In this the 17th edition of Civil Service Quarterly, we consider the role of cross-government functions in supporting improvements in the delivery of policy and services. For example, we look at how the Commercial Function helped government tackle the collapse of Carillion; and how collaboration between multiple departments and agencies was critical to the clean-up after the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
John Manzoni became Chief Executive of the Civil Service on 13 October 2014. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.
John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.
John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, explains why - and how - the organisation is transforming the way it works and why it needs to accelerate the change.
John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary, describes how government is changing to exploit the vast potential of data for making better policy and better services.
In the last issue of CSQ, Sir David Normington reviewed The Blunders of Our Governments. John Manzoni the new Chief Executive of the Civil Service wrote this article when he was the head of the Major Projects Authority. It discusses what the organisation is doing to prevent such blunders and improving how projects are run.