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Magazine article Public Finance

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Mike Fogden CB, who died on October 10, was a career civil servant who was dedicated to public administration and what it could deliver for people. A wide network of friends and colleagues will miss the presence and warmth of a man who combined acute policy insight with successful - robust and pragmatic - management of large public sector delivery organisations.

Mike's civil service career began in 1958 in the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance. He rose quickly in what became the Department of Health and Social Security and spent three years as ministerial private secretary, first to Richard Crossman and then Sir Keith Joseph under the Labour and Conservative administrations.

In 1984. he moved asunder-secretary to the Department of Employment. From 1987, he played a major part in merging the Manpower Services Commission Jobcentres and the Unemployment Benefit Service into the Employment Service. Mike was appointed as its first chief executive and led the transformation of the service into a successful Next Steps Agency in 1990.

Mike had a longstanding interest in public administration and in sharing ideas for improving it. In the 1980s, he was chair of the First Division Association, the senior civil service union, and from 1989 to 1993 of the London Council of the Royal Institute for Public Administration. When CIPFA took the decision to establish the Public Management and Policy Association, Mike was the obvious person to chair its executive committee. …

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