Latest ‘Unlocking the SCS’ conference looks to the future

Nearly 100 delegates at the latest Unlocking the SCS conference - held on 30 June 2011 in central London - heard a range of speakers including Lord Andrew Adonis talking about 'SCS 2020 - What should the SCS of the future look like?'.

He made the point that civil servants should stay longer in post, rather than moving jobs every two of three years.

The 'Unlocking' series of conferences looks at what's involved in being a member of the Senior Civil Service and answers the questions that those aspiring to the top levels of the civil service commonly ask.

Last Thursday's conference, organised by the FDA in conjunction with Westminster Explained, also heard Sir David Bell, permanent secretary at the Department for Education, who was joined by FDA deputy general secretary Dave Penman in looking at the future policy and operational challenges for the SCS and the leadership skills that will be needed to meet them.

Neil Rider, manager of the FDA's skills project who chaired the conference, said: "Feedback from delegates was very positive, with 83% of those responding saying the overall organisation of the day was either good or very good. Speakers were also rated highly by those attending."

For more information about the next Unlocking the SCS conference on 1 December 2011, please go to or contact Alex Bond on 020 7593 5502.

Neil Rider, FDA Professional Skills for Government project manager
Rider: feedback was "very positive"