Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Private seminar with Sir Jeremy Heywood

October 05 2018


PCF members will continue their annual engagement with the Head of the Civil Service on 5 October. This will be an opportunity to hear from Sir Jeremy directly on his current priorities for the civil service and the role of arm’s-length bodies in delivering them.

Digital Transformation with the National Audit Office

May 24 2018


The PCF is delighted to welcome Max Tse, Executive Leader for Digital Transformation at the National Audit Office to speak to members. This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the role of Chairs to oversee the delivery and monitor the risk involved in digital transformation programmes. Joining Max on the panel will be both a Chair and CEO of an arm’s-length body who can provide lessons learned of their experiences.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equality for Boards

March 01 2018


At this seminar PCF will be hearing from Public Appointments Commissioner Peter Riddell CBE, DCMS Permanent Secretary, Sue Owen; and Sydney Roper and Dr Neslyn Watson-Druee CBE from 4i Consulting. Last year, Peter discussed with members the challenges they were facing when trying to increase diversity on their boards. We will re-visit this hot topic, as the Centre for Public Appointments considers what action can be taken and how chairs can be supported to meet the Government’s ambitious targets to improve diversity across the Civil Service.

Information rights and responsibilities, with the Information Commissioner

February 02 2018

10am - 12.30pm

With the ever increasing quantity of sensitive material held by the public sector about citizens, there is a desire for people to know what is held about them, and great risks in failing to handle it appropriately. The General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25 May 2018, and public bodies need to be prepared to meet its requirements. So we are delighted to announce that Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham will be our keynote speaker talking about information rights and the statutory responsibilities of public bodies. This will be a joint event with PCF’s sister organisation the Association of Chief Executives.

Cabinet Office Reviews with John Manzoni

January 12 2018

10am - 12 noon

Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office John Manzoni joins us to discuss the latest Cabinet Office thinking on reviews of arm’s-length bodies. There will also be input with the view from ALBs. A stimulating and thought provoking event, with PCF’s sister organisation, the Association of Chief Executives.

PCF roundtable with Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service

December 01 2017


The PCF are delighted to be hosting another a roundtable event with Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service, at the Institute for Government on Friday 1 December 9-10am. This will be an opportunity for Chairs to hear an update on the current priorities within the civil service, follow up on any points discussed in our last meeting in September 2016 and raise any concerns they may currently be facing in their organisations.

If members would like to register, please do get in touch with us at

An induction for chairs on the Committee on Standards in Public Life with Lord Bew

November 20 2017


We welcome Lord Bew, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, to provide an induction for chairs on the work of the Committee.

PCF Conference

October 18 2017


After a disappointing cancellation in May due to the General Election, We are very pleased to confirm a new date for the PCF conference. This will now be taking place on Wednesday 18th October 2017, 10am-3pm. We are delighted to confirm our first speakers: John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, and Professor Colin Talbot, Public Investigator and Political Scientist. Further details to follow soon.
To register please contact

PCF and Board Intelligence dinner

September 27 2017


Board Intelligence is hosting an exclusive dinner for Public Chairs’ Forum members, where thoughts on the question, ‘If you could rip up the rule book, what would good governance look like’ can be shared. The dinner will take place on 27th September 2017 from 7pm at their private dining room, 5 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NP.

Cyber security - are you managing the risks?

September 11 2017


The threat to operational delivery from a cyber attack are ever increasing, so we are excited to host a workshop for our members to hear the latest on how to manage the risks from GCHQ’s National Centre for Cyber Security. Plus, Emma Green, from DCMS’s Europe, Data, Digital and Security Directorate, will be talking through the government’s approach; Claire Bassett, CEO of The Electoral Commission will give one ALB’s perspective; and Professor of Cyber Security Eerke Boiten from De Montfort University’s Cyber Technology Institute, will provide an international perspective. This is a joint event with PCF’s sister organisation, the Association of Chief Executives.

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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