Previous PCF Seminars and Events

Driving change: the future of public bodies and zero emissions

March 19 2020


Find out what the Government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 will mean for Arm’s Length Bodies.

We regularly hear that the Government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 will require transformation of a magnitude rarely seen before. As a country this will include changes in how we develop policies and regulations in all areas of Government, how we invest in green technologies, and how we adapt as individuals in the way we live and work.

In this seminar we will hear from experts who will provide detail of the impact the net zero policy will have on the country, and public bodies in particular, and insight into how public bodies can adapt and evolve to be ready to meet the opportunities and challenges that the huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will bring. Confirmed speakers:

- Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary of Defra
- Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change

To register, please visit our Eventbrite page, or for any queries please email

Commerciality and the public sector

March 06 2020


Exploring the link between public bodies and commerciality, including how we can work most effectively with UK Government Investments.

Commerciality is an increasingly important consideration for public bodies. Further to this, UKGI’s work with other public bodies has frequently been mentioned in Public Chairs’ Forum events. This seminar brings together individuals who will speak about commerciality in public bodies, working effectively with UKGI and the oversight role it plays as a UK centre of expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance. 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.

Planning for the Future: People and Places

February 03 2020


Find out about the key government policy decisions that will impact on your organisation’s strategic planning.

Getting your staffing and premises right is crucial to running efficient and effective organisations. Further to this, the government has significant ambitions to transform the civil service in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness, including a focus on making the most of human resources and property.

In this joint ACE and PCF seminar we will hear from key people who have been tasked by the Government with running expert services and delivering solutions in these crucial areas. We will hear about what we can expect in the future in regards to policy about staffing and premises, and consider how these issues are interlinked. The seminar will also provide an opportunity to hear from and share organisations’ experiences of these issues.

Scheduled to speak are:

- Steven Boyd, Government Property Agency
- Dr Paul Feldman, Jisc
- Rupert McNeil, Civil Service HR

To book your place at this event please go to Eventbrite.

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.

Election 2019 – the impact on public bodies

November 26 2019


Elections have the enduring power to stir leaders into prediction and preparation. But in December 2019, the ballot box could either drive the greatest policy shifts in a generation, or further governmental instability.

What can public bodies expect in the face of these outcomes and how can we prepare for such diverse governmental transitions?

We will be joined by a panel of experts to examine the polling data, the manifesto pledges, and what public bodies can do today to mitigate these challenges.

So far we have the following speakers confirmed:

Gisela Stuart, former Labour MP and Chair of the Vote Leave Campaign
Joe Twyman, founding Director of YouGov, currently co-founder and Director at Deltapoll
Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director at the Institute for Government
Tera Allas CBE, Senior fellow, Mckinsey Centre for Government

The event will take place at 2 Carlton Gardens London SW1Y 5AA

To register, email

POSTPONED: 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.



POSTPONED: 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.

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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