Analysis & Opinion
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 strengthen their contribution
The former DWP perm sec despairs at the speed of ministerial churn, but argues that there is a...
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Little is known about the contribution of non-executives in Whitehall departments since their role was expanded in 2010. A new study aims to find out how they work
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