Civil service people chief Rupert McNeil on diversity, the pay cap, and why Whitehall needs a 'Casualty' not a 'Yes Minister' image
After 21 months in government, Rupert McNeil, chief people officer and head of civil service HR, tells Tamsin Rutter about the importance of inclusive leadership and that the future of work is people, not technology.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s Susan Acland-Hood on digital courts, making big changes and her Whitehall hammock
As head of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the Ministry of Justice executive agency that runs...
Sir Suma Chakrabarti interview – the former MoJ perm sec on flexible working, Brexit – and why Whitehall must "up its game" on diversity
Sir Suma Chakrabarti did more than most to bring the civil service into the 21st century. Now that he’s president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Sam Macrory offers a penny for his thoughts
Interview: Scottish government permanent secretary Leslie Evans – "Where else would you want to be a civil servant than in Scotland at the moment?"
With the future of the United Kingdom once again in the balance after the vote to quit the European Union, Jess Bowie sits down with Scotland's top official to discuss Brexit, independence – and whether the culture at the top of the civil service is holding women back. Photos by David Anderson
Interview: Former UK Trade & Investment chief Sir Andrew Cahn – "The lack of Brexit planning was a humiliation for this country"
The former head of UK Trade and Investment sits down for lunch with CSW's Matt Foster to talk Brexit fallout, life outside Whitehall – and why life begins at 60
What do ministers really think of their officials? Jonathan Owen asked Andrew Mitchell – former international development secretary – to appraise the civil service
Civil service diversity: how an award-winning women's group took on the gender gap – and brought men along too
The Border Force's Sara Alexander, winner of last year's Diversity and Inclusion Award for Championing Gender, tells CSW why buy-in from men is vital in confronting the issues faced by women in the civil service
Interview – Paula Sussex, Charity Commission CEO: “We’re looking long and hard at quality and performance"
Two years into her tenure at the Charity Commission, chief executive Paula Sussex says her organisation is making substantial strides towards turning around some damning findings from Westminster watchdogs. Mark Smulian reports
In eight years as a Labour minister and 22 as an MP, Nick Raynsford learned a thing or two about what works in government. He sits down with CSW’s Matt Foster to talk about his new book, "Substance Not Spin", Whitehall’s fear of letting go — and why his party must not become an “ineffective protest movement”
Interview: Sir Peter Housden, former Scottish government permanent secretary: "People tire of gladiatorial ministers"
Sir Peter Housden served as Scotland's top official for five years, stepping down from the civil service last year after more than a decade at the helm of big government organisations. Here, he tells CSW's Matt Foster why he thinks its time ministers dropped their "sword-in-hand" approach to public sector reform – and what Brexit is likely to mean for Scotland
Interview: Phil Graham, National Infrastructure Commission CEO on Heathrow, HS2 – and long-term thinking
The National Infrastructure Commission is less than a year old. But it's already thinking about the infrastructure Britain will need in 2050. The NIC's chief executive Phil Graham sits down with Mark Leftly to discuss HS2, Heathrow – and what running a theatre company taught him about people
"The tricky bit is trying to engage middle management" – how the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance is holding feet to the fire on LGBT diversity
The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance won praise at last year's Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Here, the CSRA's chair Oliver Entwistle tells CSW about the cultural gap that still exists between the top of the civil service and the frontline – and why he hopes the award will be a "catalyst for change"
Interview – FCO Services chief exec Danny Payne: “Confidence has increased ever since we became a commercial entity"
There’s more to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office than diplomacy and policy, with the government department harbouring one of the most overtly commercial operations in the civil service. Danny Payne, chief executive of FCO Services, tells CSW’s Jonathan Owen how the trading fund set up less than a decade ago has come of age
Interview: Vicky Pryce, former head of the Government Economic Service – "Referendums tend to polarise, people lash out”
Vicky Pryce, former joint head of the Government Economic Service, tells Sam Macrory why, despite the tumultuous times ahead, she would welcome a return to Whitehall…and not only to increase the number of senior women by one