be the priorities for the new cabinet secretary, Andrew Turnbull,
when he takes up his post on 2 September.
intends - with the agreement of the prime minister - to put in place
to help deliver these priorities.
'The prime minister asked me to set out my approach and set up a team
to help deliver his mandate for a greater focus on reform and
delivery building on the changes that are already underway,'
Sir Andrew said.
'The Cabinet Office, under the direction of Lord Macdonald of
Tradeston, minister for the Cabinet Office and Douglas Alexander,
minister of state in the Cabinet Office, will focus its work on four
- to support the prime minister in leading the government
- to support the government in transacting its business
- to lead and support the reform and delivery programme
- to coordinate security and intelligence.'
The new structure will include a team working on reform and delivery.
This will bring together into a single integrated structure units
which started in the Cabinet Office and those created recently by the
prime minister. Each area will have a clear and visible purpose,
joined up to achieve the overall strategy.
The new team will be:
- Strategy Geoff Mulgan
- Delivery and Performance Michael Barber
- Corporate Development and HR Alice Perkins
- e-Transformation Andrew Pinder
- Public Service Reform Wendy Thomson
Peter Gershon, chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce,
will join the team to work on commercial reform and project
management. Sir Andrew will also create a central team reporting to
him on reform and strategy to coordinate the civil service reform
strategy and communicate it.
Sir Andrew will also oversee the Departmental Change Programme and
support Permanent Secretaries in bringing about reform in their
departments and improving service delivery.
Sir Andrew concluded:
'The civil service is already changing as a result of Sir Richard
Wilson's reform programme. He is handing over to me a civil service
in which we are bringing in far more talented people at all levels in
the service with skills and expertise which we do not have ourselves.
'We are on track to make the senior civil service more diverse. We
are developing our delivery skills, for example, through more and
better training on project management techniques. We are focusing on
outcomes and rewarding people for delivery. As a result, our
performance is improving and there are exciting developments in the
way we deliver services ourselves and through our partners.
'But we know that we need to take these changes further and have an
appetite to do so. I believe that the changes I have outlined today
will achieve the improvements we seek.'
1. The prime minister has decided to create a new post of security
and intelligence co-ordinatorand permanent secretary at the
Cabinet Office filled by David Omand. He will co-ordinate
security, intelligence and consequence management matters and to
deal with risks and major emergencies should they arise. Sir David
will also act as accounting officer and permanent secretary to the
Cabinet Office. This appointment was announced by No10 on 20 June
2. Sir Andrew Turnbull has written today to Tony Wright,
chairman of the public administration select committee, with a copy
of his paper to the Civil Service Management Board describing the
changes to the Cabinet Office structure. This is available on the
Cabinet Office website .