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Parliamentary Reform Essentials - Masterclass 15th January 2019

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  • Tony Cash

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Aims & objectives

This day is designed to help people understand the key current questions around parliamentary reform and improving parliamentary capacity. The course is suitable for parliamentarians, parliamentary support staff and civil servants who work with parliament, as well as those in the private and voluntary sectors who could benefit from a better understanding of how parliaments work.

The course will be very interactive and enable participants to explore the issues that they are likely to face in their work.

Attendees on this course will:

  • Understand how applying good governance principles improves the work of parliaments
  • Consider the advantages and limitations of different parliamentary systems and how to make the most of the strengths
  • Gain insights on how to improve the working of parliamentary committees
  • Examine what is meant by “parliamentary reform”
  • Consider the range of options for improving parliamentary capacity and which options can be applied in their system
There will be the opportunity to visit the UK Parliament at the end of the day.


Tony Cash

Training Consultant

Tony is an expert on management, policy, regulation and strategy issues and has used this expertise working as a training consultant since he left the UK Civil Service in 2010. His government leadership roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit (a combined Department for International Development / Department for Business team) and Deputy Director of the internal training team at the Department for Business.

Since Tony became a freelance training consultant he has trained people in policy making best practice and better regulation across the UK and overseas (including Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Guernsey, Ireland, Kenya, Malta and South Africa). His in-depth training has enabled many organisations to improve their policies and strategies. Tony also facilitates training on leadership and management e.g. he delivers training on coaching skills for managers in the UK and has provided it for people in Dubai. Other subjects that Tony covers include confidence and impact, economics, feedback skills, handling difficult people, speechwriting, strategic management, time management and unlocking potential. Tony has a Masters degree in organisation development and holds qualifications in coaching (Certificate in Executive Coaching), training (CIPD Certificate in Training Practice), project management (PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


09.00 Coffee and Registration

09.30 Introduction: Parliament and Good Governance

  • What does good governance mean in the context of the work of a parliament?
  • Effective accountability mechanisms
  • Implications for improving parliamentary capacity and parliamentary reforms

10.15 Different Parliamentary Models

  • Westminster model and others compare
  • Different expectations of MPs – delegate or trustee?
  • Different electoral systems

11.15 Coffee Break

11:30 The Range of Reform Possibilities

  • The range of issues covered by “parliamentary reform”
  • Discussion of delegates’ capacity and reform issues.

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Improving the Work of Parliamentary Committees

  • Case study of improvements that could be made in UK system
  • Insights on effective questioning
  • Discussion of improvements that could be made in delegates’ parliamentary committees

15:00 Tea Break

15:15 Improving Parliamentary Capacity

  • The internal perspective: the processes that matter most to the quality of a parliament’s work
  • The external perspective: improving consultation and citizen engagement

16:00 Action Planning

  • Discussion of specific ideas to apply where delegates are.

16:30 Close of Course - Optional Visit to UK Parliament


Zone 1

Central London