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Civil service reform and the delivery of better public services will ...
Civil service reform and the delivery of better public services will

be the priorities for the new cabinet secretary, Andrew Turnbull,

when he takes up his post on 2 September.

Today Sir Andrew outlined to Cabinet Office staff the structure he

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

key objectives:

- 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 .

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