After a shaky start, the Crown Commercial Service is changing the way it works with departments in a bid to improve the government’s buying habits. But chief executive Malcolm Harrison tells Richard Johnstone that its success shouldn’t be measured by savings alone, as he sets out the frustrations – and fun – of cross-government working
After a shaky start, the Crown Commercial Service is changing the way it works with departments...
Interview: Phil Graham, National Infrastructure Commission CEO on Heathrow, HS2 – and long-term thinking
The National Infrastructure Commission is less than a year old. But it's already thinking about the infrastructure Britain will need in 2050. The NIC's chief executive Phil Graham sits down with Mark Leftly to discuss HS2, Heathrow – and what running a theatre company taught him about people
"The tricky bit is trying to engage middle management" – how the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance is holding feet to the fire on LGBT diversity
The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance won praise at last year's Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Here, the CSRA's chair Oliver Entwistle tells CSW about the cultural gap that still exists between the top of the civil service and the frontline – and why he hopes the award will be a "catalyst for change"
Interview – FCO Services chief exec Danny Payne: “Confidence has increased ever since we became a commercial entity"
There’s more to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office than diplomacy and policy, with the government department harbouring one of the most overtly commercial operations in the civil service. Danny Payne, chief executive of FCO Services, tells CSW’s Jonathan Owen how the trading fund set up less than a decade ago has come of age
Interview: Vicky Pryce, former head of the Government Economic Service – "Referendums tend to polarise, people lash out”
Vicky Pryce, former joint head of the Government Economic Service, tells Sam Macrory why, despite the tumultuous times ahead, she would welcome a return to Whitehall…and not only to increase the number of senior women by one
Sir Nigel Sheinwald interview: The UK's former EU ambassador on the "massive political and legislative task" of making Brexit work for Britain
Britain's new prime minister Theresa May has vowed to "make a success" of Britain's historic decision to quit the European Union. But as Sir Nigel Sheinwald – the UK's former permanent representative to the European Union – tells Sam Macrory, that will no easy task
Interview: Former Home Office perm sec Helen Ghosh on the "confrontational" Francis Maude era – and life after Whitehall
The civil service "lost self-confidence" as a result of the coalition's reform, the former Defra and Home Office perm sec tells Sam Macrory, as the pair take tea in Sutton House
Former Border Force director general Tony Smith spent four decades in Theresa May's old department, the Home Office. Here he tells Matt Foster that while Britain's new prime minister is a demanding boss who does her homework, she's also willing to stick up for her civil servants when push comes to shove
Not long ago, the team overseeing digital transformation in Whitehall was in need of some significant changes itself. Zara Farrar, leader of the Government Digital Service’s women’s group, tells Rebecca Hill how GDS reinvented its attitude to women
Michael Wilshaw interview: Ofsted's outgoing chief on the “gaping hole in our education system” and what Gove would be like as PM
As Sir Michael Wilshaw approaches the end of his tenure as head of education inspectorate Ofsted, he looks back on his time in post and vents his concerns about a worrying lack of leadership in schools
“When we are concerned about a service, we have learnt to have a much better discussion about how that could be improved," says GDS chief operating officer Alex Holmes
Interview: Outgoing ACEVO chief Sir Stephen Bubb – "At the moment the message around Whitehall is that charities don't matter"
After 16 years as the outspoken CEO of the charity leaders’ network ACEVO, Sir Stephen Bubb is moving to a new project. He finds time to tell Suzannah Brecknell about his frustrations with government, and his hopes for the future
Louise Haigh interview: the shadow Cabinet Office minister on Jeremy Corbyn, Whitehall diversity – and why the Tories have "always understood" civil service reform
This time last year, Louise Haigh had only just become an MP. Now she’s Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, holding the government to account on civil service issues – and making her voice heard on Whitehall’s diversity record. Matt Foster meets her