About and Contact

Working in Whitehall can be great fun and very rewarding. It is good to work to improve the lives of fellow citizens, you get to influence important decisions, and you get to meet some fascinating people, a good number of them within the civil service. But new arrivals discover that they are subject to a bewildering mixture of rules, procedures and guidance. The main aim of this website is therefore to provide information about, and examine the skills and effectiveness of, the UK Civil Service. Its target readership includes new recruits to the civil service, students, journalists, parliamentary researchers and other non-experts.

The site's author is former Senior Civil Servant Martin Stanley. His CV is here and his contact details are:- 68rtsw8@gmail.com and 07866 522 338 (+44 7866 522 338 from outside the UK).

Its sister Understanding Regulation site aims to provide a similar authoritative but accessible introduction to the activities of UK regulators.

Academic Citation: Most of the comment in this website draw on, and link to, documents in the online library, which should be referenced where possible. Otherwise, I understand that most examiners, tutors, referees etc. will accept citations which include a full URL together with the date that the page was accessed.

Please follow the @ukcivilservant and/or @ukregulation Twitter feeds if you would like to know when new material is added to either site.

Website design is by Roshni Natali. Roshni supports organisations with reputation management, using both digital and traditional communications. She is based in Birmingham and supports people and businesses around the country. Say hello on Roshni on LinkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/roshni-natali-24b0124b/.

A word from Martin:-

'I aim to provide accurate information and helpful commentary. I believe that most civil servants - and most experienced Ministers - would agree with most of what I have written, but I am equally sure that none would agree with every word. Please therefore do not hesitate to contact me if you spot inaccurate or out-of-date information, or strongly disagree with the views expressed in any of the commentaries.

I should also stress that the advice in this website does not directly deal with the challenges facing the vast majority of civil servants who do not work in central departments, but carry out vital work in Executive Agencies and local offices. It also does not deal with the special circumstances of those working in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. I apologise to such colleagues, but I hope that they, too, will find the advice and information interesting, if only because it will tell them something about the working methods of those whose decisions have such a large influence on their working lives.'

Please feel free to use and share material from this website under the terms of the appropriate Creative Commons Licence. But please also take every opportunity to tell others where you found the material so that they too can explore these sites.