The Commission, which is expected to report in June, is a great opportunity to reflect on and improve the way the Parliament operates. I am delighted that you will have the chance to contribute later today. If you haven’t already seen it, the email from Ken Hughes last week explains this. I would urge you to feed in to the Commission to help shape the way our Parliament works!
Our Skills and Capabilities
As we embrace the challenges ahead, we will also continue to invest in your skills and capabilities – principally through our Organisational Development Programme. This is a genuine opportunity for all of us to learn and to develop in our roles. Again, I would urge you to get involved and make the most of it.
I recognise that it is important that you receive good leadership from myself and my Leadership Group colleagues (as well as from your team leader) in responding positively to the inevitable change and undoubted challenges which lie ahead. We have started a conversation with colleagues about management and leadership in the organisation and we will keep that going for the foreseeable future.
Improving our communications is one of my top priorities this year. To support this we have set up a working group involving colleagues from across the organisation to help us generate ideas for how we can do better. I recognise that, with the uncertainty and complexity, in particular, around constitutional and Parliamentary change, there is no substitute for face-to-face discussion to explore the issues involved. Therefore, with support from your Group Head, I will be meeting every team between now and the end of June to discuss what lies ahead in 2017. And my Assistant Chief Executive colleagues will also be looking for opportunities, through the strategic programmes on which they lead, to engage with you direct.
Finally, can I thank you again for your fantastic efforts in 2016. And, as we celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns later this week, we should keep in mind for the year ahead his famous quote : “Dare to be honest and fear no labour”.
All the very best for 2017!