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CS Local Networks are unique in providing opportunities to engage across departments

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CS Local has a number of established cross departmental networks, which bring together civil servants and representatives of the public sector with specific expertise and shared interests. The subject areas that we focus  on are cross cutting and  touch each and every department and agency. Examples are  Diversity and Inclusion, talent and capability, continuous improvement and social mobility.


The networks support CS Local’s aim of creating opportunities for civil servants to connect and collaborate across departmental boundaries. They provide a vehicle to build capacity and strengthen the Civil Service culture of where we live and work. Each network is committed to delivering at least one cross departmental activity a year focussing on connecting, culture, capability and citizenship.


Being part of one of our networks can provide you with opportunities to:


  • work closely with colleagues from different government departments, work across grade levels, with different experiences and backgrounds;
  • explore and generate new creative ideas, share knowledge and best practice;
  • develop networking skills and experience and gain an insight into the priorities and responsibilities across Civil Service departments.


The time commitment involves participation at quarterly meetings and an average of half a day each month, dependent on planning and activities being undertaken. There are also excellent developmental opportunities to chair or co chair meetings.


Pre Covid-19 the networks met face to face, but during the pandemic, many have continued to collaborate on a virtual basis resulting in a greater reach out across the country .


If you are interested in finding out more about what networks are in place in your area or you would like an opportunity to explore establishing a new one, contact your CS Local lead.

East, South East and London.


North East, Yorkshire and Humberside.

North West

Scotland and Northern Ireland

South West


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  1. Comment by Alison Mains posted on

    I have been lucky enough to attend several Civil Service Local events and exceptionally lucky to have been successful in taking part in the Civil Service Leadership Academy which comes to an end for me in August. The chance to take part has enabled me to widen my network, work with civil servants I would never have had the opportunity to meet, learnt about different departments within the Civil Service as well as realise how many departments there are that I have never heard of but most of all made some fabulous friendships along the way. The Midlands Civil Service Local team are a fantastic group of people who support you and are so positive and information. I will always be an avid advocate and implore everyone to give it a go and attend an event, you will get the bug.

  2. Comment by Lisa Scholes posted on

    Hi - there is a Regional Finance Network for those working in central government finance and covering all of the regions above - details of contacts are on the OneFinance website.