UK Civil Service

Mayvin is running a major Organisation Development (OD) capability programme across the UK Civil Service for HR Business Partners and Directors, as well as for other high potential HR professionals

People are now making a bigger difference by bringing an OD  mindset and OD know-how to their work

“You provided a challenging and supportive learning environment in which you  consistently helped me translate the theory into practice” – Programme Participant


The Civil  Service’s expert Organisation Development and Design (OD & D) Service launched an OD Capability Building programme to build the skills and awareness of the HR community across government.

The requirement was to design and run two versions of the programme:

A ‘Core Practice’ Programme for Senior  OD and HR practitioners
A programme for HR  Fast Stream participants to supplement their learning with practical  OD & D  tools


We began with a familiarisation and inquiry process  to understand the needs of potential programme participants, stakeholders and  sponsors.

Working with our academic partner, the University of Chichester, we created bespoke materials and designed the programme to combine training and Organisation Development & Design with an opportunity for participants to bring a real OD & D issue they are facing and work on it together with colleagues.

This ‘OD Question’ method, based on the principles of Action Learning, is accredited to post-graduate level.


The programme was instantly successful and is regarded widely as one of the best development opportunities available to Civil Servants in HR. A more advanced OD & D programme was then commissioned and successfully piloted.

Participants have found themselves taking a more politically astute, systemic and relationship-focused approach. The project write-ups tell stories of people making a bigger difference by bringing an OD mindset and OD & D know-how to their work.