Partnering with the private sector

Civil Service Live hosts a series of sponsored roundtable discussions chaired by Permanent Secretaries and Civil Service leaders to explore topical issues faced by the Civil Service. These thought-provoking discussions provided some interesting perspectives from contributors both within the Civil Service and the private sector on how to approach these challenges.

Find below summaries of these discussions, with thanks to our partners....


Big data, small government: How can big data help to make government smarter and more efficient?
Chaired by Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Chief Operating Officer and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office
Supported by Google Cloud


Setting up shop: As government moves towards a new procurement landscape, how can leaders from commercial, delivery and policy teams ensure they are realising the opportunities presented by reform?
Chaired by James Bowler, Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
Supported by Serco


Special delivery: How can leaders embed the IPA's principles for success in projects? What are the main barriers to setting up a project effectively, and how can these be overcome?
Chaired by Jim Harra, Chief Executive Officer, HM Revenue and Customs
Supported by Mastek


Data availability: Government has an abundance of data, but most of it is not used to its full potential, with barriers ranging from real or perceived legal concerns to technical differences in collection. At this round table, policy and digital leaders will consider how they could make the greatest impact on data availability across government, and what steps could be taken to achieve this impact.
Chaired by Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Supported by Leidos


Opportunity knocks: Which are the most fruitful opportunities to use emerging technology to improve public outcomes? And how can leaders seek to realise these opportunities.
Chaired by Tom Read, Chief Executive Officer, Government Digital Service
Supported by EY