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Former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O'Donnell

Gus O'Donnell interview: "Be under no illusions – Brexit is an enormous challenge for the civil service"

17 November 2016

To win at the dice game Perudo, players need to calculate risk and read their opponents. No surprise, then, that Gus O’Donnell is a master. Britain’s former top civil servant talks Blair,...

Institute for Government director Bronwen Maddox photographed for CSW by Paul Heartfield

Bronwen Maddox interview: meet the Institute for Government's new director

10 November 2016

After a career in journalism spanning the Financial Times, The Times and Prospect, Bronwen Maddox has taken the helm of the Institute for Government. She tells Jess Bowie about her vision for the...

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

What's the secret behind effective policymaking?

7 November 2016

A new resource from the Centre for Public Impact rates the effectiveness of policy initiatives from around the world. Mark Smulian reports

Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Richard Heaton photographed for CSW by Paul Heartfield

Interview: Richard Heaton, Ministry of Justice permanent secretary and Civil Service Race Champion

7 November 2016

As well as leading the Ministry of Justice through a time of immense challenge and change, Richard Heaton is also busy trying to break down the barriers holding back black and minority ethnic...

UK Export Finance chief executive Louis Taylor, photographed for CSW by Photoshot

Interview: Louis Taylor, UK Export Finance CEO on Brexit risks, engaging staff and striking a deal with the Treasury on pay

28 October 2016

After a career in finance that included a stint in the former battlegrounds of South East Asia, UK Export Finance chief executive Louis Taylor faces challenges on a new front: supporting UK...

Duncan Selbie

Duncan Selbie interview: "We've doubled healthcare spending in the past 20 years, yet the health gap has not closed"

14 October 2016

Public Health England’s many responsibilities range from obesity to global pandemics, but public protection and promoting healthy life choices are at the heart of them all. Mark Leftly does the...

Jacqui Gavin, chair of a:gender

Interview: Civil service transgender ambassador Jacqui Gavin – "The civil service has changed a hell of a lot in the last 10 years"

12 October 2016

Jacqui Gavin tells Jonathan Owen about her role as chair of a:gender, the civil service’s support network for staff who are transgender, and rates Whitehall’s progress on...

Invotra CSW round table

How can civil servants overcome the barriers to working with colleagues from other departments?

11 October 2016

As departments work hard to deliver reforms and savings, how can they ensure opportunities for connecting are identified and exploited? That was the question put before participants at a recent...

Social Mobility

Civil service social mobility: meet the people trying to smash Whitehall's "class ceiling"

11 October 2016

As the civil service tries to put meat on the bones of its social mobility strategy, Matt Foster meets the people trying to make the organisation more welcoming to staff from working...