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Moving to the education department brought Jonathan Slater back to a policy area he knows and loves. He speaks to Suzannah Brecknell about his key role in helping the frontline function
Mumdood Passa wins emerging leader award from The Whitehall and Industry Group for his work helping a small charity supporting pregnant women in Kenya
As he starts a new job as Cabinet Office permanent secretary and civil service chief operating officer, Alex Chisholm talks to Suzannah Brecknell about his priorities for reform across government and what he’s learnt from an eventful stint leading the business department
As she settles in to a new job at her old department, Sarah Healey, permanent secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, tells Suzannah Brecknell what it was like to return and why she wants to build more connections across the organisation
Former officials have an increasingly public role in national debate – is that always a good thing? Suzannah Brecknell explores how retired mandarins balance their duty to contribute to the public discourse with the self-enforced code of caution
As the Government Finance Function launches its first five-year strategy, CSW reports from a workshop hosted to consider some of the challenges ahead
Suzannah Brecknell breaks bread with acclaimed documentary maker and Whitehall watcher Michael Cockerell
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 Union from 2017 to the end of March this year, helping government try to deliver the result of that referendum. Suzannah Brecknell caught up with him to find out more about why that’s been so hard, and what Brexit means for devolution.
As politicians return to the table to discuss the re-establishment of power-sharing in Northern Ireland, Suzannah Brecknell talks to David Sterling, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, on civil service impartiality in the absence of ministers and the bruising RHI inquiry. Photography by Kelvin Boyes
The absence of ministers since the collapse of Stormont’s power sharing in early 2017 hasn’t stopped health service leaders in Northern Ireland from pushing forward their transformation agenda. Health department perm sec Richard Pengelly tells Suzannah Brecknell about driving change through shared leadership, hard work, and difficult discussions
As she steps down from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, perm sec Dame Sue Owen talks to Suzannah Brecknell about abrasive behaviours, existential crises, and why she’s no longer planning a sybaritic retirement. Photography by Louise Heywood-Schiefer
The outgoing chief executive of The Whitehall & Industry Group – and a former senior civil servant in several departments – sits down with Suzannah Brecknell to discuss international negotiations, super departments, and the perils of hierarchies
The former permanent secretary of the culture department chews the fat with Suzannah Brecknell