Sir Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office

Running the government is more complex than ever, especially in light of the UK’s plans to leave the EU. In terms of driving efficiencies, the easier things have been done; to deliver further efficiencies requires very large, complex change processes. This means government must now manage numerous, often inter-related, transformational programmes. To do so successfully, government needs to avoid the risk of over-ambition and over-optimism, it needs joined-up decision-making, and it needs to apply the highest standards to get the best value for money from external contracts and skills.

Sir Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office, will share his cross-government perspective on what is required for government to address the challenges, and how it should work with the private sector in doing so.


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  • About the speaker

    Amyas Morse was appointed Comptroller and Auditor General on 1 June 2009.

    Amyas was born in Edinburgh, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He led the Coopers and Lybrand practice in Scotland, before moving to London to manage the London City Office. He subsequently became the Executive Partner of the Coopers and Lybrand UK firm. When PricewaterhouseCoopers was formed, he took on global responsibilities, and served as Global Leader of Assurance practice (audit and related services), and then as Global Managing Partner (Operations).

    Amyas Morse joined the Ministry of Defence in July 2006 as the Defence Commercial Director. During his time as Defence Commercial Director he was responsible for shaping the Department’s relationship with industry, and he played a key role in the agreement of strategic commercial arrangements. More widely across government, he served as a member of the Major Projects Review Group, the Public Sector Board of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and on a National Health Service Project Board.

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