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Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Stephen Lovegrove reviews 2016 and looks ahead to the new year

1 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. ...

Interview: Ian Watmore – the new first civil service commissioner sets out his stall on leadership, diversity and reform

28 November 2016

After three years away from Whitehall, Ian Watmore is back — this time as head of the organisation upholding the very values of the civil service. The new first civil service commissioner sits...

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,...

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...

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

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...

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 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...

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...