Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Private seminar with Sir Jeremy Heywood

October 05 2018

9-10am

PCF members will continue their annual engagement with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood. As negotiations for Brexit gather momentum, we welcome the opportunity for our members to engage with the Head of the Civil Service in a private seminar.

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

2-4pm

As the Centre for Public Appointments has launched its Diversity Action Plan, Civil Service Diversity Champion, Sue Owen CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 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

2-4pm

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.

PCF roundtable with Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service

December 01 2017

9am-10am

The PCF are delighted to be hosting another a roundtable event with Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service, at the Institute for Government on Friday 1 December 9-10am. This will be an opportunity for Chairs to hear an update on the current priorities within the civil service, follow up on any points discussed in our last meeting in September 2016 and raise any concerns they may currently be facing in their organisations.

If members would like to register, please do get in touch with us at secretariat@publicchairsforum.org.uk.

An induction for chairs on the Committee on Standards in Public Life with Lord Bew

November 20 2017

2-4pm

We welcome Lord Bew, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, to provide an induction for chairs on the work of the Committee.

PCF Conference

October 18 2017

10am-3pm

After a disappointing cancellation in May due to the General Election, We are very pleased to confirm a new date for the PCF conference. This will now be taking place on Wednesday 18th October 2017, 10am-3pm. We are delighted to confirm our first speakers: John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, and Professor Colin Talbot, Public Investigator and Political Scientist. Further details to follow soon.
To register please contact secretariat@publicchairsforum.org.uk

PCF and Board Intelligence dinner

September 27 2017

7pm

Board Intelligence is hosting an exclusive dinner for Public Chairs’ Forum members, where thoughts on the question, ‘If you could rip up the rule book, what would good governance look like’ can be shared. The dinner will take place on 27th September 2017 from 7pm at their private dining room, 5 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NP.

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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