Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Working in Partnership: ALB and Departmental NEDs

Working in Partnership: ALB and Departmental NEDs

June 09 2016

16.00-17.30

We are delighted to confirm that Sue Langley OBE, Lead NED at the Home Office, will be speaking at our seminar on 9 June. When Sir Ian Cheshire spoke at the PCF conference in October last year, he highlighted a real opportunity for public sector NEDs on Departmental Boards and on ALB Boards to work in partnership to help lead the transformation agenda.  This seminar will be an opportunity to continue those discussions and build on this engagement with the Departmental Board NEDs with Sue, who is leading on this particular area of work. The seminar is taking place from 4-5.30pm at Institute for Government – please get in touch with Susie at secretariat@publicchairsforum.org.uk if you would like to attend.

IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS REVIEW WITH SUE GRAY

IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS REVIEW WITH SUE GRAY

May 05 2016

4-5.30pm

The focus of the meeting will be implementation of Sir Gerry Grimstone’s review of public appointments, which was published on 11 March 2016. Sue Gray,  Director General, Propriety and Ethics Team at Cabinet Office, will be speaking at the event. Please get in touch with Susie at secretariat@publicchairsforum.org.uk to confirm your place.

Cabinet Office, ACE and PCF joint seminar

Cabinet Office, ACE and PCF joint seminar

March 23 2016

4 - 5.30pm

We are pleased to confirm that we will be holding a joint Cabinet Office, ACE and PCF seminar on the cross cutting and tailored reviews of public bodies. Please get in touch with Susie by Friday 4 March 2016 to confirm your place.

A Considered Response to the Spending Review with Robert Chote

A Considered Response to the Spending Review with Robert Chote

February 11 2016

16.00-17.30

We are delighted to confirm that Robert Chote, Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), will be speaking at the PCF’s next seminar, taking place 4-5.30pm on 11 February at Institute for Government. There is no doubt that the Spending Review will have a profound impact on all public services; we would like to take some time to consider what this means for arm’s-length bodies (ALBs) in particular. This will be an opportunity to hear Robert speak from both an OBR analysis perspective, and that of a Chair of an independent ALB with political interface. Please get in touch with Susie if you would like to attend.

Private breakfast meeting with Sir Jeremy Heywood

Private breakfast meeting with Sir Jeremy Heywood

November 27 2015

08.00-09.00

We are delighted to confirm that Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, will be joining us for a private roundtable discussion with PCF members, with a particular focus on the challenges for ALBs in this parliament. Please contact Amy Noonan if you would like to register or find out more.

Public Chairs’ Forum Conference

Public Chairs’ Forum Conference

October 14 2015

09.30-19.00

The PCF’s next conference is taking place on 14 October 2015. The theme for this year’s event is transformation in government and will build on the work that the PCF is doing with the government at the moment. We hope that the conference will be an opportunity to reflect early in the new parliament on how we can work together to deliver the transformation needed across the public sector, in order to continue to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public services. Please contact Amy Noonan if you are interested in finding out more. The conference will finish at 17.30 and will be followed by a drinks reception.

A discussion on public appointments with Sir Gerry Grimstone

A discussion on public appointments with Sir Gerry Grimstone

September 29 2015

16.30-18.00

Sir Gerry Grimstone has been asked by the Government to lead a review of the processes around public appointments in the UK and the role of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and is keen to engage with the Public Chairs’ Forum as part of this review. This event will be a great opportunity for Chairs to engage with Sir Gerry and to share their thoughts on public appointments in a private discussion.

Online Discussion Forum - What next after the General Election?

Online Discussion Forum - What next after the General Election?

June 12 2015

12.30 - 13.30

The first of our online discussions is taking place at 12.30pm on 12 June, where we will be joined by Joe Twyman (YouGov), Adrian Brown (Boston Consulting Group) and Martin Wheatley (Govern Up). Our expert panel will be continuing the discussions from our event on 31 March by looking at how the General Election played out, public perceptions after the election, and the likely impact for public services now the outcome is known. To join the conversation, simply login to the members’ area just before the start time, go to the discussion forum and start talking. The discussion is private, secure and will be conducted under strict Chatham House rule.

Partnership in Leadership with John Manzoni – 6 May

Partnership in Leadership with John Manzoni – 6 May

May 06 2015

6-7:30 PM

We are delighted to confirm that John Manzoni, Government’s newly appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service, will be speaking at our seminar on 6 May.  The meeting will be an opportunity for him to outline his priorities and objectives in his new role and discuss how Chairs of public bodies might help him to deliver on these.

The discussion will also focus on engagement with Departmental Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and will explore the impact of NEDs on central government and arm’s length governance, as well as areas where Chairs and NEDs can join up in engaging with these priorities. We are inviting some NEDs to participate in the seminar and will have further details on who will be attending soon.

The seminar is being run in partnership with the Public Bodies Reform team at Cabinet Office and will take place from 6-7.30pm at Institute for Government, followed by a drinks reception.

General Election 2015 and beyond – 31 March

General Election 2015 and beyond – 31 March

March 31 2015

5-6:30pm

With the General Election now only a couple of months away, the outcome remains more difficult to predict than ever before, with the number of different single- and multi-party governments that could conceivably emerge approaching double figures.

For our next seminar taking place from 5-6.30pm at Institute for Government on 31 March (a change from the original date of 25 March), we will be exploring what these different outcomes might look like, and the impact that they could have on the reform and delivery of public services.

We have convened an expert panel of speakers, who will be sharing their perspectives with us:

•      Joe Twyman,  Head of Political and Social Research at You Gov and media commentator, who will discuss the latest public opinion regarding the General Election, as well as current perceptions of the main political parties, and what all of this might mean for the outcome of the election.

•      Adrian Brown, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact at the Boston Consulting Group, who will sharing his perspectives on each main party’s approach to the reform of public services, should they be elected.

•      Martin Wheatley, Research Director at GovernUp, will be drawing lessons from attempts on Whitehall reform over the last 50 years, and outlining his proposals for reform in the next parliament.


After hearing from our speakers, there will then be an opportunity for wider discussion and debate on the issues raised. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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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