Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Private seminar with Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni

April 02 2019

10am - 12 noon

Coming hot off the UK’s departure of the European Union, this will be an excellent opportunity to hear directly from the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni, on government priorities for public bodies, post-Brexit.

Board Appraisals Workshop with Deloitte

March 22 2019

10am - 12 noon

We are delighted to announce a partnership with Deloitte who will be hosting a workshop for members examining the appraisal of both board members, and the effectiveness of the board itself. A similar separate workshop is being held for members of the Association of Chief Executives. Dr Jay Bevington, Partner and Leader of Deloitte’s Board Advisory Practice, will be leading the workshops. The practice specialises in independent board effectiveness, governance and risk reviews in public and private sector organisations. He brings an extensive range of experience having worked with well over 350 boards in the previous 15 years.

Shaping the Boards of Tomorrow

February 11 2019


Whilst progress has been made in improving the diversity of public appointments, more could be done to seek out, encourage and nurture talent at board level for those with protected characteristics. Therefore, the Commissioner for Public Appointments, the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell CBE is inviting members of the PCF to a discussion forum at which a number of examples of mentoring schemes will be presented, aimed at developing governance skills. The seminar will be an opportunity for Chairs to share their views on running similar schemes within their organisations.

Please note this event is being hosted by the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments and will take place at Admiralty House.

To register please contact Jennifer Smith and Phil Hodges at

Civil Service Effectiveness: with Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of PACAC

January 31 2019


Following a review by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, into Civil Service Effectiveness, its Chair, Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, will be joining us to speak about the outcome of the inquiry. This will be a joint event with the Association of Chief Executives.

Event with Lord Callanan, Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union

January 15 2019


Lord Callanan, Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union will be giving a keynote speech as the UK nears the date for departing the EU. He will be followed by presentations from Susannah Storey, DExEU’s Director General for Policy, Delivery and Co-ordination, and Cabinet Office’s Matthew Coats, Director General for EU Exit Implementation. The event will include Q and A sessions. This will be a joint event with the Association of Chief Executives.

The Vision of Public Sector Audit, with Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir Amyas Morse

November 23 2018

10am - 12 noon

Sir Amyas Morse was appointed Comptroller and Auditor General in June 2009. As leader of the National Audit Office, he has presided over a vast number of reports scrutinising public spending helping Parliament hold government to account and improve public services. The Public Chairs’ Forum welcomed Sir Amyas as he shared his vision of public sector audit and the work of the NAO. This was a joint event with the Association of Chief Executives.

Private seminar with Sir Mark Sedwill

October 05 2018


In replacement of Sir Jeremy Heywood while he is on sick leave, PCF members will continue their annual engagement with the Acting Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill. As negotiations for Brexit gather momentum and not long until the upcoming comprehensive spending review, we welcome the opportunity for our members to engage with the Head of the Civil Service in a private seminar.

Working effectively with department Non-Executive Directors

September 24 2018


This seminar will examine how the department and public body NEDs can ensure they make best use of their expertise. The audience will hear from Lead Government Non-Executive Director, Sir Ian Cheshire; Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, NED at the Department for Education; Bryan Ingleby, NED with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and Natalie Elphicke OBE, NED at the Student Loans Company. PCF Chairs are welcome to bring along one of their non-executive members.


How to prepare for a new administration, with Lord Kerslake

July 17 2018

10am - 12 noon

Mindful of the uncertain times we are operating in, we welcome the experience of Lord Kerslake,  now a cross-bench life peer, a former Head of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary and former Chair of King’s College NHS Foundation Trust,  discusses how to prepare for new administration.

Giving evidence to Select Committees

June 29 2018

10am - 12 noon

Giving evidence to a select committee can be a daunting experience, so PCF members are joined by Chair of the Justice Committee, Bob Neill MP, and Dr Hannah White, Director of Research at the Institute for Government, who will impart invaluable advice on how best to prepare and give evidence to select committees. Bob Neill MP is also a member of the Liaison Committee and the National Security Strategy Committee. Dr White’s previous experience includes running the Committee on Standards on Public Life in the Cabinet Office, the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons.

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.

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