Workshop: Civil Service Reform with Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Chief Operating Officer & Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary
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Join us at this workshop with Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Chief Operating Officer & Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary, to discuss ideas for the reform of the civil service.
There is currently a drive to consider reform of the civil service, as noted from Michael Gove's Ditchley Annual Lecture. Alex Chisholm and his team are leading this review, and are convening senior experts in AI, big data, HR and recruitment practices, change management, analytics, evaluation and assessment, and regional expertise to assess some of these points.
Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service
Alex became Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service in April 2020. He was previously Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and prior to that he was Joint Permanent Secretary for BEIS. His previous career highlights include: Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Chairperson and Commissioner of Ireland’s communications regulatory agency, ComReg and Chair of the Economic Regulators Network in Ireland. He also held senior executive positions in the media, technology and e-commerce industries, with Pearson plc, Financial Times Group, eCountries Inc and Ecceleration Ltd.
Programme Director, Civil Service Modernisation and ReformCabinet Office
Caleb Deeks has been Programme Director for Civil Service Modernisation and Reform at the Cabinet Office since April 2020. From 2017 to 2020 he was Director of Policy, Delivery and Private Office at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He supported three Secretaries of State in identifying, developing and delivering their top priorities across the department’s broad and interesting portfolio, alongside responsibility for a number of central functions including departmental strategy, coordination of non-EU international and national security work and governance. Prior to that he held a number of senior roles in the Treasury and the Cabinet Office, spanning economic and social policy and public spending. These included: supporting then PM Gordon Brown's National Economic Council (his ‘War Cabinet for the recession’); preparing for a hung Parliament in 2010, then supporting Coalition negotiations and ultimately establishing and running a policy unit for Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister; playing a key role on economic reform in the Treasury under George Osborne, including the push to devolve power to City mayors in Manchester and the West Midlands.