Civil Service Live 2017 and building 'A Brilliant Civil Service'
This last run was our biggest ever, with more than 15,000 civil servants in attendance, 840 different plenaries and seminars, nearly 900 mentoring sessions, 1,500 speakers from across the Civil Service, and more than 250 exhibitors from government departments, suppliers, and sponsors, across the seven days of events.
This year I had the pleasure of attending every event across England, Scotland, and Wales. Six cities (Manchester, Gateshead, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London), six great venues; from modernist exhibition centres like the Sage in Gateshead, to the palatial surrounds of Cardiff City Hall. And everything culminated in two days at the QEII Conference Centre in London, including a visit from the Prime Minister, who spoke to and answered questions from an audience of civil servants. At every event, with audiences from different administrations, regions, departments and agencies, I met the same great pride in and passion for public service.
Civil Service Live 2017 was all about the progress we are making in realising the vision of ‘A Brilliant Civil Service’ - and about using learning and development to accelerate that progress and transform how we work so we can meet the big challenges facing the country. We saw examples of brilliant work under each of the vision pillars: Improved Outcomes, Effective Leaders, Skilled People, and A Great Place to Work.
The energy and enthusiasm for development I encountered at each stop was genuinely inspiring: civil servants coming together to share best practice, breaking down barriers and building new collaborative networks - precisely the approach that will help us achieve the Brilliant Civil Service we all want to be a part of.
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