The Cabinet Secretary is the most senior civil servant in the United Kingdom. He or She acts as the senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and as the Secretary to the Cabinet, responsible to all Ministers for the running of Cabinet Government. A Cabinet Secretary is usually a senior official (typically a civil servant) who provides services and advice to a Cabinet of Ministers as part of the Cabinet Office. Sir Jeremy Heywood was appointed Cabinet Secretary following the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s retirement in December 2011. He also spent over three years as a Managing Director including as co-head of the UK Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley.
The Cabinet Secretary is one of those uniquely British positions in government that exudes power. But how that power is exercised and with what result remain largely a mystery. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary in 1979 and served throughout Margaret Thatcher’s Premiership until 1987. On Wednesday 23 September, Sir Jeremy Heywood gave a rare and revealing insight in to his roles as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the UK Civil Service. Ashley Hibben reflects on some of the themes arising from Heywood’s discussion with Institute for Government Director Peter Riddell. In Whitehall, knowledge is power, and no one knows that better than the cabinet secretary. Things came to a climax with the disastrous battle of the Somme, which cost nearly 100,000 British lives and led directly to the creation of the Cabinet Office.
Articles from guest historians and civil servants about the history of UK government. At the beginning of 2012 Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, retired. Rather than handing over to a single successor his post was divided into three. In a series of interviews Cabinet Secretaries past and present speak about life at the centre of government, where the political leadership of the Cabinet and Prime Minister is translated into policy. After a two year secondment to the IMF in Washington from 1976 to 1978, he returned to the UK, becoming Private Secretary of Economic Affairs to the. Unlike his British counterpart the Cabinet Secretary in India has a shorter tenure. His senior- most position renders him an occupant for few months or years because of the army of juniors. The average tenure in UK has been about ten years.
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He’s the Cabinet Secretary, so acts as the mouthpiece of Cabinet and the Prime Minister. He also chairs the Permanent Secretary meetings, which gives him the ability to direct every central government Civil Servant in the UK. Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and British High Commissioner to Kenya Ambassador Nicolas James Hailey displays memorandum of understanding during the courtesy call at Defence Headquarters. The Cabinet Secretary also held a breakfast meeting with Mr. Tony Reily, British Council Country Director (Kenya) and Dr. Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and Ag. Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy; Hon. Secretary-Transport, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, arrived in London to engage British investors to Kenya at the Kenya Investment Round Table Event at the Four Seasons Hotel, Park lane. The Cabinet Secretary’s notebooks are a more detailed record of the Cabinet meetings that use the same referencing system as CAB 23, 65 and 128. Only a small number of notebooks have been released, and they do not always provide a complete run of documents for the government or time period in question.