Preparing to Give Evidence at Select Committees

Public expectation on transparency is growing, meaning that public officials are under increased pressure to appear before Select Committees to provide evidence and justify their decisions.

Appearing in front of a Select Committee can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially as the performance of the delegate can impact on the enhancement of both the organisation and their own career. Delegates need to ensure they are prepared to respond to likely questions that they will be asked, as well as be able to thoroughly account for their, or their departments, actions.

Part of our Policy Skills series, Preparing to Give Evidence at Select Committee is a one-day course that is specifically designed to ensure delegates are prepared and able to communicate their message effectively in the event of a hearing.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor ourcourses to each delegate, ensuring that courses are applicable to attendee’s role and organisations so that each delegate can get the most from the training. Our courses and trainers are constantly updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  


Key features of the course include:

  • Provide written and oral evidence to the committee
  • Skills to effectively engage with the media interest associated with Select Committees
  • Simulation exercise for those likely to provide oral evidence
  • Highly bespoke attention to the specifics of delegates' select committee hearing

Designed for:

This training course is designed for delegates who have been summoned to give evidence at a Select Committee hearing.


Learning outcomes:

Delegates will gain the confidence to stand before a Select Committee and be able to anticipate what is likely to be asked. Constructive feedback on effectiveness of attendees’ performance will also be given.

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Summary

Duration

10:00 - 14:00

Price

Price on request.

Location

Available to be delivered In-House

Dates

In-House Option

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

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Lead Trainer

Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore

Andrew was the Leader of the Labour Group in 1990, and then MP for Hendon from 1997 to 2010. In a varied parliamentary career, Andrew built a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation and chaired the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights

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Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore

Andrew was the MP for Hendon from 1997 to 2010. In a varied parliamentary career, Andrew built a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation and chaired the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights. He also served on the Standards and Privileges Committee for nine years, the Work and Pensions Committee for seven years and the powerful Liaison Committee for five years.

Growing up in a political family, Andrew began his career in politics in 1982, as the then youngest ever councillor on Westminster City Council, becoming Leader of the Labour Group in 1990. Prior to entering Parliament, Andrew had been a partner at Thompsons and at Russell Jones and Walker, specialising in personal injury and trades union law. Andrew now works as a consultant specialising in legal affairs. Andrew is also the co-ordinator of the Access to Justice Group.

Lead Trainer

Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

With over 27 years’ experience of leadership in the public sector and almost two decades spent in Parliament, Bridget has an insider’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face public bodies and third sector organisations.

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Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

With over 27 years’ experience of leadership in the public sector and almost two decades spent in Parliament, Bridget has an insider’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face public bodies and third sector organisations.

 

Bridget has served 18 years as MP for Lewisham East, was a Government Whip and a Minister in the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for 14 policy areas. This ranges from legal services, the courts and tribunals, youth engagement to electoral administration etc. She has piloted major pieces of legislation through parliamentary process and has negotiated financial packages to support key groups such as Coroners’ Courts Support Staff. She has also played a key role in designing and implementation of policy.

 

Prior to taking on ministerial positions, Bridget was a member of the Home Affairs Committee, Court of Referees and Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. She is presently a Trustee on the Jimmy Mizen Foundation and on Age Exchange, the Chair of Governors of Trinity Lewisham School and Electoral Commissioner at the Electoral Commission. 

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Civil Service College can deliver In-House training within your organisation that is exactly tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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