Chief Executive of the GIAA, Head of Government Internal Audit, and Board Member

Elizabeth Honer


Elizabeth Honer was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) on 1 October 2018.

Her career spans over 25 years in the public sector, including in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Houses of Parliament and the National Archives. She is a qualified accountant (CIPFA), with substantial expertise in strategy, governance and risk management at Board level. She seeks to maximise the contribution of internal audit in delivering better outcomes, drawing on her previous experience both as a manager and customer of the function.

Elizabeth is a champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, actively seeking different perspectives and regularly mentoring women and BAME emerging leaders. She has an MSc in Managing Organisational Performance (Cranfield School of Management) and has published research articles on performance improvement and managing reputational risk.

When not at work, she enjoys cycling (many overseas tours with her husband), classical music (including choral singing) and cooking.

Chief Executive of the GIAA, Head of Government Internal Audit, and Board Member

The Chief Executive is the Government Internal Audit Agency’s (GIAA) Accounting Officer. She is responsible to the relevant Minister and, as the GIAA is an Arm’s Length Body of HM Treasury, the Principal Accounting Officer of HMT for the GIAA’s performance.

The Chief Executive is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the GIAA, in consultation with the advisory Board, of whom the Director General of Public Spending, Cat Little, and the Head of the Finance Function, Mike Driver, are members.

Providing a service to the Accounting Officers of most of the major Whitehall Departments and over 100 other customers, the Chief Executive has stewardship of the vision to produce better insights for better outcomes and the strategy to 2022. This is given effect by the yearly Corporate Plan.

The Chief Executive is also Head of the Government Internal Audit Function.

Government Internal Audit Agency