Preparing to Give Evidence at Select Committees Training

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 participant can impact the enhancement of both the organisation and their own career. Participants 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 Committees Training' is a one-day course that is specifically designed to ensure participant are prepared and able to communicate their message effectively in the event of a hearing.

At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each participant’s role and organisation, ensuring that each participant 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

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Key Training Features:

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

Who Can Attend:

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

Learning Outcomes:

Participants 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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10:00 - 14:00


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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 career, he built up a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation.

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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. From 2012 to 2021 Andrew was a London Assembly member, where he chaired the Fire, Resilience, and Emergency Planning committee.

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. As a   solicitor, prior to entering Parliament, Andrew was a partner at nationwide firms Thompsons and Russell Jones and Walker, specialising in personal injury and trades union law. Andrew now works as a consultant on  legal and parliamentary affairs.

Lead Trainer

Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

Bridget spent almost 20 years in parliament in a variety of leadership roles which has given her an insider's understanding of the challenges that face public and third sector bodies.

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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. She received Minister of the Year award for her work on diversity in the legal profession.

Prior to taking on ministerial positions, Bridget was a member of the Home Affairs Committee, Court of Referees and Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. 

Bridget was a Commissioner on the Electoral Commission for four years overseeing the conduct of elections, referendums and political party finances.

She has been a trustee on a number of charities and is presently Chair of Age Exchange, a charity using reminiscence and the Arts to support people with dementia and their carers. She has been Chair of Governors of Trinity School, Lewisham and is a fellow of the Woodard Corporation.

She is a Freewoman of the London Borough of Lewisham

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