Antonia Romeo reflects on the Department for International Trade's first year

13 July 2017

Established as Theresa May came to power, the international trade department has spent the last year supporting business and laying the groundwork for future trade deals, argues its permanent...

Gavin Freeguard: How open data can address Whitehall's challenges in the next five years

29 June 2017

If Theresa May wants to inspire confidence after a bruising election campaign, she should embrace openness and accountability

Meet the minister: a civil servant’s guide to the first day with the new boss

12 June 2017

A cabinet minister’s first day at their new department can set the tone for years to come. Andrew Greenway recalls those early encounters

Same difference? How the GDPR will differ from the DPA – and what public servants need to do now

9 June 2017

For a public sector only just beginning to adapt to the demands of digital data, the looming General Data Protection Regulation obligations could be alarming. Jane Roberts of Toplevel asks how the...

Jane Dudman: Who needs experts? We all do

31 May 2017

Prime minister Theresa May can’t afford to shut herself off from good, impartial advice

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

 

The Mighty and the Almighty review: a new anthology on how political leaders "do God"

11 July 2017

Geoffrey Lyons reviews Nick Spencer’s The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders do God – a collection of essays on how current and former heads of state engage with faith...