Developing Governance Capacity in Scotland’s Public Sector – Building Brilliant Boards

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FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2016

PRINCE PHILIP BUILDING, ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

Featuring keynote addresses from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Derek Mackay MSP and Caroline Gardner, the Auditor General for Scotland, this one-day conference will bring together a range of senior leaders and Board Members from across the public sector and partner agencies to explore the importance of developing governance capacity in Scotland – with a particular focus on improving board governance, decision-making and performance and ensuring a wide range of perspectives, skillsets and experiences are represented in the boardroom.

With an emphasis on sharing the lessons learned from existing good practice, the conference will explore:

Developing Governance Capacity in Scotland

  • The background – the need for strong and effective Boards
  • Sharing expertise and good practice – helping each other become effective Board members

WHO makes a Brilliant Board? – Getting the right mix of personalities and skillsets

  • The need for diverse Board membership
  • The role of an effective Non-Executive Director/Trustee
  • Developing Good Relationships – Chair & CEO, Chair & NEDs etc.
  • The importance of good succession planning

WHAT makes a Brilliant Board? – measurements of effectiveness and success

  • Size IS important! – Boards, committees and sub-groups
  • Balancing the strategic and scrutiny functions
  • Service Improvement and Boards – building and sustaining a learning culture
  • Completing the jigsaw – how to identify and recruit the right people and skillsets for your Board

Supported by

Speakers

Derek Mackay MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Scottish Government

Caroline Gardner

Auditor General for Scotland

Lady Susan Rice CBE

Chair, Scottish Water; Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission & President, Scottish Council of Development and Industry

Dr Lindsay Burley CBE

Chair, NHS Education for Scotland

Paul Clark

College Secretary & Director of Planning and Development, City of Glasgow College

Tanya Castell

Chief Executive, Changing the Chemistry

Neil Stevenson

Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Kerry Flinn

Training coordinator, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

Kirsty-Louise Campbell

Head of Strategy and Insight, The City of Edinburgh Council

Carmel Teusner

Non-Executive Director, Scottish Enterprise & Board Member, National Library of Scotland

Helen Foster

Lecturer in Accounting, University of Ulster

Margaret Williamson

Director, Boardroom Development Limited

Trisha McAuley OBE

Consumer and public interest expert and Non-executive Director

Vivienne Cockburn

Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon at Scottish Futures Trust & Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Museums Galleries Scotland

Liz Humphreys

Non-Executive Director of Independent Living Fund Scotland

Don Peebles

Head of CIPFA Scotland

Agenda

08:45-09:15     Registration and morning refreshments

09:15-09:25     Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Scotland

Developing Governance Capacity in Scotland

09:25-09:50     Keynote Address – “How do you build an effective board? Learning lessons from Scotland’s public sector”
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland

09:50-10:10     Ministerial Keynote Address – “Developing Scotland’s Governance capacity together”
Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Scottish Government

10:10-10:25     Opportunities for questions and discussion

10:25-10:40     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Building an effective Board

10:40-11:00     What makes a Brilliant Board? – measurements of effectiveness and success

  • Understanding what makes an effective Board
  • Measuring Board effectiveness
  • Identifying how to enhance effectiveness

Helen Foster, Lecturer in Accounting, University of Ulster & Dr. Gary Martin, Senior University Teacher in Accounting and Finance, University of Glasgow will explore Dr Martin’s study into ‘Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Corporate Governance of Public Bodies in the Northern Ireland Public Sector’, published earlier this year.

11:00-11:10     Opportunities for questions and discussion

11:10-12:00    Public Sector Governance panel: “Building an effective Board – some personal reflections”
Featuring:

  • Dr Lindsay Burley CBE, Chair, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Lady Susan Rice CBE, Chair, Scottish Water; Chairman of the Scottish Fiscal Commission & President, Scottish Council of Development and Industry
  • Kirsty-Louise Campbell, Head of Strategy and Insight, The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Scotland

12:00-12:50    Who makes a Brilliant Board? – Getting the right mix of personalities and skillsets
Interactive, roundtable, role-play session led by Tanya Castell, Chief Executive, Changing the Chemistry; Neil Stevenson, Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission & Trisha McAuley OBE, Consumer and public interest expert and Non-executive Director

12:50-13:50     Lunch and opportunities for networking

Afternoon Masterclasses

13:50-13:55     Audience organises into masterclasses

13:55-14:40     Masterclass – parallel stream 1

1A) Service Improvement and Boards – building and sustaining a learning culture

  • Promoting the importance of feedback
  • Reviewing complaints at Board level
  • Driving a culture of learning and service improvement

Kerry Flinn, Training coordinator, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

OR

1B) Where Boards Often Struggle – the role of Non-Executive Directors and Trustees

  • Common challenges faced by non-executive board members
  • Discussion of best practice
  • Support and potential solutions to consider

Tanya Castell, Chief Executive, Changing the Chemistry; Carmel Teusner, Non-Executive Director, Scottish Enterprise & Board Member, National Library of Scotland; Vivienne Cockburn, Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon at Scottish Futures Trust & Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Museums Galleries Scotland & Liz Humphreys, Non-Executive Director of Independent Living Fund Scotland

14:40-14:45     Comfort break and re-organize into masterclasses

14:45-15:30     Masterclasses – parallel stream 2

2A) The importance of Developing Good Boardroom conversations

  • The role of poor boardroom conversations in recent governance failures
  • How boardroom conversations become stuck and the consequences in terms on unrecognised risks and missed opportunities
  • How boardroom conversations can be improved

Margaret Williamson, Director, Boardroom Development Limited

OR

2B) Governance in times of Change: Performance, Process and People

  • Maintaining high performance through change
  • Process – Strategy, Planning and Performance
  • People – Values, Principles and Behaviours

Paul Clark, College Secretary & Director of Planning and Development, City of Glasgow College

15:30               Conference close

Venue

Hosted by

Prince Philip Building
Royal College of Surgeons,
Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9DW

t: 0131 527 3434

www.surgeonsquarter.com/about/venue-plan/prince-philip-building/