In the business of… the civil service
Charles Stevenson (1999), Ruby Stewart-Liberty (2013) and Bethany Hutchison (2013) will be in conversation with the Master about their careers in the Civil Service. Current students can register for free via Eventbrite.
Join us to find out more about what life is like working in the Civil Service. Whether you are considering applying to the Civil Service Fast Stream, or progressing via the standard entry route, this event is a must.
Our speakers for this event are Charles Stevenson (1999), Ruby Stewart-Liberty (2013) and Bethany Hutchison (2013)
Bethany Hutchison (2013) is currently a Senior Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Her team is reviewing the arrangements left by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, fulfilling a manifesto commitment of the current Government. September’s Cabinet reshuffle instated a new Lord Chancellor/Secretary of State for Justice, whose ministerial priorities and appetite for constitutional reform are different to his predecessor, so Bethany’s team is in a period of reshaping its work accordingly.
Her route to the Civil Service has been winding. After graduating from the Education Tripos at Jesus College in 2016, she moved to Madrid for a year (back when it was possible to do such things on a whim!). She then joined a management consulting company for 2.5 years, before completing the Law Conversion course. She started at MoJ in September 2020 in a Judicial Policy role, in a team which managed the constitutionally significant relationship between the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice (Head of the Judiciary of England and Wales). She also studied the Barrister Training Course part time. In September 2022 she will move to the Government Legal Department as a pupil barrister, representing the government and providing legal advice across the Civil Service.
Charles Stevenson (1999) works in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Head of Commercial for the multi-billion pound Nuclear Deterrent Programme. Prior to the Ministry of Defence he has held various roles in Government since 2012. He was responsible for the UK’s response to the oil price crash, created a £500m share scheme for 150,000 Royal Mail employees as part of its privatisation, established Government’s gateway to the private sector to resolve the critical PPE shortage during COVID and undertook the first review of key Brexit programmes that underpinned ‘no-deal’ planning.
Charles’ first career was in Fund Management, spending five years building up New Star Asset Management into a £1bn company as an Equity Analyst for companies across Europe. After an MBA at INSEAD, he successfully set up a company in the Property Compliance sector before moving to the public sector.
Ruby Stewart-Liberty (2013) works in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). She currently works in the Private Office of the Permanent Under-Secretary – essentially supporting and advising the head civil servant in the FCDO. Previously she worked on West Africa for two years, including a stint as Deputy Head of Mission in the UK’s embassy in Niger. Before joining the FCDO, Ruby worked in Defra, where she developed policies to help make British farming more environmentally friendly. Ruby joined the Civil Service straight after graduating in 2016; she started on the Government Communications Fast Stream, which included postings in the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence. During university summer holidays she interned at the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS and Transitions London (a social enterprise supporting refugees with professional qualifications to find skilled work). At Jesus Ruby studied History, was JCSU Vice-President in 2015 and co-founded the John Hughes Arts Festival