Last week the Conservative party donor and venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft found himself at the centre of a storm over a report on labour law that he had prepared for the UK government. Is it worthwhile for business people to get involved in government-related projects if the potential for backlash is so strong? Or should more executives be willing to offer their help to the public sector when asked?
It is vital that business leaders continue to take part in government-related projects.
Business leaders such as Adrian Beecroft can offer a valuable, diverse opinion, and raise issues in a clear and thought-provoking way that no one else can. Private sector executives can put important ideas on to the agenda and instigate change in a way few other members of society can.
But business leaders need to understand the complexity of delivering in a public sector context. Contributing to government projects will always be worthwhile and more people from the business community should be prepared to put themselves forward.
Andrew Hooke is chief operating officer and head of the government practice at PA Consulting Group
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