Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Government Finance Function

Mike Driver

Biography

Mike joined the then Department of Health & Social Security in 1979, straight from school, and spent his first 6 years delivering services to customers before moving into regional management and onto a range of policy and finance roles, including Director of Operations Finance. In 2012 Mike was appointed as Finance Director General at the Department of Work and Pensions and remained in that role until 31st March 2016. From 1st April 2016, Mike was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Ministry of Justice.

Mike is also the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt. He is a member of the 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
  • analytical services
  • data driven department and culture change
  • planning, performance, risk and portfolio management

Mike was appointed as Head of the Government Finance Function on 1 June 2017. This role exists to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Government Finance Function

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Director General, Finance

    • 2013 to 2016