Workings of Whitehall: Key players in the policy making process

Workings of Whitehall is a dynamic full day seminar delivered by current and former senior civils servants, giving participants the opportunity to learn about how the Civil Service functions, who the key figures in the policy making process are, and how business can effectively engage with Whitehall.

Participants have the opportunity to learn about the role of The Treasury, the relationship between a Special Adviser, a Minister and a Permanent Secretary, and how the new Department for Exiting the European Union works with other departments and external organisations.

This seminar is ideal for anyone new to working in public affairs or government engagement in the private or not-for-profit sector, individuals new to the Civil Service, and those interfacing with central government from other public bodies.

Speakers include:

  • Dame Ursula Brennan, former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice 2012-2015 and Ministry of Defence 2010-2012
  • Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research, The Edge Foundation, and former Head of Apprenticeships Strategy, Department for Education
  • Ros Wall, Deputy Director, Industrial Strategy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • James Dowler, Deputy Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Department for Exiting the European Union
  • Peter Unwin, Chief Executive, The Whitehall & Industry Group and former Director General, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Further speakers TBC

Sessions will cover:

  • An overview of the Civil Service, The Cabinet Office and key policy makers
  • A look at the policy making process
  • A policy case study
  • The role of HM Treasury
  • The workings of DExEU, and how other departments are managing Brexit
  • How business engages with Whitehall
  • The role of the Permanent Secretary and Special Adviser

Member early bird rate: £295 + VAT (until Friday 21 September)
Member standard rate: £395 + VAT
Non-member rate: £525 + VAT


Unfortunately this event is now closed for booking.