Mike joined the Department of Health & Social Security in 1979 straight from school, and spent his first 6 years in the Civil Service delivering services to customers. He then moved into regional management and thereafter fulfilled a range of policy and finance roles.
He is a CIPFA qualified accountant, and has held a variety of FD roles, both corporate and operational. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Department for Work & Pensions in 2012. From 1st April 2016, he was appointed the CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and on 1st June July 2017 also became the Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, where he is driving the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes.
In addition to his core roles, he has a range of additional responsibilities. Within the MoJ, he is the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt. Across Government, he is a member of the Commercial Function Oversight Board and a Non-Executive Board Member of Shared Services Connect Limited. To drive forward the finance profession,he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Council and Chair of the CIPFA Governance & Financial Management Panel.
Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Government Finance Function
Mike leads the CFO group at MoJ, supporting the Department in delivering its priorities of:
- a prison and probation service that reforms offenders
- a modern courts and justice system
- global Britain and the rule of law
- a transformed Department.
CFO group incorporates:
- HMPPS, operations and group finance
- commercial and contract management
- project delivery
- digital and technology
- risk and assurance
- Legal Aid Agency
- Office of the Public Guardian
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Government non-executive directors provide advice and bring an external perspective to the business of government departments. They do not have decision-making powers.
Previous roles in government
Director General, Finance
- 2013 to 2016