Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Managing the move from the private to the public sector

October 11 2019

10am - 12 noon

Recognising that the transition to working within the confines of Whitehall can bring a unique set of challenges, Chris Banks CBE and Wanda Goldwag, two public body chairs with a wealth of experience at senior level in the corporate world, share their experiences at this roundtable peer-led event.

Private seminar with Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service

July 05 2019


Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Sir Mark Sedwill, will join members for a private seminar, to provide news from the centre about current preparations for the UK’s departure for leaving the European Union, and the planned comprehensive spending review.

Risk Management in Public Bodies

June 25 2019


Providing oversight and governance of the evolving risks in a public body is a key role for a Chair, so we are glad to host a seminar with an experienced panel. Speakers include Elizabeth Honer, Chief Executive of the Government Internal Audit Agency; Geoffrey Podger, Non-Executive Director, Government’s Actuary Department and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College Centre for Risk Management; and Brigadier Oliver Stokes, who will provide a rather different perspective from the military.

PCF conference ‘Trust, Leadership and Social Cohesion’

May 21 2019

8.30am- 1.30pm

There’s no doubt that the UK is suffering from a lack of trust in its political institutions, notably heightened by the 2008 financial crisis and divisive discourse surrounding Brexit. This half-day conference, in association with Saxton Bampfylde, will be an opportunity to consider some of these issues, and the role of public body leaders in rebuilding trust with communities and understanding their customers to deliver high standards of public service.

The conference will begin with a networking breakfast, before opening with a keynote speech from The Rt. Hon Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office. He will be followed by a panel discussion, ‘Building trust through effective governance’. Panel speakers include Professor Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, and Chief Commentator at What UK Thinks: EU;  Dame Julie Mellor, Chair of Demos; Javed Khan, Chief Executive with Barnardo’s; and Lucy Smith, Director General for UK Governance. We will round off with a closing keynote speech from Tim Hughes, Director of Involve.

PA Consulting is hosting a pre-conference dinner in central London at Quaglino’s, from 6pm, Monday 20 May for those attending the conference.

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

April 02 2019

10am - 12 noon

Coming hot off the UK’s planned 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.This event will take place at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, SW1J 5YN, not the Institute for Government as previously advertised. The Club is a short walk from the Institute.

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.

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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