Committee examines leadership skills in the public sector

11 January 2019

In the third session of its inquiry into Strategic Leadership in the Civil Service, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee will question the Chair of the government group tasked with creating a public services leadership academy.


In 2017, the Government committed to the establishment of a Centre for Public Service Leadership and created a taskforce to consider how the it might function.

The Public Services Leadership Taskforce, chaired by former civil servant Sir Gerry Grimstone, recommended in its final report that the Centre should focus on training for chief executive roles, with a commitment to maintaining a diverse intake and collaboration with other public service leadership programmes.

However, it is not clear how the Centre will collaborate with the existing Civil Service Leadership Academy.

Purpose of the session

The Committee’s inquiry into strategic leadership is examining how the Civil Service can better invest in building its future capacity and talent.

The Committee will question Sir Gerry Grimstone on the findings of the Public Services Leadership Taskforce.

Topics are likely to include the qualities that characterise effective leaders in the civil service, the role of the Centre for Public Service Leadership, how it will spend the £21 million that was allocated to it in the most recent Budget, and how the Centre will complement the work of the Civil Service Leadership Academy.  


Tuesday 15 January 2019, Committee Room 19, Palace of Westminster

  • Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chair, Public Services Leadership Taskforce

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