It is now recognised that how a business operates in terms of transparency, accountability and involvement matters when building public and client trust. This is further reinforced when the business is responsible for providing public services, or citizens perceive public money to be at risk.
Being open to scrutiny and giving others the tools to oversee and challenge aspects of how your business operates is an essential part of building trust. Scrutiny contributes to this by adding and driving value in the form of:
Effective scrutiny goes beyond systems and processes. It has the potential to create an environment of positive, mutual challenge providing insight, driving value and helping manage risk.
It is an arms-length board which forms part of your company’s governance structure. The model is adaptable and can be designed to fit your business structure and need.
It is the place for objective enquiry and scrutiny and its focus is designed to suit your needs. This could include corporate social responsibility activities, the development of new policies or delivery of projects.
Membership of the Board is designed to meet your business need and could range from national experts to local community representatives.
CfPS provides assurance of the Board’s independence, supports the Board and its members in their scrutiny activities and can assist in any public reporting.
In summary, our approach would be:
The Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) is the national centre of expertise on governance and scrutiny. We are an independent charity and have a strong reputation as a value-driven organisation. We have a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector through our research, consultancy and training support.
CfPS is Chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake and its Chief Executive is Jacqui McKinlay. The Board, team and network of partners and associates have a wealth of practical and political expertise and experience in all aspects of governance and scrutiny.
To find out more or discuss how the Public Scrutiny Board model could be developed to fit your business contact: Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive of CfPS on Jacqui.firstname.lastname@example.org or via 07716 409562.