National Scrutiny Guidance Seminar

Scrutiny Guidance Seminar


Highgate House 


On 28 January CfPS will be holding a seminar to discuss the Government’s new statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny.


The first general Government guidance on scrutiny since 2006, it will provide a vital opportunity for practitioners to reflect on current practice and to talk to their peers about how scrutiny will move into its third decade. While we don’t expect that the guidance will contain prescription for councils on the detail of how scrutiny should be done, its content should provoke debate and discussion within and between local authorities on how scrutiny continues to be sustainable in a complex, challenging local environment.


This seminar will be a vital opportunity for members and officers to discuss the guidance, what it means for them, and the action they propose to take as a result. It is a vital event for:


  • Monitoring Officers and other senior local government lawyers;
  • Democratic Services Managers and officers;
  • Directors of Corporate Resources, policy managers and others in the “corporate core” of the authority;
  • Councillors – including councillors on the executive, scrutiny chairs and other scrutiny members;
  • Representatives from organisations


The guidance also applies to combined authorities and committee system authorities that operate overview and scrutiny, so officers from those organisations should also attend alongside colleagues from councils operating executive arrangements.


The venue

Conveniently located in the middle of the country Highgate House is a beautiful 17th Century hotel with excellent conference and meeting facilities. Located just an hour from the M25 and 20 minutes off the M1 it is also a 20 minute taxi journey from Northampton Station. 


The course and costs

£145 + VAT 



Facilitators and trainers



Jacqui McKinlay

Jacqui has a wealth of leadership and governance experience from operating at Board level for over fifteen years. Prior to CfPS, Jacqui was Director of Strategy and Customer Services at Staffordshire County Council and has worked in health, sport and the civil service. Jacqui is a communications professional by trade. 


Tim Gilling

Tim is leads on health and social care and oversees our work in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He is an experienced public speaker and has given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees. He brings specialisms in governance, scrutiny and investigation techniques, culture change and patient and public involvement.


 Ed Hammond

Ed leads on programmes, projects and policy developments relating to promoting and improving scrutiny and governance in local government. He has also done work on devolution and has been influential in shaping national thinking on the scrutiny elements of the new Devolution Act. His background is local government scrutiny and democratic services. He has both an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Law from University College London.



 Ian Parry

Ian leads on the development, implementation and client liaison for CfPS's consultancy and training work, supporting organisations across the public, private and voluntary sector to make better decisions through improved governance. His background is in the private sector and public service and was formerly the Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council, a position he held for 7 years. He is a member of the LGA children and Young People Board and is a LGA peer mentor.





Scrutiny Guidance Seminar

To be confirmed.


Highgate House, Grooms Lane, Creaton, Northampton NN6 8NN


Highgate House sits in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside in the village of Creaton. A beautiful 17th century hotel, it specialises in welcoming groups for events of all shapes and sizes.

With 26 acres of grounds, 97 bedrooms, some of the UK’s best conference and meeting facilities, and recently having been named a Wedding Industry Awards Finalist, it is a fantastic, flexible venue in a wonderfully peaceful location.


An Award-Winning Business Hotel

The hotel has 34 meeting rooms (with a maximum capacity of 280) and prides itself on understanding customers' needs, having won numerous awards for outstanding customer service, value for money, facilities, food and industry leadership.



Highgate House is renowned for its delicious food and attentive service. With several private dining rooms available and a menu that’s tailored to your wishes by our Head Chef Lee Gaskins (twice acclaimed Northamptonshire Chef of the Year), we guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable dining experience.


Map and directions

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