New diversity advisers to help Civil Service be a ‘socially inclusive employer’

A team of four diversity experts has been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to help the Civil Service become “more representative of modern Britain”. 

Sir Jeremy Heywood said the new advisers will work to challenge policies and provide advice to ministers and the leadership of the Civil Service to help make it become a “truly socially inclusive employer”. 

The new diversity advisers are Stephen Frost, who from 2014-15 was head of diversity and inclusion at KPMG; Karen Blackett OBE, chief executive of MediaCom UK; Lord Holmes of Richmond, who was director of Paralympic integration for London 2012; and Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and founder of the influential 30% Club, which campaigns to get women on boards. 

As well as providing independent advice, the advisers will speak at key events and sit on the Removing Barriers Implementation Board. 

Sir Jeremy said: “A diverse and inclusive workforce is proven to be more efficient and effective, and I want Stephen, Karen, Chris and Helena to take a no-holds-barred approach and tell us clearly where we can improve. 

“I am passionate about encouraging individuals from all backgrounds to aim high and achieve their potential too, and in doing so to help the Civil Service become a truly socially inclusive employer.” 

Recently in PSE, Sir Simon Fraser, head of the Diplomatic Service and permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, who is the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Champion, wrote about the new ‘Talent Action Plan: Removing the Barriers to Success’. It set out specific steps to be taken across the whole of the Civil Service, and within individual government departments. 

However, he added that compared to other major employers in the public and private sector, the Civil Service has a strong record for diversity. More than half of its staff are women; 9.6% have an ethnic minority background; and 8.6% have a declared disability.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

23/06/2020Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

Evolution is crucial in any business and Public Sector Executive is no different. Long before Covid-19 even became a thought in the back of our minds, the team at PS... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

public sector events

events calendar


August 2020

mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

featured articles

View all News