About Us

Progressive Britain is the new platform for policymaking, political education, and imaginative thinking to rebuild Labour and the Nation. Rooted in the Labour Party, we are dedicated to national renewal through the intellectual revitalisation of the UK centre-left. 

Key to this is our re-dedication as a think-tank – and our ongoing work bringing politicians, policymakers, experts, and activists together to shape Labour’s next winning policy platform.

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Our Mission

Labour and the centre-left require fundamental reconstruction. There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the left to become the intellectual driving force for political change and reconciliation in the UK. Our mission is to develop the ideas we need to grasp it, ideas that are as bold and new as they are practical and deliverable. 

Rebuilding Labour is rebuilding the nation, and vice versa. Both are crucial if we are to win the battle for a Progressive Britain.

Our Work

After more than a decade of Tory rule, the UK is suffering from sluggish growth, failing infrastructure, low self-confidence – and the regional and social divisions they create. 2020s Britain requires a period of economic, social and political reconstruction. 

So we’re focusing on the big things– our work covers all aspects of Labour policy, strategy and narrative to support the party to develop distinctive, dynamic and popular positions and messages in the run up to the next general. See our year in review.

Our Events

We hold a number of different events each year, from expert-driven policy debates to social occasions for our members. Our annual conference remains one of the year’s best events in the political calendar, and a fantastic opportunity to engage in policy debates with Labour policymakers and friends.

This year we were joined by Sir Keir Starmer, Wes Streeting MP, economist Mariana Mazzucato and a number of other excellent speakers and panellists. Check out our events for more details. 

Who We Are

Our Staff

Adam Langleben

Executive Director

Adam Langleben is Executive Director of Progressive Britain. He was previously Head of Communications at the Jewish Leadership Council and a shadow spokesperson for regeneration as a Labour Councillor in Barnet. He also served as National Secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement and co-led the referral of the Labour Party to the Equality & Human Rights Commission.

Tom Collinge

Deputy Director

Tom Collinge is Deputy Director at Progressive Britain having previously served as Head of Policy and Communications. Between 2018 and 2021 he was successively Media and Communications Manager and Policy Manager at the social sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital. Before that, Tom worked in charity PR, as a freelance journalist, and as a public affairs and events co-ordinator for The New Statesman.

Roberta Henry

Head of Events & Development

Roberta Henry is Head of Events and Development at Progressive Britain. Roberta has also worked with Solace, NHS Providers, the Chartered Institute of Housing and other public sector bodies. Previously Deputy Head of Events at the Local Government Association, responsible for the Annual Conference, National Children and Adult Services Conference and a programme of one-day events.

Dylan Turner

Policy Manager and Parliamentary Liaison

Dylan Turner is the Policy Manager and Parliamentary Liaison at Progressive Britain. Dylan graduated with first-class honours in History, Politics and Economics from UCL. Dylan has experience in the NGO sector with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Jade Albas

Communications & Programmes Officer

Jade Albas is Communications and Programmes Officer at Progressive Britain. She graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA Hons in Film in 2021.

Joseph Holland

Operations & Programmes Manager

Joseph Holland is the Operations and Programmes Manager at Progressive Britain. A former professional football player, he has a Masters degree in Economics.

Board Of Directors

Kay Carberry

Kay Carberry is a Member of the Low Pay Commission, a Director of TU Fund Managers, sits on the boards of both Transport for London (TfL) and the People’s History Museum, and is an alternate member of the Takeover Panel. She was a founder member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and from 1988 to 2016 she was Head of the Equal Rights and then Assistant General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Kay received a CBE for services to employment relations in 2007. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Mary Goudie

Mary Goudie has been a Labour member of the House of Lords since 1998. She is an adviser to the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and sits on the Advisory Board of the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and the Management Board of Gender Action for Peace and Security. A former Brent councillor, Mary was the National Organiser for the Labour Solidarity Campaign 1981-88.

Roger Liddle

Roger Liddle is a Labour member of the House of Lords. He was a Special Adviser to Tony Blair on European Affairs 1997-04, and to the European Commissioners Peter Mandelson and José Manuel Barroso 2004-07. A former Co-Chair of Policy Network and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lancaster, he has served on Oxford City Council, London Borough of Lambeth, and Cumbria County Council. He is the author of The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration (I. B. Tauris, 2014).

Terry Paul

Terry has been a councillor on the London Borough of Newham since 2010 Between 2018 and 2022 he was the cabinet member for finance and corporate services and has sat on the LGA Resources Board since 2019. A former party staff member and PR professional with 20 years experience of in financial services and reputation management.

Jane Thomas

A former lecturer at the University of Sheffield, Jane has worked extensively on issues re: electoral and constitutional reform and regional devolution. A former Head of the England team at Friends of the Earth, she was director of the (anti-Brexit) Brexit Civil Society Alliance and is currently a commissioning editor and editorial board member of Yorkshire Bylines. Jane is a former member of the NPF and current member of the Yokshire & Humber regional board.

Emily Wallace

Emily Wallace brings 25 years of consultancy and business experience working across a wide range of sectors. She is a founding partner of public affairs and business transformation consultancy Inflect Partners, a former Partner of European consultancy GPLUS, Chief Executive of GK Strategy and Managing Director of Connect Communications. Emily sits on the executive of Labour Business, and is a Patron of House Magazine, Women in Westminster: The 100. Emily is a Labour activist and co-founder of the Lambeth Food Bank Fund.

Advisory Panel

Arooj Shah

Arooj Shah was first elected to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in 2012. She has been Leader of the Council since 2021 and is the portfolio lead for Equalities, Inclusion and Cohesion on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. experience

Georgia Gould

Georgia Gould was first elected to the London Borough of Camden in 2010. She has been Leader of the Council since 2017 and Chair of London Councils since 2020.

Vaughan Gething

Vaughan Gething has been the MS for Cardiff South and Penarth since 2011. He served as Minister for Health and Social Services 2016-21 and has been Economy Minister since 2021.

Pat McFadden

Pat McFadden has been the MP for Wolverhampton South East since 2005. A junior minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, he attended Cabinet as the Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills 2009-10. He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2021.

Wes Streeting

Wes Streeting has been the MP for Ilford North since 2015. First appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in May 2021 as Shadow Secretary of State for Child Poverty, he became Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in November 2021.

Liz Kendall

Liz Kendall has been the MP for Leicester West since 2010. She served as Shadow Minister for Care and Older People 2011-14 and was appointed Shadow Minister for Social Care in 2020.

Bridget Phillipson

Bridget Phillipson has been the MP for Houghton and Sunderland South since 2010. First appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in 2020 as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, she became Shadow Secretary of State for Education in 2021.

Tudor Evans

Tudor Evans was first elected to Plymouth City Council in 1988 and has been Leader of the Labour Group since 1998. He has been Leader of the Council on four separate occasions: 1998-2000, 2003-07, 2012-16, and 2018-2021.

Gavin Callaghan

Gavin Callaghan is the Managing Director of government affairs consultancy Beartas Policy and was Leader of Basildon District Council 2017-21.

Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson has been the MSP for Edinburgh Southern since 2016. He served as the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice 2017-19 and has been Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance since 2021.

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson was first elected to Birmingham City Council in 2014. She was Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods 2018-21 and has been Cabinet Member for Vulnerable Children and Families since 2021.

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