UK general election: how to get ready for the next government

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June 4, 2024
United Kingdom

The UK general election will be held on 4 July, with parties setting out their vision for the future of the country.

Right now, civil servants will be working on ‘day one’ documents for new ministers who will be appointed after the general election. These briefings will highlight the key issues that the next government will have to deal with, and set out the path to implement key policies.

For suppliers and partners to government, the post-election period is an opportunity to support the next government’s decision-making and transformation initiatives, and to showcase their expertise and experience in doing so.

This webinar provided you with insight on the key battlegrounds the election will be fought on, and the challenges incoming ministers will need to grapple with.

This session also shared information on how knowledge partners can use Global Government Forum’s platforms and events – such as the Public Service Data Live conference being held within the first 100 days of the election – to share your knowledge and insight with public servants as they work to develop plans that will set the direction of the country for the next five years.

Join the session to find out:

  • How civil servants will be working now to prepare for the next government.
  • The key issues that the next government will inherit – whoever is prime minister.
  • How manifesto policies can be delivered in government.


Siobhan Benita, Facilitator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

Kevin Cunnington, Former Director General, Government Digital Service (GDS), United Kingdom, and Expert Advisor, Global Government Forum

Kevin was Director General of the International Government Service and Digital Envoy for the UK from August 2019, until April 2021. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Government Digital Service from August 2016 to July 2019. Kevin left the UK Civil Service in April 2021.

Kevin has led a variety of large scale, and global, digital transformation programmes. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy. More recently he was the Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group and Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Kevin now advises Global Government Forum, and leads the Global Government Digital Leaders’ Study.

Richard Johnstone, Executive Editor, Global Government Forum

Richard Johnstone is the executive editor of Global Government Forum, where he helps to produce editorial analysis and insight for the title’s audience of public servants around the world. Before joining GGF, he spent nearly five years at UK-based title Civil Service World, latterly as acting editor, and has worked in public policy journalism throughout his career.