Guidance

Department contacts for spend controls

Find out who to contact when you have questions about the spend controls.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Kevin Herrmann (Commercial/Consultancy)
Edward New or Keith Rose (Digital and Technology)

The Cabinet Office (CO)

Guy Lester

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Donna Brandford-Adams (Exceptions) - 0303 444 3680
David Thomas
Rachel Gregson
Joanna Fernandes - 0303 444 2807

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

Harisa Ashraf - 0207 211 6213
copy in controls@culture.gov.uk

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)


Rebecca Baggaley (Digital and Technology) - 0203 0254 660
David Light (Digital and Technology) - 07785 700 552 or 0208 026 3008

Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU)


John Crichton - 07801 405 390
Richard Ney - 07714 746 537
Daniel Valance - 07801 404 807

Department for Education (DfE)


Wendy Burdon
copy in Request.EC@education.gsi.gov.uk

Department for International Development (DfID)


Linda Sloan
Joyce Allen - 07946121910

Department for Transport (DfT)


Nadeem Ilyas
copy in FinanceControl@dft.gsi.gov.uk and Approvals.committee@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Department of Health and Social Care (DH)


Philippa Weare - 07950595161

Department for International Trade (DIT)


Gerry Duignan

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)


Chris Francis

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)


Andrew Sanderson (Finance Director) - 0207 0080 595 or 07717 863 968
Richard Salt (DD commercial capability) - 0207 0086 243
Michael Pink (Head commercial relationships) - 0207 0081 077

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)


Nigel Monk (General queries) - 0300 0542 265 or 07979 750 999
Chris Payne (Digital and Technology)
Lisa Walkden (Consultancy)
Michael Gregory (External Recruitment)
Rob Brentnall (Redundancy/Compensation)
Steve Singh (Commercial/Dispute Resolution)
David Prince (Advertising, Marketing and Comms)

HM Treasury (HMT)


Francesca Roberts - 0207 2704 444 or 07795 301 312
Claire Dartington - 02072 701 932
John Burran 0207 2704 845

Home Office (HO)


Graeme Hart - 07775827913
James Milton - 07818561277

Ministry of Defence (MOD)


Chris Gardner (Consultancy) - 0207 2187 063
MoD Commercial Assurance - 0306 7983 171
Amy Crocker
Paul Varcoe
Stephanie Fogwill (Digital and Technology)
Catherine Little

Ministry of Justice (MOJ)


Adrian Edwards - 0203 3346 241 or 07530 264 498
Joanna Hills (Digital and Technology) - 07989 658 279
Declan Gates 07976 765 955

Shared mailbox contacts

If you cannot find the relevant department contact email cabinetofficecontrols@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

For queries about specific spend controls email:

Role of department contact

The role of a department contact is to:

  • be the first point of contact for civil servants using the spend controls in their department and answer any questions
  • help the Cabinet Office controls officials with questions relating to their department
  • work with their policy leads and the Cabinet Office controls officials to produce and be familiar with their department’s forward look
  • develop an awareness of their department’s experience of the controls and provide feedback to the Cabinet Office
  • participate in, or makes sure that the appropriate officials interact with the Cabinet Office and their department to continuously improve the controls
  • make sure they are copied into all expenditure requests from their department, and into all decisions made by the Cabinet Office so there is a full audit trail

The department contacts work together with the Cabinet Office Central Controls Team (CCT). The CCT is responsible for coordinating and approving spend requests in a timely manner by:

  • monitoring cases and addressing queries from departments or analysts
  • updating departments on case progression, when required
  • working with the HM Treasury (HMT) spending team to co-ordinate Cabinet Office input into HMT-led desk-based analysis and/or the Treasury Approval Point (TAP)
  • setting a tone for Cabinet Office engagement with HMT and organisations
  • mediating contentious controls cases and escalating cases to the cross-government controls group when necessary to make sure Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are met
  • reviewing the final submissions ahead of ministerial approval to make sure all relevant parties were sent documents and had the chance to comment

The CCT works with HM Treasury (HMT), Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA) and department contacts to keep up-to-date with current and upcoming controls cases. The CCT also makes sure that all relevant parties are sent documents and approvals are processed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Published 9 April 2014
Last updated 1 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated contacts
  2. First published.