Valuable to civil servants but a challenge to ministers: have Whitehall non-execs been a success?

19 January 2018

The coalition government beefed up the role of departmental non-executives, and have encouraged talented people into the posts. But many gave found the roles frustrating and there is room to...

Andrew Greenway: What’s in a Whitehall name change?

11 January 2018

The prime minister’s reshuffle gave a number of policy areas increased prominence in the government landscape. But it is not clear what changing a department’s name will achieve

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

8 January 2018

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

What will Brexit mean for the government’s immigration agencies?

3 January 2018

After the conclusion of the first phase of Brexit talks, focus has now moved to the transition deal likely to take effect from 2019. But the impact of leaving the EU on Whitehall’s immigration...

Andrew Greenway: Whitehall’s reasons to be cheerful before a horrific 2018

15 December 2017

Parts of the civil service have spent 2017 developing bold new ways to do things in government. They must prosper in what will be an uncomfortable year ahead

Where do ex-civil servants go when they leave government?

17 January 2018

Though some politicians dismiss civil servants’ ability to get jobs “in the real world”, moving between sectors is more and more common. Tamsin Rutter takes a look at the data to find...

Office of Rail and Road chief executive Joanna Whittington reflects on her first year

3 January 2018

At the end of 2017, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2018 – and tell us what they cannot do Christmas without

Malcolm Harrison: Crown Commercial Service chief executive on refreshing commercial frameworks in 2018

2 January 2018

At the end of 2017, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2018 – and tell us what they cannot do Christmas without

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...