Apparently in a July it's the event of the season for mini-Sir Humphs, as hundreds of bowler hatted types gather at the London olympia to rub grades and compare blackberrys.
In what looks like a sop to the lower ranks, the organisers have teamed up with Ernst & Young (who doubtless have charged a considerable fee) and produced the laughably named "Lions' Lair"
So what's it all about then?
If you have an innovative idea you believe could help transform the Civil Service, however large or small, then Lions’ Lair is a unique opportunity to have it heard by senior government and industry experts.
- Do you have an idea that embraces one of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s four Civil Service priorities, could it promote sustainability, skills, diversity or wellbeing amongst your colleagues?
- Does your idea demonstrate pride, pace, professionalism and passion?
This bit is a corker
Similar to a popular TV showReally?? Fuck me Holmes! I thought I'd heard of it somewhere....
And who do we have as the "Lions" in the Lair?
- Peter Jones, CBE - Entrepreneur, National Enterprise Academy founder and TV Dragon (doubtless on a hefty fee and available for shamless format rip-offs)
- Helen Ghosh - Permanent Secretary, Defra (Sir Humphry)
- David Bell - Permanent Secretary, DCSF (Sir Humphry)
- Robin Tye - Head of Government Services, Ernst & Young (the sponsor, doubtless keen to rub shoulders with the Sir Humphs in the pursuit of future contracts)
- Dame Gill Morgan - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Assembly Government (Sir Humphry)
- Lin Homer - Chief Executive, UK Border Agency (Sir Humphry)
"Grrrrrrrr"Funny thing is that they've put the entry form on the internet so any old Tom, Dick or Blogger can now submit their ideas for how the civil service can promote sustainability, skills, diversity or wellbeing; or demonstrate pride, pace, professionalism and passion.