Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services
The Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) exists to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services in the United Kingdom. It is a member led, exclusive information sharing and networking resource for chairs of public bodies.
Through a programme of unique and carefully tailored seminars and events, the PCF facilitates an environment for Chairs to identify best practice and work together to improve the delivery of public services.
By drawing on the perspectives of its members, the PCF is able to provide information, advice and guidance to Government on the role of Arms Length Bodies (ALBs) in the delivery and reform of public services.
The Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) exists to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services in the United Kingdom. It does this by:
• Providing peer and expert support to the Chairs of public bodies, via an annual programme of meetings and
seminars, on subjects of common interest, which are led by senior public figures and generate a challenging
• Drawing on the expertise, experience and varied perspectives of members (and where appropriate
commissioning research and producing short papers) to share best practice and provide information,
advice and guidance to Government on the role of public bodies in the delivery and reform of public services.
• Membership is open to all Chairs of public bodies. Further details, including information on subscriptions, can
be found on the membership page.
The Public Chairs’ Forum was first established in 2003. Initially a partnership with Leeds University Business School (LUBS), the PCF was endorsed by key figures in government who saw the value that such a network could offer. Following a review, a Management Committee was established and a Chair was appointed, which then led to a partnership being formed with the Institute for Government in April 2010.
The start of this partnership marked the appointment of the first full time PCF manager, responsible for the delivery of PCF business. Since this time, the PCF has continued to grow in size and influence and now does an increasing number of research projects to help and support its members, in addition to the wide ranging programme of seminars and events that it runs.
The PCF is valued by Government because it is committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public services and offers help and support to a sector containing many different types of organisations with a wide range of remits.
The PCF exists to enable Chairs of public bodies to work together to improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which public services are delivered.
We envisage a network where all chairs of public bodies work together and engage with government through our events, seminars and research projects to effect positive change in their organisations and beyond.
In all that we do we seek to be:
Our programme of work is driven by the needs and requirements of our members.
We are politically non-aligned and do not have corporate views. We facilitate important discussions between government and public bodies. We aim to influence, but not to lobby.
We enable members to come together and encourage dialogue between members. We offer support, guidance and advice: to members in dealing with the challenges that they face; and to government, both in informing policy development and in ensuring implementation of policy.
We operate independently from government and all other organisations.
We offer an open environment for the sharing of best practice, contributing to the personal development of Chairs.
Christian Brodie, Chair, Public Chairs’ Forum
Christian Brodie is the current Chair of the Public Chairs’ Forum.
Christian Brodie read law at Magdalen College, Oxford. He graduated in 1978. Whilst at university, he represented British Universities at cross country running and won silver and bronze medals at the British Universities Championships in that sport. He was also awarded blues in athletics, cross-country running and modern pentathlon.
He passed the solicitors’ professional exams with distinction in 1979 and then worked for Herbert Smith & Co. as a corporate finance lawyer in the City of London and New York.
In 1985 he joined S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. This firm was ultimately acquired by UBS which became the largest financial services organisation in the world in terms of client funds under management. He retired from UBS in 2013. At UBS he served in a variety of senior management positions including as a member of the Group Management Board, Vice Chairman of the Investment Bank, head of Investment Banking in Europe, Middle East and Africa and head of Investment Banking in Australia and New Zealand. He was ranked the top adviser in Europe in the Industrial Sector by value of transactions in 2000 by Thomson Financial, the league table compilers.
Following his retirement from UBS, he has taken on a number of non-executive roles.
He currently chairs a number of organisations, including the Student Loans Company, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Pentathlon GB which is the governing body in the UK of the Olympic Sport of Modern Pentathlon, Council of the University of Sussex (as well as being the Pro Chancellor), the Council of UCAS, Greensage Limited which is a private property and investment company, and of course the Public Chairs Forum. He previously chaired Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity which is the NHS Charity associated with the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the BIS Partnership Organisations Chairs’ Forum, and the Regulatory Partnership Group for Higher Education.
Christian serves on the board of the University College Employers’ Association, Committee of the University Chairs, Greater Anglia Stakeholders Advisory Board and West Anglia Taskforce. He previously served on the board of Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association, the forum of The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Public Leaders Editorial Board of the Guardian, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and JD Classics. He has also served as a Governor of Tonbridge School, and on the Finance and Judd Foundation Committees of the Skinners Company. He is a member of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group of HEFCE.
He has been a member of the finance and grants committees of the Wates Foundation, his family foundation that has donated more than £100 million to charitable causes mainly in London and the South East.
His publications include contributing to the chapter on corporate governance of Gore Brown, the leading corporate law practitioners’ text book and editing the text book on the law and practice on Mergers and Acquisitions in Europe.
PCF is governed by a management committee consisting of a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer plus three to five other members. Members of the management committee are elected by ballot annually, by the PCF members, at the annual general meeting.
Richard Foster CBE, Chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission
Richard Foster took over as Chair of the CCRC in November 2008. He was Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2001 to 2007 and is Chair of the Refugee Council of Great Britain. He was Director, Welfare to Work Delivery, responsible for New Deals from 1998 to 2001 and is a former Director of the Employment Service in the Department for Education and Employment.
He was also First Secretary (Stockholm) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1981 to 1984 and was Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of State, Department of Employment. Mr Foster was educated at Devonport High School for Boys and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is married with two children.
Roger Southam, Chair, Leasehold Advisory Service
Roger Southam has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry running his own Company for 27 years. Roger has specialised in customer service and effective management of residential property and is a leading expert in the burgeoning multifamily sector in the UK as well as long leasehold ownership.
Roger regularly contributes articles and media comment on all aspects of housing delivery and management. He has appeared on numerous TV programmes including BBC Rip Off Britain, ITV This Morning, BBC Breakfast to name but a few. He is a regular at speaking engagements.
Among Roger’s altruistic activities he is founder and President of UK Apartment Association and sits on the Global Outreach Committee of the National Apartment Association in the USA; he is Chair of HMRC Customer Experience Working Party and member of the Admin Burdens Board for HMRC; he is Non Exec Chairman of the Leasehold & Park Homes Advisory Service (LEASE); committee member of Public Chairs Forum; and sits on numerous industry boards and committees for British Property Federation and London Chamber of Commerce.
He Chairs Treloar’s Mansion House Gala Dinner committee and sits on the 2016 City of London Sheriff Ball committee.
He is Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Livery Company, Court member of the Worshipful Company of Constructors and Vice Chair of Candlewick Ward Club.
Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a Fellow of Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) and a Fellow of Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). He is a member of Institute of Directors, Urban Land Institute Residential Council, Investment Property Forum.
Sir Harry Studholme, Chair, Forestry Commission
Sir Harry Studholme has been the Chairman of the Forestry Commission from February 2014, having been interim Chairman from January 2013.
Previously Sir Harry was Chairman of the South West Regional Development Agency from 2009 to 2012. He is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University, a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and accredited Commercial Mediator (CEDAR). He has owned and managed land in South West England for over 25 years and chaired a number of commercial, representative and charitable organisations. These include INTEGER, an insurance Company, the Finding Sanctuary project, which worked with environmentalists and the fishing industry on proposals for marine conservation zones from 2007 to 2011, and South West Food and Drink. He was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported on the future of English forestry in July 2012.
His current commitments include chairing the Phaunos Timber Fund, a FTSE quoted forestry Investment Company owning forestry largely in South America and New Zealand, and the William Robinson, Gravetye Charity.
Geoffrey Podger, Chair, Government Actuary's Department
Geoffrey Podger is currently Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Risk Management, King's College, London. He also acts in a number of non-executive roles and undertakes consultancy work.He has been Chair of the Board of the Government Actuary's Department since November 2015 His main professional interests lie in the fields of risk and regulation, workplace health and safety and management of healthcare In his previous public service career, he managed four regulatory related agencies in the UK, the European Union and New Zealand. He has also worked in three UK Government Departments including the Department of Health. Geoffrey was awarded the CB in 2003.
Emma is responsible for managing all aspects of PCF business, and works closely with the PCF board to engage new members and implement a successful programme of seminars and events. Emma joined PCF in September 2016 on secondment from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, where she has worked for 10 years. She spent some time working in operations, before heading the Commission’s Secretariat. Prior to the IPCC, Emma spent time as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and as an Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive. Emma also manages the Association of Chief Executives (ACE) and is based at the Institute for Government’s offices in Carlton Gardens.
Susanna is responsible for supporting the Manager of PCF in all aspects of business, including developing the annual programme of events, contributing to research projects on public service delivery and promoting the work of PCF within our membership and to the wider public sector through social media and engaging with key stakeholders.
Susanna Smith recently completed a History degree at the University of Bristol, and began a six-month internship for the Public Chairs’ Forum and Association of Chief Executives. Since March 2016, she undertook her permanent position as Membership, Communications and Research Officer. Alongside her work for PCF, Susanna is studying for a MA in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London.
If you are interested in finding out about the PCF,
contact Emma Maloney via email or call on 0207 747 0491.
The Public Chairs' Forum is based at the Institute for Government's offices in Carlton Gardens.
Public Chairs' Forum
2 Carlton Gardens
If you are interested in finding out about the PCF,
contact Emma Maloney via email or call on 0207 747 0491.
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