About the pcf

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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 arm’s-length bodies in the delivery and reform of public services.

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.

Who can join

·       Membership to the Public Chairs’ Forum is open to all chairs of public bodies, regardless of their organisations’ size or remit. If the chair is not able to attend an event, they can delegate their place to one of the organisation’s non-executive directors.

What we offer

·        Membership includes an annual programme of approximately eight of meetings and seminars a year, on subjects of common interest, with other chairs, which are led by senior public figures and key figures in Government, generating challenging debate.

·        Access to invaluable networking opportunities with peers, and opportunities to contribute and benefit from various research projects aimed at supporting chairs of public bodies in their roles.

·        We offer an open environment for the sharing of best practice, contributing to the personal development of chairs.

·        The provision of peer and expert support to the chairs of public bodies, including a mentoring scheme.

·        Our programme of work is driven by the needs and requirements of our members.


·        In the interest of openness and transparency, the Public Chairs’ Forum holds an annual general meeting at which it will provide an annual report which reflects both key activities and performance, and a set of accounts for the previous financial year.

·        The PCF is run by the PCF Manager and is overseen by a Chair and Management Committee.

·        A copy of the Public Chairs’ Forum’s constitution, which came into effect on 1 December 2017, is available here.

·        We operate independently from government and all other organisations.

Roles and Responsibilities

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.

PCF Mission, Vision and Values


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:

• Member-led
Our programme of work is driven by the needs and requirements of our members.

• Impartial
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.

• Supportive
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.

• Independent
We operate independently from government and all other organisations.

• Trusted
We offer an open environment for the sharing of best practice, contributing to the personal development of Chairs.


Chris Brody

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 boards of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Sports Economy Working Group, University College Employers’ Association, the Governors Development Advisory Forum of The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Greater Anglia Stakeholders Advisory Board and West Anglia Taskforce. He previously served on the Executive Committee of University Chairs, the Public Leaders Editorial Board of the Guardian and the Board of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. 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 Higher Education Funding Council of England. He is a Trustee of the Chadhurst Trust.

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.

Management Committee

PCF is governed by a management committee consisting of a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer plus three to eight other members. Members of the management committee are elected by ballot annually, by the PCF members, at the annual general meeting.

David Ereira OBE, Honorary Member

David Ereira OBE was chair of the Insolvency Service and stepped down from that role in 2017. He remains an Honorary member of the Public Chairs Forum. He has been a trustee and chair of Marie Curie. He is a solicitor. He is a partner in the London office of Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP having previously been a partner for over 25 years in City “Magic Circle” law firms.  

David Is a member of the Finance Law Committee of the City of London Law Society, the Insolvency Lawyers Association, INSOL and the International Insolvency Institute. He has worked with the Financial Markets Law Committee and its predecessor the Financial Law Panel on issues of legal certainty.

Vic Emery OBE, Chair, Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Vic Emery joined as Chair of the CNPA Board in September 2016. In the public sector, Vic has served three terms of public service to policing in Scotland - as Chair of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) and more recently of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). Vic also played a major governance and advisory role in bringing the Edinburgh Trams Project back on track for successful completion and also Chaired the New Campus Glasgow Project, merging 4-city centre further education colleges into a single super college. In Private Sector, Vic was formally Group Managing Director of BAE Systems warship building and sustainment business for over 10 years, across 5 operational facilities in the UK with a turnover of £800 million and a workforce of 7500. Vic sat on the Operational Board of BAE Systems Plc from 2003 until 2008 and was awarded an OBE in May 2008 for services to warship building.

Vic is currently the Chair of Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and holds a number of other Non-Executive posts including Past President and Board Member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Scottish Maritime Museum, Board Member of the Scottish Regional Advisory Board and Chair of Thoughthive Limited, a private cyber security software company.

Richard Foster CBE, Chair, 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.

Wanda Goldwag, Chair, Legal Ombudsman

Wanda’s last corporate role was Managing Director of AIR MILES, owned by British Airways. Since then, Wanda has created a portfolio of non-executive and government roles, including lay member of the QC appointments panel and Non- Executive Director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Geoffrey PodgerChair, 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.

Christopher Rodrigues CBE, Chair, British Council

Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of the British Council in May 2016, having already become Chairman of the Port of London Authority in January 2016, the Chairman of Openwork in January 2014 and the Chairman of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association in August 2013.

He was Chairman of VisitBritain from 2007 – 2017; Chairman of International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership from 2007 – 2015; Chairman of The Almeida Theatre from 2008 – 2016, and in July 2016 stepped down as a Council member and Trustee of the National Trust.  He was on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council from 2007 – 2016. 

Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School.  He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.  He was made Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey in 2009 and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management in 2010.  He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013.

Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.

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.

Nabila Zulfiqar, Chair, Architects Registration Board

Nabila has an LLB (Hons) in Business Law and is a solicitor. She has experience of the governance and regulation including the legal profession, architects, teachers and the press. She is the Chief Adjudicator at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA); the regulator of legal services in England and Wales. Prior to joining the SRA in 2011, Nabila was Council Solicitor at the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) with responsibility for advising the Chief Executive, Registrar and Council on all legal matters.  From 2005 until 2008, Nabila was Principal Solicitor and a Head of Service in the Legal Department of Birmingham City Council.  She was a member of the Family Justice Council - Children in Safeguarding Proceedings sub committee and contributed to two Law Society publications relating to public law proceedings.

In April 2013, Nabila was appointed by the Privy Council to the Architects Registration Board and chaired its Investigation Oversight Committee. In March 2017, Nabila was elected to chair the Architects Registration Board.

Nabila's other roles include:

  • Chair - National Anti-Discrimination Panel - Football Association
  • Member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Readers Panel
  • Member of the Advertising Advisory Committee which advises the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice.
  • Vice Chair of Mosaic : Prices Trust West Midlands Regional Leadership Group.

PCF Secretariat

Emma Maloney,

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 Smith 

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.

Contact Details

The Public Chairs' Forum is based at the Institute for Government's offices in Carlton Gardens.

postal address:
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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