Jacinda took up the role of Finance Director on 1 April 2015.
Prior to her appointment to DCLG, Jacinda was the Director of Planning, Portfolio and Performance Management at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (September 2012 to March 2015) where she led negotiations with the Treasury through a number of challenging fiscal events.
Her more recent career has involved a range of strategic roles in central government, including as DWP’s Strategy and Business Transformation Director (as a job-share) (September 2011 to September 2012) and as Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance in Jobcentre Plus (September 2009 to September 2011).
The Finance Director supports the Permanent Secretary in her role as Accounting Officer.
The Finance Director is responsible for ensuring spending is within budget and provides value for money, that there is an adequate system of internal control in the department, and for assessment and mitigation of financial risks. In addition the Finance Director is responsible for procurement, estates and IT in the department.