Last updated: 06/11/2007

About the Civil Service

In this part of the site you'll find more information about the Civil Service, the way in which we operate and how the organisation is managed.

What we do

The UK Civil Service supports the government of the day, by helping them develop and carry out their policies and administer the public services for which they are responsible.

How we work

The Civil Service has been headed by Sir Gus O'Donnell since 1 August 2005. He is supported by the Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives in each department and agency.

Working with independent experts in key areas, these senior leaders ensure we have the capability we need to help the Government achieve its current and future priorities.

Measuring our performance

The capability reviews now taking place across all departments are designed to identify how we can improve our performance and provide a more efficient, customer-focused service.