Michael Gibbons, Chairman, Regulatory Policy Committee

The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC), established in 2009, is tasked with providing independent, wide-ranging and real-time scrutiny of proposed regulatory measures put forward by Government. Since becoming the independent verification body who validated the Government’s Business Impact Target in 2015, its scope has been extended to scrutinise the regulatory work of regulators as well as that of departments. 

Its role is not to comment on the underlying policy objectives of government, but rather to ensure that when ministers make decisions on proposed new regulations, they do so against the background of a robust, evidence based policy making process.

In this sixth briefing for WIG, Michael Gibbons will provide an update on the role of the RPC, in the light of the general election. He will outline how any changes to government policy on their regulation strategy might impact the process the RPC will follow in scrutinising regulations put forward.   He will also present the findings of their latest report, covering its work during 2016/2017 and the performance of the RPC against its published targets.

There will be ample opportunity for attendees to put their questions to Michael and for networking before and after the briefing.


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  • About the speaker

    Michael Gibbons CBE was appointed Chair when the RPC became a public body in 2012; prior to that he led the Committee for two years and served on the Better Regulation Task Force and the Better Regulation Commission from 2002. In 2007 he produced the ‘Gibbons Review’ examining employment dispute resolution regulations and received the CBE for services to regulatory reform in 2015.

    Michael’s current roles in business include:

    • Chairman, Elexon Ltd and BSC Panel
    • (non-executive) Director, Sargas Power Yorkshire Ltd
    • Member, Advisory Board, OPT inc
    • Director, British Management Data Foundation
    • Patron, Professional Mediators’ Association