Civil Service Commission

Civil Service Commissioners at Civil Service Live 2018

Civil Service Commissioners will be taking part in plenary sessions and discussion panels at Civil Service Live events in London and Newcastle this year.

Civil Service Live is the government’s annual, cross-department learning event, attracting thousands of civil servants to regional events to learn, network and share best practice – with the goal of providing better public service. The events bring together influential figures from across the Civil Service, the wider public sector and the private and voluntary sectors.

These events enable civil servants to engage with colleagues from across all departments, as well as with industry experts and private sector organisations, through a variety of sessions and activities, including keynote addresses, workshops, networking, advice clinics and spot mentoring.

Members of the Commission are taking part in discussion panels on Social mobility – Creating Opportunity. How can the Civil Service transform how it attracts, recruit and develop the careers of those from less privileged backgrounds so we reflect the nation it serves? The events are an opportunity to hear about the latest insights into removing barriers and the positive impact of outreach work, mentoring and sponsorship. Senior Civil Servants and speakers from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds will be taking part to share their views on the importance of an effective social mobility strategy in shaping culture and creating an inclusive place to work.

In Cardiff on 5 July, the Commission’s Chief Executive, Peter Lawrence OBE will be part of a discussion group and will be taking part in spot mentoring session at City Hall:

  • 1200 – 1245:  Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity
  • 1430 – 1600: Spot Mentoring

In Newcastle on 12 July, Ian Watmore, First Civil Service Commissioner will be taking part in two discussion events at St James’s Park in the afternoon:

  • 1305 – 1350: Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity
  • 1410 – 1455: Plenary – A Great Place to Work (alongside Melanie Dawes & Dame Sue Owen)

In London on 17 July, Ian will take part in two events at the QEII conference centre:

  • 1035 – 1120: Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity
  • 1245 – 1345: Round table, chaired by Sir Philip Rutnam.  ‘How can we drive and support culture change to build more inclusive working practices across government?’

Rosie Glazebrook will also be joining a panel at the QEII event later that day:

  • 1600 – 1645:  Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity

And the Commission’s Chief Executive, Peter Lawrence OBE will also be part of a discussion group that day:

  • 1400 – 1445:  Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity

In London on 18 July, two Commissioners will be joining discussion panels on social mobility at the QEII conference centre:

Sarah Laessig:

  • 1035 – 1120:  Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity

 Jane Burgess:

  • 1350 – 1435: Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity
  • 1610 – 1655: Social Mobility – Creating Opportunity

The Civil Service Commission regulates recruitment to the Civil Service, providing assurance that appointments are on merit after fair and open competition. It also helps promote the Civil Service values of Honesty, Integrity, Objectivity and Impartiality, and hears complaints under the Civil Service Code. The Commission is independent of Government and the Civil Service.

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