About this event

  • Date and time Thu 28 May 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm
  • Location Online

Register to join Episode 17 'Crisis Management' on Zoom here.

Joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely on our COVID-19 Series this week is prominent economist and former Head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary, Lord Gus O’Donnell.

Gus O'Donnell has worked closely with Prime Ministers during numerous crises, from Black Wednesday in 1992 through to the global financial crisis in 2007-2008 to name just a few. He will discuss the challenges posed by different kinds of crises for governments, decision-makers and their advisers. 

The pair will look at the response to COVID-19 in the UK from the perspective of the civil service, discussing the way the government works during a crisis, how the key decisions are made, and how the country might emerge from the pandemic.

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The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Lord Gus O'Donnell

Lord Gus O’Donnell

Economist and former Head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary

Speaker's biography

Gus O'Donnell was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the British Civil Service from 2005-2011 and in 2010, he oversaw the introduction of the first coalition government since the Second World War.


Gus is currently Chairman of Frontier Economics, Strategic Advisor to TD Bank, Executive Director and Strategic Advisor to Brookfield Asset Management, Chair of PwC’s Public Interest Body (PIB), President of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Pro Bono Economics.


He has been a Crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2012.