'Is the British Civil Servant an endangered species?' The Bennett/CSaP Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by Lord Richard Wilson at Emmanuel College tomorrow (Thursday 23rd May: 5.30 - 6.45pm), followed by a drinks reception.
'Is the British Civil Servant an endangered species?'
In 2002, just before he retired as Cabinet Secretary, Lord Wilson delivered a reflective talk about the state of his profession. In the much-changed world of 2019 he will revisit this subject from the point of view of an outsider, based in the House of Lords, as he is now. How well have the traditional values of the Civil Service fared in these turbulent times, not least of Brexit and constitutional tension? How much continuity has there been, and what has changed? What difference does the digital revolution make to the world in which civil servants work? Lord Wilson will offer a personal perspective on these and other questions, placing the evolution of the Civil Service in the context of recent political history and the challenges which it may face in the decades ahead.
The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.