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How central government works

with Adrian Pepper and

Simon Jones

Thu 15 September 2022
09:30am - 12:30pm
£95 +VAT
Payment by invoice is also an option at check out. If you have any questions please email us.

Adrian Pepper has been advising businesses, government bodies and third sector organisations on their reputations and communications strategies for the past thirty years.

A former Whitehall Special Adviser, Adrian has recently undertaken government communications projects for Central London Forward, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council.

He gave public affairs advice to the Ayrshire councils as they successfully concluded an Area Growth Deal, and founded the Shopkeepers Campaign for the reform of business rates. He advised the Petrol Retailers Association during the 2021 fuel crisis and he currently advises the Car Wash Association on their campaign to eradicate modern slavery.


Participants on the course will learn:

  • How central government is constituted, funded and operates 
  • How voters, Parliament, the media, other states and organisations influence the work of central government 
  • Who makes decisions and what influences can be brought to bear on shaping those decisions. 


You will come away with:

  • A clearer understanding of who governs Britain 
  • Knowledge of the mechanisms by which policy is made and implemented 
  • Greater insight into how and why government policy changes 


This course is perfect for:

This is a course for CEOs, Directors of Finance, Heads of Communications, policy officers and Cabinet support staff.  You need no prior knowledge. There are 20 spaces available.


This course is only available via Westco Academy at this price to public sector professionals. If you are from the private sector, please contact Tiffany St James at Transmute to make a booking direct


Adrian Pepper has written a blog on How to secure investment from the Government’s Towns Fund but will post a new, more relevant and up to date blog before the event.



  • Presentation on the ways in which central government interacts with local government, including examples.
  • Stories from Whitehall - how change happens.
  • Case studies of influencing policy and government outcomes.
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