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Join Bright Blue and Youth Futures Foundation for our half-day conference, entitled A country for young people: tackling intergenerational inequality.

The conference will start with a keynote speech from Laura Trott MBE MP, the Chief Secretary to HM Treasury.

It will also feature panel sessions on four major issues affecting millennials and those in Generation Z: housing, families, post-16 education and work.


11:45am | Registration

12.00pm | Welcome by Ryan Shorthouse, Executive Chair of Bright Blue, and Barry Fletcher, Chief Executive of Youth Futures Foundation

12:05pm | Keynote speech by Laura Trott CBE MP, Chief Secretary to HM Treasury

12:35pm | Q&A session led by Ryan Shorthouse, Executive Chair of Bright Blue

13:15pm | Panel Event A (Families) & Panel Event B (Post-16 Education)

14:15pm | Coffee break and networking

15:15pm | Panel Event C (Housing) & Panel Event D (Work)

16:15pm | Closing remarks

16:30pm | Conference ends

This conference offers a unique opportunity for delegates to discuss what can be done to improve life opportunities and living standards for young adults.

Confirmed speakers in the panel sessions include:

Panel Event A (Families):

  • David Simmonds MP CBE, Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children
  • Baroness Helena Morrissey, Founder, The 30% Club
  • Phoebe Arslanagić-Little, Head of the New Deal for Parents, Onward
  • Anne Longfield OBE, Executive Chair, Centre for Young Lives
  • Thomas Nurcombe, Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair)

Panel Event B (Post-16 Education):

  • Rachel Sylvester, Chair, The Times Education Commission
  • Doniya Soni-Clark, Head of Policy, Multiverse
  • David Thomas OBE, CEO, Axiom Maths and Former Policy Adviser, DofE
  • John Blake, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
  • Lord Johnson of Marylebone, Chairman of FutureLearn
  • Barry Fletcher, CEO, Youth Futures Foundation (Chair)

Panel Event C (Housing):

  • Richard Bacon MP, Officer, APPG on Housing and Social Mobility
  • Freddie Poser, Director, Priced Out UK
  • Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Shelter
  • Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor for Housing, London City Hall
  • Victoria Spratt, Housing Editor, The i Paper
  • Bartek Staniszewski, Senior Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair)

Panel Event D (Work)

  • Justin Madders MP, Shadow Minister, Employment Rights and Protections
  • Matt Warman MP, Co-Chair, APPG on the Future of Work
  • Barry Fletcher, CEO, Youth Futures Foundation
  • Tera Allas CBE, Director of Research and Economics, McKinsey & Company
  • Matt Williams, Senior Partnerships Manager, Enterprise Nation
  • Yi Kang, Future Voices Group Member, Youth Futures Foundation
  • Alexandra Jezeph, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

More speakers to be announced


H/Advisors Maitland, 3 Pancras Sq, London N1C 4AG, UK

Date and time

Monday 18th March 2024, 11:45am – 16:30pm


This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP here.

Can’t make it? Watch the live stream of Laura Trott’s keynote speech here, and ask questions via Slido here.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Emily Taylor, our Communications Officer,


We have a variety of exhibition spaces open throughout our networking spaces. Get in touch here if you are interested in exhibiting at our conference.