Director General Finance

Cat Little

Biography

Cat Little worked as Director of Group Finance at the Ministry of Justice, and oversaw all strategic financial planning, financial reporting, and financial management for the departmental group.

Cat is a qualified accountant, starting her career at PwC where she spent 11 years in both assurance and advisory roles, dedicated to government and public sector services. In April 2014, she took up the role of Director of Finance and Digital at the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) until moving to the group finance role at the Ministry of Justice.

Cat is also a member of the Department of Health Audit and Risk Committee.

Director General Finance

The Director General Finance is the principal financial advisor for defence. He or she reports to the Permanent Secretary, chairs the Investment Approvals Committee, is a member of the Defence Council and the Defence Board, attends the Defence Operating Board as required, and is the process owner for financial management.

Responsibilities

The Director General Finance has responsibility for:

  • ensuring that the financial, regularity and proprietary responsibilities of the Permanent Secretary as Accounting Officer are translated into appropriate organisational arrangements

  • the overall financial management of defence, leading on spending review negotiations to agree the future size of the defence budget

  • advising the Permanent Secretary and ministers on the acceptable level of financial risk arising from the defence programme

  • oversight and governance of efficiency and value for money work across defence

  • ensuring the Defence Board performance management arrangements are delivered and remain relevant to the needs of the Board

  • strategic direction and performance of Trading Fund Agencies

  • advising on corporate governance, internal control, internal audit and risk management arrangements, as appropriate

Previous roles in government

  1. Director, Finance and Performance

    • 2013 to 2017