Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Measuring Value for Money in Public Bodies

Measuring Value for Money in Public Bodies

June 17 2015

16.00 - 17.30

At our next seminar on 17 June, we will be holding a member-led session with a post-election theme, focusing particularly on how public bodies can measure public value for money in their organisations. More details to follow soon.

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.

Classification Review of Public Bodies

Classification Review of Public Bodies

January 22 2015

4-6pm

The first event for the year is taking place at the Institute for Government and will be an opportunity for Chairs and Chief Executives to meet with Cabinet Office to discuss their classification review of public bodies. Cabinet Office would like to test their initial findings on Chairs and Chief Executives at the meeting, so this is a great chance for you to feed in your views and influence the shape of the review.  We would like to make sure we have a range of different types of bodies represented at the meeting in January, so please do attend if you can.

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

December 04 2014

1-2.30pm (with lunch available from 12.30pm)

We are pleased to confirm that Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications, will join us at our seminar in December to discuss the role and responsibility of Chairs in communications, following the cancellation of the original seminar earlier this month. 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. Please note the earlier time of this seminar, which will now take place at 1pm instead of 4pm.

Seminar with Government’s Sponsorship Champion & Commissioner for Public Appointments

Seminar with Government’s Sponsorship Champion & Commissioner for Public Appointments

October 23 2014

3-5.30pm

Seminar 1
3-4pm
We will be joined by Catherine Lee, Director General at Ministry of Justice and Government’s Sponsorship Champion, to discuss her vision for effective sponsorship. This will be a great opportunity for Chairs to meet with Catherine and to share their thoughts on the key priorities for improving sponsorship across government.


Seminar 2
4-5.30pm
A seminar on public appointments with Sir David Normington.
This has frequently been cited as an area of interest by PCF members. This seminar will be an opportunity to hear Sir David’s views on the government’s strategy for public appointments, and to explore how the General Election may impact on public appointments.

Two part seminar with Cabinet Office

Two part seminar with Cabinet Office

October 14 2014

4-6pm

Location: Room 251, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2HQ

Seminar 1
4-5pm
Linkages between ALB non-executives and Departmental non-executives, with Oliver Robbins, Director General, Civil Service at Cabinet Office.

An opportunity to discuss issues relating to joining up ALB and Departmental non-executives, and to explore how government can make better use of the experience and expertise of ALB non-executives.


Seminar 2
5-5.45pm
Improving the Triennial Review Process, with Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office.

At the PCF’s conference earlier this year, Sir Bob Kerslake suggested that the PCF and Cabinet Office should convene a roundtable event to look at how triennial reviews could be improved in the future. We are pleased to confirm that Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office, will be joining us at this seminar following the announcement of Sir Bob’s departure in the summer.

The meeting agenda will be based around six overarching themes, which Cabinet Office have identified based on feedback gathered from departments, review teams and account managers after the first round of triennial reviews. This will be an opportunity for Chairs to provide their own perspectives on these aspects, and to share any other relevant experiences or insights on triennial reviews. 

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.

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.

Booking Form

If you are an existing PCF member and would like to book a place at an upcoming PCF event, please complete the form below.

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

Fields that are mandatory are marked with a *.

Personal Details



Seminar / Event Details

Sign-up to Our Newsletter

Our newsletter features the most up to date news on the work of the PCF, along with guest articles on topical issues. Sign up to it here.


Become a PCF member

PCF Membership is open to all Chairs of Public Bodies, regardless of the size, status or remit of their organisation.

find out more »

Browse by Date



Latest News

Blueprint 2020: Matthew Hancock’s vision for the Civil Service

June 30 2015

Blueprint 2020: Matthew Hancock’s vision for the Civil Service

In a speech at the Institute for Government on 22 May 2015, Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, sketched out…  more »

Internship Opportunity – Public Chairs’ Forum and Association of Chief Executives

June 15 2015

Internship Opportunity – Public Chairs’ Forum and Association of Chief Executives

We are currently inviting applications for an internship to support the Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) and Association…  more »