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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  • “The Public Chairs’ Forum gives a great opportunity for Chairs to engage and interact to discover they are not alone in their challenges and adventures of leading a public body.  The range of talks, sessions and debates are stimulating and thought provoking.  A well worthwhile organisation that all public chairs should support for the greater good of the running and delivery of public bodies.”

    Roger Southam, Leasehold Advisory Service

  • “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 OBE - Chief Adjudicator at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal


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.

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. The secretariat welcomes any suggestions from members relating to events, joint working, engagement and networking opportunities. Please contact  with your suggestions.

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. PCF recognises that there are a number of public bodies with particularly low incomes and a small number of employees, but whose chairs feel that they and their organisations would benefit from being part of our network. Therefore, for organisations with an overall income of less than £10m per year, and less than 10 employees, the annual subscription fee is reduced by 50% to £750, pro rata.

Membership includes approximately eight  seminars and events with key figures from Government and other areas; access to invaluable networks; and regular briefings and updates on key areas of interest. We also produce research and publications aimed at helping support Chairs in their roles. If a chair is unable to attend an event, they can delegate their place to a non-executive member of the board. Anybody interested in joining the PCF should get in touch with for further information. 

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