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Shaped by several high-profile instances where the adviser became the story, the public image of spads is largely negative. But have a few notable characters distorted the reality of those who work behind the scenes? Sebastian Whale investigates
Mike Driver is heading up the government finance function at a time when civil servants’ skills are under unprecedented scrutiny. He tells Richard Johnstone about how he plans to improve diversity of thinking
The collapse of Thomas Cook led to the biggest government repatriation operation since the Second World War. Senior figures in the Department for Transport tell Richard Johnstone how it was done
HMRC has embraced an army of apprentices to bring new talent to the organisation as well as refocus longstanding experience to new tasks. Director general of customer services Angela MacDonald explains how.
Laying the ground for Brexit against a backdrop of political uncertainty has taken the Government Legal Department into uncharted territory, with no let up from its normal duties. Perm sec and Treasury solicitor Sir Jonathan Jones tells Beckie Smith about the tasks at hand
Policy experts explore the government’s priorities for 2020 and what they mean for officials
Overconsumption is creating new risks for both society and commercial functions to manage. Proxima investigates whether the circular economy might present a solution
“People used to say to me, are you still there, you haven’t been bounced out yet?"
Why is all the talk on new trends, when doing the basics right is still a challenge for many organisations? Proxima offers advice for those organisations enticed by promised developments who still need to nail the basics
Work to oversee the nation’s woodlands has changed a lot over the past century. PK Khaira-Creswell looks at how non-ministerial government department the Forestry Commission marked its centenary
How can local authorities and government departments ensure that civil servants are able to fulfil their potential in times of increasingly squeezed budgets? Arvato explains
As 2020 approaches, senior figures from across government reflect on their highlights and challenges of 2019, look ahead to the next 12 months and share their favourite festive memories
BT offers expert perspectives on how to orchestrate successful cloud adoption
PA Consulting details their work supporting Network Rail in raising the necessary funds to complete their Rail Upgrade Plan
GDS’s accessibility empathy lab aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by many citizens and ensure that their physical or cognitive conditions are no barrier to using government’s online services. Sam Trendall went along to find out more
What progress is the civil service making on diversity?