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Interview: Arts and Humanities Research Council chief Andrew Thompson on the impact of Brexit and importance of history in policymaking

8 August 2017

As an academic specialising in modern empire, Andrew Thompson knows a lot about the trials and tribulations of large organisations. He also runs one. The chief executive of the Arts and Humanities...

From Jags to jabs: how Jeremy Marlow went from John Prescott’s speechwriter to driving NHS efficiency

2 August 2017

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...

Feature: Outgoing civil service commissioners on how Brexit, pay restraint and diversity affect Whitehall

28 July 2017

At the end of March, three members of the Civil Service Commission, which regulates recruitment and promotes the Civil Service Code, ended their five-year term in office. Kathryn Bishop, Wanda...

Feature: Perm secs Alex Chisholm and Richard Heaton reveal top Whitehall concerns and share leadership tips

26 July 2017

Departmental chiefs open up about areas of concern across government, including the need to focus on delivery and the impact of London house prices on the civil service

Tony Meggs interview: Infrastructure chief on improving delivery and getting project management professionals into Whitehall's most senior roles

25 July 2017

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...

How do you design optimal digital services for your users?

20 July 2017

Understanding users is vital to any change project – but it’s not a simple task. Colin Marrs reports on a round table exploring innovative methods of user research

First civil service commissioner Ian Watmore sets his sights on social diversity

19 July 2017

As the Civil Service Commission highlights “negligible” progress on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic diversity in its annual report – and cautions that appointment panels often face “...

The 'loose chicken test': The PM's private secretary explains what it takes to do his job

17 July 2017

Alastair Whitehead, Theresa May's private secretary for home affairs, also shares how he draws on his policing experience for life in Whitehall


Transforming government through digital and technology

17 July 2017

Digital technology is having an impact on civil service workplaces, but is that enough to drive transformation? Gill Hitchcock reports on a recent round table discussion

Obituary: A tribute to the consummate diplomat Thomas Bridges (1927 – 2017)

11 July 2017

George Bridges reflects on the life of his uncle, who was son of Second World War-era cabinet secretary Edward Bridges