April 25th 2018 |


CSL Blackpool

Registration for Civil Service Live is now open.

Civil Service Live Blackpool ​will be taking place on Wednesday 27 June at:

Winter Gardens
97 Church St

Preview agenda here

Sessions not to be missed and still available to book
Here's a sample of just some of the great sessions still available to book at Civil Service Live Blackpool: 

08:30 – 09:10 | GPW14: Pension Power
Knowledge is power and when you understand your pension, you can make better and more informed choices. Do you know what scheme are you in? When will you retire? Thinking of going part-time? Considered boosting your pension? What do you want to do when you retire? If your answer to those questions is 'I'm not sure', you need to come to our session. Well give you a whistle stop tour through the world of your pension, give you the facts that you need and leave you feeling more in control.

08:45 - 09:30 | SKP7: Modern skills for working collaboratively across the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments | Empress Ballroom
Working collaboratively between the devolved administrations and the UK Government has never been more important as we leave the EU. Coordination and collaboration can make us more effective, avoid duplication and promote best practice across the whole of the UK. This is paramount to our success as a global influencer on all aspects of our governments’ work. This session explores the skills people need to continue to develop their expertise, to understand how to work in partnership and to think differently about devolution and EU Exit in relation to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of the skills you expect to need in professional life apply including digital, collaborative policy formulation, benefits of cross-government working and how to plan well, coordinate and use networks to best effect.

10:45 - 11:30 IMP5: Improved Outcomes through the Race Disparity Audit | Arena
The Prime Minister recently launched the Ethnicity facts and figures website and challenged society to explain or change the wide disparities in how people from different backgrounds are treated. The website contains over 145 different topics and how your ethnicity can impact your experience of public services. The topics range from health and education to employment and housing. Join us, the Race Disparity Unit at the Cabinet Office, as we explore how the Civil Service can play a role in tackling ethnic disparities and improving services. You will learn about data transparency and how you can use open data to improve policy outcomes for the end user.

11:50 - 12:35 | GB2: Global Britain: Getting what we want overseas | Arena
From securing the Paris Climate Agreement to tackling modern slavery and the illegal wildlife trade, the Civil Service represents the UK's interests on the global stage. Listen to speakers from DfID, Home Office and BEIS who will share their own personal experiences of influencing in an international context and the lessons from working in a cross-government environment. This session will shape how participants think about influencing and working across teams to achieve shared objectives. For a skills-based workshop on core negotiation skills, delegates should also register for GB3 'Negotiation Skills'.

12:00 - 12:45 | SKP1: Plenary: Life Long Learning | The Opera House
A panel including senior leaders from across government will consider the question, what does lifelong learning mean in the Civil Service? Their varied backgrounds show that successful careers can involve various professions and areas of work. They also typically require ingredients like a supportive environment for continuous learning, personal ownership, a sense of direction, knowledge of how you learn best, and a range of experiences for encouraging development. So, whether you are a specialist or a generalist, this session will help you to shape your learning plans, showcasing what support is in place for you to improve your skills and advance your career. The panel will also share their personal top tips and experiences. Get ready to submit questions and take part in snap opinion polls through an interactive audience tool on your smartphone. The panel consists of: John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office; Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice; Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Department of Finance; Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS; Esther Wallington, Director General, Chief People Officer, HMRC; Ben Kinley, Head of People, Change and Development, Ministry of Defence; Andrea Williams-McKenzie, Deputy Director HR Operations, HMCTS.

13:50 - 14:35 | IMP15: Seamless Teamwork in the Civil Service | Horseshoe Pavilion
This practical demo will follow the creation of a new team within an organisation and will show how the civil service can work together, anywhere, anytime and on any device without compromising security. 

This session will be delivered by Microsoft.

14:10 - 14:55 GPW2: Social Mobility Creating Opportunity | Empress Ballroom
How can the Civil Service transform how we attract, recruit and develop the careers of those from less privileged backgrounds so we reflect the nation we serve? Come and hear about the latest insights into removing barriers and the positive impact of outreach work, mentoring and sponsorship. You will learn about the benefits of building a socially diverse workforce equipped to deal with the challenges of the future and how to break down barriers where you work. Senior civil servants and speakers from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds will share their views on the importance of an effective social mobility strategy in shaping culture and creating an inclusive place to work.

14:55 - 15:40 | GB7: Delivering the Commonwealth Summit | Horseshoe Pavilion
The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. In April 2018, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) when leaders from all the member countries gather in London and Windsor. They come together to reaffirm our common values, address the shared global challenges we face and agree on how to work together to create a better future for all our citizens, particularly young people. Come along to this session and hear firsthand from the Commonwealth Summit Unit team, as they reflect on delivering this unique and large-scale event. Whether you're running an event yourself or managing relationships with a large number of stakeholders, there will be tangible ideas that you can take away from the team's experiences.

15:15 - 16:00 | IMP14: Tech trends: What does it mean for government? | The Opera House
We all live and work in a fast moving world where we are constantly connected and the pace of change only seems to quicken. The changes that the internet has brought over the last decade have been incredible but what's next? In this session Google will explore some of the current trends in technological development and what they mean for all of us both as consumers and communicators. The presentation will then continue to explore the wider implications for all of us and give some insights on how we can be most successful in our professional lives in this fast moving, connected world.

15:15 - 16:00 GB4: Overseas crisis leadership | Empress Ballroom
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides the frontline response to overseas crises such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters or political unrest. Strong leadership is vital to delivering successfully: thinking ahead, agile organisation and effective teamwork can save lives. This session reflects on how the FCO leads the cross-Whitehall response to overseas crises, including leadership structures, deployable capabilities, use of innovative technology and collaborative approach across Whitehall. It draws on the expertise of senior FCO leaders who will share their practical experience of responding to recent crises, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria which hit British Caribbean Overseas Territories in 2017. In this session you will be able to look at how the lessons of good crisis leadership can be applied more widely in your own role and more widely across the Civil Service.


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The Winter Gardens is a large entertainment complex in the town centre of Blackpool.

The venue’s website, including more details on travel and transport information can be found here.

Registration will open on Wednesday 25 April 2018.