Antonia Romeo on running the new Department for International Trade and cross-Whitehall working on Brexit
In her first interview as permanent secretary of the Department for International Trade, Antonia Romeo tells Richard Johnstone about the progress already made, and the Brexit challenges to come, for this brand new ministry.
The DVLA chief executive explains to Civil Service World how the agency has been transformed...
Interview: Arts and Humanities Research Council chief Andrew Thompson on the impact of Brexit and importance of history in policymaking
As an academic specialising in modern empire, Andrew Thompson knows a lot about the trials and...
Life as a civil servant, how to manage red boxes and lessons from NHS reform: Lunch with… Andrew Lansley
Baron Lansley reflects on life in government versus life as a civil servant, over a pot of Earl Grey with Suzannah Brecknell
From Jags to jabs: how Jeremy Marlow went from John Prescott’s speechwriter to driving NHS efficiency
After a wide-ranging career in the civil service, including a spell as John Prescott’s speechwriter, Jeremy Marlow is now focused on driving efficiency in the NHS. He speaks to Richard Vize about what Whitehall and the health service can learn from each other
Tony Meggs interview: Infrastructure chief on improving delivery and getting project management professionals into Whitehall's most senior roles
After a career at the top of industry, Tony Meggs joined the civil service to lead Whitehall’s work on project management. He speaks to Richard Johnstone about improving delivery across government and his ambitions for the profession
Brexit trade challenges, ministerial directions and achieving gender parity: Lunch with Sir Martin Donnelly
The outgoing permanent secretary of the Department for International Trade breaks bread with Jess Bowie
As the new apprenticeships system gets into full swing, Suzannah Brecknell meets Peter Lauener, the man charged with setting up the institute which will put employers front and centre
Veteran negotiator Jonathan Powell has had a hand in some of the most important deals in the UK’s recent history. He offers some Brexit wisdom to John Ashmore
Sir David Norgrove interview: new chair of UK Statistics Authority on elections, the misuse of numbers and working for Margaret Thatcher
Former Treasury economist Sir David Norgrove is no stranger to number crunching and dealing with tough politicians. Now the new chair of the UK Statistics Authority tells Jim Dunton about the challenges ahead for the statistics watchdog, and what he thinks Thatcher would have made of Brexit
Speaking truth to Tony Blair, pioneering privatisation, and the importance of gossip: lunch with Lord Wilson
The former cabinet secretary shares his Whitehall reflections with Suzannah Brecknell
Sherin Aminossehe interview: Government property chief on desk space, relocating civil servants and land disposal
An epiphanal moment in Saudi Arabia prompted Sherin Aminossehe to swap life at a major global architecture practice for the civil service, where she now leads the Government Property Unit. She spreads the word to Colin Marrs
Catherine Brown interview: Food Standards Agency chief on modern regulation and the horse meat scandal
Outgoing Food Standards Agency chief executive Catherine Brown believed she had a job with a low media profile until the horse meat scandal raced over the horizon. She tells Mark Smulian about the changes she has made in the department over the last five years and her plans for the future
Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on Whitehall 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming
After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. Rebecca Hill meets him.
With staff numbers and responsibilities growing, DCMS is undergoing something of a renaissance. Permanent secretary Sue Owen tells Suzannah Brecknell about the importance of leadership, the value of culture, and the power of music