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Speakers include


Margaret Saner CBE, Fellow CIPD, FRSA — click for full biography

Chair, UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration

Margaret is the current President of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UNCEPA). She specialises in Governance, Leadership, Change and Institution Building. This follows a successful career in the UK Civil Service which included extensive international experience, for example a loan to the Government of Kenya as adviser to the Prime Minister.

Previous posts include: Head of Corporate Leadership Development in the Cabinet Office, interim Chief Executive of the ‘new’ Centre for Management and Policy Studies and Deputy Principal of the National School of Government. She supported the Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit at HM Treasury in establishing cross government accountability for results.Margaret was seconded as a Director of CAPAM (Commonwealth Association for Public Administration) establishing a Commonwealth wide network for public service learning and development for reform and was recently a member of the judging panel for their Innovations Awards. Margaret pursues her interest in effective public administration and governance through a range of activities including speaking engagements, post graduate teaching, facilitation, leadership development and strategic advice.


Dr. Roger Koranteng — click for full biography

Adviser (Governance and Anti-Corruption), Commonwealth Secretariat

As Adviser, Dr Koranteng is the principal specialist responsible for Governance and Anti-Corruption at the Commonwealth secretariat and therefore, has responsibility for governance, anti-corruption and oversight institutions in all the 53 commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre established in Botswana is the brainchild of Dr Koranteng. He conceived, midwifed and operationalized the Centre as a prime vehicle for coordinating and strengthening the capacity of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa.

Dr. Koranteng is actively involved in academic work as he continues to teach, research and supervise graduate research works at various universities around the world. Dr Koranteng is, by invitation, a reviewer for reputable academic journals such as Public Administration and Development (PAD), UK; African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (AJPSIR); and The African Studies Quarterly academic journal devoted to African studies, published by the Centre for African Studies at the University of Florida.

Dr. Koranteng has been a consultant to multi-national and international organisations such as DFID, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, European Union, AAPAM, etc. He has delivered numerous executive seminars and training programmes around the world – across Africa, Caribbean, Asia and pacific regions.

Dr. Roger Koranteng has published extensively on Governance, Anti-Corruption and Public Administration. He specialises in Public Policy, Public Administration, Governance, Anti-corruption, management and leadership.

Dr Koranteng holds a PhD (Public Policy) from University of Birmingham, UK; MA Degree (Public Policy & Administration) from Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, Netherlands; Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, GIMPA, Ghana; Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, University of Oslo, Norway; and BA (Hons.) University of Ghana, Legon,


Baroness Chalker of Wallasey — click for full biography

Past-President, Transparency International

Baroness Chalker is the Founder and Chairman of Africa Matters Ltd. She has been a member of the Lower and Upper Houses of the UK Parliament for over forty years. Between 1986 and 1997 she was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, holding responsibility for Africa and the Commonwealth and for Overseas Development. Baroness Chalker was made a Life Peer in 1992.

Baroness Chalker was the former President and is now a current member of the Transparency International Advisory Council in the UK, and has worked on Codes of Business Principles for a number of Boards. She was the first woman to be appointed an Advisory and then a Non-Executive Director of Unilever, a position she held from 1998 to 2007. She is a Trustee of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (“ICF”), she is also an Executive Trustee of the Global Leadership Foundation, a member of the international advisory board of Lafarge et Cie and advised the World Bank for over 8 years. She was the former President and is now a current member of the Transparency International Advisory Council in the UK, and has worked on Codes of Business Principles for a number of Boards. She was Chairman of Board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (“MMV”) from 2006 to 2011. She was a Non-Executive Director of Group Five (Pty) from 2001 to 2012. She is Vice-President of WaterAid, Honourary Vice-President of the British Red Cross and Patron of a number of charities working in Africa. She is also co-ordinator of the Honorary International Investment Council of President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and a member of similar bodies in Uganda and Tanzania. In June 2014, She was awarded an Honorary Citizenship from President Guebuza for services to Mozambique.


David Blackall — click for full biography

CEO of the Major Project Authority, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

David Blackall is currently acting CEO of the Major Projects Authority, covering the role since John Manzoni was appointed as Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014. Previously David was the MPA’s Operations Director leading the department facing operational teams who work on assurance, challenge and support for projects in the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio.

David was part of the team who worked with David Pitchford to set up the Major Projects Authority (MPA) in 2011, in line with the Prime Minister’s Mandate. David played a leading role in designing and establishing the Authority, and setting up the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio and the Major Projects Leadership Academy. David also led the MPA’s work with the ‘Enterprise and Growth’ Departments: BIS, DECC, Defra and DfT. In 2012 he went on secondment to the Department for Transport as Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme, directing the programme through two key milestones of negotiating the target cost for rebuilding London Bridge station with Network Rail, and award of the Thameslink rolling stock and depots contract to the Siemens/XLT consortium.

David joined the civil service in 2008 after a period working as an interim project and programme manager with Capita on bids and with Network Rail on infrastructure, IT and business transformation projects and programmes. In earlier roles David has worked as Head of Programme Management in a local authority and as a project and programme manager for the Legal Services Commission, delivering the case management and billing systems that underpin Criminal Legal Aid.

David has practitioner qualifications in PRINCE2, MSP and M_o_R, and is a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy.


Rick Muir — click for full biography

Associate Director for Public Service Reform, the Institute for Public Policy Research

Rick leads IPPR’s research on public service reform, covering health, education and crime.

Rick's work focuses on how public services should be redesigned to help tackle increasingly complex social challenges. Before joining IPPR, Rick obtained a DPhil in politics from Oxford University, writing a thesis on the challenges facing the contemporary Latin American left.

Rick lives in Hackney, where he is active in the local community as a councillor, school governor and co-chair of an estate regeneration steering group. He also chairs the council’s Governance and Resources Scrutiny Commission. He recently served as a member of the Independent Police Commission chaired by Lord Stevens which looked at the future of the police service in England and Wales.


Barbara Ubaldi  — click for full biography

Director, Digital Government, Public Sector Reform Division, OECD

Ms. Barbara Ubaldi has extensive experience in the fields of digital government, ICT and knowledge management acquired working in international contexts. She served for over seven years as Programme Officer at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York where she was responsible for the full-scale management of technical cooperation programmes.

Since 2009, Barbara has led OECD work on Digital Government within the Public Sector Reform Division of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. In this capacity, Barbara has managed a number of thematic reviews on digital government and participated in Public Governance Reviews for Denmark, Greece, Mexico, Italy, Estonia, Egypt, Spain, France and others. Barbara co-ordinates work on the use of new technologies, social media and Open Government Data (OGD) towards greater openness and innovation in the public sector.

In OGD, Barbara oversees the development of the OECD OURdata index which assesses governments’ efforts to achieve Open, Useful and Re-usable government data. Poland is the first country reviewed by the OECD against the backdrop of the OURdata index.

Barbara graduated in Political Science at LUISS University in Rome and has a Master Degree in International Trade. She also holds a Master of Science in Public Administration and Development Studies from North Eastern University in Boston, where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2000-2001. She has previously studied international relations, international economics and law.


Yvonne Gallagher  — click for full biography

Director of Digital Value for Money, National Audit Office

Yvonne has over 25 years’ experience in IT, business change, digital services and cyber and information assurance.  She has had senior roles in the private sector in large organisations such as the Prudential and Network Rail and also in the public sector in government.   Yvonne was CIO in two government departments, as well as Chief Digital Officer and CIO in the private sector prior to her move to the NAO. Yvonne is also a Fellow of the BCS and member of their Public Policy and Affairs board. Yvonne’s role in the NAO is to support the NAO’s work for Parliament evaluating how well Digital and associated business change programmes are implemented to deliver value for money.


John Shewell  — click for full biography

Director, Digital Government, Public Sector Reform Division, OECD

John Shewell is the founding director of colab, a social marcomms and innovation consultancy specialising in improving business and social outcomes by influencing behaviours through people-centred design and building networks for change.

Colab works with a wide range of clients spanning international (e.g. European Commission) to local government organisations and the private sector covering strategy, organisational leadership and culture, campaign management, and behaviour change.

John is regarded as one of the UK’s leading communications professionals and has over 15 years’ experience in strategic reputation management. He has worked in the private and public sector in the UK and Australia.

John was the head of communications at Brighton & Hove City Council, where he significantly improved the reputation of the council by redesigning the communications function and rebranding the city council while also delivering savings of over £1million pounds.

He was also part of the leadership team that redesigned the operating model for Brighton & Hove City Council to transform the way it delivered services to citizens, which led to an overall improvement in resident satisfaction with the council.

John is also credited for pioneering the use of social media in local government and commissioned the first-ever online mapping of a local community for a council in the UK. He wrote the white paper: “Social media in the public sector” which was published by DWPub in 2012.

John also consults organisations on strategic reputation management, digital engagement and social innovation.

In 2011, John was included in the PR Week’s “Power Book” as one of the top 100 influential communications experts in the UK.


Mark Dean — click for full biography

Former Director, Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Mark has 20 years experience of running a very successful learning and development consortium, including winning the "Vision 100" award for visionary leadership. He has delivered and project managed many successful programmes for customers in both the public and private sectors. Previously, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors including providing policy advice to Ministers.


Leading an innovative and successful "Diversity for Key leaders" programme for over 600 Senior Civil Servants in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Over 90% believed that they were either confident or very confident that they had the capability to actively challenge and address inappropriate policy, practice or behaviour and to lead from the front on diversity issues. Currently leading a similar programme for the senior team and all people managers in OFSTED and providing equality advice and learning for a private sector services company.

Leading a leadership programme for 1300 staff in the Department for Trade and Industry using 360 degree feedback and Myers Briggs (MBTI) to address real issues at senior and middle management levels. Independent evaluation, a subsequent staff survey and an external capability review all demonstrated measurable improvements flowing from the programme.

Facilitating groups of Fast Stream/ Accelerated Promotion Scheme delegates on the widely acclaimed ADP Schemes for BIS, DECC,DIUS and DCSF.

Innovative telephone based 360 feedback programmes for Senior Civil Servants.

Providing strategic thinking, scenario planning and business planning advice/learning to a variety of customers including NDPBs. This included working with UK Trade International to design a balanced business scorecard to help them manage organisational performance; the resultant model was found to be an "example of good practice" by the IIP Assessor.

Providing consultancy support to the Department of Transport on the specification, procurement and launch of an on-line performance management learning module. Project managing and providing technical and subject expertise on a range of e-learning tools on policy, diversity, security and objective setting for customers. Led the design and development of the Cabinet Office web based "Professional Skills for Government" assessment tool.

Delivering a range of training interventions on policy, systems and procedural issues in the public sector including impact assessments, briefing, submissions, strategic thinking, appraisal and evaluation.

Running recruitment and selection training/coaching including for Senior Civil Servants and SCS aspirants.


Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, Chartered Fellow of CIPD, MBTI,TMSDI accredited, EFQM Excellence Assessor, Balanced Business Scorecard Practitioner, Associate of the UN on HR Strategy and Prince 2 Practitioner registered.

1969 -1970: Board of Trade: Policy advice on the implementation of the Development of Tourism Act.

1977- 1980: Office of Fair Trading. Consumer affairs policy specialising in bargain offer claims, mock auctions, bait and switch. Policy advice on the introduction of EPOS (i.e electronic tills and bar coding). Major policy project on reforming the control of advertising in the UK.

1979-80: Department of Industry. Policy adviser on Sections 7 and 8 of the Industry Act including the rescue of Chrysler and advising on policy in relation to the footwear industry, the car industry, red meat industry, poultrymeat processing, and Gallium Arsenide.

1980 -1983: Department of Trade. Policy adviser and Cabinet Briefer on all issues outside the remit of the Department. This included Public Sector Pay, Transport matters, Defence (including the Falklands), prices and consumer protection, financial policy, betting and gaming and privatisations.

1983-1986: Common Services, Department of Trade, Department of Industry- undertaking reviews of policy and delivery areas and making recommendations as to whether they should continue. Specialising in Research Laboratories, Regional Policy, Legal Services and Business Statistics.

1986 -1989: Lead policy adviser on Selective Financial assistance and projects in the national interest. Financial policy in relation to Monopolies Commission reports, policy advice on tin mining and representing the Government\'s interests with the Board of the Cornish Tin mines.

1990-2009: Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Director PTS, and member of Departments Senior Management Team. Day to day responsibility for formulating and implementing all HR policy issues. Contributing to Department wide policy issues as necessary.


Mohamed H. Hans  — click for full biography

Senior Procurement & Commissioning Advisor, The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

Mohamed is a highly experienced and motivated UK qualified commercial solicitor and procurement specialist working most latterly for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the leading professional accountancy body in the UK. In this role, he has a very practical role in advising and training public sector organisations throughout the UK and internationally implement better procurement practice.

He previously worked as a Senior Commercial Solicitor for leading West Yorkshire authorities and has many years experience of advising and training the public sector in all areas of procurement and commercial law.

His is regarded as a specialist on public sector procurement rules and regulations and has led a number of complex high value projects.

Mohamed is an accomplished speaker and has presented and organised a number of national conferences and seminars on topical and emerging issues affecting public sector procurement, including the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, Freedom of Information & Tendering and Sustainable Procurement. He co-authored Procurement Guide for The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), is regularly quoted in leading procurement magazines and is a Governor at a local primary school.

Past Speakers include


Kelvin Hopkins MP — click for full biography

Member, House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee

Kelvin Hopkins is the Labour Member of Parliament for Luton North. He has represented the constituency since the general election in 1997.

He was a Member of the Public Administration Select Committee from 2002 – 2010, and then again since 2011. As such, he is currently one of the longest-serving members of that committee. He has also been a member of the Transport Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee and the Crossrail Bill Committee.

His political interests include economic policy, transport, arts, and the European Union.

Kelvin’s website can be visited at http://www.kelvinhopkinsmp.com


Robert Watt — click for full biography

Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and reform, Republic of Ireland

Robert Watt is Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. The Department has responsibility for public expenditure policy, capital spending and Public Private Partnership policy and overall management and reform of the Irish public service. It also has responsibility for State assets and the Government’s disposal programme.

Robert is leading a major public sector reform programme in areas such as procurement, shared services, outsourcing and ICT. The Department is responsible for the Government’s open and transparency agenda and is leading on the reforms of the Freedom of Information Act, Regulation of Lobbyists, Whistleblowers and the Open Data Partnership.

Robert is a member of the Government’s Economic Management Council and is a key advisor to the Government on budget, financial and economic matters. He is an economist and has experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in a range of roles within the Department of Finance as well as previously working as an Economic consultant.


Professor Matthew Flinders — click for full biography

Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

Professor Flinders studied Modern European Studies at Loughborough University before coming to the University of Sheffield to complete his doctorate in public policy and governance. He was appointed to a permanent Lectureship in 2000 (Senior Lecturer 2003, Reader 2005, Professor 2009). He was Sub-Dean for Graduate Affairs during 2004-2005 and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2005-2006. He was a Governor on the Board of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust between 2008-2011 and Deputy Head of the Department of Politics between 2008-2012. Professor Flinders is also on the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association. In addition to his academic work Professor Flinders is a writer and broadcaster and has made numerous contributions to national newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian, and in 2011 he wrote and presented a three-part series for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘In Defence of Politics’.

Current Research

Professor Flinders is currently working on the following issues: modes of depoliticisation; governance and public policy; legislative studies with a focus on parliamentary scrutiny of the executive and the extended state; majoritarian modification and constitutional reform; territorial and functional decentralisation; the politics of patronage and public appointments; and a set of broader issues that rotate around the theme of political disengagement.



Professor Martin Smith — click for full biography

Department of Politics, University of York

Martin Smith was appointed as Anniversary Professor of Politics in 2012. Previously he was Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and has also taught at the Universities of Essex, Kent and Brunel. At the University of Sheffield he was Head of Department between 2001 and 2005 and Faculty Director of Research between 2008 and 2012. In this role he played a leading role in the development of the ESRC funded White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. Martin was educated at the University of Essex where he completed his PhD on the politics of agriculture in 1988. He has also been a visiting Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He was appointed as a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010. His main research interests are British Politics, Public Policy and State Transformation. He has published 14 books and over 100 articles and chapters. He has also received research grants from a number of funding bodies including the ESRC and the EU.

Martin’s main research covers various aspects of British politics including central government, civil service reforms and politics parties and public policy, where he has focussed on policy networks, policy making, policy implementation and leadership. He also has an interest in theories of the state and the changing nature of state power. He has undertaken a number of funded research projects including studies of the British Core Executive, the Changing Roles of Ministers and Civil Servants, Policy Implementation and the Regulation of Private Security. Current research projects include:

  • • The Crisis of British Politics
  • • Labour’s Political Economy
  • • Financial Crisis and State Restructuring
  • • Security and domestic politics

Martin has supervised a large number of students to completion. Recently supervised topics include:

  • • Citizenship and Security in the UK
  • • Business and the Politics of Climate Change
  • • Privatisation of Security
  • • The Development of Socialism in Korea
  • • Drugs Policy in Mexico

Martin is happy to supervise students on British Politics, Public Policy and State Reform. He is particularly interested in supervising students on economic crisis and public sector reform, central government, political parties and the securitisation of domestic politics.


Professor Mushtaq Khan — click for full biography

Department of Economics, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London

Institutional economics and political economy, the economics of rent seeking corruption and patron-client networks, late industrialisation and the state, governance reform and state formation, the economic development of South Asia in comparative perspective.

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Institutional economics, the economics of rent-seeking, corruption and clientelism, industrial policy and state intervention in developing countries. South and South-East Asian economic development. Particular interests in the Indian subcontinent. Teaching interests include microeconomics, the political economy of institutions and South Asian economic development.


Ian Rennie — click for full biography

Former civil servant, MCIM and FCIPD

2010 – present, Principal Consultant
Delivery of a portfolio of services for UK and overseas customers. This includes working with the UK’s Department of Energy on policy options after it secured £1bn from the Treasury to pay for the development of demonstration technology to capture and bury carbon emissions from power plants. As well as working with the Legal Services Board on regulation policy and how to leverage influence and manage negotiations, Ian worked with the Georgian Electoral Commission on developing electoral policy, processes and systems.

2005 – 2010, Deputy Director, Leadership Development
Responsibilities included the delivery of a portfolio of leadership development and high potential development programmes in the public sector. This includes managing the development and delivery of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) leadership programme for its senior civil servants and supporting grades 6 and 7 as well as the continued development and delivery of the prestigious internally and externally recruited fast stream development programme.

As well as working with Cabinet Office on the development of policy and delivery of the Professional Skills for Government agenda, Ian developed an executive coaching function used by senior officials in Department of Health, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DTI.

Successes in this period included ensuring that risk and risk management were firmly embedded in the policy process of the organisation, by developing learning solutions and awareness material as well as working with members of DTI’s Executive Board on risk appetite.

Ian also led the British Embassy team in Paris through a change programme that included developing the team’s objective setting and business planning skills. Having developed the relevant skills Ian facilitated the application of business planning techniques within each team and then supported the re-engineering of the unit, including the delivery of displacement training and team building support. This work has substantially contributed to the Embassy cementing its position at the top of the UKTI comparative data league. On the basis of this work, Ian was sought out by the First Secretary Spain to facilitate the integration of the Spain and Portugal commercial teams into a joint Iberian team.

Ian was also sought out to help progress policy on better ways of managing workplace conflict in the UK working with Michael Gibbons (author of "the Gibbons Review") the TUC, CIPD, ACAS, Federation of Small Businesses and other union and employer representatives to discuss the way forward on the new dispute resolution arrangements intended to resolve employment problems using mediation to avoid going to tribunal. ACAS subsequently invited Ren to work with the senior management team work on the project plan for delivering the required new ways of working that were a consequence of these changes.

1999 – 2002, Assistant Director, Delivery
Whilst managing the delivery of all charged services, as a consultant in his own right Ian’s successes included positioning the organisation to take full advantage of the growing interest in the EFQM Excellence Model. Ian became a British Quality Foundation licensed Business Excellence Model Adviser and used the model to manage strategic change with customers in the public sector. After further research, this was matched this with a balanced scorecard approach and many customers still use this method to manage headline objectives today.

Successes also included being sought out by the United Nations International Labour Organisation to deliver a 5-day programme on the Globalisation of Human Resource Management at its training headquarters in Turin.

At this time Ian also worked with the UK’s National Audit Office and Ernst and Young to develop the successful “Risk and Success in Policy Making” programme.

1998 – 1999, Assistant Director
Ian managed a strategic review and re-structuring learning delivery function, communicating and managing the changes to deliver increased volumes of work whilst continuing to deliver its full economic costs despite a reduction in overall personnel complement.

At this time, Ian also developed and delivered a leadership development programme for the Northern Ireland Office Senior Civil Service. A successful pilot of the development programme with Permanent Secretary Sir Joe Pilling and his senior team, which included multi source feedback, ensured that it was delivered to the entire NIO SCS population in support of its commitment to the principles of the Modernising Government White Paper.

1996 – 1998, Head of Training Delivery
Responsible for the allocation of a team of development consultants Ian ensured that a £1.8m target turnover was delivered. This role was pivotal in ensuring products were developed and delivered by appropriate consultants to agreed standards. At the same time Ian remained an active development consultant himself, developing the IVCA award winning video on the relationship between Ministerial Private Offices and policy officials in different Departments. Ian project managed the entire process from research through to the delivery of a script to screen service and “Getting it Together” is still used in many Government Departments today.

1995 – 1996, Head of Distance Learning Interventions
Responsible for the identification of distance learning opportunities, and the design and delivery of non-classroom interventions. Successes at this time included the authoring of a computer based training package on equal opportunity that sold widely throughout the public and private sector. At this time Ian also designed and delivered the highly successful Industrial Relations programme that brought together Official Side Secretariat and Trade Union personnel to learn alongside each other. This programme successfully delivered its objective of enhanced relations as well as delivering valuable learning on negotiation techniques, employment law issues and the work of employment tribunals.

1992 – 1994, Investors in People Consultant
As a member of the Training Adviser Service, Ian identified Investors in People (IiP) as an area of interest for its main customers and sought and gained Investors in People Assessor qualification. In subsequently delivered IiP advice to public sector customers, enabling them to successfully prepare for assessment and IiP recognition.

1990-1992, IT Training Consultant
Ian delivered the learning that supported the roll out of the first tranche of PC’s and networked machines to be used in DTI. This work included evaluating the short listed Information Technology providers and actively informed the Department’s policy decision in identifying the successful provider. Ian then managed the design and delivery of hardware and software learning packages in support of the newly introduced technology.

1986 – 1990, Policy Official
Responsible for providing advice to various Secretaries of State and their Ministerial teams on industrial policy and regional policy issues. Ian managed Board level negotiations with private sector organisations with vested interest in the area of stimulating economic recovery in the less favoured geographic areas of the UK economy. Ian was also responsible for urban economic regeneration delivered via a Government funded non Departmental Public Body and managed its service level agreement with the (then) Department of Trade and Industry as well as the corporate Governance associated with its £10 million per annum grant in aid.

1983 – 1986, Policy Official,
Working in particular with Sections 7 and 8 of the Industrial Development Act, Ian’s role involved the delivery of written and oral policy advice to the Secretary of State and Ministers on regional policy issues and providing the draft answers to parliamentary questions, speeches and correspondence. Specifically, this involved the formulation of objectives and strategies supporting the DTI’s work on industrial policy issues, a review of the Assisted Areas map and a revised regional development grant scheme.


Martin Stanley — click for full biography

Former Chief Executive of the Competition Commission

Martin Stanley is currently the Interim Chief Executive of the Public Sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Prior to taking up this appointment, he was Chief Executive of the UK’s Competition Commission

Martin was appointed Chief Executive of the Competition Commission in 2004. The Commission is an independent body which decides whether large firms may be allowed to merge with one another, investigates whether particular markets are working satisfactorily, and acts as a Court of Appeal from certain decisions by utility regulators.

Martin was born in 1948 and grew up in the North-East of England where he attended the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He then studied chemistry and economics at Oxford University.

Martin joined the civil service in 1971 and first worked in the Inland Revenue before moving to the Department of Trade and Industry where he held a number of senior positions. In particular, from 1990 to 1992, he was DTI's Principal Private Secretary, i.e. he led the teams which supported the day to day activities of the Secretary of State and other Ministers.

Martin particularly enjoys working closely with industry and, between 1992 and 1998, led a number of teams responsible for the Government's relations with, and support for, the vehicle, steel, engineering, offshore oil/gas and international projects industries.

Martin then transferred to the Cabinet Office where he was Director of the Regulatory Impact Unit, responsible for helping Government Ministers and Departments find the right balance between under-regulating (and so failing to protect the public) and over-regulating (and so failing to preserve freedoms, or creating excessive bureaucracy).

From 2000 until 2004 Martin was Chief Executive of the Postal Services Commission (Postcomm), the Government department that regulates the UK postal services industry. Reporting to a Chairman and 5 non-exec Commissioners, Martin oversaw the research and consultation which led to the opening of the whole of the UK postal market – previously a Royal Mail monopoly – to competition from other postal operators

Martin has held non-exec appointments with American Express and IBM, and, until 2004, was non-executive Chairman of Atmaana, a company which supports senior executives as they deliver critical projects.


Baroness Prashar CBE — click for full biography

Former First Civil Service Commissioner

Baroness Usha Prashar sits as a Cross-Bench Peer in the House of Lords, of which she has been a Member since 1999.

She has had a distinguished career in public service, holding several very senior positions. She was First Civil Service Commissioner from 2000 – 05, and she was appointed as the Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2005, a post which she also held for a number of years. Most recently she has been a Member of the Iraq War Inquiry which is chaired by Sir John Chilcot.

She has also been, amongst other posts, a Member of the Solicitor's Complaints Bureau, the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, A Non-executive director of Channel Four Television, Chair of the Parole Board of England and Wale, the Royal Commonwealth Society, and the ITV Board.

Her political interests include education, criminal justice, human rights, race relations, international affairs


Hywel Lloyd — click for full biography

Public Service Catalyst

Hywel brings strategic and systemic insight to the complexity of public service delivery and the form and function of public services. He has wide ranging experience of working for, in, and with communities, citizens, public servants and politicians as they seek to deliver. This experience covers many aspects of public service and includes education, skills & training; local and national government; and energy and environment related services.

Previously Hywel has worked as a Senior Fellow (Policy and Organisation Development) at OPM, and was a Senior Civil Service Advisor to the Ministerial teams of Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP (at CLG) and the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP (at Defra).


Simon Courage — click for full biography

Facilitator and Consultant, Director of Familia Consulting

Simon is the director of Familia Consulting. He is an accomplished facilitator and consultant specialising in public services. He works with a wide range of clients, including central government departments and agencies, local authorities, the NHS and police bodies and voluntary and community organisations.

Simon's areas of expertise include working with top teams and partnerships, developing strategy and mechanisms to ensure delivery, developing approaches to tackling social exclusion and organisational change and design. Simon is committed to improving public services to reduce poverty and alleviate its effects. He was the chair of a Local Strategic Partnership in a deprived area for a year and is now the chair of a regeneration association in south London.

Previously, Simon worked for five years as a senior consultant at the Office for Public Management and, before that, for 12 years in central government, including the Department for Education and Skills, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office and the Treasury. He holds a degree in linguistics and international politics.


Sir Stuart Etherington — click for full biography

Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Sir Stuart Etherington was appointed Chief Executive of NCVO in 1994.

NCVO is a membership organisation that represents the interests of charities and voluntary bodies. It has over 8,400 members. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity.

He has four degrees: BA in Politics, MA in Social Planning, MBA from the London Business School and a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Brunel University, and is an Honorary Visiting Professor at South Bank University and City University London.

Throughout his career he has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them. As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile.

Stuart is Pro-Chancellor of Greenwich University, a Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, former Chair of Guidestar UK, Chair of CIVICUS Europe, and Treasurer of CIVICUS, a global civil society organisation.

His Government appointments have included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. He has also served on the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit’s Advisory Board on the Voluntary Sector and HM Treasury’s Cross Cutting Review on the role of the Voluntary Sector. In June 2010 Stuart received a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours in recognition of his work on behalf of the voluntary and community sector.


Graeme Nuttall — click for full biography

Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP; UK Government Adviser and Author of the Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership

Graeme Nuttall is dual qualified as a solicitor and a chartered tax adviser. He is head of the firm’s Tax Practice and leads the Equity Incentives and Charities and Private Client Groups. Graeme is recognised as a leading expert on employee share plans with particular expertise in employee owned businesses. On 8 February 2012 he was appointed the Government's independent adviser on employee ownership, a part-time voluntary role.

As a member of the HM Treasury Employee Ownership Advisory Group he helped develop the HM Revenue and Customs approved share incentive plan and enterprise management incentives arrangement. He also drafted the Employee Share Scheme Bill, a successful Private Member’s Bill. He is legal adviser to the Employee Ownership Association, the voice of co-owned business in the UK.

Graeme’s experience includes advising:

  • Leading employee and trust owned companies.
  • Privately owned companies to convert to employee and trust ownership.
  • Social enterprises and charities. His broad ranging experience includes helping achieve charity registration for the General Medical Council.
  • Public sector employee led mutuals He advised on the constitutional structuring, tax and employee ownership aspects of all the main mutualisation pathfinders, City Health Care Partnership, Central Surrey Health Limited Sunderland Home Care Limited.

Graeme is published extensively. He and others at Field Fisher Waterhouse contributed to “How to become an employee owned mutual – an action checklist for the public sector” (2011) which was welcomed by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and the chair of the Prime Minister’s Mutuals Taskforce, Professor Julian Le Grand at its House of Commons launch in March 2011. He helps produce the well known reference data, the UK Employee Ownership Index, which tracks the performance of UK quoted companies where employees hold a significant proportion of the equity.

Graeme has also helped developed employee ownership in countries such as Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, often in conjunction with the governments of the country concerned and the UK Government. For example, he advised the Macedonian Trades Union Confederation on new employee share ownership legislation. Graeme has given seminars all over the world on employee ownership.


Bhartendra Singh Baswan — click for full biography

Director of the Indian Institute of Public Administration

Bhartendra is currently Director of the Indian Institute of Public Administration. He has had an extensive and distinguished Public Service career in India, and his roles have included: Education Secretary, Government of India; Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India; Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India; Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, Government of India (including a Consultancy Project for the UNDP on Governance); Director, National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie; Senior Consultant, Planning Commission; Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.


Maurice Frankel

Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information


Dr Evagelos Pafilis

Lecturer, Department of Management, King’s College London

Evagelos is currently a Lecturer at King’s College London specializing on the political economy of privatisation. He is part of the Public Services Management Group based at King’s and is involved in the masters in Public Services Policy and Management run by the Department of Management. He joined King’s College London after completing a PhD in Economics at the University of Bristol. Previously he was at the London School of Economics where he obtained masters in European Political Economy.


Professor David Guest  — click for full biography

Professor in Organizational Psychology and HRM, King’s College London

Professor David E Guest joined King’s College London in 2000 and has since had a spell as Head of Department and Deputy Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy. He has written and researched extensively in the areas of human resource management, employment relations and the psychological contract, motivation and commitment, and careers. David is currently Chair of the Examination Board for the MSc in Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis.



BSc Business Management
4SSMN128 Organisational Analysis


MSc Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis
SSMM001 Human Resource Management: Conceptual and Strategic Perspectives
SSMM007 High Performance and Employee Well-being

MSc Public Services Policy and Management
SSMM406 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector

Department roles

• Chair of Research Committee
• Chair of MSc in HRM & OA examination board
• Director of the workforce programme, PSSQ Centre


Sir David Normington GCB — click for full biography

David became the First Civil Service Commissioner, and the Commissioner for Public Appointments, on 1 April 2011.

David was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from January 2006 to December 2010. His early career in the Civil Service involved a range of jobs in the fields of employment, training and industrial relations, and included a time as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Employment. As Regional Director for Employment Services for London and the South East he was responsible for 500 offices and 10,000 staff. He moved through a series of senior positions in the Department for Education, and the Department for Education and Employment, including Director for Personnel and Corporate Services, and Director General for Schools. In 2001 he was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills, a post he held until the end of 2005 when he joined the Home Office.

As Permanent Secretary, David made a particular specialism of senior leadership development and human resources. In 2008 he chaired a special steering group that reported to the Cabinet Secretary on workforce and reward strategy for the Senior Civil Service. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

He received a KCB in 2005 and was appointed GCB in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list.


Kingston Rhodes

Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission


Sir Gus O’Donnell

Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, United Kingdom