Office of the Governor
Release Date:
Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 3:30pm



“It is what it says on the tin- public service”

As you will hear me say in the video when one is embarking on any project, it is important to keep in mind a key question:

“What will success look like?”

For the “ONE Government” project, we also need to ask ourselves:

“What will success feel like?”

The strapline for this programme gives us a clue:

      “One Government, One Identity, One Public Service”.

This means there is no “THEM”. We are all working together for a better society and to improve the services for our community – whether that is as the man or woman clearing the road and ditches, the prosecutor in the DPP’s Office trying to bring criminals to justice, the Police Officer patrolling our streets to keep them safe, or the nursing staff looking after our sick and infirm. We are all in this together!

A career as a Public Servant is about choice. It is about a decision to serve your community, whether it is only for a few years before going on to something else, or for a professional lifetime dedicated to making your community a better place, improving the services we provided to the public. It is not about the money. It is what it says on the tin – public service. Most Public Servants want to do their best. To work conscientiously to produce the best outcome they can in the time available to them.

But we are all as members of the community consumer of public service too. We all know the frustrations of being confronted with the petty bureaucrat – the person who can’t be bothered or who sees their role as having control and power over others.

This is not the ethos of Public Service. This is not One Team working. These are the attitudes that let down our one team. During my time as Governor I am very pleased to observe the way Heads of Department have worked hard to improve our customer service and the way you as public servants have responded to ensure we provide a businesslike and professional service. But there is more to do and it is the responsibility of all of us to seek to achieve higher standards.

I am particularly pleased that in addition to the One Government Launch this week is also Public Service Week and a time to remember, encourage and celebrate the many people who have given consistently to our mission.

We applaud the honorees for their dedication and determination to uphold Public Service values. We are grateful to you all. Thank you for your years of service and congratulations. You are the role models for our One Government, One Identity, One Public Service One team.

In conclusion I urge each and every one of you to do your part to press forward with resolve to move to even higher levels of achievement. Remember we are:

One Government,

One Identity,

One Public Service