About Us

The Centre for Social Policy was established in 1995 to provide a resource for people who have left posts connected to established organisations or who work independently. It is a facility to be used as fellows wish but it provides them with a link to a multi-disciplinary peer group and enables them to keep up-to-date with current issues. It is an activity within the larger charity, The Warren House Group (WHG) at Dartington, which includes the Dartington Service Design Lab based at Buckfast Abbey.

The latest (2021) annual report is here.

2020 Report is here.

2019 Report is here.

2018 Report is here.

2017 Report is here.

Our constitution is here.




Fellows contribute to these other group activities by, for example, joining project advisory groups, serving on the WHG ethical committee, and offering advice to researchers.  The Centre comprises over 70 fellows from five countries and representing nine disciplines. The current officers are: John Diamond (Chair) Roger Bullock (Treasurer), and Brian Warren (Secretary).

Future Seminars

We are delighted to inform you that we will continue a programme of activities using virtual facilites, and later in-person if appropriate.


We are planning to hold seminars in 2022 as follows:









Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June 2022 

A zoom seminar:

The speakers on the Wednesday afternoon will be:

 Jason Strelitz - Director of Public Health, London Borough of Newham

Researchers from a Service Design Lab project

 The speaker on Thursday morning (11--12.30) will be:

 Geoff Little OBE - Chief Executive Officer of Bury Metropolitan Borough and a health commissioner. He was previously deputy CEO Manchester City Council

 The first Thursday session (9-10.30) will be an open discussion of the future relationship between CSP and the Service Design Lab in light of the Lab's recent Strategy Paper. It will invite contributions from CSP fellows and the SDL senior management team.

 The Strategy paper is attached here and is also posted on the Lab's website: www.dartington.org.uk


Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December 2022 (combined with 2022 AGM)

A hybrid zoom/in-person seminar (at Buckfast Abbey) dependent on Covid restrictions





Contact us

 The Centre can be contacted at:

Higher Mills, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE