Workings of Whitehall Feb/Mar 2021: 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:

  • Gladys Mugugu, Senior Private Secretary to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, Department for Education
  • Guy Newey, Director of Strategy and Performance, Energy Systems Catapult, and Former Special Adviser to Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Jul 2015 – Aug 2016)
  • Olly Newton, Executive Director, The Edge Foundation
  • Philip Rycroft, Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union
    Tom Sapsted, Head of Content & Events, The Whitehall & Industry Group
  • More TBC!


  • Session 1 | Monday 22 February, 10:00-12:00
  • Session 2 | Monday 1 March, 10:00-12:00
  • Session 3 | Monday 8 March, 10:00-12:45

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
  • How business engages with Whitehall
  • The role of the Permanent Secretary and Special Adviser
  • And more!


  • Member early bird rate: £250 + VAT (until Friday 22 January 2021)
  • Member standard rate: £350 + VAT
  • Non-member rate: £450 + VAT


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