Reflection from the Cabinet Office on Public Bodies Week 2017

Reflection from the Cabinet Office on Public Bodies Week 2017
December 01 2017

Reflections from Lesley Ann Nash, Director, Public Bodies Reform Team, Cabinet Office on Public Bodies Week 2017

As we draw to an end of Public Bodies Week 2017, I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on the events of the week and the rich discussions we have had between public body leaders and representatives from government departments. Our two interactive events in Birmingham and London proved hugely worthwhile and we have been privileged to hear from some eminent speakers across public bodies and government.

The discussions have been a tale of two halves, exploring the macro issues of Brexit, relocation and the regional growth agenda, as well as looking at common operational themes such as workplace diversity, public appointments, digital transformation and commercial capability. Despite disparity in the functions of individual public bodies, we have highlighted some critical cross-government issues and common, horizontal themes between public bodies have been made clear.

I am delighted that so many public body leaders have embraced the chance to attend the events during Public Bodies Week 2017 and engage on the key issues. The points raised have been the beginning of an important dialogue and it is clear that public bodies are at the forefront of major government priorities. I look forward to developing our discussions on these issues and guiding collaborative ways to face new challenges and opportunities from the centre.

I was also pleased this week to have a chance to promote the important work of the Public Bodies Reform Team in an article on Civil Service World and through the publication of our annual directory, Public Bodies 2017. It is great to be able to highlight some exemplars of arm’s-length delivery across the UK and think how individual success stories can guide our future strategic cross-government objectives.

It has been a pleasure to host Public Bodies Week and I would like to warmly thank all those who attended the sessions throughout the week and those who have engaged with the work of the Public Bodies Reform Team. All the conversations we have had really highlight how strategic priorities should not be formed in isolation and the events of Public Bodies Week will play a hugely important role in guiding our future priorities.

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