Our governance

Our leaders need to set a clear overall direction for the Civil Service so that all our different organisations work as a coherent and effective whole. The head of the Civil Service is supported in this by all his permanent secretaries through the Civil Service Governance Boards.

Civil Service Governance

Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service

Sir Jeremy Heywood is the Prime Minister’s most senior policy adviser. He acts as Secretary to the Cabinet and is responsible for:

  • supporting all ministers in the running of government
  • providing professional leadership to the Civil Service

The Civil Service is made up of all government organisations (except for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office). It also includes the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government.

Permanent Secretaries

A permanent secretary is the most senior civil servant in a department. Each supports the government minister at the head of the department, who is accountable to Parliament for the department’s actions and performance.

The permanent secretary is the accounting officer for their department, reporting to Parliament. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the department, including the budget.

Scottish and Welsh Permanent Secretaries

The permanent secretary of the Scottish Government is accountable to the Scottish Parliament. The permanent secretary of the Welsh Assembly Government is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales. Both contribute to the Civil Service governance, along with other Permanent Secretaries.

Civil Service Board

Civil Service Board (CSB) is the highest level of governance in the Civil Service and its most senior collective leadership body. Chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service it is made up of the Chief Executive and senior permanent secretaries.

CSB takes responsibility at official level for:

  • managing performance and risk to ensure the Civil Service is successfully implementing the government’s programme
  • implementing the government’s programme of Civil Service reform
  • ensuring that lessons learned from National Audit Office or other external reports are shared and actioned across departments
  • promoting the Civil Service as a great place to work and sharing examples of successful Civil Service work
  • setting the future vision for the Civil Service as a whole and solving long term organisational and cultural challenges including around people and technology
  • ensuring that the Civil Service is well prepared for general elections and other external events

As the most senior collective leadership body, members of CSB also support the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in a programme of visible leadership and engagement with other tiers of the Senior Civil Service (SCS), and the wider Civil Service.

Members

Name Department
Sir Jeremy Heywood (Chair) Head of the Civil Service & Cabinet Secretary
John Manzoni, Chief Executive Civil Service Cabinet Office
Sir Simon McDonald Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Melanie Dawes Department for Communities and Local Government
Sir Robert Devereux Department for Work & Pensions
Leslie Evans Scottish Government
Stephen Lovegrove Ministry of Defence
Clare Moriarty Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sue Owen Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Tom Scholar HM Treasury
Mark Sedwill Home Office
Jon Thompson HM Revenue and Customs
Chris Wormald Department of Health

People Board

The People Board is a formal sub board of CSB. It oversees strategic people-related issues across the Civil Service.

The People Board is responsible for:

  • overseeing implementation of the Civil Service Workforce Plan
  • the development of Civil Service-wide policies relating to terms and conditions and pay and pensions for all civil servants, including the strategy for specialist pay
  • the assessment of short, medium and long-term capabilities gaps and the development and implementation of plans to fill them, including strategy for learning and development
  • implementing the Civil Service Diversity Strategy
  • Civil Service-wide employee relation issues

Members

Name Department
Melanie Dawes (Chair) Department for Communities and Local Government
John Manzoni Cabinet Office
Rupert McNeil Chief People Officer, Cabinet Office
Sir Mark Lowcock Department for International Development
Philip Rutnam Department for Transport
Philip Rycroft Cabinet Office
Jonathan Jones Government Legal Department
Debbie Alder Department for Work and Pensions
Tamara Finkelstein Department of Health
Karen Pierce Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mike Parsons Home Office
Julie Taylor Ministry of Defence
Siobhan Jones HM Treasury
Sue Owen Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Ken Thomson Scottish Government
Jon Thompson HM Revenue and Customs
Samantha Beckett Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Richard Heaton Ministry of Justice

Leadership and Learning Board

The Leadership and Learning Board (LLB) is a formal sub-board of the Civil Service Board. It oversees strategic leadership and learning issues across the Civil Service.

The Leadership and Learning Board is responsible for:

  • providing strategic direction and oversight for the development of the Leadership Capability of the Civil Service
  • identifying future leadership capability requirements
  • reviewing the leadership statement and ensuring it is effectively implemented
  • oversight of the development and governance of the Leadership Academy
  • providing direction and oversight of the Civil Service’s strategic learning activity and acting as ‘The Board’ for Civil Service Learning

Members

Name Department
Stephen Lovegrove (Chair) Ministry of Defence
Rupert McNeil Chief People Officer for the Civil Service
Sir Robert Devereux Department for Work and Pensions
Clare Moriarty Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Tony Meggs Cabinet Office
Sir Mark Lowcock Department for International Development
Richard Heaton Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
Kevin Cunnington Cabinet Office
Karen Pierce Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Patsy Wilkinson Home Office
Indra Morris Department for Education

The Civil Service Shadow Board

The Civil Service Shadow Board (CSSB) has been meeting since March 2015 and is responsible for:

  • providing views on the papers going to Civil Service Board (CSB) in advance of each monthly Board meeting;
  • having a communication role to support the work of CSB both at a service wide level and within individual departments.

CSSB members are below Senior Civil Service level and are recruited by their Permanent Secretary. Membership mirrors the departments represented on the CSB. The term of appointment is 12 months.

CSSB views are their own rather than official departmental views. They are considered to encapsulate their departmental and other perspectives; e.g. if CSSB members are on the board of a staff network.

Members

Name Department
Ahmed Azam Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sophie Marment Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Samantha Villis Cabinet Office
Alex Lim Department for Communities and Local Government
Peta Phillips Department for Work & Pensions
Lee Imray Home Office
Imran Nazir HM Revenue and Customs
Angela Hunter HM Treasury
Javed Patel Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sarah Rhodes / Lynne Schofield Welsh Government
Jennifer Benjamin Department of Health
Recruiting Ministry of Defence
Recruiting Scottish Government