Director General Finance

Louise Tulett CBE

Louise Tulett CBE



Louise Tulett CBE was appointed Director General Finance at the Ministry of Defence in March 2015.

Prior to being appointed, Louise held a number of senior posts at the MOD, including:

  • Finance Director, Navy Command
  • Joint Programme Director for the Finance & Military Capability Transformation Programme;
  • Director Central Top Level Budget, incl. Civilian Workforce Advisor & Senior Finance Officer

Louise is a qualified accountant, awarded a CBE in 2010 for service to HM Treasury.

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.


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