Houses of Parliament at night - view from Westminster Bridge

Our Westminster Seminar series launched in 2015, to take best practice and key learning points from Cumberland Conferences to policymakers, parliamentarians and people of influence in central London.

This expanding series of seminars takes the format of afternoon round-table discussions with up to 25 participants, each informed by the findings of one of our recent Conference Reports.


Our first Westminster Seminar took place at the Royal Society in October 2015, bringing action points from our April 2015 Police Conference on 'Policing Professionalism: Leadership, Ethics and Public Confidence' to a new audience.

The event was chaired by Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and focused on the implementation of the new Police Code of Ethics and implications of the rcent Police Leadership Review.

Subsequent Westminster Seminars have included:

  • 'A Divided Society: Challenges for Policing' at Westminster Abbey, October 2016
  • 'Eliminating Modern Slavery: Enhancing the Police Response' at the House of Lords, October 2017
  • 'Violence Against Women: A Determinant of Health' at the House of Lords, March 2018

Chatham House Rule

Our Westminster Seminars are held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage open and honest debate and discussion. This means that participants are free to use the information they gather from an event, but neither their identity nor affiliation is revealed outside of the room.

Where possible, journalists with an interest in the relevant area are invited to attend for their own learning and information, and to help build constructive networks between participants and the media.