The role of the “public interest” in effective corporate governance: how public bodies can ensure it is embedded in strategy and delivery

Embedding the Public Interest seminars

WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH 2016

ROYAL PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

HALF-DAY TRAINING SEMINAR

Event Outline

How can Scotland’s public bodies make their accountability ‘real’ so that they deliver their role in improving outcomes for citizens in line with the National Performance Framework? What is the role of the “public interest” in effective corporate governance? How can public sector Boards satisfy themselves that the public interest is embedded in their organisational strategy and delivery?

Bringing together senior leaders and Board Members from across the public sector and partner agencies, this half-day training seminar will discuss what good practice in representing the public interest looks like and examine practical ways to make it happen.

Through a series of keynote addresses, case studies of good practice and role play, participants will be encouraged to explore:

  • What we actually mean by the “public interest”
  • The role of the public interest in effective corporate governance across the public sector
  • Key principles and good practice guidelines for involving and engaging with citizens, consumers and communities
  • How Board Members and senior leaders can assess the extent to which their organisation is falling short, meeting or exceeding the needs of the public it serves and what action they might take as a result.

Speakers

Trisha McAuley OBE

Consumer and public interest expert and Non-executive Director

Lindsey McNeill

Director of Governance and Assurance, Scottish Police Authority

Don Peebles

Head of CIPFA Scotland

Victoria Bruce

Head of Public Bodies Unit, Scottish Government

Dr George Cobb

Group Sustainability Accountant, Scottish and Southern Energy

Agenda

08:45-09:15     Registration and morning refreshments

09:15-09:30     Chair’s welcome and introduction
Victoria Bruce, Head of Public Bodies Unit, Scottish Government

The importance of the public interest in corporate governance

09:30-09:55     What is the public interest and what does it mean for effective corporate governance in the public sector in Scotland?

  • What do we actually mean by the “public interest”?
  • Getting it right: the benefits to decision-making and success
  • Ignore it at your peril: the risks of not doing it
  • Making accountability real: effective monitoring, measurement and reporting

Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Scotland

0955-1025       Making a difference – practical case studies

  • Why have we prioritised the public interest in our business?
  • How have we gone about it?
  • How are we embedding it in our business?
  • What difference has it made?

Public sector: Scottish Police Authority
Lindsey McNeill, Director of Governance and Assurance, Scottish Police Authority

Private sector: Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution
Dr George Cobb, Group Sustainability Accountant, Scottish and Southern Energy

1025-1045       Opportunities for questions and discussion

1045-1105       Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Making it happen: principles and good practice in public interest representation and engagement

1105-1130       Keynote Address
Trisha McAuley OBE, Consumer/public interest expert and Non-executive Director

1130-1230       Role-play session – ‘Identifying the public interest and embedding it in your organisation’
Trisha McAuley OBE will lead this interactive session where delegates will be divided into small groups. The session will focus on problem solving scenarios based on the practical guidance in Trisha’s keynote address. It will provide delegates with a full overview of the opportunities and the challenges facing public sector boards and leaders in identifying and addressing the public interest in organisational strategy and decision-making.

1230-1255       Feedback from role play session and opportunities for questions and discussion
Featuring all speakers

1255-1300       Chair’s closing remarks

1300-1330       Buffet lunch, opportunities for networking

Venue

Hosted by

Royal Pharmaceutical Society,
Holyrood Park House,
106 Holyrood Road,
Edinburgh,
EH8 8AS

t: 0131 556 4386