Perm secs round-up 2016: Britain's top civil servants review the year and look ahead to 2017
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. This list will be updated throughout December, so check back regularly!
- Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood on an "extraordinary" year and making a success of Brexit in 2017
- Civil service CEO John Manzoni on 2017, Brexit priorities, and building a "brilliant" organisation
- DExEU perm sec Oliver Robbins on building the Brexit department and his 2017 priorities
- Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Stephen Lovegrove: "I don't expect the operational challenges to abate in the year ahead"
- DVLA chief executive Oliver Morley: "Keeping people motivated will be 2017's biggest challenge"
- Defra permanent secretary Clare Moriarty on 2016, Brexit – and the joys of the #Defraselfie
- Government comms chief Alex Aiken on 2016: "Theresa May's government means a new approach to communications"
- DCMS perm sec Sue Owen on the Rio Olympics, 2017, and what Brexit means for the department
- National Audit Office head Amyas Morse on 2016, Whitehall's Brexit capacity – and Bo Diddley
- Charity Commission CEO Paula Sussex on 2016 and rebuilding trust in the charity sector
- Department for Transport perm sec Philip Rutnam on Heathrow, 2017 and why talented disabled officials must be recognised
- Rowena Collins Rice, DG at the Attorney General's Office, looks ahead to the new year
- Infrastructure and Projects Authority chief exec Tony Meggs: "2017 will require ruthless prioritisation"
- BEIS perm sec Alex Chisholm on merging two departments and his plans for 2017
- Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders: "I want the CPS to be a place that is committed to supporting our staff"
- Sir Michael Wilshaw: Ofsted's outgoing chief inspector looks back on his final year in the job
- DfE perm sec Jonathan Slater on the department's change programme, "relentless positivity" – and the real Father Christmas
- Ordnance Survey chief Nigel Clifford on his organisation's 2017 plans – and working with Clare Balding
- Foreign Office perm sec Sir Simon McDonald on 2017 and what Brexit means for his department
- Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies on tackling antimicrobial resistance – and being ousted from the kitchen on Christmas Day
- Companies House chief exec Tim Moss reviews 2016 and looks ahead to the new year
- DWP perm sec Sir Robert Devereux on 2017: "Our motivated workforce is up for the challenges ahead"
- Operational Delivery chief Ruth Owen on helping the civil service take on apprentices and her plans for 2017
- UK National Statistician John Pullinger on making the most of data and maintaining public confidence in 2017
- DIT perm sec Martin Donnelly on creating a new department and handing over the reins in 2017
- Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd on ensuring the environment is a priority in the Brexit debate
- Public Health England chief exec Duncan Selbie reviews the year and looks ahead 2017
- National Savings & Investments chief Steve Owen reviews 2016 and looks ahead to the new year
- DCLG perm sec Melanie Dawes on 2017 & the "twists and turns" of the department's history
- GDS chief Kevin Cunnington on digital transformation, 2017 – and 24 bottles of beer
- Met Office chief Rob Varley on a new supercomputer, transformation – and a breakfast-free Christmas
- Home Office perm sec Mark Sedwill on Theresa May's move to Number 10 and making a success of Brexit
- Treasury Solicitor Jonathan Jones on 2017 and what Brexit means for the the Government Legal Service
- National Archives chief Jeff James on 2017, joining the DCMS family – and what not to buy for Christmas
- DfID perm sec Mark Lowcock on a "funny old year" and Theresa May's “Global Britain” vision
- Scottish government perm sec Leslie Evans on Brexit, vertigo and delivering in 2017
- National Infrastructure Commission chief Phil Graham on 2017 & why Britain must "banish the culture of dither and delay"
- Outgoing Northern Ireland Civil Service head Sir Malcolm McKibbin reviews 2016 and looks ahead to the new year
- HMRC chief Jon Thompson on relocation, going digital, and Thin Lizzy at Christmas
- Land Registry CEO Graham Farrant on breaking down silos, 2017 & why surprises make the best presents
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