Careers in the Civil Service

Please note this will be a hybrid event.

The next session in DPIR’s Alumni Career Conversation series will focus on careers in the civil service, with guest speaker and DPIR and St Catz alumnus Rupert McNeil (1985, PPE), formerly the UK’s Government Chief People Officer (2016-2022). This will be a hybrid event, hosted jointly by DPIR and St Catz, and will take place in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre at St Catz and online via Zoom on Wednesday 26 October, 13:00-14:00.

This talk will provide an opportunity for the DPIR and St Catz communities to learn about careers in the civil service and to benefit from Rupert’s experience and advice. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and will be chaired and moderated by DPIR’s Director for Professional Development, Ezequiel González Ocantos.

About the speaker:
Rupert McNeil is Chair of Optimal Organisational Outcomes LLP (3XO LLP). He was previously the UK’s Government Chief People Officer (2016 to 2022). As Government Chief People Officer, Rupert lead Civil Service HR and was responsible for delivery of the Civil Service People Strategy. He provided leadership on the full range of people issues including talent, capability, inclusion, capacity, leadership, pay, performance, employee relations, culture and behaviours. Rupert was also Director General for Government Shared Services.

Prior to that Rupert was Group HR Director of Lloyds Banking Group and held senior HR roles at Aviva and Barclays. Starting his career at the CBI in 1989, he joined Arthur Andersen in 1995, becoming a Partner in 2001 and joining Deloitte as a Partner in 2002. He is Chair of the People Committee of the Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South and a member of the Chartered Management Institute’s Board of Companions. He is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and is a Fellow of CIMA and a Chartered Global Management

Please note that this event is for current Oxford University students, and members and alumni of DPIR and St Catz only.

Booking is essential. If you would like to attend in-person, please register via Eventbrite: or to join online, please register via Zoom: