Agenda

09:30 - 09:40

Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Welcome and introduction
Deborah Evans

Deborah Evans

CEO, Lawyers in Local Government

09:40 - 10:20

Keynote Address: The Importance of Upholding High Standards in Public Life

  • Why standards matter
  • A changing climate?
  • Strengthening the regulatory structures
  • Strengthening leadership and building an ethical culture
  • The way forward

Gillian is Co-Author, Regulation of Standards in British Public Life: Doing the Right Thing? and Independent Member, Committee on Standards in Public Life (She is speaking on this occasion in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the Committee)

Live Q & A
10:00 – 10:10
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Gillian Peele

Emeritus Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, , University of Oxford

10:20 - 10:50

Developing and Embedding a Code of Conduct

  • Building on The Seven Principles of Public Life
  • Scope of the Code of Conduct
  • Writing a Code of Conduct and examples of clear Codes
  • Implementing a well-designed Code through recruitment, training and communications
  • Revising your Code regularly
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Jonathan Goolden

Regulatory and Public Sector Partner, Wilkin Chapman LLP

10:50 - 11:00

Break

Time for tea

11:00 - 11:30

Establishing a Culture of Ethical Behaviour

  • Bringing purpose to life; ethical values as a bridge to behaviours
  • The elements needed for a successful ethics framework
  • Empowering employees to make values-based decisions
  • Measuring culture and assurance
  • Recognising and responding to pressures that lead to unethical behaviour
  • Overcoming the barriers to speaking up
  • Whose job is it? The vital role of leadership
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Mark Chambers

Associate Director, Institute of Business Ethics

11:30 - 11:50

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

11:50 - 12:20

Case Study: Developing Ethical Leadership in Education

  • Aims of the Ethical Leadership Commission
  • Defining the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education
  • Encouraging uptake of the Framework to help school leaders navigate the “moral maze” and build its values and virtues into working practices
  • Results of the pathfinder schools and what we have achieved
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Carolyn Roberts

Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School and the Former Chair, Ethical Leadership Commission

12:20 - 13:10

Lunch

Time for lunch

Afternoon

13:10 - 13:40

Addressing Ethical Challenges Within Your Organisation

  • Enforcing codes and imposing sanctions for misconduct
  • Ensuring an effective, fair, impartial, and transparent complaints and investigation procedure
  • Managing appeals and escalation
  • Minimising reputational harm when a breach occurs
  • Demonstrating accountability and lessons learnt to drive continuous improvement
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Mark Butler

Director, Good Governance Institute

13:40 - 14:10

Panel Discussion: Building Trust in Public Institutions through Organisational Change and Improved Communication

  • Priorities to raise standards and improve culture
  • Engaging with communities and partners
  • Welcoming external scrutiny
  • Communicating on progress with the public sector

Jane Moore will be joined by speakers from across the public sector.

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Jane Moore

Senior solicitor and legal services manager, National Association of Local Councils

Tim Powell

Tim Powell

Director for People, London Fire Brigade

14:10 - 14:30

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

14:30 - 15:10

Workshop: Applying the Code of Conduct to Decision Making

In this facilitated workshop, share ethical workplace dilemmas anonymously in advance and via live chat and discuss real-life scenarios to put your Code of Conduct to the test. Share tools for decision making with your peers and gain a greater understanding of how people make decisions and what excuses, internal and external pressures can get in the way. What are the choices and what should you do?

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Mark Chambers

Associate Director, Institute of Business Ethics

15:10 - 15:15

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Close of conference
Deborah Evans

Deborah Evans

CEO, Lawyers in Local Government

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