Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Managing UK Government Investments

March 06 2020

10am - 12pm

UK Government Investments (UKGI) is a UK centre of expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance. UKGI’s involvement in other public bodies has frequently been mentioned in Public Chairs’ Forum events. This seminar brings together individuals who will speak about working effectively with UKGI and the oversight role it plays. Members will have the opportunity to hear from:

- Robert Swannell CBE, Chair, UKGI

- Sarah Harrison MBE, Director General of Corporate Services, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

- Kieran Murphy, Chair, Ordnance Survey

- Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, Cabinet Office.

To register, please click here to visit Eventbrite and contact with any queries.

Managing a Crisis

January 10 2020

10:00 to 12:00

In times of crisis, public bodies are often required to deliver relief - and public confidence - on the front lines. We will hear from speakers with experience in both planning for extreme situations and reacting to crises in the moment.

As well as providing insight into the nature of high-pressure decision-making that has immediate consequences, this seminar will reflect on the importance of robust strategic planning and its wider application to Chairs of public bodies.

This seminar provides an opportunity to hear from:

- Robin Herringshawe, Head of Resilience, Highways England

- Lisa Pinney MBE, Chief Executive, Coal Authority

- Fiona Twycross, Chair, London Resilience Forum

Please register for this event here.

Good Governance & Dealing with Allegations of Harassment

November 05 2019

10am - 12 noon

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of media reports of alleged failures by companies to prevent, failing to manage and covering up harassment in the workplace. The imbalance of power that can exist between employers and employees can prevent employees from speaking out. Such behaviour can have a corrosive effect on both the individuals involved, as well as impacting the culture and performance of the organisation, when not dealt with. This seminar provides an opportunity to hear from:

- Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee
- Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald MP appointed to the Independent High-Level Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam.
- Dame Sue Owen, Former Permanent Secretary for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and former Civil Service LGB&T champion
- Jane Cockram, National Officer, FDA Union
- Elizabeth Prochaska, Legal Director, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Please register for this event here.



Lord Callanan, Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union

October 16 2019


Lord Callanan, Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union, will be giving a keynote speech to members of the Public Chairs’ Forum and Association of Chief Executives, shortly before the UK’s scheduled date for leaving the EU. The seminar will include a Q and A session.

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, plus Jonathan Morgan from Saxton Bampfylde, 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. his roundtable event will be an opportunity for PCF members to explore what they can do to ensure their public bodies manage risk effectively. Elizabeth Honer, Chief Executive of the Government Internal Audit Agency will speak about how PCF members may come into contact with her organization, what they can expect, how they can prepare, and how they can work together constructively. Following Elizabeth, Geoffrey Podger CB will speak about his experience in public bodies in managing risk, including safety risk. Finally, members will hear from Bridgadier Oliver Stokes, who will reflect on lessons learned in the Army about what effective risk management looks like.

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.

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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