The image is a headshot of Steve Douglas

Beyond the comfort zone - Steve Douglas

12 September 2014

A monthly interview with people who've crossed organisational and sectoral boundaries to join a new working world.

Rob Haslam

Build Your Organisation: Rob Haslam

4 September 2014

Improving board performance would reduce staff turnover and cut the number of costly project failures.

The image shows CSW reporter Winnie Agbonlahor lunching with Chief Executive of UKTI Dominic Jermey

Lunch with... Dominic Jermey

26 August 2014

Just a month after Dominic Jermey started his new job as chief executive of UK Trade and Investment, he spoke to Winnie Agbonlahor. 

Sir David Normington, first civil service commissioner

Interviewing the interviewer

22 August 2014

First civil service commissioner Sir David Normington is normally the one asking the questions: it's his job to chair top-level Whitehall recruitments. Matt Ross turns the tables, quizzing...

Graham Allen MP

Interview: Graham Allen

30 July 2014

Graham Allen, chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, tells Winnie Agbonlahor why government must increase its focus on the long term

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Round table: Castles in the Cloud

11 September 2014

Cloud technologies could help build the civil service of tomorrow, but there are substantial challenges to overcome. Gill Hitchcock reports on a round table discussion of how civil servants can...

SIPs meeting

Policy in action: mutuals

8 September 2014

Some view mutuals as a brave new world; others, as a sneaky way to push privatisation. CSW hears from those who’ve made the leap.

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Interview: Chris Wormald

3 September 2014

Chris Wormald tells Winnie Agbonlahor how he's trying to raise the standard of policymaking across government - without imposing too much central control

The facade of Colosseo peeks out from behind the scaffolding

Culture: Colosseo Restaurant

1 August 2014

I’m considering writing a tome on etiquette for office workers. Some rules are set in stone (eg. be polite to temps, because you never know how long they’ll be here). Others are up for...

image of the outdoor pools of the Szechenyi baths, filled with swimmers and tourists

Travel: Budapest, Hungary

6 June 2014

When you don’t have the time to go on long holidays, planning the perfect weekend get-away becomes of crucial importance: the ideal spot should be far away, but easy to reach; warm, but not too...

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Restaurant: Olivelli

25 May 2014

It’s nice to have a regular restaurant; one in which a meal is both a special occasion, and a deeply comfortable experience. And in recent years, with a few old friends I’ve found just such a...