Past ICPS Speakers Include


Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP — click for full biography

Former Chair, UK Public Accounts Committee

Margaret Hodge has been the Member of Parliament for Barking since 1994.

In Parliament she has held several senior ministerial positions, including being Minister for Children, Minister for Lifelong learning, further and higher education, Minister for Employment and equal opportunities, Minister for Industry and the regions, and Minister for Culture and tourism. She also held the post of Shadow Minister for Culture and tourism.

She has been a member of several select committees as well, including, liaison, employment, de-regulation and education. She has been the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee since after the general election in 2010.

Her political interests include education, local and regional government, housing, inner cities, democratic reform, and London government.


Lord Tyler — click for full biography

Constitutional Affairs Expert; Member of House of Lords and Former Member of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons

Paul was elected Liberal MP for Bodmin in 1974; in the October 1974 Election he increased the Liberal vote, but not sufficiently to withstand the swing. He subsequently worked for Shelter, managed a local newspaper group in the South West and, as a consultant, advised a variety of national environmental organisations.

Paul was elected MP for North Cornwall in April 1992 with a swing from the Conservatives of 6.5%.

He became Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Agriculture and Rural Affairs. At the 1997 General Election, Paul was returned with the largest Liberal Democrat vote and the largest Liberal Democrat majority. Promoted to Chief Whip and Shadow Leader of the House, he managed the 47-strong Liberal Democrat parliamentary team for the duration of that parliament.

After the 2001 General Election, Charles Kennedy reappointed Paul as Shadow Leader of the House to work with Robin Cook, pushing forward Liberal Democrat plans for the modernisation and reform of Parliament as well as overseeing the current business of the House of Commons. Paul served as a member of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons from 1997 until 2005. With Ken Clark, Robin Cook, Tony Wright and Sir George Young, he prepared and introduced the second chamber of parliament bill.

Paul retired as an MP at the 2005 General Election and was subsequently made a life Peer. He is Liberal Democrat Spokesman on constitutional reform.


Robert Evans — click for full biography

Former MEP and Former Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs

Robert Evans is a former Labour Member of the European Parliament, where he represented London from 1994 until he stood down in 2008. He was the Chief Observer of the European Union Electoral Observer Mission to Pakistan and he has also represented the European Parliament on a Number of other Election Observation Missions, including Cambodia where he was the EU Chief Observer, Moldova, Albania and Afghanistan.

Robert was also a member of the South Asia delegation with a particular interest in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and a leading member of the Georgia, Azerbajan and Armenia Delegation in addition to his work with both the Romania and Moldova Joint Parliamentary Committees. He was also a prominent supporter of animal welfare both in the European Parliament and at national level.

He was a Substitute Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, and a Member of the Committee on Tourism and Transport. From 1999-2004 he was Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs, and from 2004 to 2007 he was Chairman of the European Parliamentary Labour Party.


Mark Dean — click for full biography

Former Director, Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Mark was formerly a Director in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in the UK where he successfully ran a unique joint public/private sector consortium for a number of years. This included winning the “Vision 100” Award for visionary leadership in respect of the work he did in leading the transition of an organisation with a public sector ethos into a competitive commercial enterprise. During this time he also advised a number of other Government Departments on reforming elements of their human resource activities.

As an ex Senior Civil Servant and a learning professional, Mark is an expert on helping people learn about developing policy, strategy, systems and focusing on outcomes. Since 1998 he has been closely involved with leadership, diversity and equality learning, leading blended learning programmes including e-learning and drama based interventions. Now running his own company, working in partnership with ICPS, he has focused his expertise on leadership in the regulation area including competition and markets. Having led and contributed to leadership programmes including those for Senior Civil Servants and “fast streamers”. Mark still maintains a strong interest in leadership in the public sector. As the DTI’s ex lead negotiator on internationally mobile projects e.g. Nissan, Mark also specialises in designing and delivering both bespoke and generic training in negotiation skills. He has also provided technical advice to procurement panels and helped organisations with their strategic business planning including implementing balanced business scorecards.

As well as being a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development , he is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, MBTI and TMSDI accredited and is a registered Prince 2 Practitioner.


Ian Rennie — click for full biography

Training Consultant and Former Civil Servant

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 ÂŁ1bn 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 ÂŁ1.8m 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 ÂŁ10 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.


Anthony Staddon  — click for full biography

Parliamentary Consultant for the World Bank

Anthony Staddon is a lecturer in British and European Union Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster in London. He has previously worked in the Private Office of the former British Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, and for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Anthony has led a number of parliamentary support programmes for international organisations and currently acts as a consultant on legislative affairs for the World Bank where he specialises on work relating to Parliament and the Budget.


Gillian Fawcett  — click for full biography

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Global, Head of Public Sector

Gillian is Head of Public Sector for ACCA Global responsible for developing international policy on technical matters affecting finance professionals in public services.

Before joining ACCA, Gillian was a Senior Fellow working with the Office for Public Management (OPM) in the organisational development and policy team. She has also worked for the Audit Commission in the UK, where she was a Head of Policy with expertise in corporate governance, financial management, performance management and human rights and equalities. In 2005 she was seconded to the UK Parliament as Head of Finance of the Scrutiny Unit, responsible for providing professional support to a wide range of select committees.

She is a member of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) public sector committees. Most recently, she was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network and the Editorial Board of the Financial Management and Accountability Journal. She is also Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for a UK charity, Freedom from Torture. Also, she was formerly Specialist Advisor to a House of Commons Ad Hoc Committee and Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee on audit policy, as well as Vice Chair of the Macro Economic Committee for the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and a non-executive of the Legal Action Group (UK).


Jo Kemp  — click for full biography

Practice Lead for Governance and State Building at Crown Agents

Jo Kemp is the Practice Lead for Governance and State Building at Crown Agents. She has worked for a range of donors (UNICEF, DFAT, DFID and the World Bank), and brings practical budgeting experience from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. As head of the Policy, Budget and Statistics Division in Papua New Guinea, Jo was responsible for disseminating budget information to different audiences for four National Budgets. She has worked directly with CSOs, was the focal point for the CSO network facilitating dialogue between government and civil society and was project manager for a DFID Ethiopia civil society project. Most recently she was the Project Manager for a DFID-funded PFM programme in Nepal, and has worked in Somalia, India, Fiji, Kenya and Zimbabwe.


Fergus Reid  — click for full biography

Clerk of Private Members' Bills, UK Parliament

Fergus Reid has been a Commons clerk since 1991. He has served on Health, Foreign affairs, Standards & privileges, Environmental audit, Culture media & sport and Justice select committees. This has included work on topics as diverse as dental remuneration, the Pergau Dam Aid for Trade project, Members' interests and conduct, green taxes, new Wembley National Stadium, privacy and media intrusion, sentencing and prison policy and constitutional reform. He has also worked in each of the core procedural offices. He was leader of the Commons team supporting the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly sittings for four years and was Director of Resources in Parliament’s bicameral ICT organisation between 2010 and 2013. He is currently in the Public Bill Office as “Clerk of Programming and Grand Committees” assisting with the passage of legislation through the Commons. He is also acting as liaison officer between the House and BBC in respect of a landmark TV documentary being made this year, 2014, about the work of the Commons. His CV includes experience, in the distant past, as a maintenance man and a residential care officer.


Mark Miller  — click for full biography

Research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute

Mark Miller is a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, specializing on budgeting and public investment management. Before joining CAPE, Mark was working for the World Bank Group in East Asia, providing advice to governments and parliamentarians in the region (Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand) on budget reforms, public investment management and fiscal policy issues. He also authored and co-authored reports on public finance issues for a number of multilateral and bilateral donors (the World Bank Group, UNDP and USAID). Prior to working in Asia, Mark spent three years in the Budget Department of the Malawian government working as a senior economist in the budget department and latterly as a DFID-financed technical adviser. Mark holds a Masters of Science in Finance and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.


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.