Civil Service announces new diversity adviser

Andrew
Turnbull, head of the Home Civil Service, has announced that Waqar Azmi will
take up post as the key adviser on diversity to the Civil Service in October
2004.

The
position will be based in the Cabinet Office and will support departments and
agencies in taking work forward on diversity in the Civil Service.

Turnbull
said: ‘Increasing diversity across the Civil Service is crucial to us. An open
and diverse Civil Service enables us to achieve excellence in policy
development and service delivery.”

The
role will support departments’ progress towards new targets for increasing the
representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people at senior levels
in the Civil Service, announced as part of the 2004 Spending Review.

Azmi
will also help departments to ensure that, in implementing the commitments
arising from the Gershon Efficiency Review and the Lyons Review on relocation,
the Civil Service meets its commitment to maintain a workforce that reflects
the society it serves.

By Michael Millar

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