Workshop: Decision Making in Government: A Cross-sector Perspective with Tamara Finkelstein, Defra and Kathy Hall, Covid-19 Taskforce

This event is intended for Heads of Government Affairs and equivalent. Numbers are strictly limited to ensure everyone is able to contribute to the conversation.

Attendance is by invitation; the invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall & Industry Group’s charitable purpose, to bring a range of views and perspectives.

If would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to attend this workshop, then please do email us on [email protected]

In this special workshop we will be exploring how decision making is made in sectors outside of government. We will explore different case studies from those outside of government and answer some core questions including:

  • How is effective decision making at the senior level made in your organisation?
  • What works about your decision making process? How do you make sure your senior leaders are equipped with the right information?
  • What does not work in your decision making process? How do you navigate hurdles of decision making in your sectors?
  • What is the balance between your senior management, chief execs and board?
  • Tamara Finkelstein

    Permanent Secretary

    Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Civil Service Board

    Tamara Finkelstein was appointed Permanent Secretary at Defra on 19 June 2019. She was formerly Director General for EU Exit Delivery at Defra from April 2018 to March 2019. Before that, she was leading the Building Safety Programme in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Much of her career has been at the HM Treasury where she started as an economist and worked on tax, macroeconomic policy and debt management. Roles included private secretary and speechwriter to the Chancellor, and leading on public services expenditure including health, education and housing. She has worked in a number of other government departments on policy and delivery in health and children’s services including as Deputy Head of Sure Start, and as Director General for Community Care at the Department of Health and Social Care, with responsibility for social care and community services.

  • Kathy Hall

    Director General

    COVID-19 Task Force

    Kathy Hall is Director-General of Delivery in the COVID-19 Task Force. She was formerly a Director in the Department of Health & Social Care.



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