Members’ Lecture - Achieving Cultural and Behavioural Change in the UK Ministry of Defence

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Ursula BrennanIn 2005, Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell launched new values for the civil service of Pace, Professionalism, Pride and Passion – values that are at the heart of the Government’s service transformation agenda. Ursula Brennan, the recently appointed Second Permanent Under Secretary of State at the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), will speak on her experiences of achieving cultural and behavioural change across Government, and on what is similar and what is different in the unique civil / military environment of the MoD.

Ursula Brennan took up the appointment of Second Permanent Under Secretary of State at the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in October 2008. Prior to joining the MoD, she was Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General Corporate Performance at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) from April to September 2008, having previously led the review to create the structure for the new Ministry of Justice. Her remit covered leadership of all of the corporate functions in MoJ, including finance, HR, IT, strategy and planning, communications and research and analysis. Ursula was chosen to lead the review when she was Chief Executive of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR), a role she took on in 2006. Prior to OCJR, Ursula was the Director General, Living Land and Seas at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) from 2004 to 2006. She has spent most of her career in what is now the Department for Work and Pensions, latterly leading the strategy on welfare to work and benefit fraud. She joined the Department of Health and Social Security in 1975 after two years with the Inner London Education Authority. After a variety of health related jobs, she moved on to social security, covering policy on all the main social security benefits and then into operations as a Director of the Department's Information Technology Services Agency, responsible for a range of IT projects and contracts. From there she became Director of Change Management at the Benefits Agency, leading the Agency's Change Programme and heading a directorate of over 1,000 staff. In 1997 she returned to policy, with responsibility for benefits for long term sick and disabled people. Ursula became a Director General in 1999 when she assumed strategic leadership for the Department’s major change programme.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

This event is open to RUSI members only. To become a member, please click here.

To register for this event, please e-mail Sabrina Downey, Events Director: sabrinad@rusi.org



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