Chief Executive, SSRO

Neil Swift


Neil joined the SSRO in 2015 and was appointed as Chief Executive in May 2018 having previously been the Chief Operating Officer.

Neil started his career as an engineer with British Aerospace before changing direction to train as an accountant with KPMG. After a move to the public sector Neil worked in several frontline operational finance roles across the public sector including as Deputy Director of Finance at a large NHS Trust in London. Neil joined the Audit Commission in 2003, initially as a Senior Manager and Health Policy Lead as which he worked on a range of national studies and publications before becoming Head of Technical Support for the Commission’s Audit Practice in 2007. He was appointed Associate Controller Corporate Resources in 2012 and was responsible for the delivery of all support services during the transition to and eventual closure of the Commission.

Chief Executive, SSRO

The SSRO Chief Executive is responsible for:

  • the effective executive leadership and management of the SSRO, within a strategic framework agreed by the main board, and for meeting its statutory functions and contractual obligations, ensuring the SSRO operates strictly in accordance with its legal responsibilities

  • acting as accounting officer to the UK Parliament, exercising the duties and responsibilities of the accounting officer as set out in ‘Managing public money’, managing budget spending, maintaining a full financial account and arranging an annual audit

  • providing overall leadership and management of operational activities, to achieve the SSRO’s statutory functions and objectives, developing clear and achievable financial and corporate plans for the SSRO

  • evaluating and reporting to the board on the overall performance of the SSRO, maintaining effective systems of governance and control, including the development of appropriate policies

  • preparing an annual report and accounts for consideration by the SSRO Audit Committee and approval by the SSRO Board

  • representing the SSRO externally with stakeholders, the media and the corporate and public sector

  • ensuring that the board is properly advised and consulted, enabling effective and timely decision making

  • all staff issues, motivating and providing leadership for the senior management team, leading on the recruitment, appointment and management of senior staff, driving forward the SSRO’s policies on equality and diversity, and staff development

Previous roles in government

  1. Interim Chief Executive

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Chief Operating Officer

    • 2015 to 2017