The role of the “public interest” in effective corporate governance: how public bodies can ensure it is embedded in strategy and delivery
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.
Trisha McAuley OBE
Consumer and public interest expert and Non-executive Director
Director of Governance and Assurance, Scottish Police Authority
Head of CIPFA Scotland
Head of Public Bodies Unit, Scottish Government
Dr George Cobb
Group Sustainability Accountant, Scottish and Southern Energy
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
Royal Pharmaceutical Society,
Holyrood Park House,
106 Holyrood Road,
t: 0131 556 4386