As one of the people advising them, that burden is not always easy to carry”, “The reality is there's 450,000-odd of us in the civil service who are deeply motivated to serve the public... but we aren't machines. Simon Case has been confirmed as the UK’s new top civil servant, with the prime minister saying he would do a “fantastic” job as cabinet secretary. So as always, when you're under pressure and you think ‘How do I cope with this?’, the quality of the people around you is a big factor in that.”. “At the heart [of those conversations] – in a way that perhaps I haven't felt for quite a long time, if ever – is that all the decisions we're taking in work have such a direct impact on the people around us.”. It is just six months since Boris Johnson called Case back to No.10 to head up the government’s Covid response, but he says it feels like much longer.  On 23 June 2017, he was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in recognition of his service in that role. Simon Case CVO (born 27 December 1978) is a British civil servant who has served as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service since 9 September 2020, succeeding Sir Mark Sedwill. Earlier this year, his former boss appeared in the BBC documentary Prince William, Football and Mental Health, which followed the duke as he tried to get men to open up about mental-health issues. He has called the permanent civil service an “idea for the history books” and said its HR practices reward mediocrity – and had also been pushing for major changes to recruitment and reward rules. “There wasn't a single bit of government... that felt like it hadn't been mobilised in response to Covid. The departures came only a couple of months into Case’s appointment as cabinet secretary, and it was reported that he had approached Cain about the chief of staff job. Subscribe now to Civil Service World magazine, By
“Something that in the past government hasn't done enough of is learning lessons from around the world and genuinely being open to looking at what other countries are doing,” he says. , Case joined the Civil Service in 2006. “There is some really impressive stuff that I have seen the civil service come up with in response,” he adds, highlighting the “phenomenally complicated, multidisciplinary services being set up at short notice” to run projects like the furlough scheme, or to develop the shielding programme from scratch. And every day a new aspect came along.” Government needed to get to grips with the medical understanding of a totally novel virus, the health messaging for the public, and all the economic and societal consequences of both the pandemic and its own measures to tackle it. But he notes that some of his ideas have “been around for decades”. I'm sure the answer will be yes.”. The Prime Minister has appointed Simon Case as Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service, the Cabinet Office has confirmed. Case is deeply aware that while few of the staff he is now responsible for can relate to the pressure of directly advising the PM, all are affected by coronavirus. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as a Cabinet-level "climate czar" in the Biden administration who will help guide the country's climate diplomacy. Simon Case, who was made permanent secretary at 10 Downing Street earlier this year, is expected to be announced as cabinet secretary on Tuesday. The task Case and others are facing has been further complicated by some high-profile staffing changes. Simon Case was Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge's Private Secretary, but he's now working for the government as Cabinet Secretary and head of Civil Service. As an experienced permanent secretary she brings with her a … “The tragic level of deaths tells us that probably in every area, if we'd gone further faster we might have saved more lives”, “For me, it’s just as important that we learn the lessons as we go as it is that in the years ahead. Simon Case, who was spent almost two years working as Prince William’s right-hand man, is set to become the next Cabinet Secretary, following … Headed by the Governor, the Executive Branch consists of sixteen executive departments and six statewide elected officials. 97% of civil servants want work from home option in … Simon Case: Boris Johnson appoints close ally and former aide to Prince William as new cabinet secretary. Another career civil servant, experienced in policy but not delivery. A former private secretary to Prince William will reportedly be named the UK's new top civil servant. “There were quite a lot of new data streams [as well as] existing streams within departments being pulled together into a single, cross-government dashboard, so that all ministers and all officials have access to the same picture, which I think is probably a great thing.”. No doubt, we'll look back at this in some grand way about those lessons.”, Does the enormity of the task in front of Case weigh on him? At 41, he is the youngest person in the position since Lord Hankey, for whom the role was created in 1916, during the middle of the Great War. I think each of us could look around us every day and find a bit of process that we'd like to do differently. He adds: “Actually, quite a lot of the feedback that I get from many of the civil servants who work closely with him is [such that] I think people will be surprised about how much of an advocate for talent in the civil service Dom and many other people really have been.”. STILL CLIMBING. Aged 41, he is the youngest holder of the role since 1916. I mean, these things are really difficult to know. Simon Case, who was appointed permanent secretary of 10 Downing Street this May, has been confirmed as the next cabinet secretary. The International Comparators Joint Unit – a team of officials set up between the Cabinet Office and Foreign Office to analyse and assess global responses to Covid – is a “phenomenal example” of how that can work, the cab sec says. At 41 Case is the second youngest cabinet secretary after Maurice Hankey, who David Changing large organisations is inherently complicated – and especially one that's hundreds of thousands [of people]. WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. I think the weight on the shoulders of the prime minister and his ministerial team, and political leaders across the devolved administrations and frankly across the world, is unbelievable at the moment. “I see it as my job, just as those who've come before me, to help the PM think through how best to get the right structures in place to support him,” Case says. That is something he’s been thinking about a lot over the last couple of years. The FT reports that Mr Johnson told allies that he wanted Mr Case to be ‘my Jeremy’, a reference to the revered former cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, who served David Cameron and Theresa May before his death from cancer in 2018. And through that, government has had to adapt and change in the sorts of ways that I’ve talked about. “Whilst I recognise there's a lot of media interest in some of what's going on in Downing Street, actually, the vast majority of what the PM and his team have been focused on is the same big issues that we've been working on for the last few months – ie Covid,” he says. Well, the pace at which you have to move in the 21st century is even greater than it was in 1967, 1968.”. loading. With Cummings gone, many are wondering whether his ideas will also vanish from government. Asked later to reflect on the proudest moments of his career, he recalls the aftermath of David Cameron’s resignation following the 2016 EU referendum. The 41-year-old will succeed Sir Mark Sedwill, who announced in June that he would be standing down amid rumours of a rift in 10 Downing Street. My name is River & I am an A.I. , (As Cabinet Office Second Permanent Secretary), Head of the Home Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary, "Case, Dr Simon, (born 27 Dec. 1978), Private Secretary to the Duke of Cambridge, since 2018." The civil service advertised for a replacement cabinet secretary with a proposed salary of £200,000. , In 2007, Case married Elizabeth Kistruck, chief finance officer for Hotels.com at Expedia Inc, they have three daughters. How do you get more expertise in? Cabinet secretary Simon Case said: ‘Antonia’s appointment is great news for the Ministry of Justice. The Cabinet Secretary is the most senior civil servant in the United Kingdom, and is based in the Cabinet Office.  In 2012, he served as Head of the Olympic Secretariat, a temporary team within the Cabinet Office that was set up to oversee the delivery of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. “No such thing.  He then returned to the Cabinet Office, where he was Executive Director of the Implementation Group. Says Case: “I profoundly believe that all organisations – we need to help our staff look after themselves, especially when we’re all working under this pressure. My message to civil servants is, when you see those things, have the courage to challenge them and change them.”, Does Case think the fact that he is citing a report from half a century ago demonstrate that the civil service is difficult to change? “So alongside other advice that I've given the PM, I’m very happy to talk him through how Downing Street has worked in the past, and helping him understand what the various roles have been. 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Simon Case, who was made permanent secretary at Downing Street … It has been widely reported that the dual departures followed a bitter power struggle over a chaotic and divided No.10. On 9 September, Simon Case will become the 13th cabinet secretary. Even before Case returned to government this summer after a two-year hiatus at the royal household, some politicians would surely have been glad of that fact. LONDON — Simon Case has been appointed Cabinet secretary and chief of the U.K.'s civil service. For every minister who will be relieved at the news, there will surely be a frustrated historian of government wishing they had Case’s reflections on this period to look forward to. Cabinet secretary Simon Case added that Driver had provided "strong leadership to the department over the last few months". Three best-practice measures in the event of a data breach, The future of voice: how to successfully transform your legacy voice estate, Case Study: Cryptocurrency, connectivity and the cloud, Chief Nursing Officer for England's Summit. “You have to look at the numbers. Missouri’s Executive Branch consists of all state elective and appointive employees and is responsible for executing the laws of the state. Simon Case was appointed as … Does Case think any of the eccentric spad’s ideas are worth keeping? “And also the challenges that Churchill was trying to deal with during the war with his wartime temporaries – they’re the same themes. But when CSW suggests the truth may out later, he is adamant there will never be a memoir. It is another example of where the work of government has been changed by its coronavirus response. In offices across Whitehall and the corridors of parliament, at kitchen tables and in spare bedrooms across the country, people are breathing a sigh of relief. And so it's not really surprising it's the same themes coming up. That’s happened before, he says: “It's always the case when dealing with crises that weeks feel like months and days feel like weeks.” But this time was different – the enormity of the coronavirus crisis was unlike anything Case had experienced before. “That's a very good question. 22 May 2020 Government Tax Profession. If the papers are to be believed, there are many who will be glad to see the back of Cummings.  He took up the appointment on 11 January 2016 until he was succeeded by Peter Hill on 10 May 2017. Boris Johnson said Simon Case, drafted in to be the top aide at Number 10 earlier this year, would do a 'fantastic' job as Cabinet Secretary. Case's promotion to one of the top jobs in the British government comes after he most recently helped shape the U.K.'s response to the coronavirus as permanent secretary in Downing Street. There can be little doubt that Case’s autobiography would be fascinating. “Antonia’s appointment is great news for the Ministry of Justice.  While at Cambridge, he rowed and was President of Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club. It is a period that will be studied by historians for decades to come – even without Case’s memoirs to help them. Former U.S. Beckie Smith and Richard Johnstone. His first outing in front of a select committee was never going to be easy and, appearing before the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee on Thursday, Case was hesitant at times. Simon Case, drafted in by Boris Johnson to be the top aide at Number 10 earlier this year, is expected to be unveiled as the youngest Cabinet Secretary in living memory tomorrow. And as one of the people appointed to advise them – yeah, that burden is one that is not always especially easy to carry.”, His conversations with counterparts around the world are a comfort, he says; they are all dealing with the same challenges. Welcome to the Missouri Secretary of State. Another white man with an Oxbridge degree. The Prime Minister has appointed Simon Case as the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. The role is currently occupied by Simon Case.  In this role he was "leading the UK Government's work on exiting and seeking a new partnership with the European Union within the UK Representation to the EU". “For me, the period of Covid has given us a lot of signposts... it’s been an accelerator or something transformational. Heywood, whom Case worked with as a PPS, wanted officials to engage more with policy development overseas. He previously served as Downing Street Permanent Secretary to Prime Minister Boris Johnson from May 2020.  Also in 2018, Case was appointed a Visiting Professor at King's College London, having previously been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the university. “It's very easy to take for granted the smooth handover of power in our system, but actually, managing the transition from David Cameron to Theresa May and being part of how our democracy works – those are things that make me proud.”. The total number of people who have lost … Case doesn’t address the now ex-special adviser’s more inflammatory criticisms directly, saying he “hasn’t read or studied all of the Cummings critique”. And I can't do anything other than answer it honestly. Simon Case will be named as cabinet secretary on Tuesday, the Financial Times reports.  He took up the post in May 2017. "The weight on the shoulders of the prime minister and his ministerial team is unbelievable. His appointment as No.10 permanent secretary in June, then as cabinet secretary in September, came as the government was tackling two national crises – Covid and the fraught negotiations at the end of the Brexit transition period – and with No.10 apparently in the throes of a power struggle. Simon Case will not be writing a memoir.  In March 2015, he joined Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as Director of Strategy. In the Cabinet Office, in departments and in the Covid task force that helps formulate coronavirus measures, are “some of the finest people I've ever worked with, who are just working themselves so hard in service of their countries”. How do we move faster? Simon Case will take up his role as the new cabinet secretary on 9 September, the Cabinet Office confirmed. “I'm pretty determined that we hold on to some of this,” Case says, casting around for the words to describe the last few months. Reflecting on some of the more memorable episodes of his career to date, the former principal private secretary to prime ministers David Cameron and Theresa May says: “Safe to say there are moments in reshuffles, where accidentally the wrong person has been put on the line and you realise that you’re about to offer the wrong person the job.”. The Duke of Cambridge is said to have given Simon Case’s appointment as Cabinet Secretary his blessing (Ben Birchall/PA) Apart from his role with the Duke of Cambridge, Mr Case’s career has included helping deliver the 2012 London Olympics, a tenure as private secretary to former prime minister David Cameron, and working on the Irish border issue created by Brexit. Simon Case was appointed Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in September 2020. Among the less contentious of Cummings’s gripes was that the civil service is too bureaucratic and has insufficient scientific, management and other specialist skills – something Case notes came up in the 1968 Fulton report on civil service reform. There is huge pressure on everybody. And Case says he has been impressed by how officials have mobilised data and analysis to give ministers a picture of what is happening in the health service and, as he puts it, “out on the streets”. A former private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge will become the new head of the UK civil service, Downing Street confirmed today. I think that the civil service, like many employers all around the country, has made real strides forwards on helping people learn to talk about their mental health, understand and be comfortable talking about the pressure they're under, and think about any help that they might need. Simon Case CVO (born 27 December 1978) is a British civil servant who has served as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service since 9 September 2020, succeeding Sir Mark Sedwill.  Case took up the position on 9 September 2020.  That role had been vacant for eight years after Sir Jeremy Heywood left in 2012. , In March 2017, Case was announced as the Director General for the UK–EU Partnership. “It's deeply inspirational, actually. On a personal level, he says, the pandemic “has been very hard”. The person in this role acts as the senior policy adviser to the prime minister and Cabinet and as the secretary to the Cabinet, is responsible to all ministers for the efficient running of government. Case’s predecessor, Sir Mark Sedwill, by all accounts had his fair share of run-ins with the chief spad. KIRKWOOD, Mo. loading.  He then undertook postgraduate research in political history at Queen Mary University of London, and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 2007. A former private secretary to Prince William has been named the UK's new top civil servant. Simon Case appointed cabinet secretary and head of the civil service. An important part of what you need to get through such a broad crisis is helping and understanding the challenges that our staff are going through in their daily lives. He says government has got better, during the pandemic, at using so-called ‘red teams’ of officials specifically formed to provide extra challenge to policy choices, and improving analysis to understand the impact of the measures it has taken. What are the things Case thinks have not gone well? It's vital.”.  In January 2018, he was appointed Director General Northern Ireland and Ireland: in this role, he acted as the lead civil servant for finding a solution to the Irish border issue post-Brexit. One day we will be out of the immediate period of Covid, but those are the lessons that I think that we as government, and especially as the civil service, need to hold on to.”. © Dods Group PLC document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); After two years at the royal household, Simon Case returned to government this summer to head up its coronavirus response. So that's what I've been talking to him about.”, Johnson is the third prime minister Case has worked for in No.10. He says the civil service, now more than ever, must be a “compassionate employer”. Succeeding Sir Mark Sedwill as cabinet secretary and head of the civil service is a job that a lot of people – including the successful candidate – said that they did not want. Coronavirus has forced officials to confront some of these problems, and Case says the “smarter, more agile delivery of public services and policy development” that has emerged during the pandemic could make government more effective in the longer term. “One of the things that the generation of the family that I worked for focused enormously on was mental health,” he says. Read the most recent articles written by Beckie Smith and Richard Johnstone - Where Dominic Cummings is right, and more: seven things we learned in Mark Sedwill’s CSW exit interview, Registered office: 11th Floor, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG. Welcome to the Missouri Secretary of State. They are more oil tankers, usually, than they are speedboats, when it comes to turning circles.”, “Changing large organisations is inherently complicated. We've all got families and lives of our own to lead outside work and you can't fail to have been affected… As parents and family members and friends to others, it's a hell of a thing that we're all going through together.”. – Here is cell phone video of three bystanders pulling a man and his wheelchair to safety off of the train tracks. Simon Case will take over as the UK's top civil servant next week after being appointed by Boris Johnson. From January 2016 to May 2017, Case served under David Cameron and Theresa May as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 12 Jan Civil Service Reform. CSW has heard from senior officials who have butted heads with the tech enthusiast. But the context keeps changing, and it's all about: how does governing adapt to the internal and external context? He was previously Director General Northern Ireland and Ireland. No, not having that,” he says. So it would be tempting to think his return to government might have felt like a return to familiar ground – after two years in that other-worldly realm of the royal family. Covid deaths today pushed 1,000 for the third day in a row as cases rose by a further 48,682.  He then worked in the Northern Ireland Office and the Cabinet Office. Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator, worked at the EPA during the Clinton and Bush administrations. But he did weigh in on the formation of the job – a title last held by Gavin Barwell under Theresa May, before Cummings effectively took over many of the responsibilities when he became chief adviser to Johnson. But listening to him recount his experience of the last few months, it is as though his arrival at Downing Street was when he stepped through the looking glass.