Previous PCF Seminars and Events

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. 

Leadership Challenges for Chairs - a member led seminar

Leadership Challenges for Chairs - a member led seminar

September 10 2013

At September’s seminar, three PCF members have been invited to talk in some detail about a particular leadership challenge they are faced with in their roles.

The panel will be comprised of: 

Dr Jane Martin, Local Government Ombudsman,
Caroline Sheppard, Chief Traffic Adjudicator
Jenny Watson, Chair of Electoral Commission

Each panel member will speak for 5-10 minutes before opening up into a wider discussion with members. Chairs will be able to discuss the issues at hand, share their experiences, and offer possible solutions to the challenges. This is an opportunity to learn from one another and learn more about the important work that different members do.

Best practice efficiency in public bodies - a roundtable discussion

Best practice efficiency in public bodies - a roundtable discussion

June 25 2013

A roundtable event focused on identifying and exploring examples of best practice efficiency in public bodies. This will be an opportunity for Chairs to share their experiences and have an in-depth discussion about best practice efficiency in public bodies. Rather than focusing solely on public bodies, we are keen for Chairs to draw on their experiences from other sectors too so as to enrich the discussion and debate. Colleagues from the Institute for Government and Cabinet Office will be taking part in the discussion too.

A seminar with Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government

A seminar with Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government

June 13 2013

4pm

Peter will be sharing his perspectives on priorities and challenges for Government and their implications for public bodies.

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.

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