Working to make government more effective

Hybrid event

Upholding standards in public life: A keynote speech by Lord Evans

Lord Evans, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, reflected on the UK's approach to standards in public life.

Dr Hannah White (left) and Lord Evans (right) on stage at the Institute for Government.
Lord Evans told the IfG that "absolutely crystal clear leadership from politicians" would make a difference to improving standards in public life.

Watch the event

Listen to the event

Questions about standards in public life have dominated politics in recent years. As Chair of the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life since 2018, Lord Evans KCB DL has been at the heart of these debates, leading the committee’s work to define and uphold ethical standards across the public sector.  

As Lord Evans reaches the end of his five-year term, he joined the Institute for Government to reflect on the work of the committee and the UK’s approach to standards in public life more broadly. He discussed how the standards landscape has changed, the challenges he anticipates, and how he would like to see public standards strengthened in future.  

After his speech, Lord Evans was in conversation with Dr Hannah White, Director of the Institute for Government. There was an opportunity for questions from the audience.  

Follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter) @ifgevents and join the conversation using #IfGStandards.

Our experts

Related content