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Collaboration NI: Whole of Government Approaches

 Collaboration NI: Whole of Government Approaches
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 09:30 to 12:30
Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont.


Whole of Government Approaches

The movement from isolated silos in public administration to formal and informal networks is a global trend driven by various societal forces such as the growing complexity of problems that call for collaborative responses, the increased demand on the part of citizens for more personalized and accessible public services, which are to be planned, implemented and evaluated with their participation. 

What is a ‘whole of government’ approach and how does it encourage collaboration between the third and public sectors?
The evolution of society requires public administrations to tackle many new challenges, including those around demographic change, employment, mobility, security, environment and many others.  Alongside the budgetary pressures, these jointly pose key challenges for government departments and the future of public services.   There are often calls for a more joint-up approach among government departments and stronger collaboration with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).  Is a ‘whole of government’ approach the answer? A focus that requires stronger cooperation with society as well as internal integration.  What can we learn from international examples of ‘whole of government’ approaches?  How can we make and implement ‘whole of government’ policy?  The roundtable will be an opportunity to clearly define ‘whole of government’ approaches and the learning from other jurisdictions as a model of collaboration. 


Please see attached the Agenda for this event. 

What is a Whole of Government Approach?
What do we need to do differently?
How does it encourage collaboration?
What is the role of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCS) Sector?

Maurice Leeson, Children's Services Planning Professional Advisor, CYPSP, HSC NI

A working example of Whole of Government Approach. 

Children’s Bill and how this fits with Whole of Government approaches

Kelly Wilson,Acting Head of Public Sector Reform Division (PSRD), DFP:

Whole of Government – a DFP perspective

CollaborationNI was commissioned and financed by the Building Change Trust and is delivered in partnership by CO3, NICVA, and Stellar Leadership.

For further information please see www.collaborationni.org



Speaker Biographies

Majella McCloskey Senior Manager, Centre for Effiective Services


Majella McCloskey heads up the Centre for Effective Services’ (CES) Northern Ireland office.  CES is an intermediary organisation that connects policy makers and practitioners with evidence to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of services.  CES’ Belfast office provides technical support to the Early Intervention Transformation Programme and Big Lottery grantholders.  Some of CES’ key work is in enabling public service reform and implementing whole of government approaches. 

Majella joined CES from CO3, a leadership organisation for Northern Ireland’s third sector. As Chief Executive of CO3, she developed a number of leadership development initiatives; took forward policy in relation to the third sector’s role in health and social care; and grew the organisation’s membership and turnover; and led its role in establishing and delivering CollaborationNI.

Majella has previously been Director NI of the fuel poverty charity NEA, and led the Blackstaff Health Project on behalf of Belfast Healthy Cities.

If you would like to contact Majella email mmccloskey@effectiveservices.org or call +44 (0) 2890 648 362


Maurice Leeson, Children’s Services Professional Advisor; Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland


Maurice Leeson is the Children’s Services Professional Advisor based in the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland.

In this role he is responsible for commissioning a range of early intervention services, managing the information team and supporting the Northern Ireland Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership. This is the multi-agency planning process for vulnerable children in Northern Ireland.

Maurice is currently seconded on a part time basis to the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety where he is Programme Manager for the Early Intervention Transformation Programme. This is a programme designed to support children’s statutory social services to make the shift to earlier intervention. It is designed to promote better use of evidence, a focus on outcomes and sustainable change in how children’s services are delivered.


Previously Maurice worked in statutory children’s services in Wales before joining Barnardos where he worked for 27 years in a variety of roles covering practice, management of service delivery, service improvement and policy development. He was a member of Barnardos senior management team in Northern Ireland for 10 


Steven Agnew, MLA

Stephen  joined the Green Party in 2003, having discovered it was a party that was offered a real alternative to the politics of the past.  Steven is passionate about social justice, which is one of the key issues for the Green Party.  Steven firmly believes that that the needs of people and the environment are inextricably linked and that the economy should serve the people not the other way around.

Steven became leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland in 2011, following which he was elected MLA for North Down in May that year.

Steven currently serves on the Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and Standards and Privileges committees at Stormont.

Steven has brought forward the Children’s Bill, a piece of legislation designed to ensure statutory collaboration when it comes to the commissioning and delivery of children’s services.  


Kelly Wilson,Acting Head of Public Sector Reform Division (PSRD), DFP

Kelly is Acting Head of Public Sector Reform Division within Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) with primary responsibility for leading the programme of work involving a range of different methodologies to lead, support and facilitate wider Public Sector Reform.  She is also Programme Director for an Internal Budget Review on behalf of DFP and a Review of Cross Cutting Reform across the NICS.

Kelly joined DFP in August 2014 as Head of Business Consultancy Service (BCS) where she led a team of around 20 internal public sector management consultants, providing services to a range of clients within the NICS and wider public sector.    

Prior to that she was an Associate Director with KPMG where she led a range of complex, long term projects within large, dynamic organisations (primarily in the criminal justice and banking sectors) in order to formulate and implement solutions relating to their strategy, structure and operations with the aim of reducing costs, maximising value for money, improving operational performance and protecting organisational reputation.  

File Attachments
PDF icon Agenda for Whole of Government Approaches