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Sir Suma Chakrabarti interview – the former MoJ perm sec on flexible working, Brexit – and why Whitehall must "up its game" on diversity

10 October 2016

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,...

Cloud roundtable at Civil Service Live London

How can cloud technology change the way government works?

6 October 2016

Once a traditional reluctance to share data has been overcome, the use of cloud technology can radically change how Whitehall operates. Colin Marrs listened in as some of the civil...

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“History repeats itself” – ex-Treasury boss Nick Macpherson on why institutional memory matters

30 September 2016

While most departments closed their historical services many years ago, a few are building new ways to bring past expertise to their policy-making. Suzannah Brecknell speaks to key figures...

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Interview: Scottish government permanent secretary Leslie Evans – "Where else would you want to be a civil servant than in Scotland at the moment?"

20 September 2016

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...

Former UKTI chief executive Sir Andrew Cahn talks to CSW. Image: Photoshot

Interview: Former UK Trade & Investment chief Sir Andrew Cahn – "The lack of Brexit planning was a humiliation for this country"

2 September 2016

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

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Andrew Mitchell: Bad workmen blame their tools – ministers must treat officials with respect

26 August 2016

What do ministers really think of their officials? Jonathan Owen asked Andrew Mitchell – former international development secretary – to appraise the civil service

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Civil service diversity: how an award-winning women's group took on the gender gap – and brought men along too

26 August 2016

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...

Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex photographed for CSW

Interview – Paula Sussex, Charity Commission CEO: “We’re looking long and hard at quality and performance"

22 August 2016

Two years into her tenure at the Charity Commission, chief executive Paula Sussex says her organisation is making substantial strides towards turning around some...

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Nick Raynsford interview – "My advice to new ministers? Be serious about the job"

19 August 2016

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...

Sir Peter Housden photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Interview: Sir Peter Housden, former Scottish government permanent secretary: "People tire of gladiatorial ministers"

11 August 2016

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...