Preparing for Public Accounts Committee

The prospect of a forthcoming appearance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) can be an immensely stressful situation for a Public Sector official to encounter, and even the most experienced senior officials may only face the Committee three or four times a year. The career reputation of the official and their department can be significantly affected by the outcome of the PAC hearing.

This highly bespoke course on Preparing for Public Accounts Committee will help to take away much of the stress by providing a clear and thorough explanation of the way the PAC works, its expectations of witnesses, the key issues that are likely to be focused on and how to prepare for a hearing.

This training course is delivered on a one-to-one basis to thoroughly prepare officials due to face the PAC, to ensure that the trainer can effectively deal with any particular concerns that participants may have. There will also be the opportunity to practise answering questions specific to a report which is to be the subject of a PAC hearing.

Accountability & Governance series. At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible. 

Key Training Features

Who Can Attend

Learning Outcomes


Key Training Features:

  • Explanation of the remit of the PAC, how the Committee works and its approach to examining witnesses.
  • Examine topics it has particularly focused on in recent times
  • Understand various pitfalls witnesses encounter which reduce their effectiveness in front of the Committee
  • Making PAC preparation and stress reduction
  • How to maximise performance in front of the Committee
  • An opportunity for participants to practise answering questions that the PAC is likely to ask on a specific report.

Who Can Attend:

Public Officials who have little or no experience of the Public Accounts Committee, those who may have previously attended PAC but wish to improve their performance in front of the Committee at future hearings and those who are briefing their permanent secretaries prior to a PAC hearing.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain greater confidence in dealing with the PAC through a deeper understanding of how the Committee questions witnesses, as well as the opportunity to practise answering questions in a relaxed setting ahead of a hearing.



10:00 - 14:00


Available to be delivered In-House. Contact us for a quotation.


Face to face or virtual

In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.


Lead Trainer

Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock since 2010, previously held roles in various organisations, including South Yorkshire Police and the City of London Corporation. Notable positions include Senior Advisor to the Lord Mayor of London and the world's first suicide prevention Minister. She's also served on several committees and championed causes related to women's health, Ghurka Welfare, and sexual violence prevention.

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Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Jackie Doyle-Price has served as the Member of Parliament for Thurrock since May 2010.

Before entering Parliament she has worked in a variety of roles; including the Sheffield Enterprise Agency, South Yorkshire Police, the City of London Corporation and the Financial Services Authority. She was also the Senior Advisor to the Lord Mayor of London for five years and an adviser to the Financial Services Consumer Panel, fighting for better treatment for consumers of financial services.

Jackie spent four years in Government, firstly as a Government whip in the Governments of David Cameron and Theresa May. In June 2017 she was appointed as Minister for Mental Health and Social care. Jackie brought a particular focus to women’s health; children’s mental health; organ donation and suicide prevention. In October 2018, Theresa May appointed her the World’s first suicide prevention Minister. From 2020 to 2022 she served on the Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee. In September 2022, she was appointed Minister of State for Industry.

Jackie works with Politicians on all sides to advance the causes she cares about. In 2014, she Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ghurka Welfare and put together a Cross-Party report to Government who accepted most of the recommendations. She has chaired the All Party groups on Ports and Maritime; Women’s Health; Women in the Penal system and Pharmacy. She is a prominent advocate for women and a campaigner against sexual violence.

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