UK and support for the Tech sector.

Chair: Adam Hale, Venture Partner, Notion Capital

Environment

The Thames Valley is one of the world leading centres of environmental and energy expertise.

Thames Valley Forum’s Environment programme brings together leaders from across business, Local Authorities, Education and the not-for-profit sector to support a regional approach to environmental issues including the sharing of best practice.

Chair: Prof Robert van de Noort, Vice Chancellor, University of Reading

Infrastructure

Thames Valley Forum is bringing its built environment programmes together in 2022 and addressing the issues that matter most to the built environment community.

We will continue our place based roundtables and add thematic sessions looking at key issues in property and construction.

Chair: Rob Allaway, Managing Director, DevComms

Become involved

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