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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

“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...

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...

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

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...