Workings of Whitehall 2020: Key Players in the Policy Making Process

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Workings of Whitehall is a dynamic 3-part seminar delivered entirely 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 how policies are made, gain an insight into the role of The Treasury, Cabinet Office and No. 10, as well as the relationship between a Special Adviser, a Minister and a Permanent Secretary, and understand how industry can effectively engage with the Civil Service.

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:

  • Peter Unwin CBE, Non-Executive Director, Natural England; former Director General, Defra; and former CEO, The Whitehall & Indsutry Group
  • Olly Newton, Executive Director, The Edge Foundation
  • Philip Rycroft, former Permanent Secretart, DExEU (Department for Exiting the European Union)
  • Giles Wilkes, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government and Specialist Partner, Flint Global. Former Special Adviser to Secretary of State Vince Cable (2010-14) and Prime Minister Theresa May (2017-19)
  • + more TBC!


  • Session 1 | Thursday 26 November, 10:00-12:00
  • Session 2 | Thursday 3rd December, 10:00-12:00
  • Session 3 | Thursday 10 December, 10:00-13:00

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 with an interactive group activity
  • The role of HM Treasury
  • The role of the Permanent Secretary
  • The role of the Special Adviser
  • The role of the Private Secretary
  • How business engages with Whitehall
  • And more!


  • Member early bird rate: £250 + VAT (until Friday 26 October2020)
  • Member standard rate: £350 + VAT
  • Non-member rate: £450 + VAT


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