Innovation 2020 will feature speakers from the worlds of government and business, both in the UK and overseas
Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
As Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni leads the reform programme across government, working with permanent secretaries to transform public services and the way government works. John’s work focuses on skills, property, shared services, government processes and digital technologies.
As Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, John is responsible for leadership and governance. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.
John has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. Before joining government, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. Prior to that he was at BP, where he held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007 he was BP’s Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries; and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.
Director General of International Government Service, United Kingdom
Kevin became Director General of GDS in August 2016. He is also Head of Function for Digital, Data and Technology across government, and a member of the Cabinet Office’s Executive Committee. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy, before becoming Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group then Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).