Cityforum are public policy analysts and have been acknowledged leaders in providing a valuable contribution to public policy debate since 1990.

Founded by Marc Lee, following a 20 year period at the Financial Times, Cityforum's expertise covers a wide range of policy areas including defence & security, policing & crime, transport, health, financial & city issues and energy.


Cityforum events are driven by the growing importance of developing effective public policy quickly and with the contribution of the right mix of experts and industry stakeholders.

We work closely with policy makers and senior public sector officials to understand their needs and goals and identify and engage senior private sector representatives, academics and overseas experts who can best contribute to policy discussions.

Cityforum events range in size from small, private conclaves examining specific aspects of wider issues, to public round table discussions and larger scale conferences. Held under the Chatham House Rule, the events provide a safe, secure, and neutral environment in which policy makers, the private sector and academia can freely discuss, debate, propose and test solutions to some of the most 'wicked' contemporary public policy problems. Our events are structured to allow maximum opportunity for well moderated, informed discussion as part of a carefully constructed agenda, focussed on delivering practical outcomes.

Individuals and private sector organisations have the opportunity to participate in our events as delegates, sponsors, members or strategic partners.

A bullet point summary is published after the event and distributed to all in attendance. In addition, strategic partners, members and event sponsors benefit from a full report that is written for policy formers and those who have contributed as speakers and panellists at the event.

Independent research, analysis & reports

In addition to providing background and content for the Cityforum programme of events, our staff analysts and network of specialist advisers undertake bespoke research and analysis work and report writing on a regular basis. These are frequently commissioned, undertaken and completed at short notice.

Creating police leaders for the 21st century - professionalism, training & education

Thursday 27 November 2014The Reform Club, London SW1

Serious & organised crime in 2015 & beyond - priorities of business & government

Tuesday 17 March 2015Central London

'I cannot begin to tell you how first class that entire event was.  I was so impressed with the facility and the staff.  The dinner event was remarkable; Chris’s [Inglis] and Hazel’s [Blear's MP] comments were fantastic and the frankness of the questions posed and responses provided were quite refreshing; not something usually seen in the US.  The following day was equally impressive.  The line-up of panelists and moderators were exceptional, and I again thought the exchanges were most insightful.'

Douglas D. Thomas
Head of Corporate Counterintelligence
Northrop Grumman

'I just wanted to both thank you and congratulate Cityforum for an excellent masterclass earlier this week.  The quality of the speakers was apparent throughout the day and all were fascinating from start to end.  We gathered a large number of insights and were pleased to validate a number of our own against those of the speakers.

The whole event exuded quality and professionalism – well done again. We were very pleased to have been there.'

Richard Anning FCA
Head of IT Faculty, IT Faculty

We are confident of the value we offer to our delegates, sponsors, strategic partners, members and private client organisations and would be delighted to put you in touch directly with leading public and private sector figures who would confirm the quality of our work and the benefit derived from working with us.

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Date confirmed for second Cityforum Serious & organised crime Round Table
Serious & organised crime in 2015 & beyond - priorities of business & government

Thursday 27th November 2014

Creating police leaders for the 21st century - professionalism, training & education

Wednesday 10th September 2014

NSA Deputy Director to lead masterclass
Cityforum Round Table 'Re-thinking cyber security'