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Public Sector Good Governance: Steering your organisation through challenging times

Wed 9th Oct 2013

, COSLA Conference Centre

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"We all need governance of our public services to be of a high standard. Good governance leads to good management, good performance, good stewardship of public money, good public engagement and, ultimately, good outcomes" Sir Alan Langlands, ‘The Good Governance Standard for Public Services’ 2005. This assertion was relevant to the public spending environment of 2005, it is doubly so now.

Those who govern our public bodies today face a daunting task. To stretch limited budgets and resources to meet rising demand for services; to bend the spend, yet maintain and improve service quality and safety; and to help their organisations become more efficient and innovative in the way they design and deliver services. All whilst operating within pre-set policy frameworks and guidelines set out by Government and sector regulators.

With keynote addresses from some of Scotland’s most respected public sector leaders, this Summit will explore Public Sector Good Governance – What is it? What does it look like? And how can it be achieved?

The day will comprise parallel plenary streams covering a range of contemporary issues facing those who govern our public bodies as they attempt to guide their organisations through the challenging and turbulent years that lie ahead. Topic areas will include:

  • The role and effectiveness of boards
  • Understanding executive and non-executive roles
  • The importance of good relationships to effective governance (between Chair and CEO, CEO and Council Leader, Chair and Board, CEO and Directors...)
  • The public appointments structure
  • Good governance during public service reform (co-delivery, shared services, mergers...)
  • The value of internal audit and reporting
  • Risk management
  • Staff and stakeholder engagement
  • Approaching political/parliamentary oversight
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Supported by: Scottish Government


Professor Lorne D Crerar

Chairman, Harper Macleod LLP; Chairman, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Professor Dame Joan K Stringer DBE

Former Principal & Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University; Board Member, HESA; Board Member, the National Theatre of Scot

Jim Martin

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

Dr Robert Black CBE

Former Auditor General for Scotland; Member, British Library Board; Public Interest Member, the Council of ICAS

Dr Lindsay Burley CBE

Chair, NHS Education for Scotland; Board Member, Scottish Funding Council; Chair, SAMH

Stewart Carruth

Depute Chief Executive, Stirling Council


Fraser McKinlay Director of Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

Ian McKay Chair, IOD Scotland; Chairman of the Board of Edinburgh College; Board member at Lothian Buses plc; Owner, Otherhand Ltd

Maureen Batten Business Risk Consultant

Duncan Osler Partner, MacRoberts LLP

Ian C Elliott Programme Director PgCert 'Public Services Governance', Queen Margaret University

Hilary Barnard HBRL Consulting

Jessica Crowe Executive Director, Centre for Public Scrutiny

Claer Lloyd-Jones Director, Claer Lloyd-Jones & Associates Limited

Dr Ken Macdonald ICO Assistant Commissioner for Scotland

Sarah Hutchison Head of Policy and Information, Scottish Information Commissioner

Robin Fallas Associate, MacRoberts LLP

Andy Maciver Director, Message Matters

Hazel Young Director of Policy and Service Development, Wheatley Group

Yvonne Flynn Communications Manager, Wheatley Group

Donald Anderson Director, PPS Scotland

Gillian Thompson OBE Experienced Non Executive and Trustee and the former Chief Executive of Scotland's Insolvency Service

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