Membership benefits

As a member of the PCF you will have opportunity to:

  • Compare experiences and share problems and best practice in a secure and confidential environment.
  • Discuss issues of major significance with peers and with government.
  • Meet and establish relationships with other Chairs from across the public sector, whom you may not normally have the opportunity to meet.
  • Provide information, advice and guidance to government on the role of public bodies in the delivery and reform of public services.
  • Contribute to and benefit from research projects aimed at supporting Chairs of public bodies in their roles.
  • Engage with high profile figures from across government, business and the media through our events, networks and research.
  • Have access to unique development opportunities for both yourself and members of your board.

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If you are interested in joining the PCF, please contact Amy Noonan (

  • “Chairs of ALB’s have a unique and important contribution to make to these reforms; their relative independence allows them to look objectively at what could and should change. By working together through the PCF, we can improve the performance of our own organisations and influence the way public services are developed and delivered for the future”

    Chris Banks CBE, Chair, Public Chairs’ Forum

  • “The PCF is a great network. Being a member brings you into contact not only with other Chairs, but also with members of government and other influential figures who offer insightful perspectives about relevant and topical matters. I would certainly recommend the PCF to Chairs of public bodies who are interested in keeping informed and engaged on the important issues of the day.”

    Stephen Henwood, Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

  • “The PCF has highlighted just how often Chairs of public bodies share similar experiences – even when their roles are in other ways very different.  It provides a rich source of advice and offers a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences with others.  I have introduced some worthwhile new initiatives as a result of ideas gained at PCF meetings.”

    Caroline Sheppard - Chief Adjudicator at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal

  • “The PCF has given me a unique opportunity to explore issues which directly affect my role as an NDPB Chair. I have valued the exchanges both with other Chairs and also with the guest speakers who have covered practical topics of direct relevance to my role.”

    Jenny Watson, Chair, Electoral Commission.


The PCF meets approximately eight to ten times a year, usually in London, typically in groups of around 20.

Each meeting is led by a respected public figure talking either from personal experience, or as an acknowledged expert in their field.

A brief presentation is followed by an open discussion and debate. This frank exchange is the essence of the PCF. Members are able to debate the topics, and raise issues of their own with the speaker and one another.

Sessions are usually between 3.00pm – 6.00pm, with plenty of opportunity for members to talk informally over refreshments.

The members’ meetings are subject to a strict interpretation of the Chatham House rule, and therefore remain a confidential forum for discussion of sensitive issues.


In addition to the meetings run by the PCF, we hope that members will develop networks and relationships which will benefit them elsewhere. Where possible the PCF secretariat will respond to the needs of members in creating opportunities for this to happen.

Members' Input

The PCF is a member led organisation and is quick to respond to the needs of its members. As the PCF develops, feedback from members will be key in developing the direction of the Forum, the nature of the meetings and the programme.

Induction Sessions

The PCF will run regular sessions particularly aimed at newly appointed chairs. These will be open to all members, but will have a specific emphasis on those new to the role.

Subscriptions and joining the PCF

Membership to the PCF is by annual subscription and is open to all chairs of public bodies – our rate for this financial year is £1500 per annum and is worked out on a pro rata basis.

This includes approximately eight to ten seminars and events with key figures from Government and other areas; access to invaluable networks and events at the Institute for Government; and regular briefings and updates on key areas of interest. We also produce research and publications aimed at helping support Chairs in their roles. Anybody interested in joining the PCF should get in touch with Amy Noonan for further information.


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