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...
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...
Interview: Defra permanent secretary Clare Moriarty on flooding, Extended Ministerial Offices and modernising her department
Since Clare Moriarty became permanent secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs last August, she has found herself drawing on three decades of Whitehall experience to tackle challenges like flooding and organisational reform. Jess Bowie meets her
Interview: Big Lottery Fund chief Dawn Austwick on funding good causes, the future of social investment and staying “absolutely at arm’s-length” from departments
The Big Lottery Fund has channelled billions of pounds in proceeds from the National Lottery to good causes. Colin Marrs quizzes chief executive Dawn Austwick on the interplay between her organisation’s priorities and the government’s
John Manzoni interview: "Guiding people through change always takes longer than you think; it’s always harder than you think"
Civil service chief executive John Manzoni talks to Suzannah Brecknell about leadership, transforming government and building relationships with the private sector
Dame Ursula Brennan: the former Ministry of Justice permanent secretary on why she left the MoJ, what she's most proud of – and why it can be tricky to cut senior civil service roles
The former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice – and before that the Ministry of Defence – looks back on her Whitehall career over lunch with CSW editor Jess Bowie
Interview: Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill on transforming his department, turning around staff morale – and being likened to Darth Vader
With responsibility for policing, immigration, borders and countering extremism, Mark Sedwill certainly has a lot on his plate. The Home Office permanent secretary talks to Matt Foster about the power of events, the drive to improve staff morale – and why the department’s “policy-heavy” headquarters are in line for a shake-up
Lord Kerslake interview: “Civil servants are more at risk from ministers’ off-the-record briefings to the press than they are from FoI”
Ex-civil service head Lord Kerslake talks to Daniel Bond about the Trade Union Bill, Freedom of Information – and why he is using his platform in the House of Lords as a chance to speak his mind
Interview: DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes on devolution and encouraging the civil service to let go
At the Department for Communities and Local Government, Melanie Dawes is busy encouraging civil servants to give up their powers over local public services. She opens up to Suzannah Brecknell about stepping back, asking big questions, and the importance of taking all your holidays
Interview: Civil Service Learning director Hilary Spencer – "It’s an oldie but a goodie: people are our greatest asset"
Four years on from a major overhaul of Whitehall’s learning and development programme, Civil Service Learning is embarking on another big shake-up. Matt Foster sits down with CSL director Hilary Spencer to discuss what “phase two” will mean for officials
Interview: Met Office chief executive Rob Varley on the BBC, climate change – and the risks of public sector pay restraint
The Met Office's first home-grown chief executive talks to Jess Bowie about leading the award-winning organisation, grappling with the effects of public sector pay restraint, and his concerns over the BBC's decision not to renew its contract with the national weather service
Sir Derek Jones: the Welsh government's top official on devolution and a year of "intense pressure and scrutiny"
With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive plans. Sir Derek Jones, permanent secretary of the Welsh Government, takes part in our biggest-ever perm secs' round-up series...
With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive plans. Ordnance Survey chief executive Nigel Clifford takes part in our biggest-ever perm secs' round-up series...
With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive plans. National Savings & Investments (NS&I) chief executive Jane Platt takes part in our biggest-ever perm secs' round-up series...