I’m Grant Springford and I lead the internal communications News, Stories and Campaigns team.
I’m part of the communications profession, but have been a civil servant for almost 30 years and in that time I’ve worked in a number of different functions and professions.
My team and I share the story of the Department – and its people – with staff. It’s also our role to signpost the information people need to be able to do their jobs.
On a typical day we’ll offer advice to staff of all grades on the best ways to share their messages. We’ll write and edit news items and help people to shape stories about their work and about them as individuals – DfT is passionate about diversity and inclusion so we are always keen to run stories about our diverse workforce.
I’ve also led on some exciting, high-level campaigns including DfT100: the campaign that celebrated the Department’s 100th anniversary.
I’d say internal communications is a crucial part of the organisation – without us there would be no central point for staff to access the information they need and it would certainly be much more difficult for them to learn more about the breadth of the Department’s work and the achievements of its people.
One of the great things about being a civil servant is to move around and have the opportunity to experience different roles and professions, picking up valuable new skills along the way.
I’ve worked in a number of Government Departments in my career but DfT is, without a doubt, the best place I’ve worked. The Department has a great, friendly culture that actively celebrates diversity and inclusion, flexible working and takes wellbeing seriously. We also have access to a range of L&D programmes and opportunities.
I can honestly say no two days are the same here at DfT! It’s great to work in an environment where I can try new and creative ways to provide internal communications to staff.
My role’s a busy one but very rewarding. I have a fantastic team and a very supportive manager and senior leadership team. Every day I get to work with truly inspiring people of all grades and walks of life.
Transport is important to everyone so I think one of the best things about working at DfT is the knowledge that no matter who you are or what you do, you really are making a massive difference.