Welcome to my first blog as Head of the Civil Service. I hope that you find it useful in giving you an insight into my world and the things that I get involved in. I see my new job as being about providing visible leadership to the Civil Service at a challenging time as well as being a champion of change.
I am very aware that the vast bulk of the Civil Service is outside Whitehall and indeed outside London. For this reason I plan to get out and visit staff across the country. My main visit day is Friday and I will try to keep you posted through the Civil Service website where I am visiting.
With some 440,000 Civil Servants it will not be physically possible to get round and see you all in person so I need to use other ways to communicate as well. Social media is a great way to do this and at the same time as starting this blog I have also joined Twitter. If you would like to you can follow me here: @sirbobkerslake. I understand that using social media is intensely personal and it only really works if you do it yourself. My diary is pretty busy and this is a big time commitment but I will try to use as much as I can and I am sure that it will reap rewards.
I have only been a Civil Servant for 18 months but I have already been able to see its enormous strengths. At the same time we are going through quite profound change at every level. My job is to stand up for the strengths of the Civil Service and ensure that we have the capacity to meet the priorities of the Government. I look forward to getting your ideas and views through this blog and via Twitter.
Today I am kicking off with Francis Maude a staff consultation on our proposed Civil Service Reform Plan. Please do get involved. We are much more likely to get it right with your input.
Last weekend I was at home in Sheffield and what a great advert for the region my weekend was! The great weather we have had recently has certainly made a difference.
On Saturday, I went out for a walk in the Peak District. Here are a couple of pictures of my walk up Mam Tor.
We got our dog Mollie when we first came to Sheffield 14 years ago and I fear that she won’t be able go on walks like this for much longer.
The paragliders were out in force:
In the evening I went to a brilliant performance of Michael Frayn’s play Democracy at the Crucible Theatre and on Sunday I went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to celebrate a close friend’s 60th birthday. They have recently installed a whole new set of sculptures by Miro. The photo below is the nearest I could find that had a connection with Easter. I hope you all enjoy the Easter break.