Douglas Wilson: How did AGO staff tackle the challenges of 2021? Strong coffee and a smile

2020 may have been a year like no other, but 2021 was a chip off the old block and relentless from day one. The Attorney General's Office DG tells us about 12 more months of dealing with Covid while pushing ahead with new challenges
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By Civil Service World

27 Dec 2021


What was your highlight of 2021?

Legislation to enshrine the rights of senior ministers to go on paid maternity leave, a precedent established for all who come after by the current attorney general (and her daughter, Gabriella).

How did you tackle the biggest challenges facing your organisation in 2021?

Strong coffee and a smile. 

With the challenges we face in the Attorney General’s Office, from improving criminal justice outcomes to making law and politics work together at the heart of government, energy and positivity are essential ingredients to get the work done and keep team spirits high. 

We’ve got a fantastic, high-performing team here, which has really pulled together over the course of the pandemic.

What is your number one priority for 2022?

Defeat the evil geniuses at the Forestry Commission, who have long stood between AGO and the top spot in the Whitehall Staff Survey league table. 

Our day will come.

Which historical, mythical or contemporary figure would you most like to join you for a New Year’s Eve celebration?

My wife Hanne, who in our home meets all three descriptors. The celebration will be if we get our two little boys, who love fireworks, in bed before midnight. 


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