Civil service people chief Rupert McNeil on diversity, the pay cap, and why Whitehall needs a 'Casualty' not a 'Yes Minister' image
After 21 months in government, Rupert McNeil, chief people officer and head of civil service HR, tells Tamsin Rutter about the importance of inclusive leadership and that the future of work is people, not technology.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s Susan Acland-Hood on digital courts, making big changes and her Whitehall hammock
As head of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the Ministry of Justice executive agency that runs...
Speaking truth to Tony Blair, pioneering privatisation, and the importance of gossip: lunch with Lord Wilson
The former cabinet secretary shares his Whitehall reflections with Suzannah Brecknell
Sherin Aminossehe interview: Government property chief on desk space, relocating civil servants and land disposal
An epiphanal moment in Saudi Arabia prompted Sherin Aminossehe to swap life at a major global architecture practice for the civil service, where she now leads the Government Property Unit. She spreads the word to Colin Marrs
Catherine Brown interview: Food Standards Agency chief on modern regulation and the horse meat scandal
Outgoing Food Standards Agency chief executive Catherine Brown believed she had a job with a low media profile until the horse meat scandal raced over the horizon. She tells Mark Smulian about the changes she has made in the department over the last five years and her plans for the future
Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on Whitehall 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming
After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. Rebecca Hill meets him.
With staff numbers and responsibilities growing, DCMS is undergoing something of a renaissance. Permanent secretary Sue Owen tells Suzannah Brecknell about the importance of leadership, the value of culture, and the power of music
Interview: BEIS perm sec Alex Chisholm on merging DECC and BIS, the Industrial Strategy, and the Brexit challenge
Nine days after his appointment as permanent secretary of the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Alex Chisholm suddenly found himself running the newly-formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Here he talks merging ministries, Brexit and championing both business and consumers with Sam Macrory
Bronwyn Hill interview: the former Defra chief on Brexit, nuclear and the day Owen Paterson made a splash
Once credited as the woman who “smashed Whitehall’s glass ceiling”, Bronwyn Hill spent four years as Defra permanent secretary until she stepped down in 2015. She tells Sam Macrory about her new role, Brexit expectations for her former fiefdom, and one minister’s time in the mire
Exit interview: Sir Derek Jones on a "quiet revolution" and his stint as the Welsh government's top civil servant
Just before he stepped down as permanent secretary of the Welsh Government, Sir Derek Jones told CSW's Suzannah Brecknell why, despite the challenges ahead, civil servants should be confident – and why creativity is as important as penning an elegant memo
Five years into his job as the UK's top official, Sir Jeremy Heywood faces his greatest challenge yet – ensuring the civil service he leads is ready for the mammoth task of leaving the European Union. Jess Bowie and Matt Foster sit down with the cabinet secretary to talk Brexit, Theresa May, public sector pay – and the future of Whitehall's reform agenda
Interview: MoD permanent secretary Stephen Lovegrove on NATO, Brexit and the future of his department
The map of Whitehall has changed considerably in the months since Stephen Lovegrove left the Department of Energy and Climate Change to become Ministry of Defence perm sec. He tells Colin Marrs about the Brexit help his department can offer, the MoD’s role in boosting Britain’s industry and the staffing cuts he’s tasked with making. Photos by Paul Heartfield
CSW caught up with Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector to discuss transformation in times of austerity, the key to successful major projects and tackling the lack of diversity among digital leaders
Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood on an "extraordinary" year and making a success of Brexit in 2017
With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Sir Jeremy Heywood, cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, takes part in our annual perm secs round-up...