Workings of a General Election
A dynamic two-part virtual workshop delivered by former senior civil servants and public sector leaders, to provide insights into what happens within the civil service in the run-up to, and immediately after a general election, and how organisations can engage with Whitehall throughout the election process.
With a general election due to be held no later than 24 January 2025, it is inevitable that there will be a change in Government either in terms of a Cabinet reshuffle with new manifesto commitments, or potentially an entirely new political leadership in the next 14 months or so.
Taking place over 2 mornings, this workshop is ideal for those both new to and experienced in professional public affairs, policy and external engagement roles, or for civil and public servants who have not been in office for a previous General Election. We welcome you to join us to promote effective cross-sector collaboration in the years ahead and to network with your peers at this one-of-a-kind workshop.
Take this opportunity to:
- Hear from former Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Special Advisors
- Gain insights into how Government interacts and engages with internal and external stakeholders
- Understand who the key personalities are in a General Election and what actually happens before, during and after an election
- Explore opportunities and challenges for engagement to support your organisation's strategic approach
- Discuss current polling trends with industry experts
Sessions will cover:
- Preparing the Civil Service pre-election and delivering on government priorities post-election: Insights from a former Permanent Secretary
- Supporting an Incoming Government in the first 100 Days
- The role of a Special Advisor in the run up to/post election
- The role of a Minister through the election process and in their first 100 days
- Trends and Predictions for the Next General Election
- Preparing for the election and engagement with Central Government post-election
The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She served as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities from July 2014 to July 2016. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury in October 2013. Nicky served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women from April until July 2014. She was elected Conservative MP for Loughborough in 2010.
Simon McDonald was born and educated in Salford, and read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he is now an Honorary Fellow.
He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1982 and, early in his career, served in Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn and Washington, D.C. He was British Ambassador to Israel (2003-2006) and to Germany (2010-15). In September 2015 Simon became Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO and Head of the Diplomatic Service. After leaving the FCO in Autumn 2020, he was appointed a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher in February 2021.
Simon is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).
His first book - Leadership: Lessons from a Life in Diplomacy - was published in November 2022.
Simon became the 39th Master of Christ's College on 1 September 2022. He is married to Olivia and they have four adult children.
Paul is the Group Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). Paul started with the organisation on the 1 September 2020, and was previously a Director General in the UK Government working on the national response to the Covid-19 crisis. He has held Director General roles at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Education. He was Deputy Chief Executive for Policy and Organisational Strategy at the Ministry for Children in New Zealand. Paul has also held senior roles at HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, and a local authority. He has worked throughout his career on economic and social policy issues and public service reform.
Rachael joined Durham University as Director of Public Affairs in October 2019. Her role involves engaging with individuals and organisations across Westminster, Whitehall, and the City. Her focus is policy development and legislation that impacts on the institution and / or higher education sector, as well as working with academic colleagues to identify opportunities to provide evidence-based research to politicians and policymakers on a wide-range of issues from geothermal energy to soil health, social housing to misogyny and sexism in football.
She has over twenty years’ experience in corporate communications, issues management and political engagement, working across a multitude of sectors including health, FMCG, energy, finance, and higher education. With a background in consultancy, she has worked with a vast range of clients from large multi-nationals to SMEs, government departments, public sector organisations and independent review bodies.
Gideon Skinner is Head of Politics Research in Public Affairs at Ipsos where he has worked since 1997. He leads on our research into cross-cutting issues that face all public services, such as public service reform, trust, and research into many political and social trends. As Head of Political Research, Gideon has also been involved in our coverage and analysis of every general election since 1997. Gideon contributes to many of our published thought leadership reports, including our Understanding Society publication, our regular Global Advisor international polling series, and is part of the Ipsos Thinks team.
He has presented data to many interested audiences and conferences both in the UK and overseas, to Cabinet Ministers, senior civil servants, business people, and students and schoolchildren, as well as appearing on TV and radio to discuss public opinion on current affairs.
Katie advises clients on the management of complex policy, legislative and political issues.
Before joining Flint, Katie held senior policy and advisory roles in the UK Department of Trade, Cabinet Office and the Department for Levelling Up. She was in the leadership teams of the Covid-19 Taskforce, advising the British Cabinet at the height of the pandemic, the Northern Ireland Protocol Taskforce and Ukraine Humanitarian Taskforce.
Prior to joining the civil service Katie advised corporate leaders on reputation and communications at a global consulting firm.
Katie was a political Special Adviser in the UK coalition government, from 2010 to 2013, in the Business Department and then the Energy department. She advised on issues ranging from reform of higher education funding, employment law, corporate governance and electricity market reform. Katie has also worked in the UK and European Parliaments.
Tom advises clients on policy and political developments across a range of sectors.
Prior to Flint, Tom was the Business, Economy and Skills advisor in 10 Downing Street delivering a range of policies to support business through the pandemic and leading on regulatory reform in competition, procurement and corporate governance. Tom also oversaw science and technology policy in Number 10 including developments in the space sector.
Tom was previously part of the UK negotiating team for the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Protocol prior to that.
Before working in Number 10, Tom spent six years working at HM Treasury in a variety of roles and worked at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels.
- Session 1 | Tuesday 5 March, 09:30-12:15
- Session 2 | Thursday 7 March, 10:00-12:00
Member Ticket: £350 + VAT
Non-Member Ticket: £500 + VAT
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