HR Directors Roundtable with Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer, Civil Service HR

This event is intended specifically for HR Directors and equivalent roles. Numbers are strictly limited to ensure everyone is able to contribute to the conversation.

Attendance is by invitation; the invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall & Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives.

If you or a colleague would like to be considered for future roundtables in this series, then please feel free to email us on [email protected]

In the latest of our HR Directors Roundtable series, we are delighted to welcome Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer and Director General of Government Shared Services, who will open the session before an open conversation involving all. The discussion will focus on what a good employee value proposition looks like given the tensions between offering flexibility and the encroachment of work in to home life, the idea of an 'us vs them' culture, and increasing rates of attrition amongst staff.


  • Rupert McNeil

    Government Chief People Officer

    Rupert was appointed as Government Chief People Officer on 1 January 2016, joining the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was Group HR Director. As Government Chief People Officer, Rupert is responsible for delivery of the Civil Service Workforce Plan, which sets out what the Civil Service needs to do to attract the most capable and public-spirited people, and build a culture and ways of working that are as good, if not better, than anything on offer anywhere else. He provides leadership on the full range of people issues including talent, capability, inclusion, capacity, leadership, pay and employee deal, performance, employee relations, culture and behaviours.  Rupert is also Director General for Government Shared Services. Rupert attended secondary school in Aberdeen, and graduated in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. During his undergraduate degree he spent a semester interning at the US Senate.  He attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2010. Rupert began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was UK HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director. Rupert is married with two children.