News and views

Welcome to PAI’s news and views page. You will find news on recent consultancy projects, information on our range of workshops and insights from Workshop Directors and speakers and feedback from participants. 

Cubans visit PAI

Following our previous successful collaboration with the University of Havana, Ministry of Higher Education in Cuba, we hosted experts from the University’s Centre for the Study of Public Administration at a special study visit to London and Cardiff in January. The programme was funded by the British Embassy in Havana and focussed on Local and Regional Government and Devolution: Policies and good practice for local autonomy, economic development and sound financial management.

Positive feedback from Malta

We were very pleased to hear from one of workshop participants, Janine, from the Office of the Prime Minister, Malta. Janine joined our Planning and Implementing Your Change Strategy workshop in 2019. She rated the programme as very useful , especially the sessions and practical advice on how to managing and mitigating risks. Janine commented that, despite good risk assessment and planning, few organisations could have prepared for the current global coronavirus crisis. How true.

News archive
In Search of a Single Version of the Truth

Written by Neil McCallum, Workshop Director, PAI professional development workshop on Effective Records and Information Management: Practical approaches.

We have until very recently been living in an age which has witnessed the progressive dismissal of the role of facts, the value of statistics and the concept of expertise in favour of confident, increasingly combative assertions of certainty read more…

Leadership in the time of Coronavirus

Philip Champness, PAI Workshop Director   In January Chinese scientists reported a deadly new virus – coronavirus or COVID-19 – that spread from person to person and caused an acute respiratory disease. Of the first 99 cases 17% needed critical care and 11 people died read more…

“What is a public service without integrity?”

This question was asked by one of the participants in the two workshops held between 12 and 16 November and it perfectly sums up the focus of the discussions held. The workshops, which explored read more…