2 minutes with: David Walker, Editor, Public

What gap in the market does Public fill? People have thought about the public sector in its different silos – health, education – but there isn’t anything that covers the managerial function of the public sector, so we wanted to address the identity of the people who wield power on the public’s behalf.

Who are your readers?

They are 20,000 senior executives across the public sector who have considerable discretionary public power and some capacity to influence the public.

Do public servants really matter?

The brolly-wielding, bowler hat-wearing stereotype still has some currency. This is an opportunity for public servants to come together and begin to counteract this perception.

Who should pitch stories to you?

Recruiters, management consultants and suppliers of products and services and IT who don’t want to be limited to one sector within the public service.

What do you want from them?

We are looking for companies willing to engage with us over points of controversy and take part in an ongoing conversation.

What are the biggest issues facing the sector at the moment?

Public hit the ground as the Chancellor released Sir Peter Gershon’s Efficiency Review of the public service, which is having a major impact. There are heavy pressures from the top to increase efficiency.

Is it tough to keep politics out?

There’s no disguising the influence they have on the public sector. We’ll look at how both sides can work together. We have a regular section called Me and My Chair, which looks at examples of this relationship.

What other regular features are there?

There are four regular rubrics to capture news in finance, technology, policy and management. Other regular pages include reviews of books and relevant culture.

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