26 September 2017
18:00 - 20:00
Queen's University
  • 2017-09-26 18:00:00 2017-09-26 20:00:00 Europe/London Twelve into nine will go Don't forget to book your place on the APM website Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5EE Queen's University
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Northern Ireland branch


Twelve into nine will go! The NICS departmental restructuring programme

Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5EE

On 9 May 2016, three Northern Ireland Civil Service Departments ceased to exist, thousands of civil servants were reallocated to nine new departments and tens of thousands of electronic changes were made to email accounts, websites, line of business systems and public facing portals – and no one noticed! Such was the scope of NICS departmental restructuring and such was the success of the programme that managed the transition. The most significant organisational change to the devolved administration since 1999 scarcely registered with the general public as having occurred. The Programme’s SRO, Derek Baker and Programme Manager, David Patterson will explain the approach they took to such a complex task, their application of MSP, the role of Gateway Reviews and the challenges they faced in delivering the nine functioning departments ready for day one.

Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary, the Department for Education, was born and educated in Newry, graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1980 with a BA Hons degree in French and German.  His civil service career started in the 1980s in the Department for Economic Development. He has held senior positions in a number of departments including health, social development, finance, personnel and education.  He was appointed acting Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and Learning in June 2013 and in May 2016 became Deputy Secretary in the new Department for the Economy, with responsibility for Strategic Policy and Analytical Services. He was appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education on 27 February 2017. Derek has been SRO of a number of successful key projects and programmes throughout his career, most recently delivering the programme to restructure and reduce the number of NICS departments, the biggest single reorganisation of the service since 1999.

David Patterson, Project Manager, The Executive Office, spent the first two decades of his Civil Service career in a variety of civilian roles in the RUC and PSNI, most notably as Deputy Head of Police Welfare Services for ten years. David returned to the NICS in 2003 as Corporate and Customer Services Manager for Land Registers Northern Ireland, where he co-managed its PFI with BT, leading on the delivery of staff and customer focussed benefits flowing from the highly successful LandWeb project. He joined the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) as Business Development Manager in 2007, also assuming the role of Quality Manager and project managed the Directorate’s preparation for and subsequent accreditation to ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management and EFQM Gold. From 2013, he worked in CPD’s Centre of Expertise (CoE) for Programme and Project Management (PPM), until his appointment in April 2015 as programme manager for the NICS Restructuring Programme. He is currently the Project Manager for the EU Future Relations Project in the Executive Office.

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Project management
Change management

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