Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office)

John Manzoni


John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

Chief Executive of the Civil Service

The Chief Executive of the Civil Service leads the efficiency programme, working with permanent secretaries across government to put in place reforms including:

  • getting a better deal for taxpayers from commercial decisions and supplier management
  • the digital transformation of public services and the way government works
  • ensuring we have the best people with the right skills throughout the civil service
  • making better use of the government estate (property)
  • managing major projects better to deliver on time and on budget
  • greater use of shared services across departments

The Chief Executive sits on the Civil Service Board and attends Cabinet. The Chief Executive supports the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in performance-managing the other Whitehall permanent secretaries.

Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The Permanent Secretary is the head of the department, responsible for the leadership and governance of the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.


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  1. John Manzoni speaks at Reform’s Annual Conference 2015

    • Speech