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The Institute for Government was delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Lord Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment and former Minister for the Cabinet Office.
A long-standing advocate for civil service reform, Francis Maude has been asked by the government to undertake a short review into the performance of the Cabinet Office. This event explored the focus of Lord Maude’s review, what the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has revealed about the role of the Cabinet Office, and wider questions of civil service reform.
Lord Maude has had a distinguished career in government, serving as Margaret Thatcher's Minister for Europe and Hong Kong and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was also the Global Head of Privatisation at Morgan Stanley. As UK Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2010–15, he led an efficiency and reform programme that delivered cumulative savings from the operating costs of government of more than £52 billion. He and his team developed the "functional model" of government to break down the separate silos that in many governments stand in the way of efficient and effective delivery of services.
Lord Maude has recently undertaken a pro bono review of spend controls and the functional model for the British government. He is the Chairman and co-founder of FMA.