09 Feb 2021| Online

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Tuesday 9th February 2021 | Online

Despite the prevailing public sector environment, opportunities continue to exist to enter the Senior Civil Service. However, the process is rigorous, the competition is fierce and openings are restricted. This unique event, now in its ninth year, provides practical help and guidance to those wishing to see their career develop into the Senior Civil Service. It is specifically designed to give you the answer to two vital questions:

  • How can I improve my chances of entering the SCS?
  • What will life be like once I am there?

Click here to view the full agenda.

2019 speakers included (2021 speakers to be annouced shortly):

  • Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • James Norton, HR and Organisational Development Director, Department of International Trade
  • ‚ÄčRt Hon Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, 2010-12 & Leader of the House 2012-14
  • Lisa McGuiness, Head of Compliance, Marine Scotland
  • Geraldine Clement, Deputy Director, EU Exit Implementation Capability Unit, Cabinet Office
  • Philip Orumwense, Commercial Director, Highways England 
  • Andrew Ray, Assistant Director, Large Business, HMRC
  • Richard Hillsdon, Associate Trainer, DodS
  • Margaret Sinkinson, Assistant Director, Large Business North East, HMRC
  • Peter Loosley, Head of Strategic Design, Universal Credit Programme, DWP
  • Gill Holmes, Employment Account Director, DWP 
  • Neil Rider, Head of FDA learn, FDA

Why Attend?

The benefits of attending this conference include the opportunity to:

  • Resolve the questions in your mind about whether or not the SCS is right for you
  • Learn from experts about what you can do to improve your chances of making the grade
  • Gain deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be successful in the SCS
  • Examine the barriers and enablers affecting your progression
  • Hear from recent entrants about how they made the move and what life is like now they are there
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating an SCS career

Please view the full agenda below.

Welcome & introduction to the conference
Permanent Secretary opening address
Comfort break
What do Ministers expect from their SCS?

Understand what Ministers require from their SCS.

Networking break
Preparing for SCS Success Profile selection

You’ve decided you’re ready for the challenge and want a leadership role in the SCS. In this practical and interactive session, you will discover what it will take to make the most of your application using the new Success Profile process. 

Making the most of your Application and Interview Performance

You want to take the next step but now face the sift/interview assessment stages based on Success Profile elements. In this second practical and interactive session, you will review your approach, lessons from the past, and what influences panels.

Networking break
Personal perspectives – my route into the SCS

An SCS panel look back on and answer questions about their own experience of gaining entry to the SCS & discuss what life is like now they are there.

SPEAKER: Kate Rudd, Deputy Director, HMRC

Chair's closing remarks & conference close


Book with total confidence

In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we want you to feel totally confident about booking onto our events. We promise the following:

  • If the Unlocking the Senior Civil Service team needs to reschedule the event, your place will automatically transfer to the new date.
  • If the Unlocking the Senior Civil Service team is unable to reschedule the event for a time within the next 12 months, you will be entitled to a full refund.

Register your place today

Visit the dedicated Unlocking the Senior Civil Service website to view the full agenda, venue and speaker details