Institute for Policy Research

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The Institute for Policy Research is a British charity which funds conservative think tanks. Its 2005 Accounts reveal grants to the Centre for Policy Studies (£157,000), the European Policy Forum (£2,500), Eurofacts (£36,500), Open Europe (£70,000) and Politeia (£10,000).[1]

Nicholas Finney veteran corporate activist and lobbyist and trustee of the Institute for Policy Research a funder of the Conservative movement

There are three trustees, Simon Webley is the Research Director of the Institute for Business Ethics and from 1969-98, he was director of the British-North American Research Association and UK director of the British-North America Committee. Eric Koops a former member of the Territorial Army was a Parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives in Wakefield 1974; had been vice-president of the Political Committee of the Carlton Club 1988- (chairman 1984-88).[2] The third trustee is Nicholas Finney who established The Waterfront Partnership (renamed Waterfront Public Affairs in 2007) and the Waterfront Conference Company in 1990 following a career in the ports industry. Both businesses were sold to Freshwater-UK in 2007.[3] Finney was Director General of The British Ports Federation (BPF) and the National Association of Port Employers (NAPE) and led the campaign for the abolition of the Dock Labour Scheme and for the privatisation of the Public Trust port authorities. He was a member of the UK’s Competition Commission (formerly the Monopolies and Mergers Commission) from 1993 to 1999.[3]


'Culture of litigation'

In 1999, Global Futures (part of the LM network) 'launched the Litigious Society Project, which resulted in the first estimation of the cost of litigation to the British economy.'[4] Such an estimate was also contained in Frank Furedi's report published by the conservative Centre for Policy Studies, which suggests that this report may have been linked with the Litigious Society Project. Furedi notes in the acknowledgements that 'I am particularly grateful to Tracey C. Brown, co-ordinator of the Litigious Society Project for sharing so much of her knowledge of the subject.[5] Furedi also notes that another LM network associate Bruno Waterfield was the researcher on the CPS pamphlet and that 'support towards research for this study was given by the Institute for Policy Research.'[5]


Charity Commission overview of Institute for Policy Research financial and filing history, screen capture created 4 May 2011


The Institute for Policy Research has received funding from The Cayo Foundation, The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, The David Young Charitable Trust, The Duke of Marlborough Charitable Settlement, The Federated Foundation, The G.R.P. Charitable Trust, The Morgan Charitable Foundation, Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust, The Weinberg Foundation, The W T J Griffin Charitable Settlement and The Wyford Foundation. The income received from the Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust between 2004 and 2010 is displayed in the table below.

Income sources of the Institute for Policy Research in £ sterling [6]
Donor Organisation 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total 2004-2010
Cayo Foundation[7] ? 4,000 4,000 3,000 2,500 ? ? ?
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust[8] ? 10,000 30,000 5,000 75,000 ? ? ?
The Federated Foundation[9] ? ? 2,500 - = ? ? ?
Garfield Weston Foundation[10] ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust[11] 8,100 7,050 23,000 70,800 72,800 29,400 27,850 239,000

Grant recipients

Grant recipients of the Institute for Policy Research in £ sterling [12]
Organisation 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total 2005-2010
Centre for Policy Studies 157,000 297,000 119,000 241,751 172,167
European Foundation - - - - 3,000
European Policy Forum 2,500 19,000 - - -
Eurofacts 36,500 31,500 25,782 19,250 14,700
Global Britain - 23,730 19,000 17,850 23,750
Institute of Economic Affairs - - 10,000 - -
MigrationWatch - - 5,000 - 4,500
Open Europe 70,000 95,346 127,000 181,500 105,000
Politeia 10,000 10,000 10,500 10,000 12,500
Taxpayers Alliance - - - 10,000 -
Young Britons Foundation - - - 1,000 100
Total 276,000 - -



Simon Webley | Eric Koops | Nicholas Finney[13]


Simon Webley (chairman) | Eric Koops | Nicholas Finney[1]

Other people

Keith Boyfield an economist, specialising in competition and regulatory issues has worked for a variety of Think Tank and Policy Development clients including the Institute for Policy Research. He has also worked for a number of think tanks that have received grants from the IPR such as the Centre for Policy Studies, European Policy Forum, Institute of Economic Affairs and Open Europe. Boyfield has also worked for the British-North American Research Association an organisation on which one of the three trustees (Simon Webley) of the IPR has served.



GU8 6DX[13]


Institute for Business Ethics
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Institute for Policy Research Report and Accounts, Year ended 30 September 2005, Charity number 285143. Accessible via:
  2. Debretts People of Today Eric Koops Esq, LVO, accessed 3 May 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Waterfront conference Company Nicholas Finney, accessed 3 May 2011
  4. Global Futures Refusing to be terrorised - managing risk after September 11, Lloyds website, Mon 17 Jun 2002
  5. 5.0 5.1 Frank Furedi, 'Courting Mistrust: The Hidden Growth of a Culture of Litigation in Britain, Centre for Policy Studies, 1999, p. 2
  6. Data compiled from filings at the Charity Commission.
  7. Data based on a financial year ending on 30 September
  8. Data based on a financial year ending on 5 April
  9. Data based on a financial year ending on 31st March
  10. Data based on a financial year ending on ??
  11. Data based on a financial year ending on 30 June
  12. Data compiled from filings at the Charity Commission. Data for financial year ended 30 September
  13. 13.0 13.1 Charity Commission Contact and Trustees, accessed 3 May 2011