Tamsin Growney describes the depth and breadth of work required to ready Defra for EU Exit, and how this has influenced the way the department sees itself operating in the future.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Articles written by FCO staff about the department and projects it is involved in.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 was the biggest event of its kind ever held in the UK. What were the keys to its success? We asked Harriet Matthews, Director of Policy for CHOGM.
Professor Chris Whitty, interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and CSA at the Department of Health, looks at how government scientific capability has been applied during national and international crises.
Conrad Bird, Director of the ‘GREAT’ campaign at the Department for International Trade (DIT), explains how they measure its impact.
Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, writes about the Civil Service’s response to the outcome of the EU referendum; how it is drawing on its core values, adapting old ways of working and developing new ones at speed to meet the unprecedented demands of Brexit.
In less than 12 months, 97% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons programme has been destroyed. Ben Merrick, Head of Arms Control and Proliferation in the Ministry of Defence, explains how outstanding cross-governmental co-operation made this possible.
When Sarasa Poduval was seconded to China, she became the first Department of Health civil servant ever to be seconded outside Europe. She is now Second Secretary, Health and Social Care in the British Embassy Beijing. She writes about what her adventure has taught her about China, the NHS and the importance of keeping your links back home.
On 18-19 January the Foreign Office invited coders to explore what they could do with the FCO's 50+ datasets released as part of the Transparency Agenda.
The international markets for oil and gas are undergoing a dramatic transformation. Civil servants in a number of Whitehall departments have an important role analysing market developments and advising the Government on how best to respond. Oil and gas are …
Alex Ellis, the UK Ambassador to Brazil, reflects on how policy-making has changed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2010. “You’re not as good as we thought you were.” That was the message from the new Ministerial team to …