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CHASM Conference 2020: Financial Wellbeing: Risk and Reward in Contemporary Society

Friends House - Euston - London
Thursday 2nd July 2020 (10:00-15:00)
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Helen Harris:

The CHASM ten year anniversary conference will be held on Thursday 2nd July 2020, 10.00-15.00 at Friends’ Meeting House, Euston Road, London.

We will celebrate ten years of rigorous and insightful research in the financial wellbeing, inclusion and capability sectors. However, the conference will primarily focus on the future.  We will seek to look forward and explore where key research needs to be applied in the next 10 years across our areas of interest.  Our conference speakers, detailed below, are all key players in their different ways, addressing personal financial challenges faced by individuals and households across the UK and further afield.

To register for the CHASM Conference email Helen Harris.


Baroness Claire Tyler of Enfield

Lords Spokesperson for Mental Health

Baroness Claire Tyler of EnfieldClaire Tyler, Baroness Tyler of Enfield, became the Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) in February 2012. She is also the President of the National Children’s Bureau, a position she has held since August 2012.  She became the Vice President of Relate in November 2012.

Claire chairs the "Make Every Adult Matter" coalition of charities helping adults with multiple needs, is Vice Chair of the Think Ahead Sub Committee overseeing a new adult mental health social work fast track programme and a member of the Advisory Council of the Step Up to Serve campaign.

Between 2007 and 2012 Claire was the Chief Executive Officer of Relate, the UK's leading relationship support agency between 2007 and 2012. This followed a number of senior positions within Government, the last of which was Director of the Vulnerable Children's Group at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education).

Prior to this, Claire had been the Director of the Government's Social Exclusion Unit and a board member of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from April 2002 until June 2006.

The Right Reverend David Urquhart KCMG, Hon DD

Lord Bishop of Birmingham

The Right Reverend David UrquhartBishop David became Anglican Bishop of Birmingham in 2006 and has an equal focus on the church and the wider world.  He is actively involved with social cohesion, economic justice, and education. Bishop David co-ordinated Birmingham’s Social Inclusion Process 2010–2015, chaired the University of Birmingham’s Wealth Distribution Commission in 2013 and was Vice-Chair of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Board 2010-2019.

Bishop David also has a significant interest in global politics and international relations. Chair of the Church Mission Society from 1993 to 2008, he maintains close links with DR Congo, Uganda and Malawi. He is currently Chair of the Mining Faiths Reflection Initiative, with a focus on South Africa and Brazil.

He is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Envoy to China, a Church Commissioner, and Prelate to the Order of St Michael and St George. He has been a member of the UK Banking Standards Board since 2015. As a member of the House of Lords, where he is Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, he comments regularly on finance, business and the constitution.  He is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth.

Professor Thomas Shapiro

David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University, USA

Professor Thomas ShapiroThomas Shapiro is the Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. His primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy. Thomas is a leader in the wealth and race field with a particular focus on closing the racial wealth gap.  With Dr. Melvin Oliver, he wrote the award-winning Black Wealth/White Wealth, which received the 1997 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality, 2004, was widely reviewed. He co-authored a groundbreaking study, The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide. In 2011 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the wealth gap in South Africa.

Thomas’ most recent book ‘Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, & Threatens Our Future’ was released in 2017. He has been interviewed by and his work discussed in major media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, CNN, ABC, BBC, MSNBC, NPR.

For queries or to register for the conference, please email Helen Harris.

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