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Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Chief Operating Officer and Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary

Alex Chisholm became Chief Operating Officer of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office in April 2020.

Previously, from September 2016, he was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Prior to that he was Joint Permanent Secretary for BEIS.

Before that, he was Permanent Secretary for the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Carers' Rights Day 2023

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Alex Chisholm and Rebecca Sudworth, Civil Service Permanent Secretary Lead and Deputy Lead for Carers, acknowledge the contribution of all our civil servant carers. Today is Carers’ Rights Day which provides a welcome opportunity to recognise the contribution of our carers. Around a fifth …

Ensuring support for our carers

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Three years after launching the Civil Service Carers’ Strategy, Alex Chisholm and Rebecca Sudworth, Civil Service Permanent Secretary Lead and Deputy Lead for Carers, provide an update on progress.    Today marks the start of Carers Week 2023. In the Civil Service, around a fifth …

Charities and Partners week - 24-28 April 2023

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This week celebrates the first Civil Service Charities and Partners Week to raise awareness of the help and support available from the welfare bodies we work closely with. It shows that despite offering different things, each organisation complements each other …

Raising Carer Awareness

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Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Chief Operating Officer and Permanent Secretary Lead for Carers, and Rebecca Sudworth, Deputy Lead for Carers, emphasise their commitment to building a carer-friendly workforce.  Carers’ Rights Day (24 November 2022) gives us the chance to reflect on …

Making caring visible, valued and supported

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Two years after launching the Civil Service Carers’ Strategy, Alex Chisholm and Rebecca Sudworth, Civil Service Carers Champion and Deputy Carers Champion, provide an update on progress.      Welcome to this year’s Carers’ Week – 6 to 12 June. Across the …

We’re Levelling Up Careers in the Civil Service

Alex Chisholm

Following the newly-launched Levelling Up White Paper, Alex Chisholm explores how moving thousands of Civil Service roles and creating more opportunity around the country will help us to build A Modern Civil Service.  Last week the Government launched the much …

Championing the Carer agenda

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Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Inclusion Champion, and Rebecca Sudworth, Deputy Champion for Carers, highlight the importance of carer awareness. Today 25 November is Carers Rights Day, an opportunity to recognise the skills and insights our carers bring to their work …

Valuing our Civil Service Carers

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A recent survey found there are more than 65,000 carers working in the Civil Service. Newly appointed Carers’ Champion, Alex Chisholm, tells us his plans to support staff with caring responsibilities. I am delighted to take up the new role …