Workings of Whitehall October 2021: Key players in the policy making process

A dynamic three-part seminar looking at how the Civil Service functions, how policy is made, and how businesses can engage with Whitehall.

Workings of Whitehall is a dynamic 3-part seminar delivered entirely by current and former senior civil servants, giving participants the opportunity to learn about how the Civil Service functions, who the key figures in the policymaking 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.


  • Session 1 | Thursday 7 October, 10:00-12:00
  • Session 2 | Thursday 14 October, 10:00-12:00
  • Session 3 | Thursday 21 October, 10:00-12:45

Sessions will cover:

  • An overview of the Civil Service, The Cabinet Office and key policymakers
  • A look at the policymaking 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!

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary (2016-2020), Department for Education
  • Olly Newton, Executive Director, The Edge Foundation, and former Head of Apprenticeships Strategy, Department for Education
  • Elena Wilson, Policy Manager, The Edge Foundation, and former Central Strategic Finance Advisor, Department for Education
  • Salma Shah, Former Specialist Adviser to Sajid Javid, Home Office
  • Helen Kennett, Director, UK Government Relations, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Alexandra Cran-McGreehin, Chief Operating Officer, The Whitehall & Industry Group, and former Head of Costing, HM Treasury
Workings of Whitehall Agenda



  • Member standard rate: £350 + VAT
  • Non-member rate: £450 + VAT



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