Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Reflections on the National Audit Office, 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 welcomes Sir Amyas as he reflects on the work of the NAO. This is a joint event with the Association of Chief Executives.

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

November 16 2018

9.30am - 11.30am

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.

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.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equality for Boards

June 06 2018


As the Centre for Public Appointments has launched its Diversity Action Plan, we will consider what action can be taken and how chairs can be supported to meet the Government’s ambitious targets to make public boards more inclusive and diverse. Public Appointments Commissioner, Rt Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, will discuss the issues he has identified with increasing diversity. He will be followed by Sydney Roper and Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée CBE from 4i’s Consulting who will be examining why ensuring diversity forms part of good governance and the benefits it can bring to organisations.

Digital Transformation with the National Audit Office

May 24 2018


The PCF is delighted to welcome Max Tse, Executive Leader for Digital Transformation at the National Audit Office to speak to members. This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the role of Chairs to oversee the delivery and monitor the risk involved in digital transformation programmes. Joining Max on the panel will be Oliver Morley current CEO of DVLA and soon to be CEO of the Pensions Protection Fund, Charlie Ewen Chief Information Officer and IT Director at the Met Office and Christopher Rodrigues, Chair of the British Council who can provide lessons learned of their experiences.

Information rights and responsibilities, with the Information Commissioner

February 02 2018

10am - 12.30pm

With the ever increasing quantity of sensitive material held by the public sector about citizens, there is a desire for people to know what is held about them, and great risks in failing to handle it appropriately. The General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25 May 2018, and public bodies need to be prepared to meet its requirements. So we are delighted to announce that Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham will be our keynote speaker talking about information rights and the statutory responsibilities of public bodies. This will be a joint event with PCF’s sister organisation the Association of Chief Executives.

Cabinet Office Reviews with John Manzoni

January 12 2018

10am - 12 noon

Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office John Manzoni joins us to discuss the latest Cabinet Office thinking on reviews of arm’s-length bodies. There will also be input with the view from ALBs. A stimulating and thought provoking event, with PCF’s sister organisation, the Association of Chief Executives.

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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