Influencing select committees

This one-day course will help parliamentary, policy and campaigns staff develop strategies to engage with select committees, maximise the impact of their written submissions, and practical support in how to prepare senior colleagues to give oral evidence.

Date 10 November 2017
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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Already powerful select committees have become even more influential since reforms to the way parliament works. This course draws on NCVO’s experience of working with select committees and preparing senior staff to give oral evidence.

The course will explain how:

  • select committees have changed since reforms to the House of Commons
  • select committee chairs are asserting their influence
  • newly emboldened committees are changing the way parliament works.


By the end of the day you will have:

  • understood the basics of how select committees work and how you can engage with them
  • understood how select committees interact with parliament and government and how to use them to amplify your message
  • received tips on how to write an effective submission that will make your evidence count
  • discussed how to prepare colleagues for giving oral evidence, including dealing with hostile questioning
  • practiced giving oral evidence, thinking about what type of questions committees ask, and how to answer them.

Who should attend

People working in parliamentary, policy and campaign roles who want to improve their engagement with committees, or develop their skills in writing effective submissions and how they prepare colleagues to give oral evidence.

Who runs it

Chris Walker is senior external relations officer at NCVO. He worked in parliament in a number of roles for six years, and has an in-depth knowledge of how to use different parliamentary processes to influence Westminster. Before joining NCVO, he worked in public affairs and policy roles for the Federation of Small Businesses, working on a number of major policy wins.

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