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Unlocking the Senior Civil Service

Unlocking the Senior Civil Service

Venue & Event Details

Thursday 28th October 2021 | Online

Despite the prevailing public sector environment, opportunities continue to exist to enter the Senior Civil Service. However, the process is rigorous, the competition is fierce and openings are restricted. This unique event, now in its ninth year, provides practical help and guidance to those wishing to see their career develop into the Senior Civil Service. It is specifically designed to give you the answer to two vital questions:

  1. How can I improve my chances of entering the SCS?
  2. What will life be like once I am there?

Register your place today.

Why attend?

The benefits of attending this conference include the opportunity to:

  • Resolve the questions in your mind about whether or not the SCS is right for you
  • Learn from experts about what you can do to improve your chances of making the grade
  • Gain deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be successful in the SCS
  • Examine the barriers and enablers affecting your progression
  • Hear from recent entrants about how they made the move and what life is like now they are there
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating an SCS career


Welcome & introduction to the conference

Lucille Thirlby, Assistant General Secretary, FDA


Permanent Secretary opening address

Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport and Civil Service; Social Mobility Champion


Comfort break


What do Ministers expect from their SCS?

Understand what Ministers require from their SCS.


Comfort break


Preparing for the SCS Success Profile selection

You've decided you're ready for the challenge and want a leadership role in the SCS. In this practical and interactive session, you will discover what it will take to make the most of your application using the new Success Profile process.




Making the most of your Application and Interview Performance

You want to take the next step but now face the sift/interview assessment stages based on Success Profile elements. In this second practical and interactive session, you will review your approach, lessons from the past and what influenes panels.

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Associate Trainer, Dods


Comfort break


Personal perspectives - my route into the SCS

An SCS panel look back on and answer questions about their own experiences of gaining entry to the SCS & discuss what life is like now they are there.

Sadeea Magee, HR Deputy Director – Reward, ER and Change, Home Office

Catherine McMeeken, Unit Head for Social Housing Services, Scottish Government


Chair's closing remarks and conference close

Lucille Thirlby, Assistant General Secretary, FDA


Date & time
28th October 2021 09.30 - 16.00
London & Online
Bookings & info

For more information please visit: 

Public sector pricing:
1 Place: £295 (+VAT)
4+ Places: £250 each (+VAT)

FDA pricing:
1 Place £195 (+VAT)

Book now

For registration queries, please contact:
[email protected] 
0207 593 5739