John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office

Join us to hear from John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office who will be discussing the current Civil Service transformation agenda and offering his reflections on how the Civil Service and Private Sector can respectively learn from one another.



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  • About the speaker

    John Manzoni is the Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office.  

    As Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John leads the reform programme, working with permanent secretaries across government to transform our public services and the way government works. John’s work ensures we’ve got the best people with the right skills throughout the civil service, to make better use of government property and shared services, reforming how we work and where we work, and utilising the latest digital technologies to put citizens’ needs at the very centre of everything government does, to deliver a better deal for the taxpayer.

    As Permanent Secretary, John is responsible for the leadership and governance of the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.

    John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. Prior to Talisman, he was at BP, where he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries, and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

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