About Us

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) is an independent public policy think tank.  We are not politically aligned and have members from across the political spectrum on our Board of Trustees and Advisory Panel.  Our work spans public service reform and the social market economy, and champions ideas that marry a pro-market orientation with concern for social justice.  Since its inception in 1989, the SMF has gained an enviable reputation for the rigour of its research, driving policy debate based on sound argument and clear evidence.



Board Members

Lord Charles Falconer

Daniel Franklin

Baroness Olly Grender

Nicola Horlick

Graham Mather

Sir Brian Pomeroy CBE

Peter Readman

Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shephard

Mary Ann Sieghart (Chair)

Professor Alison Wolf

Policy Advisory Board

Jonathan Akwue

Professor Nicholas Barr

Rafael Behr

Luciana Berger MP

Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP

Philip Collins

Sir Don Cruickshank

Evan Davis

Patrick Diamond

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP

John Fingleton

Tom Greatrex MP

Liam Halligan

Duncan Hames MP

Isabel Hardman

Will Hutton

Sarah Jackson OBE

Margot James MP

Baroness Susan Kramer

Sir Peter Lampl OBE

Charlotte Leslie MP

Chris Leslie MP

Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP

Shabana Mahmood MP

Rt Hon George Osborne MP

Ben Page

Alison Park

Rachel Reeves MP

John Rentoul

Steve Richards

Mary Riddell

Dr Anthony Seldon

Shaun Spiers

Lord Dennis Stevenson CBE

John Tizard

Andrew Tyrie MP

Chuka Umunna MP

Rt Hon David Willetts MP


Communications Director

We’re currently recruiting for a new Communications Director who, alongside the Director and Research Director, will be responsible for running the SMF.

Strategically, the post holder will develop our core themes and narratives; extend our profile in the media; create and cultivate relationships with funders, potential funders and other partners; as well as build networks in the new Parliament and Government.

Functionally, they will lead on the communication of our research reports and events, bringing this work to new and existing audiences. They will oversee the SMF’s events programme, from the three major party conferences to Westminster based roundtables and panel discussions. They will get us in front of potential funders and manage relationships with existing ones. They will be responsible for developing our existing networks of supporters such as the Policy Advisory Board and Business Forum. The post holder will manage a team of three.

We are looking for someone who is creative, who enjoys working as part of a team, as well as leading one, with a sharp intellect and the confidence and credibility to represent the SMF.

The post is permanent and full time. To find out more, contact the SMF Director, Emran Mian, via emran@smf.co.uk. The closing date for applications is Monday 25 May 2015.

Click here to find out more about the role.

SMF Research Internship Programme

The Social Market Foundation runs a paid research internship programme, designed to provide an opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a public policy environment. SMF internships are well known for their high quality and their emphasis on providing interns with a solid grounding in public policy research methods. During your internship, you will be an integral member of the research team, contributing to SMF policy projects. We will give you the opportunity to gain experience in all the main areas of our work, from brainstorming and engaging in policy discussions, to research and analysis, and to policy development and communications. Anyone taking part in our research internship programme will be paid the London Living Wage.

We are not currently recruiting for our Research Internship.


The Social Market Foundation (SMF) is a registered charity (no. 1000971) whose purpose is to advance the education of the public in the economic, social and political sciences.

We are funded predominantly through sponsorship of our research, public policy debates and party conference work. The sponsor of each debate or publication is clearly displayed on the materials accompanying the event or on the publication, and on the relevant webpage. The SMF retains full editorial control over all of its output and we pride ourselves on the transparency of our funding. Further information about our funders is available via the links below, on our page on the Charity Commission website and in our sponsorship policy. If you require more information about how the SMF is funded, please contact enquiries@smf.co.uk.

See our funders in 2013/14.

See our funders in 2012/13.


Social Market Foundation
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London UK
TEL. 020 7222 7060
EMAIL. enquiries@smf.co.uk

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