Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Effective communications and the role of the Chair - a seminar with Alex Aiken

Effective communications and the role of the Chair - a seminar with Alex Aiken

September 09 2014

4-5.30pm

Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications, will join us at our seminar in September to discuss the role and responsibility of Chairs in communications. Discussion will focus on the role for communications in driving change and better outcomes for citizens; and the way Chairs can use communications as a tool to achieve a good and effective relationship with Whitehall.

Leadership Challenges for Chairs - a member led seminar

Leadership Challenges for Chairs - a member led seminar

July 03 2014

16:00-17:30

This seminar will be a member-led event that explores some of the leadership challenges that Chairs are facing at the moment. Three of our members will be sharing their experiences, followed by discussion with other attendees. The 3 members that will be presenting are:

• Iain Ferguson, Chair of Wilton Park, will discuss funding cuts, austerity and the impact that this will have on staff retention and service delivery.
• Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission, will talk about the challenges of preparing for a General Election, dealing with the outcomes, and learning from the regulator 9 months pre-election.
• Max Caller, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, will discuss recruiting a new Chief Executive and / or board members within the next 12 months.

This dedicated member-led session hopes to facilitate an excellent opportunity for Chairs to share best practice and learn from each others experiences.

Amy and Genevieve would be delighted to host you on the day. Please register by clicking on the link below.

PCF Conference - Public Bodies in the next Parliament

PCF Conference - Public Bodies in the next Parliament

May 06 2014

11am-5.30pm

With the General Election now only a year away and the Scottish referendum taking place in September, more change and challenges are guaranteed, whatever the outcome of either. Our conference will aim to help Chairs to prepare for the next period in the best way possible, so that they can continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their organisations, whatever the future may bring. Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Civil Service and Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government will be delivering keynote speeches and we also have a fantastic array of speakers who will be contributing to our panel sessions on public appointments, the relationship between Chair and Chief Executive, and increasing efficiency in public bodies. Please visit our news page to download the programme.

Customer perceptions of public services - a seminar with Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori

Customer perceptions of public services - a seminar with Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori

April 10 2014

4-5.30pm

Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori will lead a discussion with our members on customer perceptions of public services. The seminar will be an opportunity for Chairs of public bodies to learn about the results of recent surveys carried out by Ipsos Mori in relation to service provision and to consider how they can respond best to these findings in their organisations. More details to follow soon.

Public Body Reform Strategy - what next?

Public Body Reform Strategy - what next?

March 27 2014

11am-1pm

The Cabinet Office Public Bodies Reform Team will be holding a roundtable discussion at the Institute for Government from 11am to 1pm on 27 March to introduce their new Programme Strategy for the next three years. This will be a joint PCF and ACE event for Chairs and Chief Executives. More details to follow soon.

The fiscal challenge for public services - a seminar with Carl Emmerson

The fiscal challenge for public services - a seminar with Carl Emmerson

February 26 2014

4-5.30pm

Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, will be guest speaker at the PCF’s next seminar on 26 February. Carl will present an analysis of the current and future state of public finances and look at the implications that this has for departmental budgets. This will be followed by a roundtable debate with members, with an opportunity to consider how best public bodies can respond to the fiscal challenges ahead.

Launch of ‘Efficiency by Design’ with Nick Hurd MP and Bernard Jenkin MP

Launch of ‘Efficiency by Design’ with Nick Hurd MP and Bernard Jenkin MP

January 14 2014

16.00-17.30 followed by a drinks reception

Please note that this event has been cancelled as Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society and Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, have been called to urgent parliamentary business. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

An event to mark the launch of Efficiency by design: stories of best practice in public bodies, the joint Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) and Cabinet Office report into innovative ways in which public bodies have increased the efficiency of their organisations and thereby reduced costs. Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society and Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, will be guest speakers.

A tremendous amount of good work has been happening in public bodies, which has resulted in significant cost reductions and improvements in service delivery. We are pleased to be able to capture some of this work in this publication and highlight examples of best practice so that more public bodies (and indeed other parts of the public sector) can learn about new ways in which the efficiency of their operations could be improved.The event will be a great opportunity to shine a light on the good work of these organisations and to raise awareness of the different actions that can be taken to improve efficiency.

Whistleblowing and the role of the Chair and Board

Whistleblowing and the role of the Chair and Board

December 10 2013

4-5.30pm

At this seminar, Cathy James, CEO of Public Concern at Work will be talking about whistleblowing and the important role that Chairs and board members have to play. This session will follow the launch of the report by the Whistleblowing Commission on 27 November, the findings of which will be used as a basis for discussion at the meeting.

Best practice in delivering Public Body Reform

Best practice in delivering Public Body Reform

December 03 2013

1.45pm-3.30pm

A joint discussion forum hosted by Cabinet Office, Association of Chief Executives and the Public Chairs’ Forum. An opportunity for CEOs/Chairs of public bodies to share their approaches to leading an organisation through reform or closure and to discuss experiences and lessons learned in order to enhance the individual and collective approach to the on-going programme. The seminar will begin with two short presentations, leading into a roundtable discussion.

Civil Service Reform and the Sponsorship of Public Bodies, with Katherine Kerswell

Civil Service Reform and the Sponsorship of Public Bodies, with Katherine Kerswell

October 23 2013

4-5.30pm

Katherine Kerswell, Director General of Civil Service Reform at Cabinet Office, will join us to talk about sponsorship of public bodies at our seminar in October, putting this into the wider context of civil service reform. The meeting will be an opportunity for Chairs to discuss and share views on the development of sponsorship as a specialism within Government, which includes the publication of a new framework for sponsorship for departments. Senior officials from Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills will also be at the meeting. 

All meetings will take place in our offices in Carlton Gardens, London. Visit the contact us page for full location details.

Adhoc seminars will be arranged around fixed date seminars as necessary, in order to be as responsive as possible to the current environment and requirements of PCF members.

Existing PCF members are encouraged to get in touch and share their thoughts on useful, topical and interesting idea for future speakers and events.

If you are a Chair of a Public Body but are not yet a member of the PCF, and are interested in finding out more, please contact us. We offer your first meeting free of charge, with no obligation to join.

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