The European Policy Forum’s Regulatory Best Practice Group brings together the competition authorities, sector regulators and market participants in energy, telecoms, financial services and other sectors which are subject to economic regulation.
It holds frequent special roundtables on topical issues which allow a fruitful exchange of confidential analysis, perspective and policy idea for the benefit of better policymaking, better regulation and better legislation.
It has a particular mission to develop a better regulatory agenda and has pioneered studies promoting the design, effective use and subsequent audit of impact assessments.
Regulatory Best Practice Group events attract the highest level of policymakers at the international, European and national level and are recognised as a respected environment for knowledgeable interlocutors from the industry to engage in constructive dialogue.
RGPG works in parallel with The Infrastructure Forum, established by EPF to provide a centre for research, study and dissemination of materials on the cross-sectoral issues.
The Forum has had close connections with the European Institutions which have meant that its work is closely integrated with regulatory development in telecoms, financial services, energy, water and other areas which have stemmed from Brussels. The Forum’s Regulatory Best Practice Group will be looking at the likely consequences of Brexit for the relevant sectors going forward.
The Forum’s cross-party links mean that its Advisory Council benefits from the advice of distinguished parliamentarians in the House of Lords drawn from each party: Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister; Baroness Smith of Newnham and Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, the Labour Shadow Industry Minister.
Similarly, the Forum’s roundtables, conferences and seminars benefit from the presence of leading policy makers in government and opposition. Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Chairs of regulatory bodies, leading parliamentarians and senior officials from the European institutions play a regular part in its work, as do HM Treasury, the National Infrastructure Commission, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Britain’s leading business organisations.
Lord Tugendhat, Chairman of the European Policy Forum, is a former parliamentarian, regulator, European Commissioner and Chairman of leading companies, who succeeded the founding Chairman, the late Lord Hunt of Tanworth GCB. The EPF Advisory Council includes, on a cross-party basis, prominent members of the House of Lords, leading regulators, distinguished former civil servants and prominent business leaders.
GRAHAM MATHER CBE
Graham Mather CBE is President of the Forum. He chairs its Regulatory Best Practice Group and serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Ofcom and the Office of Rail and Road. Having previously served on the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. He was a Member of the European Parliament in the 1990so. He has also been General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Head of the Institute of Directors Policy Unit. He was an open scholar of New College, Oxford and Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College.