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...
Interview: Full Fact’s Will Moy on lobbyist “nonsense”, official corrections and why we know more about golf than crime stats
Politicians are fond of bandying around statistics to boost their arguments – but how much of what they say is informed by facts? Suzannah Brecknell meets Full Fact director Will Moy who explains his mission to rid public debate of “nonsense”
Mark Lowcock interview: the Department for International Development perm sec on the new Aid Strategy, civil service pay restraint – and why life "has got a lot better for most people on the planet"
As the new UK Aid Strategy sets out a bigger role for the rest of Whitehall in spending development money, DfID's permanent secretary Mark Lowcock sits down with Matt Foster to discuss the challenges of working across government – and why his department won’t lose its sense of mission
"Standing up for the values of the civil service is not just a slogan – it’s absolutely vital" – lunch with former first civil service commissioner Sir David Normington
The former first civil service commissioner Sir David Normington breaks bread with Suzannah Brecknell, and talks about his time regulating top civil service appointments, his four decades in Whitehall – and his concerns over the government's plan for public appointments
"The civil service will miss him" – former chancellor Alistair Darling on working with outgoing Treasury chief Sir Nick Macpherson
As the Treasury's permanent Nick Macpherson this week departs the civil service after more than a decade as the department's most senior official, here's our full conversation with his former boss as chancellor, Alistair Darling – who worked with Macpherson as the Treasury grappled with the 2007-8 global economic crisis
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