Year 7 Talk - Aileen Wiswell MBE

Y7 pupils were given a glimpse into the world of Westminster, politics and the inner working of the civil service this week, when Aileen Wiswell MBE led a fascinating virtual talk. Aileen, who regularly attends Number 10 Downing Street, is a Cabinet officer in charge of Estates for Westminster.  Her role is to support the agenda of any political party holding office, through managing Government owned property such as the Capital building in Liverpool to the Ministry of Defense.  Aileen is currently responsible for the logistical and strategic agenda to address the current North/South divide within the civil service.

Following a superb explanation of the vast array of career opportunities available within the Civil Service, which is the biggest employer in the UK, Aileen took the pupils on a whistle stop tour of her own varied, and immensely impressive, career. Aileen famously started her profession working in Liverpool, having worked in every one of the 129 job centers in the city. After celebrating 40 year in the civil service this year, Aileen discussed the pros of working in the profession. Aileen has travelled the world, been awarded an MBE for her immense charity work and has danced down the stairs of Number 10, just like in the film Love Actually.

I would like to thank Aileen for her informative and motivational talk, and the fabulous insights into the real people working to help the government of the day develop and implement its policies.

Mrs Doran