Headlines: May 6th, 1999

The Civil Service culture in which seniority, in depth knowledge and a safe pair of hands are highly valued is changing. Sir Richard Wilson, Head of the Civil Service described his vision of bright young rising stars taking on early responsibility and spending time in the private sector. They would have a sense of corporate unity rather than loyalty to a department. Sir Richard sees this change as essential to ensure that there is commitment to top class performance, innovation and team working.

In this change the core values of promotion on merit and of impartiality would remain, but emphasis would also be placed on delivery of objectives and an open attitude. The new Centre for Management and Policy Studies, due to be launched next month, will play a key role in this culture change process. It will pull together the best in management training and policy development and will draw on public and private experience in the UK and overseas.