After a successful career of over 35 years, I am saying goodbye to the civil service. But I am not ready to put my feet up just yet. Although I do not have any firm plans, the time is right for me to venture forth and look for a new challenge. A challenge that will allow me to continue helping the public sector turn ideas into reality. I am not closing any doors and will be considering all options open to me.
The public sector in general and central government, in particular, come in for a lot of criticism. Some of it is justified, some of it is not. Yes, it can be slow to deliver change. But it’s not easy to transform overnight any organisation the size of central government, particularly with its complex governance structures. Looking back over the past 35 years, there has, without a doubt, been incredible change which has gathered, and still is gathering pace. Today, that pace of change is being driven and supported by technology. I have witnessed first-hand, and been a part of, what has been a very real revolution in the way government works and the way public services are delivered. And yet the rate of change lacks the pace and dynamics that are needed today. There is so much more that needs be to be done. And I hope to continue to be part of that in some way.
I consider myself incredibly lucky. It has been very exciting for most of the time and being honest, dreadfully dull at others. I can think of no other employer from whom I would have been able to gain the experience that I have and achieve everything that I have been able to achieve; from the operational world of finance, procurement and business strategy, to running a major government project that transformed the way the public-sector buys what it needs to deliver world class public services, to leading the programme that, as the Guardian put it, delivered the “best start-up in Europe you can’t buy shares in”.
So, here’s looking forward to the next chapter.