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Vicky McGurk, My Life, My Career

From part-time AO to thriving senior leader in the Civil Service, Vicky McGurk is living proof that you can overcome childhood struggles and make life a success. Born and raised in one of Blackburn’s poorest council estates, it’s fair to …

The civil servant keeping military service in the family 

Lesley Woods VR MCIPR, Chief Communications Officer, External Campaigns, Directorate of Defence Communications, Ministry of Defence

On National Reserves Day (22 June), Ministry of Defence civil servant and RAF Reservist Lesley Woods is proud to be the third generation in her family to serve. From eating a sheep’s head in Jordan to rescuing stranded baby turtles …

Civil Service Awards 2022: Nominations are now open!

Civil Service Awards 2021

We’re looking for the best of the best of civil servants, the crème de la crème and the people’s pick - which means we want your nominations! The clock is ticking! On 8 June, the Civil Service launched its annual …

Meet the Top Team: We make ministers’ media moments!

Cabinet Office External Affairs and Engagement team

The Cabinet Office External Affairs and Engagement team reveals what goes on behind the scenes to get our ministers out and about meeting people,  making tomorrow’s headlines. Amrita Devaiah - Head of External Affairs and Engagement When it came to …

Civil Service winds of change

Images of civil servants who joined in the 80s

In the same week, Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, we speak to loyal, long-term civil servants on how life at work has changed over the decades. ‘I felt really modern having a push button phone’ Dawn Lennie is a …

Civil Service Live: What's on and what to expect

Civil Service Live, 2016 when a delegate asked a question

Civil Service Live is just around the corner with six dates spanning five cities in June and July 2022. Lorraine McBride’s here with a run-down on what’s on. After two years online, Civil Service Live (CSL) is back with an …

Right People. Right Training. Right Job

Image of person embracing the sunrise

The Civil Service has a wealth of learning and development and career opportunities across the UK. Ensuring such prospects don’t pass you by can sometimes be challenging, but here’s how you can avoid the pitfalls. The Civil Service is a …

Why we’ve stopped using the term ‘BAME’ in government

Female High School Teacher Sitting At Table With Students Wearing Uniform Using Digital Tablets In Lesson

Richard Laux and Summer Nisar explain why the UK Civil Service has scrapped the label ‘BAME’ in referring to different ethnic minority groups within society. How we write about race and ethnicity matters a lot. As civil servants, we need …