(FREE) International Webinar Series

We are happy that you're interested in joining our webinar. At the Civil Service College, we believe that the exchange of experiences can help build a stronger and more knowledgeable network.


There are nearly half a million people employed within the central government, and it can be hard to understand (even for those working inside it) how it is organised.

Our webinar will draw back the curtain on Whitehall and the UK Civil Service.

  • How the Civil Service is structured, including Arms Length Bodies 
  • How an individual department is structured 
  • The role of Ministers versus civil servants 
  • The main professions and functions within the civil service
  • There will also be a Q&A section for you to raise your own points 

This webinar is from the full policy skills course 'How Does Whitehall Really Work?'









Lead Trainer

Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo Clift has 20 years of experience working at a senior level in the UK Government including the Cabinet Office. She currently helps organisations work with Government and Parliament.

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Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo started her career as a communications professional and subsequently worked at the heart of government for over 20 years, mainly at the Cabinet Office. She has worked closely with many ministers over the years, including Lord Peter Mandelson and Sir Oliver Letwin. She also worked at Number 10 in the Prime Minister's Press Office.

She has delivered a wide range of policies and advised on multiple complex communications issues. Jo has also worked across a wide range of issues including strategy, Ministerial PR and high-level Board appointments, with the common challenge being making things happen across very large and complex organisations.

Jo Clift's government roles have included leading the Coalition government's ICT strategy, Head of Communications for the BSE Inquiry and creating a new model for corporate shared services across Whitehall. Jo also gained private sector experience as a senior change consultant at Deloitte Consulting. This enabled her to gain a great set of change skills and valuable insight into the private sector.

In addition, she is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a published writer on the Civil Service and Brexit.

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