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25 June 2019

They play an increasingly important part in parliament’s scrutiny of government and can inspire dread in even the most experienced perm sec. Forty years on from the creation of the modern select...

24 June 2019

The cabinet secretary says his leadership style is founded on three core elements. Beckie Smith reports on Civil Service World’s 2019 leadership lecture

20 June 2019

Philip Rycroft has spent much of his career working on devolution – the biggest force for change in the UK’s government until the EU referendum. He led the Department for Exiting the European...

18 June 2019

After working on some of the first “green investment” schemes in the 1990s, Emma Howard Boyd has relished the chance to get closer to the action as chair of the Environment Agency. But, she tells...

14 June 2019

Department’s chief digital information officer tells Civil Service World about transforming working practices and service delivery at the UK tax authority, and why improving diversity...

13 June 2019

Does it really matter who represents your department at stakeholder meetings – or whether you’ve done a secondment outside Whitehall? Yes, says insider-turned-outsider John Dowie, who moved to...

7 June 2019

In the latest of our series about civil service leavers, we meet former deputy principal private secretary to the prime minister Ed Whiting, who is now director of strategy for the Wellcome Trust...

24 May 2019

In the latest of our series about civil service leavers, we meet former diplomat Lynda Burns who is retraining as a teacher through the NowTeach scheme 

23 May 2019

Recruitment on merit is a core principle of the civil service, but it hasn’t always been. Dr Richard Willis takes a look at the introduction of civil service exams and how they have evolved over...

20 May 2019

Since 2008 departments have been required to report data breaches every year. In this exclusive research, SA Mathieson digs through the numbers to uncover government's biggest security challenges...

20 May 2019

A ground-breaking Scottish Government drive to better link policies to outcomes has just gone through a major overhaul. Richard Johnstone went to Edinburgh to hear more about the National...